Under-fire Joe out to appease Newcastle United supporters

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JOE Kinnear has continued his attempt to get Newcastle supporters onside by claiming he is on the same wavelength as them.

Kinnear’s shock return to the club last week had already upset some fans before he controversially insulted them in a national radio interview.

The new director of football yesterday apologised for his remarks, which included saying he was more intelligent than them.

But the 66-year-old insists that he will be able to handle the criticism if his tenure does not deliver.

“They are like me up there – they appreciate hard work,” Kinnear said. “I am from a council estate and I have been taught the values of hard work.

“A lot of the fans up there have that attitude.

“They want to see their team do as well as possible. And when things aren’t going right they stamp their feet – and so they should.

“It is part of the culture up there and you have to take the criticism when you don’t do well.”

Kinnear had criticised Newcastle fans last Monday, claiming he had more intelligence than those who were questioning his appointment four years after he had been forced to step down as caretaker manager because of health concerns.

But he apologised for those remarks yesterday, saying: “I regret what I said about the supporters.

“I always go to their forums and loved having the craic with them around the city when I was manager there. There are 10 per cent I’m never going to win over, that is the point I was trying to make, but I regret what I said.”