Once You’ve Been To Top Of Everest Nothing Surprises Me

Joe Kinnear as ever thinks Newcastle have a decent chance tonight of beating Aston Villa at St. James’ Park.

Joe Kinnear – nothing surprises me now

Joe talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:

“I feel very optimistic of getting a result, especially playing at home,”

Joe Kinnear since he started at Newcastle in late September has met all the adversity at the club head on, and has done a reasonable job of getting the players back playing with some skill and determination, although we are hardly in the league position we need to be by the end of the year.

But Joe has stacks of experience always battling the odds at Wimbledon, but the Newcastle Journal reports this morning, on a less well-known management spell, when Joe was manager of Nepal in 1987.

Joe talked about his Nepal experience this morning, which was before he took over at Wimbledon:

“I was in Nepal for two years as their national coach. It was an amazing experience. You have to do it when you are young. I don’t think I would do something like that now but I am glad I did it, saw it, and roamed around. It was an education,”

“You are spoiled as a footballer. I have had to do it the hard way as a manager. I had 18 years in the top flight, five Cup finals, two European finals and I won them all.”

“Then you go onto coaching and learn your trade.” “With those experiences, nothing can surprise me. I am quite a confident and optimistic person so I am ok with life.”

Kinnear’s Nepal, who he trained at the base of Mount Everest, were runners up at the South Asian Games of 1987, and won the silver medal.

The beautiful Mount Everest – where are the football fields?

Joe continued:

“Most of the players I had were Gurkhas,” “We played in World Cup qualifiers with Nepal. There would be 80,000 at every game and they would queue up for days to get a ticket.”

“We would play tournaments in India, it is a cricket country but you would be amazed. People would sleep in the street to get a ticket.”

“We trained at the foot of Mount Everest. There was a hotel right near and you could see it as you looked outside of your window. Incredible place. I have been up to the top of the mountain – right to the top and right across the Anapere range. I got taken up in a private jet.”

“Did I climb it? You must be kidding. I went up about three in the morning when the sun sets, it was sensational. Went all the way down to Tibet, turned left and came all the way back again.’’

There’s no doubt that Joe is a colorful personality, and an interesting guy to say the least.

But he still has big challenges to face at the Newcastle club, because our next 3 games are so important, and we just have to start getting more wins. We hope we can do just that.
Howay The Lads!!

12 comments so far

  • UTD111

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #1

    Since saying he wasn’t going to talk to the press – he’s never shut up.
    He bangs his gums more than even Glenn Roeder did……

  • Big Gaz

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #2

    1 st

    God we need a win tonight.

    The league is so close at the moment and we just need this one win to take us
    a) Above the great unwashed
    b)on a winning streak to get us going in the right direction

    Haway The Toon

  • Big Gaz

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #3

    Dont know if many would agree but i would play the following in a 4-5-1


    Bassong Collicini Taylor Beye

    Duff Guthrie Butt Barton Spiderman


    Duff n spiderman rushing down the wings and the 3 holding in the middle..All out attack..

  • Karltoon

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #4

    Aye, i’d be happy with that..

    But i’d put Beye right back and Bassong left..

  • lesh

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #5

    Not many managers can say they’ve coached in Nepal though.

    See, Joe is a bit special!!

  • Sav

    Nov 3, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #6

    Well, Joe we are firmly snowed-in in Base Camp now, mate…. And trying not to think too much about the only time you ever got to the top was in some other bloke’s private jet.


    Nov 3, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #7

    I agree with a 5 man mid-field tonight otherwise they will kick our arse…..
    I think we could get a couple of goals with our wingers pushing up
    Howay the Lads

  • UTD111

    Nov 3, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #8

    Is Kinnear sure he’s right about the sun setting in the morning?? I thought it rose in the morning and set at night?
    Is the drink in Nepal a bit on the strong side?

  • Whumpie

    Nov 3, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #9

    Joe talks a lot about stuff like this because if he doesn’t, the press go off and make stuff up about the players.

    Good on him. If we win.

  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 3, 2008 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #10

    Aye whumpie,
    & if memory serves me right SBR said some ludicrous things when he got excited, but that didn’t stop him bein’ shit-hot, did it?..

  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 3, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #11

    Come to think of it KK said some dumd shite sometimes aswell!..

    …Go figure!..

  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 3, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #12

    That should read as ‘dumb’…


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