Kinnear Half-Time Talk Has Impact


The first half today against Blackburn had Newcastle almost down and out, when they were  trailing 2-0, and both those goals were again caused by poor marking by our defense.

Joe Kinnear – half time talk made a difference

Kinnear took the team-talk duties for today’s match, and his words at half-time seemed to get through to the players, and certainly inspired a reaction in his side.

He told the press after the game today:

“We needed to stop feeling sorry for ourselves.” “We need to get rid of all the issues that are going on – Is the club being sold? Are we bringing back Kevin Keegan? – until it actually happens.”

“We need to focus on playing football, it’s as simple as that. And they need to play football well.” “But what has not helped matters, I am told, is that six or seven of the best players are missing.”

“On the good side, with the international break coming up we could have four or five of them back.” “We need to be more vocal in the dressing room, we need more input.”

“It’s something that I have always had throughout my career, feedback from players, players who show emotion, players who want to win, players who have things to say.”

The game looked over at half time after Newcastle had gone two goals behind, but a penalty by captain Michael Owen, brought Newcastle right back into it, and the crowd got right the players, who were trying to get into another gear.

And Kinnear seemed happy with his side’s display after the break:

“I was pleased with the second half. When we got the early goal we had a reasonable chance with Geremi and he tried to bring it down in the six-yard box when I thought he might have got a shot off.”

“But we were tighter at the back, we limited them to maybe two shots in the second half. Having said that, we need to get more end product ourselves from the strikers we have.”

Asked about his touchline ban, to which there is a real comedic aspect, he had called one of the match officials Coco the Clown some four years ago: 😀

Joe explained:

“I got two matches for calling one of the referees Coco the Clown. I asked the referee what he did in his spare time, and that was it.”

Good words from Joe, and he is very straight and down to earth person, who has an earned reputation for inspiring his players. He will need to show that this week with the Newcastle players, but any result at Everton next Sunday afternoon will be a win for the club and for Joe.

Comments welcome.



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15 comments so far

  • Spyro - Taylor is garbage

    Sep 27, 2008 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #1

    Seems a decent enough man, and he certainly deserves a chance.

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  • Mac

    Sep 27, 2008 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #2

    Give this guy a chance he could be just what we need

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  • Jonny

    Sep 27, 2008 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #3

    ed no offence but you can sometimes be excruciatingly positive – ” an earned reputation for inspiring his players” ! i mean come on….

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  • canada willie

    Sep 27, 2008 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #4

    I reckon that Ashley intends to keep Kinnear as a long term manager as he will not be able to sell the club at the price he is asking.

    Nobody in their right mind will pay 480 million pounds for a club that is probably losing money and has a 50/50 chance of being relegated.

    I suspect that Kinnear was the only one who accepted the job and the fact that he has a terrible record with no knowledge of current players sums up the state of the Boards management skills.

    Dennis Wise was behind this choice, a terrible choice for manager if you ask me. He may be a nice guy but what a risk.

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  • Sav

    Sep 27, 2008 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #5

    Jonny, Joe Kinnear is possibly not only all that stands between us losing the next 6 matches in succession but also all that stands between us and David bloody O’Leary.

    I leave you to take your own positives out of that.

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  • Xsico golden boot

    Sep 27, 2008 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #6

    jonny he was once tipped to be one of the top managers until he suffered bad health. He had some crap players at wimbledon but did well I am with you ed I wish him well what else can we do I hope he does great fantastic even for six games he does seem honest and probebly relises now he was set up by MA to say those things about KK and big Al but why not stay if he can get some wins get plenty of money of MA he will do his chances of getting back into management haway make sure we beat the unwashed

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  • NASMIE JACOBS

    Sep 28, 2008 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #7

    ANY MANAGER THAT CAN BRING NEWCASTLE TO PLAY LIKE A TEAM DESERVE TO BE RANK ON THE TOP .THE PLAYERS CONFIDENCE HAVE BEEN CRUSH WITH THE CRISIS .TODAY WE COULD SEE THAT WE REALLY CAN PLAY LIKE OLD .GUD LUCK TO KINNEAR.HES A BETTER CHOICE THAN A RELIGATION COACH WE DONT NEED TO GO THAT LOW .WE REALLY DONT NEED MR .LEEDS DESTROYER .

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  • craig chisholm

    Sep 28, 2008 at 1:48 AM

    Comment #8

    whether he is a good bloke or not i dont care. there is something more going on than meets the eye. keegan had a gag order on him from saying anything ever, and yet here is joe telling us just a bit too much. he is on about a nigerian take over in depth, even giving dates for it to be finished. he says keegan and shearer are lined up to come back but tonight even shearer said that it was all false and he does not know where the stories are coming from. i just do not trust any of them anymore. at the end of the day, joe is thick with wise, say no more. shay given gave a very open and candied interview today and he said that all of the playing staff have been told nothing. that being the case, how come they seem to be telling us everything ‘that we wnat to hear’ these days but the actual players are in the dark??? it all stinks.

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  • john

    Sep 28, 2008 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #9

    hulls just beat arsenal at the emirates-Joe Kinnear can certainly egg the lads on to get sumit at everton eh-come on-he will change it to his style for the 6 games so we cant be any worse off can we-even a draw would be good at the minute-but look at what hulls just done!if he manages 2 wins and a draw out of 6 its better than current form! cmaaaaaaannnnn!!!howay the lads!!everton away!bout time we put one over blue blogger and everton!

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  • nando

    Sep 28, 2008 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #10

    kinnear is a ledgend at spurs. he will be an even bigger ledgend at the end of these 6 games. hehe

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  • Steve_48

    Sep 28, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #11

    Have just listened to the 606 podcast and agree with a lot of the sentiment raised; those players [with a couple of exceptions Duff / Owen] were a disgrace yesterday – if they have any conscience, they should donate their earnings yesterday to charity. If I turned up at work on Monday and sat on my arse for 8 hours and went home I’d feel like I cheated the company. This is exactly what happened yesterday.

    We are in freefall Joe and you’re going to have to work more than night and day to even get a draw let along anywhere near 18 points.

    I am depressed, we deserve a stint in the Championship to make our Big Club realise what it has lost.

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  • ArtyH

    Sep 28, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #12

    My two pennarth for what its worth is – How can Ashley expect to get more for the club than he paid for it , including the debt, which was £250. Due to mis management on his part by his own mis management team, we are now in a much worse state than when he bought the club! I really cannot remember when we were in such a shambles on and off the pitch. I still think there is a sting in the tail to come. We should all stay away from the ground until the club is sold, if we don’t he is under no pressure at all to sell. Our big concern is to who the club is sold too. I just hope the governing bodies of football do their job and make sure that who ever buys NUFC are fit and proper buyers. For the buyers, I hope they pay no more for the club than Ashley did, anything more than he paid will be a mockery. Also the new buyers should make it a condition of sale that no action is taken against Keegan, as some time in the future if he is reappointed as manager a law suite could come back to haunt us. Finally the money saved should be used to buy players, ( £400m – £240m = £160m war chest) and by heavens we need some new faces.
    If the situation remains the same and the gates are around 50k its like saying we accept the situation, it has to change or you can expect more of the same. If Ashley is the business man everyone says he is an empty ground will make him speed up the sale and give the new owners more of a bargaining chip to secure a better buying price which should leave more cash to buy new players. Yes it will be tough and some will say what about the players, on the flip side what did the players show us on saturday? The Americans adopted a policy of Tough Love for drug using teenagers a few years ago, we should do the same at the ground and stay away until the sale. Then, when sold ,go back and fill SJP and show the new owners and players our FULL support.
    We thought it was bad under the last shower but this lot put a hole in the bottom of the barrel.

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  • LP_6

    Sep 28, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #13

    i think we should get behind him. as he is the only thing we’ve got! at the end of the day it is a change in philosophy and style and it may just be what we need!

    p.s chris hughton has been named the worst caretaker since ian huntley!

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  • Thump

    Sep 28, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #14

    Not sure about you lads, but I really like this blokes attitude.

    lol @ Coco the Clown.

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  • Heavy hitters

    Sep 28, 2008 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #15

    Bad taste LP 6 dont you think?

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