JOE Kinnear has left St James Park for the last time with a blank farewell card.
Newcastle Uniteds departing director of football reported solid interest in the glossy A6-sized rectangle but it remained un-inked.
He said: To you this might look like a blank card with a picture of a downcast owl on it, but what you cant see is how close I was to getting Shola thingy to sign it or that other one, the French or Mexican lad?
Kinnear was an unexpected choice when he was appointed director of football last June, having previously been the least popular manager in the clubs history.
The ex-Wimbledon mans popularity if anything decreased when he mispronounced the names of several players and indeed the city of Newcastle, but he insisted he should be judged on his signings.
A bullish Kinnear subsequently inundated Lionel Messis general mailing address with letters, chasing Cristiano Ronaldo with a ballpoint pen and even insisting a deal for Ferenc Puskas was “all but done”.
However Messi never replied, Ronaldo was too fast and Puskas had passed away in 2006. Many fans felt Kinnears subsequent attempt to exhume the Hungarian legend was distasteful.
The low point for Kinnear came in the January transfer window when he unveiled himself as Brazilian winger Kinnearinho at a press conference sporting an unconvincing wig.
Few Newcastle United fans fell for the trick, knowing full well that Kinnearinho had just signed for Sporting Lisbon.