Newcastle Organization and Communication Much Improved

Joe Kinnear was able to have an interview with the Evening Chronicle today, just before boarding Newcastle’s plane to London, for tomorrow’s crucial game with Fulham.

Joe Kinnear – team now has much better communication

Kinnear spoke today of some of the things he has been able to improve on the training field, and thinks there is improved communication on the field between the Newcastle players, especially the defense.

Joe said:

“Looking at Fabricio Coloccini, I can see that he is reading the game better and that he is getting a better understanding with Steven Taylor.” “Players are expressing themselves to each other more than when I arrived here.”

“There was the quiet bunch, the reasonably talkative bunch and a few noisy ones, whereas at Wimbledon, everybody voiced an opinion.” “You can’t play football without information on the pitch unless you have the 11 best players in the world.”

“But when you have to organize, somebody has to pass on information because things change so quickly.” “The key goal we lost at Sunderland could have been sorted out in two seconds if somebody had made the decision when the lad had the shot and mis-hit it and it went across the box to Cisse.”

“There was no full-back there, was there? The full-back had come across with the wide player thinking he was doing the right job, where he could have let him go on to a centre-back and stayed in that hole and then dealt with that ball.”

“Our organization was what killed us for that first goal, but we don’t do that any more. We stay in our positions and pass players over.” “We don’t travel with players, we don’t let people pull us out of holes, and we don’t let people disorganize us.

“They are only minor things, but they are effective.” “You have to keep your shape whatever team you are playing, even when teams have ploys to pull you out of areas, like we did the other night against Aston Villa.”

“Thankfully, I am getting a good response from the players.”

Joe Kinnear has stamped his image on our players and hopefully the defense will keep improving, because when Joe talks, you get the idea he knows exactly what he is talking about.

And that rubs off on the players who are only too willing to help Joe through what is an extremely difficult task he took up 6 weeks ago.

But if we can get a win tomorrow, it’s clear we’ll get some good press, because 3 wins in a row would be great and in Joe’s first 6 games, we’ll have captured 11 points – not too bad at all.

Then we’ll have to beat Wigan Athletic at home next Saturday, where we would hope that Newcastle supporters turn up in some numbers to support the lads. Let’s not make things even more difficult than it already is for Joe and the players.

Keep it up Joe.

10 comments so far

  • Bill F (Original)

    Nov 8, 2008 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #1

    Unlike some previous managers, Joe seems to have a good brain for on field tactics. When KK came back to us and we got Chris Hughton in we seemed to improve at the back. It may well be that allowing CH to concentrate on the coaching side and not have the added responsibilty of tring to manage could be a big factor in how we have improved. And yes, of course, having a full strength squad helps as well.

  • UTD111

    Nov 8, 2008 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #2

    Kinnear has brought his experience to bear, no-one can deny that and he should be given credit for it. If he wins the next 2 games he’s not doing himself any harm in the long-term whether Cashley is serious about selling or not – although his abilities in the transfer market will never be tested under the current regime as that is all mis-managed by the poison dwarf.
    Ed – I know the crowd numbers have been 5000 down, but some fans will never come back as long as the dwarf is still infesting the club – and personally, I respect them for that.
    I still attend the games, but I wouldn’t want anyone to interpret that as meaning I support Cashley and his dwarf.

  • ToonKing

    Nov 8, 2008 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #3

    Joe does show that he has a good tactical brain, and you could see that against Villa. As he said, we didn’t travel with players and did a good job with the zonal marking.

    We made that mistake before, but you could clearly see that Villa were trying all night to pull Colo out of the box with Carew, but we held our ground great.

    Great job by Joe.

  • Toon Graeme

    Nov 8, 2008 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #4

    3 points and I think we jump to 9th.


    Nov 8, 2008 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #5

    Wow , giving Joe some praise Hmmm.
    Credit where credit is due, the guy has transformed a bunch of disorganized players going through the motions into a team thats motivated and organized.
    Dont forget what he inherited just a few short weeks ago and comparing his time with that of KK (how many games did he lose in a row) its a no contest, cant remember seeing a more motivated squad in quite a while.
    Keep it up Joe, you are doing good.

  • UTD111

    Nov 8, 2008 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #6

    Woah Chuck – this man dosn’t compare with King Kev.
    I think you’ve forgotten what Kev inherited, and the fixtures he got hit with…..

  • Toon_Ksk

    Nov 8, 2008 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #7

    If the defence can continue to play as well as they did against Villa, credit must go to Kinnear and Hughton. Again, it is back to the basics. Communication and organisation are vital aspects when it comes to defending.

    Away game at Fulham will be a good test of ability.

  • Sav

    Nov 9, 2008 at 2:05 AM

    Comment #8

    Left-Back is still an achilles heel. Needs to be addressed in January. We haven’t had a good LB since Pearce, and he was way past his best then.

  • Guinea Mag

    Nov 9, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #9

    JFK has the defence playing so well; a clean sheet and 3 ponts against a very good Villa side shows the improvement.

    Well done JFK, please keep up the good work with another 3 points today!

  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 9, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #10

    All credit to JK…Totally no-nonsense, but not in a souness kinda way…
    …Agree with bill, toonking & chuck!..

    …Keep up the good, solid, work Joe!..


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