Guthrie Says Kinnear Has Settled Players Down

Danny Guthrie is pleased Joe Kinnear has come in, steadied the ship, and been honest with the players, and the difference could be seen at Everton last Sunday.

Danny Guthrie – Joe has steadied the ship

Danny talked today about his new interim manager Kinnear:

“Joe’s made a difference, but he hasn’t come in and done anything massive. He’s basically steadied the ship. He’s talked to the players and set out a plan of what he wants us to do,”

“He’s basically come in and managed us, and I think that’s given us all a bit more confidence because it feels much more normal than before.”

“He’s been totally honest with us and put us right in the frame of what’s happening and what he wants us to do. That’s the best thing he could have done because it’s immediately settled everything down.”

“Chris (Hughton) is great in what he does. He’s a great coach and he’s been a fantastic influence on the training ground. But I think Chris would be the first to admit that he’s not really a manager,”

“Joe’s a manager through and through, and he’s been able to bring different skills to the job. I’m not saying Chris doesn’t have those skills, though.” “Sometimes you just need an experienced manager to lead from the front and bring everything else together.”

Danny is very careful that his words don’t come over as criticism of Hughton, who was left with the mess after the blow up in early September.  Chris is an excellent coach but has never been a manager at any club, so it was a difficult job for him, and he did his very best, we’re sure of that.

Of course Danny has had some trouble himself, after losing his control in the final minutes of the Hull City defeat, when he was sent off for a wild tackle from behind on Fagan, which resulted in Fagan sustaining a broken leg.

But it looks like Danny has learned his lesson and is now willing to get back and give his very best for the team:

“I’ll learn from the mistake. I apologized and said sorry, but it still hurt to be out knowing I only had myself to blame. It’s just good to be back, and I just want to stay in the team now.

“It’s been an awful few weeks. It’s hard to miss games for whatever reason, but its even worse when its your own fault because you’ve done something silly.

“I know I made a mistake, but its been frustrating because I haven’t been able to start putting it right. It’s hard to watch your team-mates, and its obviously been even tougher these last few weeks because things haven’t been going very well on the pitch.”

Danny has been a great buy, and he made a big difference on Sunday, and we’re glad he’s back. And hopefully we’ll have reinforcements in Gutierrez and Beye for the Manchester City game, which will be a tough home baptism for Kinnear, in a couple of weeks.

We’re sure the fans will turn out in big numbers to welcome Kinnear to Newcastle, and a win is what we need.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • lesh

    Oct 7, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #1

    Maybe Joe could think about settling himself down before the FA throw the book at him.

    Great job so far…. or so it appears

  • Toon Graeme

    Oct 7, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #2

    You could see the difference in the team with Danny on the pitch.

    Problem we have is the finish up front.

    Beye and Jonas would be welcomed back with open arms, so we can get back to the way we were at the beginning of the season.

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 7, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #3

    Off topic,

    Butt out fat sham…

    …defoe over Owen…Ha!..Laugh?..I thought my trousers were never gonna dry!..

    …On topic…Go Danny go!..

  • Ausgeordie

    Oct 7, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #4

    when jonas is back we should move duff a bit further up and get him some more goals

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 7, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #5

    Aw yea!..

    …Sepp blatter…Keep ya’ comments to y’self!..

  • Bob1

    Oct 7, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #6

    Did Danny ever meet and apologise to Fagan?

    Well done JK! Would Terry Vegetables have done as good a job so far?

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 7, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #7

    Well in the write up above, Ed claims Danny said sorry!..

    …I wonder if skertl will say sorry to himself for bein’ on the pitch (when he shoulda been sent off)
    when he got injured…Yet another ‘top 4’ ref decision!..At least this one bit back!..

  • Sav

    Oct 7, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #8

    Is Man City Barton’s final banned game?

  • Toon Graeme

    Oct 7, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #9

    Yep – Barton back for the BIG derby against the mackems.

    Sunderland have found the net this season – that you cant deny.

    Im sure JFK will have the boys ready for the best derby this side of 2009!

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 7, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #10

    Might as well be sav, that’s who he played for in relation to this ban…
    …the fa ( maybe should be renamed kfa, know fu*k all) are radged!..

  • Will

    Oct 7, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #11

    I think Guthrie is key for us. I was releaved to see his name on the team sheet on sunday and he was good. His tracking back was brilliant and was well for the cause.

    He may be young but he is better than Butt ATM in my opinion. Butt is TOO wreckless.

  • Lokes

    Oct 7, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #12

    He is far better than Butt.
    When Jonas is back, the line up should be like this
    Beye colo taylor bassong
    Jonas gutrie duff zoggy
    Owen xisco


    Beye colo taylor bassong
    Jonas butt gutrie zoggy

    Cant play taylor and zog at the wing back positions, Robinho and SWP surely give them a hard time!
    Anyone agree?

  • tooner

    Oct 7, 2008 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #13

    cant wait to see guthrie and barton play together its gonna be sweet

  • Robby Bobson

    Oct 8, 2008 at 4:01 AM

    Comment #14

    Tooner – Yeh guthrie and Barton should be awesome.

    What Guthrie does more than anything he doesnt get credit for and that is retaining possession. Againast Everton and especially Man Utd whenever we were under pressure Guthrie found some space and kept possession. He also has good energy an a good pass.

    Bargain at 2 million and was Keegans choice apparetly which shows that KK wasn’t out of touch and wasn’t asking for Lampard and Ronaldinho as “sources” have claimed.


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