Francis To Join Kinnear at Newcastle as Part-Time Coach


There is news today that we think originates in The People, that has Gerry Francis joining Joe Kinnear at Newcastle, to help coach the side a couple of times a week.

Gerry Francis – will coach Newcastle a couple of times a week

The former QPR and Tottenham manager, and England captain Francis, who is 56, has been working as a commentator for Sky Sports since resigning as Bristol Rovers manager way back in December, 2001.

Kinnear and Francis became close friends during their playing days in the Capital and apparently Gerry has agreed to be on Tyneside to help Kinnear with some specific coaching, twice a week.

Newcastle United players yesterday took the bus (coach) to Liverpool for their Everton clash, instead of their usual chartered plane. That’s reported as a cost cutting exercise, but we think it’s more likely that Joe wants the squad together a bit longer while traveling, so they have an opportunity to get to know each other better.

It’s not very far to Liverpool after all from Newcastle, about 130 miles point to point.

Togetherness and team spirit is one thing Bobby Robson concentrated on when he took over a ravaged Newcastle side from Ruud Gullit in September, 1999. Bobby had the players stay together to eat lunch after training.

And of course Bobby did a magnificent coaching job that season that had us finish with a decent 52 points, after we had something like 2 points from the first 7 games.

That’s just one of many reasons the man is so loved and admired on Tyneside. And of course Bobby is a local, even if he was born south of the Tyne.  😀

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11 comments so far

  • adam

    Oct 5, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #1

    F**kn brilliant. maybe he can have a go at the media!

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  • jettson

    Oct 5, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #2

    thought francis was going to be helping out at Stoke City?according to other reports??
    what do you think he could bring to the club?

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  • malaysia magpie

    Oct 5, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #3

    well,i think for a moment is okay for him….appoint mcdermott n sadler back quickly

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  • DanToon

    Oct 5, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #4

    Good god no please, not with that hair lol…

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  • graemer

    Oct 5, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #5

    How low can we go……….?

    What has he ever done as a manager/coach ???
    and he was a crap player

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  • TERRYHIBBITONTHEWING

    Oct 5, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #6

    ED-This appointment would be very brief indeed, if it were to happen.According to reports today on TalkSport and other media outlets, there is a deadline set for Tuesday regarding bids for the TOON.Possibly implying a change of ownership by mid November.Whether this means the return of Special K, who knows, but Tuesday could be pivotal in the direction of the club.

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  • Taiwantoon

    Oct 5, 2008 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #7

    Some had gave KK lots of sticks because he was away from footy jobs for 3 years and now look at what we are getting. 🙁

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  • figsdad

    Oct 5, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #8

    we are slowly turning into cockney club,,

    might as well call us newcastle hotspur.

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  • Scott

    Oct 5, 2008 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #9

    Are there any other out of work explayers associated strongly with London we do not have on our wage bill.

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  • ObaFan2

    Oct 5, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #10

    Can’t stand the guy, if there was anyone who I disliked more than dodgy ‘Arry Redknapp then MA has found him………

    I hope Ashley sells and sells quickly, he’s absolutely clueless.

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  • another malaysian magpie

    Oct 5, 2008 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #11

    sir bobby will always be the best coach newcastle had in my memory because i started supporting newcastle the time kk took off the 1st time, and ruud gullit messed things up terribly. so they way bobby robson came and did wonders was absolutely my best memories of the club i have.

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