Sensible Thinking By Kinnear To Give Players Day Off

Joe Kinnear talked to the Evening Chronicle today about giving the lads the day off yesterday.

Joe Kinnear – being interviewed over weekend
Before conducting his first training session this morning, Kinnear talked to the Evening Chronicle:

“What’s all the fuss about?” “After Saturday’s game we all sat down and decided to give the players at day off on Monday for a variety of reasons.”

“One is the fact that we are not playing until Sunday this week.” “And then it gave me the chance to go into the training ground yesterday and have a long chat with all my coaching and backroom staff.”

“As a result, I knew all I had to know when the players came in today.”

Joe is starting to get used to the fact that any little thing at the club is blown up out of all proportion.

It was a good deal to give the lads the day off. Our next game is on Sunday so there’s plenty of time to train this week, as Joe points out.

It also allowed Joe to meet the coaching staff, talk about the players, talk about the club, talk about what the training has been like.

And they could then develop a training plan together for this week that will have the lads ready to have a go at Everton on Sunday. Joe could also talk to the coaches about how he wants to conduct the training sessions while he is here, so that Chris, Richard Money and Alan Thompson are all singing from the same hymn book today.

Sounds good to us – carry on Joe.

118 comments so far

  • Greg

    Sep 30, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #1

    Ive liked what joe has had to say so far. postive outlook on the team

  • WesToon

    Sep 30, 2008 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #2

    any one feel like the ship has already started steadying… Joe should be our next Mort,when the take over happens…he seems like a PR genius & is a true football man,what do you think like Lads??

  • Ganiyu

    Sep 30, 2008 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #3

    Players dont need a break they need intense physical and tactical training

  • Mick G

    Sep 30, 2008 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #4

    I’m really pleased to see the majority of people really giving Joe lots of encouragement and are willing to give him a fair crack of the whip,which will really pee off the media,because they are hoping all the fans will abuse him.

  • Viper

    Sep 30, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #5

    well in truth, his interview on fotball focus scared me like. Body language? NO eye (ok, camera for those pedantic!) contact whatsoever. Looking down to his left towards to floor with lin back.
    Hardly inspired me.

  • Born Again Geordie

    Sep 30, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #6


    Shut up you mug !!!!!

  • Born Again Geordie

    Sep 30, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #7


    I do feel a little calmer about things and there is also good news about players coming back —- who knows?

    We will see by the results he gets I guess – fingers crossed ! 🙂

  • Jude

    Sep 30, 2008 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #8

    I love Joe Kinnear as manager….He says what he has to say..

    Not even keegan was that assertive….from listening to him, you get the sense that, even with the knowledge that his reign will be shortlived, he’s more confident aba his job…and that confidence is bound to seep thru to fans and players alike…

  • micepie

    Sep 30, 2008 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #9

    Off-topic: for those in the U.S like meself, isn’t Fox Soccer Phone-In deeply loatheome at times! Most of the hosts are fine but the Chelsea fan host is a complete k******d: arrogant & smug. I used to enjoy it but don’t watch it anymore, but for those who’ve never seen it one of the phone-in topics this week was “who would you most like to see go down., Spurs or Newcastle?”. Not in a “we’re concerned about the current plight of these teams” kind-of-way but in a gleeful way. Well, chances are neither team will but that’s not the point It should be remembered that Chelsea were mostly a mid-table side before simply buying success. I always used to hate Man U and it’s been taking time to overcome that but in truth I feel Man U-haters should really let that animosity go now because at least they’re a proper club with some decent fans.. Any Mancunian arrogance is sort of laughably tolerable but Chelsea arrogance is just a bit pathetic.

    Anyway, great news about a couple or so players coming back soon! Guthrie is probably the most important and we can finally move Cacapa out of midfield into defense or add to the bench.

  • Alex

    Sep 30, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #10

    Well whatever happens you have to give the man credit for having the guts to take the job on . Lets not forget he does have premiership experience so he knows what its about .

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 30, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #11

    micepie – na, I still hate Man U fans more – I lived there a while back like – bunch of winkers!

  • Wallsend Will

    Sep 30, 2008 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #12

    If Joe Kinnear is in anyway successful in his short stint as manager, especially against Sunderland he will become an adopted “Geordie Hero”, likely to be offered the job on a permanent basis, whoever ends up owning the club. It’s a massive task, but I’d really, really love it if he succeeds.

  • toon mad tom

    Sep 30, 2008 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #13

    I do have alot respect for Joe Kinnear takin on the job for a short spell…nd i really hope he does us well….but keegan is no1 for the job defo! 🙂

    good luck joe!!! 🙂

  • GlenRay

    Sep 30, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #14

    Cmon Joe do it for the Toon.

  • Danny

    Sep 30, 2008 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #15

    I like the way Joe adresses the press; “Whats all the fuzz about!!??”

  • samthecat

    Sep 30, 2008 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #16

    Reports Kinnear to offer Carr a short term contract?


    Sep 30, 2008 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #17

    steve bruce, keegan dof, shearer assistant, taylor on the bench till he learns to keep his head

  • Jude

    Sep 30, 2008 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #18

    I’m sori Toon mad Tom, after deserting the team twice…i don’t think we need Keegan again…he defn shdn’t be no 1 for the job on permanent basis…he’s alwys been a disaster waitin to happen.

    but i have a funny feelin joe kinnear will surprise all of us…sometimes it takes the unexpected to succeed in a place like this with such high expectations…

  • Viper

    Sep 30, 2008 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #19

    mincepie, canny comment, BUT in a very recent poll of football fans, guess who had the most fans not where their club is? And that’s not due to global success.
    Yip, aforemention man b@stard u.

  • NepToon

    Sep 30, 2008 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #20

    Does anyone think the price reduction of the club is because of the arrival of Chris Mort? He got involved and things are a little positive all of a sudden. I hope something positive happens soon.

  • irish geordie

    Sep 30, 2008 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #21

    Have to agree with you Jude

    Keegan didn’t really have to make such a big deal out of the whole transfer thing, not since the window was closed, wouldn’t have changed anything, if he’d just kept getting results and was trying to sort it out behind the scenes at boardroom level and get points on the board. Sure if they didn’t come to some agreement then, well the same would have happened!!

    Only it wouldn’t have messed us up this bad.
    Keegan, although great for us before doesn’t deserve 1st choice as manager.

    hope Joe works out, nice guy and honest. If he gets a fair few points on the board he’s a hero

  • Jude

    Sep 30, 2008 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #22

    Nep toon don’t believe all u hear in the tabloids…there is no price reduction….Ashley will sell to the one who bids the most and provides enuf evidence of funds to buy the kind of players we want….

  • irish geordie

    Sep 30, 2008 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #23

    the bbc are quoting the price reduction 280-300 now

  • bowburnmag

    Sep 30, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #24

    Jude – can I please reconstruct the last part of your post and leave out “and provides enuf evidence of funds to buy the kind of players we want….” and just put a full stop after “there is no price reduction….Ashley will sell to the one who bids the most”? Then I can I totally agree with you instead of just partly.

  • baz

    Sep 30, 2008 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #25

    Hey, if Joe Kinnear is installing confidence give the man a medal-thats wot its all about man-making the team a team and to believe in their ability-look at hull beating us and arsenal!we took the game to man u at old trafford and could have won it-keegan took ages to get to that point-if jfk can do it sooner hes the man!i remember being at a game when roeder took charge and the fans were singing”allardyce?your havin a laff!” as glen had a good run-football is fickle-who cares!strange things happen in football-how do we know its not for a good reason? how do we know we wont be shoutin “jfk’s black n white army!” in a few weeks time! lol

  • baz

    Sep 30, 2008 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #26


  • Born Again Geordie

    Sep 30, 2008 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #27

    Jude / irish

    Spot on KK would be a backward step. We need to move on now.

    This guy seems to have the balls to give a good bo**ocking and not care what people think about him. that must be agood thing.

    A galvanised squad that can work for each other as a unit will be hard to beat. We know we are capable of that ——– Man Ure first game of the season !!!

    I hope JK can do a job for us and bring a smile back to the faces of the fans and the players, from what I have read about him he is a motivational genius and we need someone like him right now.

    lets not pre-judge him but see what he can do by the results. I think it is important for the team that they have a focal point / figure head.

    The only way is up …………

    Ho’way the lads !!!!!!!

  • Jude

    Sep 30, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #28

    well that’s more likely to be the case i guess bowburnmag…he’ll sell to the highest bidder, the business man that he is

  • hitman

    Sep 30, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #29

    lads do you not think the club has already been sold,is that not why mort is back on the seen.

  • Jude

    Sep 30, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #30

    Couldn’t have said it better Born again Geordie…

    We have a manager now (in the interim tho) who seems to have the balls to make changes to the way the team plays (duff against blackburn) and also air out to fans what he thinks….

    The second half of blackburn showed a totally rejuvenated side and even that we were still without most of our first team players, some of whom are returning very soon (at least Guthrie and Enrique will be back for Everton without Cahill)..

    And hopefully within 6 weeks some stability should return to the club with a permanent owner.

    Things are certainly looking up.

  • Born Again Geordie

    Sep 30, 2008 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #31

    It is so nice to be reading some positive posts on here after such a dire few weeks.

    I also think it is great that the majority of people are prepared to give JK a fair crack of the whip!

    Ho’way the lads – 3 points at Everton on Sunday and make Moyes look even more miserable than he already does !!!! 😀

  • Angryman the Angry Fan

    Sep 30, 2008 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #33
  • Angryman the Angry Fan

    Sep 30, 2008 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #34

    Well i found it funny!!!

    He he he he 😀

  • chris

    Sep 30, 2008 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #35

    good news that joe is stamping his authority, a leader is what we needed and it looks like that is what we have got, so that can only be good, ganiyu, ahy even come on here and comment if all u do is contradict what evryone else says, just to get a reaction? its boring and u clearly have no clue what you are talking about on every blog!

  • Born Again Geordie

    Sep 30, 2008 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #36


    interesting that but no great surprise – he will not be a loss to us because we have not had him at all this season so far have we ?

  • It Could Be Worse, We Could Be Spurs! (DC)

    Sep 30, 2008 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #37

    micepie totally agree about your comments on that smug, wannabe cocknie. Gotta like Max Bretos though, he seems pretty canny.

    Media perspectives on NUFC have always been incredibly biased and seems to have spread to the US. It can be almost unbearable to listen to these fools blabber on without the slightest piece of information, the effects of this copy-paste age I’m afraid.

    Spent the weekend in Vegas and couldn’t see the game, disappointed by the result (& Taylor’s marking) but good to see Hull beating the Arse.

    Also good to see some things written about the Toon showing a bit of respect and empathy. i.e. & Arsene’s comments etc.

    This club needs to move forward and that means NO to Carr and NO to KK. He hasn’t even made a statement to us fans since WALKING OUT FOR THE SECOND TIME!!

    Everton will be no push-overs and I for one don’t expect any immediate resurgence, still good to see a strong personality in charge of the team and at the end of the day, it could be worse….we could be Spurs!

  • Xsico golden boot

    Sep 30, 2008 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #38

    DC they are a bit ott do you not think what is wrong with coloccini the press love to put the toon down and how great would it be that JK shoved it where the sun does not shine to them and get some good results.

  • Bobby Ollox

    Sep 30, 2008 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #39

    I agree with the stuff about KK walking out twice , but come on, you know that if he wanted it we would give him just one more chance……

    he is a massive part of our club

  • Ganiyu

    Sep 30, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #40

    Born again geordie-take this as an advice dont be stupid


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