Kinnear So Determined To Do Well At Newcastle

Joe Kinnear is relishing the challenge in front of him at Newcastle, and he seems determined to give the job everything he has for the next 5-6 weeks, and that’s so refreshing to hear.

Joe Kinnear – so determined to do well

As the successful manager of Wimbledon in the 1990s Kinnear became very used to being criticized, but one way to look at criticism is the more successful you become, the more you get criticized. Alex Ferguson may be the greatest British manager ever, but he gets his fair share still.

It’s part of the job of doin anything,  and you have to take it and get on with it. The other thing about adverse criticism is it’s the easiest thing in the world to give out, but moaning and groaning about things never got anything solved.

It’s much harder and not so common to find people who actually do something about the situation.

But Joe is as keyed up as any manager that’s every started at Newcastle, and that has to be taken as good news. And certainly he’s a bit of a character, and the interviewer had to apologize for some of Joe’s language on a BBC interview over the weekend. Whoops . 😀

And Joe has given lots of interviews so he’s let everybody know where he stands as he takes up the challenge for several weeks with Newcastle United:

“I’ve had 10 years of criticism at Wimbledon, I’m used to it,” “Maybe not from my own fans, but I don’t care. I’ve got a thick skin. Every single part of me is looking forward to this challenge.”“I know I’m going to get crucified, I’ll take it on the chin and get on with the job.”
“Life is always the same, it’s much easier to throw stones than support, it’s never been different in football.”

“I’ve been criticized even before I’ve started the job, but I’ll just get on with it. I think I’m bright, I’ve had a good career, I’ve won European medals and international caps. I’m not a mug.” “Because I was associated with Wimbledon for so long and we turned so many people over, that’s where the hatred starts. It’s the same up here.”

“I’ve only been here five minutes and I’m a Cockney. How am I a Cockney? I was born in Ireland and played for Ireland. Every second there is someone prepared to stab you in the back, but I’m not going to let that keep me up at night.” “I expect to be in charge for six games. If the club is still up for sale then I don’t know what’s going to happen.

“This regime has taken a lot of stick and Mike (Ashley) has taken a lot, it’s a bit unfair because some of it is undeserved. He paid £200M for a football club and he can’t even come to watch them play. This is a big club and they want success and someone has to carry the can. It would be great to be sitting here saying how wonderful everything is, but it wouldn’t be the true story.”

Kinnear is not going to go in this week and have things be as they were on the training ground, as he is determined to shake things up, but he also has to win over the support and respect of all the players.

Joe added:

“They’ve got to realize they’re playing for a massive club. Once you’ve put that shirt on, you’ve got to play with pride. I can educate a few of them, that’s for sure, about not doing silly things and being more professional on the pitch.”

“People forget about Wimbledon, because of the crazy gang gimmick, that we were a very professional side and even though people cast stones at us because of who we were, nine of them became internationals.”

We like the way Joe has the respect for Newcastle, and will hammer this respect and passion into the players this week. It’s certainly a much bigger club than Wimbledon, and will be the biggest club Joe will ever have the honor of managing, even if it is for just 6 games or so. And it looks like he will not miss a moment in trying to put up a great record for the club.

We’d much rather support Joe than throw stones at him, and we fully expect Joe to get the support of the Newcastle faithful, as he puts in the honest work to get this club back on track.

It’s hard not to support that goal right now.

30 comments so far

  • Tom

    Sep 29, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #1

    I hope that he can at least turn around the performances, I don’t mind losing if we play well and lose to the better team, but I hate to lose and play so bloody badly!

    And I’m sorry Joe, but I won’t lose any sleep about Ashley not being able to come and watch.

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 29, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #2

    Tom – I think if we’re going to get out of the sh!t we’ve got to learn to win ugly and fast.

    Hopefully JK will be able to instill that into the team.

    Right now we need results – performance has to be a second thought unfortunately.

  • hitman

    Sep 29, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #3

    jo had a go at the players at half time on saturday,and it seemed to work..

  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Sep 29, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #4

    Too bad it ain’t April fools day,this song would have been perfect for fat Ashley.LOL

  • Spitfire

    Sep 29, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #5

    Whatever he said at half time seemed to get a reaction from the players so I am hopeful that things will start to get better. His appointment is like putting a sticking plaster on a wound. Its not actually going to heal it but it will help it to recover a bit more quickly.

  • Shaun

    Sep 29, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #6

    Lads, at first I thought this guy was a joke, but now I am slowly being persuaded otherwise. It seems like he doesn’t take any shit from the fans, the press and most of all the players, and I just hope that he can defy the odds and win games for us.

    He certainly is a character, I just hope his character wins us games!

  • skin d

    Sep 29, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #7

    got a nasty feeling we could get stuck with joe for the forseeable.
    i,m all for backing him in the short term,but does anybody think he,s started with the mike ashley,s academy of fabrications and lies.
    joe was only in newcastle five minutes and he,s talking about a keegan and shearer partnership.
    alan said on MOTD he knew nothing about this,obviously everyone knows this now.
    it just seems like more smoke and mirrors,does ashley really want to sell the club?.
    is he going to try and ride out the storm,and hope joe can turn it around.
    if joe were to start getting some results would the fans start to come around,and forget kk?
    if this were to happen would billy bunter worm his way back in,and start turning up at the games?.
    i hope im wrong,i,ve just got an uneasy feeling about all of this.

  • ariel7

    Sep 29, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #8

    The best man at the moment to save our season… since he has the character to say and face the truth… ‘Big Name’ managers don’t want to jeopardise their reputation… so they stay away from our club… Good Luck JK!!!

  • Shaun

    Sep 29, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #9

    One of the main reasons Newcastle United have been going in a downward spiral after Ashley took over, was that all of the positive rumors surrounding Newcastle United (apart from our best signing-Keegan), turned out to be false. All of the negative rumors surrounding our club turned out to be true – the resignation of Keegan, the potential “Big name” signings promised by our Cockney mafia board etc.

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 29, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #10

    I’d give Ketsbaia a blast me, if i were to buy the club..

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 29, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #11

    Canny tune.. Get it!

  • Sav

    Sep 29, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #12

    Good luck to JFK.
    He’s not the worst and deserves our support. And no-one could read his comments without admiring the honesty of them.

    As for not allowing Ashley to watch games – after Saturday, I think he should have to watch them.

    But we mustn’t forget that Ashley can still contribute to the revival of this club by sacking Wise and bringing in Keegan now (there’s no point keeping Wise on anyway as Ashley has already stated he won’t be investing in any more playing staff) or by lowering his asking price to what he put in, so as to expedite a sale. Anything else and he continues to fully deserve the scorn of Newcastle fans.

  • ravatooniac

    Sep 29, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #13

    what about giving gazza ago, can it get any worse, at least they can all go n drown their sorrows at the local after

  • selly no skill

    Sep 29, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #14

    good on him already.

  • Born Again Geordie

    Sep 29, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #15

    I say we give the guy a fair crack of the whip – after all what have we to loose

  • tyneside tommo

    Sep 29, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #16

    Let’s not get fooled again by Ashley. JFK had been out of work for years until he got that phone call.

    He’s getting £100,000 for a month’s work and £20,000 extra for every win and £10,000 more for every draw.

    I’d be only to happy to tell the world how wonderful the club is and its supporters for half that dosh.

    He’s a stop gap – no more and no less. JFK is only in place because no one else would touch it with a barge pole.

    I wish him well but don’t expect me to walk around the toon with a silly grin on my face.

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 29, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #17

    Some tit is playing silly beggars again – nicking my username

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 29, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #18

    Whoever is using my username again – you should probably know that Ed banned the last fool who tried that one.

    If it continues he will block your ISP address from even being able to view the site.

    Don’t say I didn’t warn ya.

  • Born Again Geordie

    Sep 29, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #19

    TC – I thought that had all been sorted out man ?

  • bowburnmag

    Sep 29, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #20

    The fella will get my support but I’ll give credit when it’s due, i.e. making something of this shambles and not just for taking up a win-win role. Nothing against him either, I don’t blame him. Ed, you’re a card sometimes, making loose comparisons to Ferguson and people’s criticism with regards Kinnear’s! We all know they were criticised for very different reasons. And ‘success’ was a very relative term when he was in charge of The Dons. Good luck to him though, if nothing else, if he does well it means we’ll do well (without wanting to state the obvious).

  • Sav

    Sep 29, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #21

    Its not that I’ve a problem with JFK, but I reckon his appointment is nothing more than buying time for Ashley to get an auction going for the club.

    If he lowers his price to what he paid, he’ll find a buyer and we can move on. New owner, new manager.

    JFK is a sticking plaster on a broken leg.

  • neeraj

    Sep 29, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #22

    would love if he turn things around here……

  • geordiejohn

    Sep 29, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #23

    Toon Chicken – That was me, i havent been on the work cpu since i was mocking someone impersonating you for not adding the capitals in your name (i.e. toon chicken)! I forgot it remembers the username you last entered! No harm intended

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 29, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #24

    BAG – so did I mate – but I sure as hell didn’t write comments 10 & 11

  • Born Again Geordie

    Sep 29, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #25

    Hell its got 2 chances as I see. We need someone to put us back on track, I would take 3 scrappy wins and get the confidence back in the players and go from there.

    We have nothing to loose and to be honest it is probably a weight off Chris Hutton’s back.

  • Born Again Geordie

    Sep 29, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #26

    TC – i didn’t think you would lol – so people really need to get a life !!! Would you agree ? 🙂

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 29, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #27


  • bowburnmag

    Sep 29, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #28

    TC – come clean, you want Kets to come back, and see him demonstrate his infamous kick square to Ashley and Co’s cockeneyes and lead us into temptation.

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 29, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #29

    Bowburnmag – it’s a fair cop – you got me 😉

  • JakartaDean

    Sep 29, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #30

    Wimbledon? Wise’s man…


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