Gary Megson Stands Up For Joe Kinnear

Bolton manager Gary Megson has today defended Newcastle United manager Joe Kinnear, after his X-rated tirade against the press, and especially Simon Bird of the Daily Mirror.

Joe Kinnear – oh no – is that Simon Bird in front of me?

Kinnear, 61, caused a storm at Newcastle’s training ground news conference on Thursday, when he singled out Simon Bird of the Daily Mirror right at the start, and then launched a tirade against his reporting.

The former Wimbledon boss is very upset by how his decision to let Newcastle players have the day off on Monday has been reported.  Simon Bird, during the new conference for instance, said Joe was wrong to give them the day off, and he should at least let them watch videos or something.

But when has Simon earned the right to tell a football manager what he should be doing?  Has he ever managed a football team?

When you give a person a job in management you must let them do it their way, not your way, and it’s even more surprising, and uncalled for,  when journalists tell managers what they should do, and then criticize them if they don’t do it.

Of course it’s always very easy to give advice when you are not on the hook for the results, very easy indeed. And you are never wrong, because if the manager does something else and it doesn’t work you say they should have done what you suggested.

If they do what you suggested and it doesn’t work, you keep quiet about it, or say they didn’t execute it properly. We know all about second guessing and this kind of stuff from our time at IBM, it’s no different in football.

Kinnear even hinted at taking legal action against his detractors in the media, and it will be intersting if he goes ahead with that.

Gary Megson has been there himself of course, and has faced severe criticism at Bolton. but he got past it and did a great job at the end of last season in  keeping Bolton in the Premier league.

Gary said today:

“Joe has got the hump and the guy in the media seemed to be suggesting that Newcastle’s players shouldn’t have had Monday off,”

“But I can’t see what is wrong with that because Newcastle are playing on Sunday and therefore have an extra day to prepare.” “It’s a huge football club and Joe needs to meet all the staff and let everyone know how he wants to do things.”

“You can’t do everything in 24 hours, but from a football point of view I don’t think it was an issue.” “I’ve read the interview and Joe was apparently happy for it to go out, but the only thing that helps in any respect in football is by winning matches.”

“It’s like a goldfish bowl up there and it must be difficult to deal with. Joe Kinnear has been out of the game for a while now and he has got to be given a chance.”

“To start jumping on somebody’s back, in their first day in the job, is a little bit unfair.”

In fact, we thought Joe’s decision to let the players have Monday off was a good one, because it gave him the chance to meet with the coaching staff, learn a little about the players and what’s been going on at the club, be shown around the training facilities, and then plan what type of training they would be doing for the week.

That seemed to us an excellent plan, especially when our game, as Gary points out,  was one day later on Sunday.

So we support Joe on this one, at least in principle, if not the language he used, and we are well aware his foul mouthed tirade upset quite a few of our supporters, because it doesn’t help the club’s image. We received quite a number of emails on that.

It’s so much easier standing on the sidelines and criticizing those that are doing the real job, but to us, it’s always better to do the job – which always comes with criticism – because then you are at least doing something that is having some real impact.

The key is to get past that criticism, and not let it affect you, or the job you are doing.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Dondatta13

    Oct 4, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #1

    By the sounds of it, Joe doesn’t need anyone to stand up for him lol he can give as good as he gets…

  • Chris H

    Oct 4, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #2

    I think most managers will back him to tell the truth. He’s only done what they’ll love to do if they had the bottle!

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 4, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #3

    Well said megson…
    …Get stuck in to ’em!..

    …Down with the rags!..

    …Ho’way the Lads!..

  • Ganiyu

    Oct 4, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #4

    Its good to have a reason for doing things

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 4, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #5

    Ganiyu are you foreign?

    Just wondered as most posts I see written by you
    are either complete drivel or nonsense.

    I think jk will bring some level of stability to the toon..not expecting miracles and I think his verbel attack on the media was class.

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 4, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #6

    All we can do is support the Lads from this point onwards!..
    …Defo not expectin’ miracles…But, who woulda put money on hull beatin’ the arse at the kenny everetts 5 years ago?..
    …Football is a law unto it’s self!..
    …Ho’way the Lads!..

  • Chris G

    Oct 4, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #7

    I really do wish Joe the best of luck, but I’m afraid I’m one of the 14% minority who had a worse impression of him following his foul-mouthed tirade against the press.

    He sounded to me like a bloke who’d completely lost his marbles, and now I discover that he’s liked what he’s seen of Ameobi this week, and will be playing him against Everton tomorrow.

    Enough said

  • Chris G

    Oct 4, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #8

    sirjasontoon – a slight typo error in your previous post. Nobody in their right mind would describe JK’s verbal attack as “class”. I think the word you should have used is “crass”.

  • lacedaemonian

    Oct 4, 2008 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #9

    I am sure most managers abuse journalists most press conferences. They were the ones that decided to publish this unworthy news story. What part of this discussion was worthy of publication? They would never do this to Alex Ferguson or any other manager who potentially had a long term future in the Premier League. They can afford to burn their bridges with Joe.

  • Chris G

    Oct 4, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #10

    lacedaemonian – yeah, quite right, but in this case I think it was JK who told them that it was ok to publish it. He probably thought that it would help to make him more popular with the fans, and judging by the results of the poll it seems to have worked.

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 4, 2008 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #11

    Chris G

    The word I meant to use was “class”

    Hope this helps


  • Chris G

    Oct 4, 2008 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #12

    sirjasontoon – are you sure?

    The word “class” means, among other things, elegance of style, taste, and manner.

    The word “crass” means crude and unrefined.

    Which of these words do you think best describes Joe Kinnear?

    Hope this helps

    Chris G

  • Ericles

    Oct 4, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #13

    KK and JK have something in common. They don’t give shite and they don’t take shite. Just like the Toon Army. Now it is up to us all to show it on the terraces and on the pitch. OK Simon Bird? Where were you born? Fair play Joe and fair play to those who back you. Honesty costs nothing. Roll on Sunday.

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 4, 2008 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #14

    Chris you are boring me now,
    I hope this helps,


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