Given – Kinnear Straight And Tells It Like It Is


Veteran goalkeeper Shay Given has come out today and said that Joe Kinnear deserves a lot of credit for Newcastle United’s resurgence in the last two games.

Shay Given – lots of credit to Kinnear

Shay said today:

“A couple of weeks ago, the place was very flat,” “Confidence was extremely low as a team and not so good. Joe has changed that. We’ve had a great comeback at Everton after being two goals down and again against Man City with only ten men. It shows we are fighting for each other and for the club to get it moving in the right direction again.”

“It gives us a lot of confidence and belief. We’re excited and looking forward to going into the next game. Maybe a few weeks ago a few of the lads a little bit apprehensive because we were on such a bad run.”

“The manager deserves a lot of credit for that. He’s said his piece to the press and he’s pretty straightforward in the dressing-room as well. If you don’t do something right he tells you, he doesn’t hide behind people or decisions.”

“He tells it straight and as an older player I appreciate that. He tells it as he sees it. The players have responded to that and he deserves great credit for the two results we’ve had.”

Joe is almost the perfect man for the job right now and it’s just a pity in the last couple of games we couldn’t have snatched all three points, but that’s just us complaining too much. But certainly the performance in the last 3 halfs of play has been very very good, with the organization back in the team, and confidence showing through.

It was great when Newcastle got their second goal on Monday night to see Shay going berserk with delight, after Richard Dunne put through his own goal, such is the enthusiasm and fight of our players right now, which is fantastic to witness.

Dare we also say that the defense is looking a lot better and certainly  every player contributed to the cause on Monday night, which shows just how well Kinnear has woven team spirit and organization into the team. It’s been a good display of really effective coaching from Joe in the last 3 weeks under extremely trying conditions.

We also like the way the lads play under Kinnear, which is positive and attacking – even when we have 10 men, and if he continues the job like he’s been doing, whatever happens when the new owners come in, we owe Joe a big debt of gratitude for his hard work and devotion to this club.

Comments welcome.



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6 comments so far

  • brownrob

    Oct 22, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #1

    Team was excellent on, Bassong did a good job at LB but cant help feel he was the weak link in defence, especially the difference in pace vs SWP

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  • troy stavers

    Oct 22, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #2

    over the moon wi smokin joe. However i cant believe the situation we are in, scrapping to get out of the bottom two! I hope ashley and co now realise there is a balance between balancing the books and strengthening the team. I doubt if they are interested now! Hang your heads in shame pro ashley mob!

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  • steve

    Oct 22, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #3

    No matter what happens when new owners come in we def owe Joe a big thanks for stabalising the ship and instilling some fight into the team. It’s def done him no harm in the job market.
    funny how he has no problems talking to the press and fans which has helped a lot – something KK stopped doing once he fell out with Wise and the rest of those muppets. you have to feel that better communication from the start would have averted the mess we’re in – if ashley had said I’m gonna pay off the debt and give the manager 20 million a year to spend I’d have been well happy

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  • jim

    Oct 22, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #4

    Surely if the F.A overturn Beyes red card they are sayin it shouldnt have been a penalty therefore they should be deducted the goal as it was disallowed?making another decision to give us 2 points or maybe a compromise with 1 extra point?why not? they consider it for other teams-sheff utd/west ham saga etc-and Leeds were deducted 15 points were they not?this proves the F.A have the power and authority to do it-or are man city exempt from a deduction for some strange reason? i think it should apply-only if the F.A rule overturn the decision mind u-after all-no foul= no pen=no goal , and a change of scoreline!-its no use saying its too late because the match is over because thats hypocrytical to them changing anything then?i think the club should ask for a point deduction for man city and give us the win or at least the extra point in compensation!! Fwd this to the club someone! Ed!!

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  • Whumpie

    Oct 22, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #5

    Jim – I’m with you on the frustration, and I was impressed the JFK resisted an excellent opportunity to add to our lexicons of sweariness.

    BUT the answer doesn’t lie in point reallocation after the match, which is only done when teams do something financially dodgy as far as I’m aware.

    Personally I’m sick of spending my money to see the wrong team lose because of incorrect refereeing decisions. I’m not that angry at Styles, because if it takes several replays from different angles to verify something, it’s a bit much to expect one man to see it clearly real-time.

    Nope, I’d rather sit tight for two minutes during the match while a 5th official looks at those replays. That way the players know not to bother harrassing the ref or each other, and we all go home knowing the right team got the points. I’ve seen it in action in rugby, tennis and cricket, and it makes a huge difference.

    What is so special about football that makes it different from all the other major sports? Why the hell don’t we have replays??

    Anyway – I’m well off-subject here. Chuffed to bits with JFK, no idea what’ll happen next but I’m enjoying the ride.

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  • tyneside tommo

    Oct 22, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #6

    Well said, Ed. I’m a JFK critic only I’ve not had much to be critical about. The Everton and City performances were brilliant. Let’s hope we maintain the standard on Saturday. I’d really hate to lose that one!

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