Writing this won't do much to change Joe Kinnear's opinion of Simon Bird, but he's right about what needs to happen at St James' Park:
Newcastle need a strong young boss, in it for the long haul, who can unite the city, and be given five years to build. Contrary to the perception, Geordies are patient. They keep going despite 40 years without a trophy, remember.
We keep going because no matter how bad things get there's always been the hope of better things around the corner. Not now. Another year of Calderwood, Kinnear and Hughton and that patience might finally snap.