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Newcastle boss Kinnear no regrets over outburst

Newcastle interim manager Joe Kinnear will not curb his outbursts if he feels he is being unfairly treated. The former Wimbledon and Luton boss made the headlines with an expletive-laden rant at a number of national newspaper journalists.

The League Managers' Association has called on Kinnear to apologise if his comments were not off the record.

"I've got to hold my hands up, I didn't think I'd be treated the way I have been with all the cheap shots," he said.

"I didn't realise football had got to that stage. I've got a short temper, I've got a short fuse, I'm well aware of that. I say what I believe and I'm never going to change.

"There have been people saying I've had two heart attacks and I'm ready for a third, others saying I need my head examined. I didn't envisage any of this, not in the slightest, and maybe I'm naive because of that.

"I was in a state of shock and just couldn't believe it, it's sickening. I can see why people say Newcastle is one of the most difficult clubs in the country to manage."

League Managers' Association chief executive Richard Bevan told Five Live's Sportsweek programme: "Whether it's a manager, owner or even supporter, such heavy use of language is unacceptable, when in a public arena.

"However, in Joe's case his conversation did start off the record and in a private meeting."

When asked if Kinnear should apologise, Bevan added: "If it wasn't a private meeting, then the answer is yes."

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