DIRECTOR of football Joe Kinnear is believed to be encouraging the Newcastle players to take up smoking.
Kinnear is devoted to his old school methods and firmly believes that the team who smokes together, wins together.
Head scout Graham Carr has confirmed the former Wimbledon boss is a footballing dinosaur, who is living twenty years in the past.
He said: ”Have you seen him? He looks like Del Trotter, smells like an old fella from down the pub, and can’t pronounce any names that aren’t John, Bill, Mick or Joe.
“If he starts the players on the fags then I’ll have no choice but to leave.”
But Kinnear has insisted this controversial new plan is just one part of a wider regressive strategy.
He said: “It ain’t no concern to nobody what I decide to do at Newcastle. A fag ain’t never hurt nobody. This is just a small part of my overall plan to bring back the good old days to Newcastle.”
It is thought that the good old days are to include playing a long ball to a big man up top, instructing the players to play an aggressive style, and, all in all, to pretend that it is 1993.