It's safe to say that there haven't been many less popular appointments in football history like Joe Kinnear's re-instalment at Newcastle United as the club's new director of football.
Newcastle fans would have been forgiven for thinking that Kinnear's announcement of his return was a cruel joke, but slowly and surely the reality of the situation sank in. The man who had played a key role in the club's disastrous relegation in 2009 had returned.
The situation soon turned from a bad dream to a full-on nightmare as Kinnear took part in a calamitous radio interview on talkSPORT where it seemed as if he was actively trying to annoy everyone involved with Newcastle United. Mispronouncing names, claiming to have won awards he hadn't and to have signed players he hadn't - it was all there.
Joe Kinnear wasn't in a strong position amongst the fans from the start. Then he made it a bit worse. Then he continued to make it worse bit by bit every week; exasperating, infuriating and embarrassing Newcastle fans every step of the way. But despite all that, everything that has come to pass could have been forgiven and forgotten if Kinnear could just do his job properly.
A situation whereby the Toon were yet to make a permanent signing with less than two days of the transfer window to go seemed unthinkable at the start of the summer. Yet that is exactly where the Magpies find themselves and failure to act in these next 72 hours could see them staring down the barrel of relegation once more.
Despite the shortage of time the club remain confident of at least two new signings before the window slams shut on Monday and are waiting for several yes or no answers. A £10 million move for Lille's Florian Thauvin along with £7 million moves for Olympique Lyon's Bafétimbi Gomis and Olympique Marseille's André Ayew are thought to be some of the transfers awaiting these answers.
If there is to be any hope of Joe Kinnear redeeming himself he simply has to succeed. If he cannot bring in the two quality faces, whoever they may be, after over two months of unfulfilled promises, there will be no way back.
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