Kinnear put Newcastle players offside with infamous 'Yohan Kebabs' interview

A dressing room source admits Joe Kinnear's infamous radio rant immediately put him at odds with Newcastle United’s players. Kinnear left the club on Monday.

A dressing room source admits Joe Kinnear's infamous radio rant immediately put him at odds with Newcastle United’s players.

Kinnear left the club on Monday.

He will be remembered for getting a host of player names wrong like Sammy Ameobi, Cabaye, Papiss Cisse and Hatem Ben Arfa in a talkSPORT interview.

He branded the playmaker “Ben Arfree” and Cabaye as “Kebab” and Ameobi as “Anamobie”.

A source close to one of the Newcastle players told the Evening Chronicle: “It rubbed a lot of the lads up the wrong way.

“Alan Pardew called the players into a meeting at the start of Kinnear’s return and drew some lines in the sand as he tried to ensure the dressing room didn’t implode.

“Obviously calling Yohan “Kebab” wasn’t a smart move as he was one of the most influential players in the dressing room.”

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