Joe Kinnear, Newcastle’s director of football, has tried to sign a player that already plays for Newcastle, according to the Sunday People.
After watching midfielder Shane Ferguson, who is currently on loan at Birmingham City, play against Swansea in Capital One Cup tie in September, Kinnear made a formal enquiry to Birmingham City about his services.
Birmingham coaching staff then had to tell a rather red-faced Kinnear that Shane Ferguson already plays for Newcastle.
A Birmingham City source told Sunday People Sport: “Ferguson had a particularly good game that night and Joe Kinnear told one of our officials he was interested in signing him.
“At first our guy thought he was joking but then he realised Kinnear did not know Ferguson was already a Newcastle player.”
Shane Ferguson, who is 22, has been on the books at Newcastle since 2011, although he has spent three months on loan at Birmingham last season.
He hasn’t played a game for Newcastle since the 7-3 defeat to Arsenal in December 2012.
It’s not the first cock-up that Kinnear has made since being appointed director of football – a cock up in itself in many people’s eyes.
Earlier this year, he made a series of mistakes in a Talksport interview, Kinnear mispronounced Derek Llambias as Derek Llambezee, before claiming that he was director or football, when he had in fact, recently resigned as managing director.
Kinnear then claimed he’d played over 400 games as a Tottenham player, when the real total turned out to be 196.
He also claimed to have been manager of the year three times, an accolade he achieved only a solitary occasion.
And then of course, the now-infamous rant he had at Simon Bird, who is a journalist at The Mirror, calling him a ‘f*****g c**t’.
This latest gaffe will not certainly endear him to Newcastle fans.
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