Harper earlier this week described Joe Kinnear‚Äôs appointment as an April Fool.
‚ÄúGiven this morning‚Äôs news as well, with Derek (Llambias) leaving the club, maybe it has become a bit clearer now that it may have been more of a like-for-like swap.
‚ÄúDerek did a great job getting the club back on a financially sound platform and he‚Äôs left the club and Joe comes in, who knows the club and knows the players.
‚ÄúIf it is a like-for-like swap, he‚Äôs somebody with more of a football background and knowledge. It makes sense for the club.‚ÄĚ
Asked what Kinnear was like to work for, the keeper, who will leave Toon after 20 years this summer, added: ‚ÄúHe was very likeable.
‚ÄúHe was larger than life, bubbly on the training ground.
‚ÄúHe came in at a difficult time at Newcastle, he came almost as a fire-fighter and was only there a few months.
‚ÄúBut that inside knowledge he has already of the club will stand him in good stead.
‚ÄúSadly back then he was taken ill before a game away at West Brom but, as always as a Newcastle fan, there‚Äôs never a dull moment.‚ÄĚ