Ex-Wimbledon defender Scales: Newcastle chief Kinnear good talent spotter

Former Liverpool defender John Scales says Newcastle United fans shouldn't underestimate Joe Kinnear's talent spotting ability. Scales played for Kinnear at Wimbledon.

Former Liverpool defender John Scales says Newcastle United fans shouldn't underestimate Joe Kinnear's talent spotting ability.

Scales played for Kinnear at Wimbledon.

"He had a good track record in his Wimbledon days, that was a long time ago, but once you know football and have been in it for a while, that ability to spot a player does not desert you," Scales, 46, told BBC Sport.

"What he wants to see in a player is personality and mental attitude and commitment to being a top player.

"Football is as much about ability as it is about mental strength and I think that is probably what Joe is good at - being able to assess a player's attitude, what makes them tick and how they fit in at a club."

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