No Time For A Rookie Manager At Newcastle

There are now growing doubts that Mike Ashley will be able to sell the Newcastle club in the next month or so, and it is therefore is becoming important that Joe Kinnear is supported in the January transfer window, so he can bring in at least four good new players to strengthen the Newcastle squad.

Joe Kinnear – no time for rookie manager

Kinnear talked about the situation this morning:

“It would be ideal for an inexperienced manager to go into a top-six club, with everything at their disposal, and become a designer manager,” “But I think experience is needed to do the job where we are. I think it’s a situation where an experienced head is needed.”

“This club will always be associated with big names. That is part and parcel of it. I could say things to some of those big names, such as: ‘What have you done? What experience have you got?”

“It seems nowadays you don’t need that. You are just automatically linked with the job.” “I have always had it the hard way — having to buy and sell to keep a club like Wimbledon up.”

It’s hard to argue with Joe, because he has come in at Newcastle and at least has the lads fighting with all they are worth for the club. Newcastle fans love to see that, and yesterday’s display will go down well with the Newcastle faithful, where the lads played their socks off to get a vital point at Stamford Bridge.

We have a decent squad, when all players are fit, and Joe is now starting to get the lads playing with some good organization at the back and with more confidence. Joe is slowly earning the respect of the Newcastle fans, as what he is trying to do is starting to show through, and we are getting to be a much harder team to beat, anywhere.

Joe also has not doubt at all that Newcastle will stay in the Premier league as he continued:

“Absolutely. I need help in the transfer market, because injuries don’t help, but I can’t see us going down. I fought relegation for 12 years with Wimbledon, and I see enough in this team to think that won’t happen here.”

“But things can change quickly. If we get two more injuries to key players then we would be in trouble.”

Kinnear would seem to welcome the chance of working with Alan Shearer at Newcastle, and certainly Alan could learn from Joe, who has lots of experience in the management ranks, and he certainly proved yesterday the game has not passed him by in the last few years. His preparation of Newcastle for the Chelsea game was par excellent.

Joe continued:

“If I was looking at it from Alan’s side, as a legend and great player up here, maybe it would be tough on him if he came into a position where he didn’t have finances.”

“I’m sure the first thing he would say is: ‘I want to build my own team and buy my own players’.” “Would he come in as it is now? I doubt it.”

It’s hard to see Alan joining up with Joe at Tyneside, but the time is now getting close that Joe gets the confidence of being handed the manager job until the summer, and that he is then fully supported in the January transfer market.

We may all be surprised at what Joe can accomplish, in what are undoubtedly some of the toughest conditions for any manager to manage a football team.

But Joe is going week to week, which is the best way to go, and we support Joe fully – simply because he is working his socks off for the Newcastle United Football Club.

Comments welcome.

38 comments so far

  • Toon-Army1902

    Nov 23, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #1

    kinnear is a good manager and i think he should stay. but i also think that Shearer should take up kinnears offer and come in for a few days of training to see what managements like. Shearer will become newcastle manager sum day.


  • ObaMartins

    Nov 23, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #2

    Kinnear is nothing more than Ashley’s “Puppet” he gets told what bits of information to Release and when, he has Even had the Nerve to blame Keegan for whats gone on and Now starts on shearer..Come January we may lose Michael Owen, come the summer he may be joined by Given, Harper, Zog, Oba and who ever else!!!!We must be the laughing Stock of Football thanks to Who ate all the Pies Ashley and boggle eyes Wise and Co..

  • Yeomsta

    Nov 23, 2008 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #3

    joe’s doing a good job but he has a big mouth and he should learn to shut up and let the results do the talking instead of using team press conferences to self promote.


    Nov 23, 2008 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #4

    joe kinnear is the perfect manager for someone like ashley,because he,ll do the job on a shoestring budget.

  • JOOO

    Nov 23, 2008 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #5

    We need to bring in about 8 players in Jan they should be

    Joao Moutinho
    Miguel Veloso
    Angel Di Maria
    Diego Buonanotte
    Ignacio Camacho
    Micah Richards
    Thomas Kahlenberg
    Erik Pieters

  • neeraj

    Nov 23, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #6

    one thing kinnear is doing right is taking the whole attention…. rather than them going to players and cook up stories…..

    yes his comments are not always best, but you dont hear from players as much now a days abt the sale, confidence or even the potential new mgr which is a good thing…. let them concentrate on their game and kinnear to do all the talking

  • ObaMartins

    Nov 23, 2008 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #7

    Mike has told me to keep the money I get for selling any players and invest it back into the team. <<<<Not a Penny for the Tranfer Window….you People who are willing to take him back are as BAD…

  • k k forever

    Nov 23, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #8


  • Toon-Army1902

    Nov 23, 2008 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #9

    i think that we should go for unsettled people at other clubs for example: elano,gallas.

  • wigaz

    Nov 23, 2008 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #10

    May be agood shout toon but yes to elano no to gallas! although he’s a good player he’s nowt but trouble. We could go for some decent free transfers like Ronaldo or Appiah (Spelt wrong?). Joe saying it’s no place for rookie manager but I say it’s no place for Rookie Owners (Ashley!) idiots who have no idea how to run a football club! Bring in Big Al to save the day.

  • mikeygd

    Nov 23, 2008 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #11

    elano would come and be a good signing but gallas won’t hell go to the french league as quoted

  • mikeygd

    Nov 23, 2008 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #12

    nzogbia out elano in
    geremi out riise in
    cacapa out warnock in
    gonzalez out scott sinclair in (loan)
    O’shea in

  • mikeygd

    Nov 23, 2008 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #13

    bullard in as well

  • mikeygd

    Nov 23, 2008 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #14

    xisco out and benny mccarthy in to

  • wigaz

    Nov 23, 2008 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #15

    Be happy with that Micky. Toon Line up realistic if we wheel & deal in Jan.

    Sold: Owen £5m
    Smith £3m
    Zogs £8m
    Cacapa Free

    Bought: Rise £4m
    Elano £7m
    Warnock £5m
    Ronaldo Free
    Thats £16m raised & £16m spent. F**K you Ashley!! thats what i’d like Joe to do.

  • Toon-Army1902

    Nov 23, 2008 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #16

    thats a good team wigaz but i think we could get more for owen and i dont think man city will let elano go for £7m more like £17m. also micheal johnson from man city looks like a good target, he hasnt be playing 4 man city lately and he would be getting 1st team at the might toon.

  • mikeygd

    Nov 23, 2008 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #17

    Wow im bored

    —–Beye Colo Warnock—-
    Jonas Bullard

    Subs: Benny,riise, Sinclair, Barton, Guthrie, Duff, Harper

    Those that need to work to get onto the bench:
    Ameobi, Butt, Bassong, Taylor, Viduka, Smith,

    Another possible line up:


  • mikeygd

    Nov 23, 2008 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #18

    didnt see ya post wigaz, i was spending too much time writing that 1, ure team looks gr8

  • mikeygd

    Nov 23, 2008 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #19

    my first formation of jonas and bullard as wing backs id swap riise as a left wing back. Forgot how good riise can be in left midfield alot better than duff as he can shoot!

  • mikeygd

    Nov 23, 2008 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #20

    elano wont go for 17mil hughes doesnt rate him he will never get ahead of ireland for that am role

  • mikeygd

    Nov 23, 2008 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #21

    7mils a good price, id go as far as 10 as long as we can get nearer the 10 mark for zogs

  • Toon-Army1902

    Nov 23, 2008 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #22

    good point mikey. i think that we could get owen for £10m and zog for £10 it would be awesome. but i have a bad feeling that we might lose Martins.

  • Wallsend Will

    Nov 23, 2008 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #23

    Chelsea 5 Middlesbrough 0
    Chelsea 5 Sunderland 0
    Chelsea 0 Newcastle 0

    Give Joe Kinnear the Job!!!!

  • mikeygd

    Nov 23, 2008 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #24

    if we get a new ambitious owner:
    Park Ji Sung in
    Cahill of everton in
    Arteta in
    Bridge in
    Crouch in
    Defoe in

  • mikeygd

    Nov 23, 2008 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #25

    I think we can hang onto Martins
    Don’t think he is anywhere near the finished article to go to a big club yet.
    He has the potential to go onto bigger things though but i think we can hang onto him for now hopefully

  • mikeygd

    Nov 23, 2008 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #26

    krankjar in as well!

  • mikeygd

    Nov 23, 2008 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #27



    Nov 23, 2008 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #28

    who does joe sell?
    what happens if the players he wants to sell dont attract any interest?
    all in all it is a completely desperate situation,how do you conduct all that business in a month?it,s impossible.
    i think now people have seen mike ashleys true colours,i was prepared to give him a bit of leeway but he is not going to invest.
    no players should be leaving the club anyway in the current climate,make a small squad even smaller makes a lot of sense.
    there does not seem to be an end to this nightmare under mike ashley.

  • Toon Olly

    Nov 23, 2008 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #29

    singning elano would be a dream come true! absolutely cracking player and we’d have serious threat from deadball situations, long range (elano or riise) close range (elano or butt haha) and someone to whip something deadly in from the in-directs.
    sadly i doubt elano would come to us under kinnear, too much brazillian arrogance and i cnt really see joe going for brazillion flair anyway…alas


    Nov 23, 2008 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #30

    has anyone noticed that every transfer window since ashley has been at the club,he seems to have an excuse not to spend money.
    first one was=oh where just settling in see how the club is going,we dont think throwing money at it is the answer.
    the january window sam was sacked as the window was opened,keegan came in and then it was we dont to park players.
    you all know how the summer window went.
    now this approaching window ashley has yet another excuse not to invest,just seems like a coincidence to me.

  • Hadrian

    Nov 23, 2008 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #31

    honestly cant stand the way you do your headlines ed , so matter of fact , what in reality your as far from the situation as you could be .

  • Brian

    Nov 23, 2008 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #32

    Elano seems to go to Liverpool with Benayoun going the other way.

  • clinta

    Nov 23, 2008 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #33

    wigaz- ronaldo on a free?? yeah but what wages would he demand, and whjat would he really offer.

    You’d think as a toon fan you would of had enough of past it superstars just taking from the club.?!

    Kluivert anyone!


    Nov 24, 2008 at 2:54 AM

    Comment #34

    Having heard Shearer ( through his “Gis a job Al”) former team mate Rob (zilch experience) Lee, has decided he is ready to manage The Toon.
    Well thats very magnanimous of you Al.
    We also have been led to believe thats conditional on Ashley`s leaving, sure Al.
    Question arises has anyone asked you to fill that particular role, apart from a few hero worshiping fans ?
    What exactly are you going to do that Joe has`nt done ?
    The guy has got this barebones ,with not a great degree of talent team, playing harder than at any time i can remember in quite a while.
    It may come as a surprise to you that not everyone is of the opinion your services are required.
    What do you think about that ?

  • Sav

    Nov 24, 2008 at 3:21 AM

    Comment #35

    I think Joe is dead right to flush out this story about Shearer coming in and deal with it with some style and a little well-aimed sarchasm. Its an unnecessary and very unhelpful distraction (thanks to Rob Lee) we don’t need right now and JFK has just tossed his cap over it.
    The club is unlikely to be sold so the rumour is premature anyway and if Shearer is going to run for manager, he ought to spit it out himself and say he wants it. If the rumour didn’t come on Shearer’s behalf, then Rob Lee has hopefully just disqualified himself from having any part in any future role at the club. We don’t have a position for another gobshite at the minute, Rob. They’re all filled.

  • ginkoh

    Nov 24, 2008 at 3:51 AM

    Comment #36

    next month and next month and next month again. I don’t know really when we can sell our club and how long we stay like this. I just hope we start our first step forward soon.

  • good business

    Nov 24, 2008 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #37

    Shearer is always in talks and newspapers when it’s about managing NU when NU is in the situation like it’s at the moment. I guess it’s Ok. Fans just expect some kind of saviour from somewhere. There aren’t any gimmicks Shearer could do right away even though he would become a manager. It’s easy for us to say “sell those players and buy those ones” like in computer game. But in real world it’s not like that. You just can’t put up all the players on sale . But yeah, you can try to sell a club…
    Joe is doing OK, it’s alot bout confidence. There are also quality players in NU!

  • Wallsend Will

    Nov 24, 2008 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #38

    Another plus for giving Joe the Job from “Stan the Man”


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