Kinnear Targets 15 Points In 8 Games

Joe Kinnear thinks he can get 15 points from the 8 games he expects to be in charge as interim manager at Newcastle.

Joe Kinnear the fish was this big

Joe believes it’s going to be important to have the four experienced players like senior professionals Nicky Butt, Shay Given, Michael Owen and Damien Duff step up to the plate. Those are the four he thinks are the leaders of the club right now.

And he also believes that Steven Taylor and surprisingly Shola Ameobi can take their chance to become key players in the Newcastle team. That Ameobi comment will no doubt raise the eyebrows of many Newcastle fans since Shola has been ready to step up at Newcastle for 5 years, but never has.

Kinnear told the Newcastle journal today when asked if he was positive about the job at hand:

“Of course I’m positive about the job – this is a fantastic football club. There’s been a lot of things written and said about this football club, most of it rubbish, but I can see the belief coming back in the players on the training ground,”

“I believe I’ll only be in the job for eight games because the takeover is near and that’s 24 points to play for. If I had every single one of the squad available then I’d go for broke and say I’m after all 24. But with the players we’re missing – and I think we’re missing about seven key men – I think 15 is a realistic target.”

“I want to give everyone connected with club a lift. We’ve done some fantastic work on the training pitch and we’re going to Everton in a serious frame of mind and believing that we can win.”

“The fans have suffered along with everyone but they’re a fantastic asset for this football club. I sat in the stadium on Saturday and the only good thing that came out of the afternoon was the supporters.”

“The four experienced lads – they will be the backbone of my team. They’re the ones we’re looking to give everyone a lift and they’re the driving force of the team,” “I have been working with the defense all week and I have been saying to Tayls that I want him to be more vocal, to have more presence and to organize the back four.”

“He’s got a great future ahead of him in the game and this is a great chance for him
to show us what he can do. Shola Ameobi is another one. He’s got enormous potential – he’s a big strong athletic lad and if we can sort out his head he could be awesome for us.”

“I know people have said some things about the lad but this is his chance. He’ll get fantastic service from quality players in this team and my message to him is that he can be a real handful if he believes in himself. It’s an incredible opportunity for him.”

Good words again from Joe, and we’re glad we’re going all out for the win at Everton, because a good performance, even if we don’t get the win, is what we want first time out for Joe. That will at least restore the confidence of the players, but we also need to get something out of the game on Sunday.

And if the second half last week is anything to go by, Joe can have an immediate positive effect on the players – he’s already had a positive effect on us. 😀

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • NotAGhostToon

    Oct 2, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #1

    Goodd words, maybe overambitious but thats the point, sounds like keegan with a bit of aggression

  • adji

    Oct 2, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #2

    Aye? He’s right on track then….

  • skin d

    Oct 2, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #3

    amoebi will never be a footballer,as long as he has a hole in his a##e!!!!.

  • hitman

    Oct 2, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #4

    if joe can get us 15 points oot of 8 games,we might aswel give him the job full

  • The Entertainers

    Oct 2, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #5

    I suppose all motivators talk trash from time to time.

    Its not what you say, but the way you say it!

    Carry on Joe, lets hope your words are backed up.

  • graeme

    Oct 2, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #6

    A handfull!!!!! Shola??? Has Joe been havin a sneaky look in the showers or something???

    Shola hasnt threatened being an attacking CF in the last 4 years. He has had chance after chance with Robson, Roeder, Allardyce and Keegan. Not once has he proved his ability to be a Premiership striker or, much more importantly, his desire to be one.

    If Joe can make Shola into one, it will be the greatest achievement in the 8 games he thinks he has with NUFC. Personally, I think there is more chance of Jose Mourinho fronting up as manager than there is of Shola becoming a force in the Premiership.

  • jay b

    Oct 2, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #7

    i’m starting to like this dude, i hope he gets the best out of our players. If he is succesful, best of luck to him finding a club to manage, if not ours!

  • Lloydie780

    Oct 2, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #8

    Think we may have found that inspirational figure to lead us……Kinnear for Newcastle job. Anyone agree? As far as i see there is no-one else, it may go to pot but to be fair he knows what’s right and what’s wrong and is trying to play to strengths and strengthen weaknesses unlike many we have had before. Worth a shot, we are going no-where and neither is he….marraige made in heaven.

  • Micky Toon

    Oct 2, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #9

    Amobea is a good championship forward, just like David Kelly was good for us, but had to go when we were promoted.
    If you can’t improve on your talent when you’ve trained alongside the likes of Shearer and Owen then you have to start and look at yourself and realise that you may have just peaked.

  • bowburnmag

    Oct 2, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #10

    I was prepared to listen until he started talking about Ameobi.

  • Toon Chicken

    Oct 2, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #11

    Think 15 points might be slightly over-optimistic – but there’s nowt wrong with that – beats all the doom and gloom that’s surrounded the club in recent weeks.

    Here’s my slightly more pessimistic/realistic predictions…

    Eve(a) Opts
    M.City(h) 1pts
    Sund (a) 1pts
    WBA(h) 3pts
    AV(h) 1pts
    Ful(a) 3pts
    Wig(h) 3pts
    Che(a) 0pts

    TOTAL 12pts

  • bowburnmag

    Oct 2, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #12

    Micky Toon – precisely. David Kelly would be top 5 if I was asked for a list of favourite players but he was limited. The sooner Shola accepts it and whoever is in charge accepts it and gets and takes the chance to ship him out asap, the better for everyone. Shola will be able to look back on a proper football career and we won’t be as frustrated as hell with him or think so little of the kid. I appreciate Kinnear is doing a motivational piece but it falls on deaf ears.

  • geordie lad

    Oct 2, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #13

    for god sake plz dont start ameobi he doesnt deserve 2 be playin for gatshead reserves

  • Toon Chicken

    Oct 2, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #14

    If there’s one man who has benefited from the lack of continuity at the club it is Shola.

    Every single manager we’ve had over the last 5 or 6 years must come in, take a look at him, see a fit, strong, tall and athletic footballer and think “I can get the best out of this lad”. Then before they realise he’s sh!t and get a chance to flog him, they’re sacked and so the next man comes in and so on…

  • Macas

    Oct 2, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #15

    The alternative to Ameobi is Xisco. Ameobi is obviously not good enough for us, but when he was playing more regularly he looked a hell of a lot better than Xisco does right now. We need to get behind the lad and hope he can bag a few goals, as I think Joe will have seen that Xisco is not the answer at the moment.

  • bowburnmag

    Oct 2, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #16

    By the way, I can see maximum 9 points there like. Gotta be realistic. Hopefully I’m proved spectacularly wrong but we’re just not good enough at the moment and I can’t see us scoring goals on a regular basis. Where is this “fantastic service” going to come from? We haven’t exactly been spoilt for opportunities other than down at Cov.

  • bowburnmag

    Oct 2, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #17

    Macas – particularly at games we should get behind every man in a black and white shirt if they’re given the chance but on here we should also withold the right to question the opportunities the lads are given if we don’t think they’re worthy of it. Agreed that Xisco doesn’t look worthy of a place but I guess he deserves at least a small portion of the leniency we’ve offered Shola.

  • Bungles Pocket

    Oct 2, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #18

    Eve(a) 1pts
    M.City(h) 0pts
    Sund (a) 1pts
    WBA(h) 1pts
    AV(h) 1pts
    Ful(a) 1pts
    Wig(h) 3pts
    Che(a) 0pts

    TOTAL 8pts

  • Macas

    Oct 2, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #19

    Bowburnmag – Definitely, I have been one of Shola’s biggest critics for many years now, so I take no pleasure in proclaiming that I think he is one of our better options up front at the moment. I just feel that he has been there and done it in the Premiership so he knows what it’s all about, and given a bit of confidence he may be a better option than a young lad who is still finding his feet and has a lot to do to prove himself. I think Xisco just looks very ordinary right now, whereas Shola has the ability to do something different, whether he is actually aware of it at the time or not!


    Oct 2, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #20

    wens jonas back he has to be a masive boost to the team as doz beye we need to buy in jan that is a must i think we need some 1 in to sort owens cantract to becouse he is banging them in at the moment we need to tie him down now !
    heres my predictions for the next few matches
    everton = 3
    man city=1
    dirty tramps =1
    =10 points

  • WesToon

    Oct 2, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #21

    @ Bungles Pocket // Oct 2, 2008 at 11:08

    Mate thats a bit negative dont you think?? Why only 1 point at home to WBA?? We can deff win that one aswell as 1 point to Fulham away?? We could also sneak that game dont even get me started on Scumberland 1 point there?? How aboot being slightly more optimistic Lad?? add atleast 7 more points to your 8 and what do you have?? Blimey it appears to be 15

    Some fans i just will never understand!!!

  • Neil

    Oct 2, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #22

    It’s people like Shola Ameobi that lead people like me (28 years old and only slightly overweight!!) to think we can still live the dream and play professional football!!! I could play better than him p*ssed on a friday night – There I go again dreaming about playing for NUFC!!


    Oct 2, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #23

    MACAS??????Shola has been there and done it in the PL???WHAT????
    Done what?Cannot see shola doing anything spectacular.

  • Macas

    Oct 2, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #24

    Marty – If you read my comment through you’ll see I’m not saying he’s anything special, or that I actually like him, but he has played in the league for years, whereas Xisco is still trying to find his feet in a different league and culture. From what I’ve seen of Xisco so far there’s nothing that impressed me, and I get the feeling Kinnear will try throwing Shola in to the Everton game. I just don’t want fans to jeer him when he touches the ball, as we need to get behind everyone right now. Booing and laughing at him are hardly going to motivate him.

  • toontony

    Oct 2, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #25

    from todays chronicle
    Consortium flies in for takeover talks on NUFC
    Oct 2 2008 by Adam Jupp, Evening Chronicle

    THE man heading a South African consortium is on Tyneside in a bid to push through their takeover of Newcastle United.

    Jonathan Cleland arrived in Newcastle from his Scottish base on Tuesday night and is set to meet Mike Ashley’s representatives and visit club facilities.

    They have now officially lodged their bid, thought to be around £300m, with Seymour Pierce, the company Ashley has brought in to handle the sale.

    And if successful, the five-strong consortium plans to bring Kevin Keegan back as manager, as well as offering him a 5% stake in the club, worth more than £10m.

    They also want to install Brazilian soccer expert Simon Clifford as technical director and he could also be given a share of the Magpies
    It also reveals the Toon earns annual revenue of £90m, making a profit of £3.5m. There is currently a £50m overdraft facility and apart from that, the club is essentially debt-free.

    More cash is owed to the Magpies for transfer deals than is still to be paid out and the extent to which the overdraft facility is used depends on weekly gate receipts.

    Out of the seven potential buyers, the South Africans are viewed as the front-runners after Mr Cleland’s arrival on Tyneside.

    The South African-raised Scot has built a career around developing major brands and fronts the consortium that is also understood to include Brian Gilbertson, Brian Joffe, Johan Rupert and Vivian Imerman, despite the latter two previously denying any involvement.

    Mr Rupert, 58, fronts Swiss luxury goods firm Richemont, which owns brands such as Cartier and Dunhill. He has previously invested in Saracens rugby club, was linked with a buy-out of Blackburn Rovers and is said to be worth £3.8bn.

    Mr Imerman, 53, was an owner of Del Monte before buying into Scottish whisky firm Whyte and Mackay, which he sold for £595m last year. He runs investment firm Vasari Global Ltd in London with fellow South African Gerald Katzeff, 61. Mr Imerman is married to Lisa Tchenguiz, 43, sister of Robert Tchenguiz, who was a co-owner of Whyte and Mackay with him.

    Brian Joffe, 61, founded investment holding firm Bidvest and is chief executive of South African football team Bidvest Wit. The father-of-two has a reputation for buying failing companies and turning their fortunes around, which tallies with the way the consortium interested in United are said to have amassed their wealth.

    Clifford, who runs the International Confederation of Futebol de Salao and is manager of Garforth Town, is understood to be central to the South African’s plans and has played a key role in developing the bid over the last seven days.

    The Middlesbrough-born former teacher brought Brazilian methods of coaching to the UK and stars such as Manchester City and England defender Micah Richards have gone through his Brazilian Soccer Schools, which have more than two million members.

    Keegan was approached by the consortium as early as last Friday and the businessmen are also keen to find a role for Alan Shearer.

  • Yorkie dave

    Oct 2, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #26

    kinnear now saying he could be here 10-12 games. Why dont they just say he is here till the club is sold!!

  • clinta

    Oct 2, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #27

    1 point from 1 game would do for now i’m thinking.

  • briss

    Oct 2, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #28

    wyie man, get us a win @ everton


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