Joe Kinnear Appointed Manager For The Season

Newcastle United have today announced that Joe Kinnear has signed a contract as manager of the club until the end of the 2008/09 season.

Joe Kinnear – Newcastle manager through the end of the season

Joe initially came to St. James’ Park in September as the interim manager until the club was sold, but will now remain with Newcastle for the rest of this season, so it’s a terrific opportunity for Joe to do extra well, starting at Middlesbrough tomorrow.

A delighted Kinnear commented on the news this morning:

“Ever since I came to Newcastle United I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience.” “The players have been great to work with and the fans have made me feel at home since day one.”

“We have a big challenge ahead of us for the rest of the season but together I’m confident we will make good progress.”

“We have some very good players already at this club and hopefully we can further strengthen the squad in January and I will be working very closely with the directors to try to achieve that.”

Managing Director Derek Llambias said:

“Joe has done an excellent job since coming to the Club and everyone is delighted that he has agreed to remain in charge for the rest of the season.”

As you may have seen by now we have Joe Kinnear’s picture on our header, at the top of the page, in place of Kevin Keegan.

This announcement will now beg the question – when will the club be sold?

But it would appear the two American consortiums are just not bidding enough, and probably the best we can expect is the club is sold by the summer.

But the appointment of Joe will give the club a little bit more stability, and that’s got to be good, and we trust some contract negotiations with some of our players will now start.

We are appreciative of the good work Joe has done at the club already, and we’ll be supporting him 100% simply because he is now manager of our famous club.

We’d be absolutely delighted if Joe does fantastically well. There’s no doubt Joe’s willing to work night and day for the Tyneside club, and we love to see that fantastic commitment, which is also starting to come from his players.

We really don’t know just how good a manager Joe is, and whether he’s good enough for Newcastle, but as we’ve said we’re very willing for Joe to surprise us all on the upside.  That’s what we’re hoping for – on this web site.

Best of luck, Joe.

Comments welcome.

135 comments so far

  • Phillipe Alberrrrrrt!!!

    Nov 28, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #1

    Derek who? My God a member of the Newcastle hierarchy speaks. Well at least we know where stand now. Come on Joe you’ve got what you wanted now keep us up!!!

  • DanToon

    Nov 28, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #2

    Can’t get no one else that’s why!! I love Newcastle but the club really is a joke! Long season for us all now, bottom five guaranteed!

  • keith

    Nov 28, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #3

    i think your right ed we need stability even until the end of the season, we the right few players coming through we can push top 10 this season and hopefully the ownership issue will be resolved by summer

  • Ed Harrison

    Nov 28, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #4

    DanToon – nothing like being upbeat. 😀

  • ObaFan2

    Nov 28, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #5

    I like JFK and he has done OK but thats it ….OK.

    Just confirms the thoughts that Ashley is continuing to BS us all, a disaster for the club that he (Ashley) remains as owner.

    The club continues to be unsettled so who’ll want to come here but more importantly who’s gonna leave?

    Ashley, there are plenty of us who’ll never trust you or believe a word you or your rotten exec staff say.

  • Phillipe Alberrrrrrt!!!

    Nov 28, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #6

    We’ve all just got pray that Mike Ashley is sensible enough (cough cough) to see that should the worst happen and we were to go down his investment would plummet through the floor. Surely (SURELY!!!) he must see that it’s worth spending 30million to allow the club to retain it value than spend nowt and potentially have 100million wiped out! SURELY!!! Someone back me up here!!


    Nov 28, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #7


  • beyethegreat

    Nov 28, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #8

    hell has frozen over

    pigs can fly

    bramble has been called up to the england squad

    roy keane has finally been caught by the R.S.P.C.A

    derek llambvias has spoke

    whats next mike ashley is going to give kinnear transfer funds

    ok im gettin ahead of my self on the last 1 perhaps my imagination is to good for my own good

  • sav

    Nov 28, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #9

    Well done, Joe,
    Shame they left it until the last possible minute so there was little merit left in the award of an extended contract – as DanToon said, at this stage they wouldn’t get anyone else.
    Means we are stuck with FatAsh, too, so howsabout a statement of intent over the January transfer period?
    Silence of the LLambias speaks! in braille.

  • benn..

    Nov 28, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #10

    listen lads,
    right now all this sh*t is our own fault. we it caused by protesting. that is the reason why we are in the bottom half of the table. keegan walked out on us, not mike ashley sacking him.

    yes we were right to voice our concern, but we took it over the top a little bit dont you think. i hate the board just as much as anyone else. but not this much. it is ruining our club,

    no-one is going to buy our club in the credit crunch, and those chances wont be helped by what we did earlier in the season, so as they wont be able to sell it, wouldnt it just be better to get on with it.

    now that JFK is in charge until the end of the season i hope mike ashley will back him, negotiate contracts to key players i.e owen, viduka. and back JFK in january.

  • Toon_Ksk

    Nov 28, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #11

    I’m not sure whether this is a good news or a bad news. I can be hearten by the fact that we manage to get a draw at Stamford Bridge, but failure to get 3 points against fellow struggling sides is disappointing. Kinnear got to do more.

    I hope they insert some conditions in his contract allowing the new owner to terminate his contract without huge compensation(even though its just another 6 months).

  • jude

    Nov 28, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #12

    Good some stability at the club..we deserve it..

    Now i hope the next big news is the club is not goin to be sold…by Ashley…not just in the short term but in the long term

    That will give us the stability we all need…

    Really good day for the club, this..most people won’t realize this till months down the line…

    Enough of being stuck in the past…

    I realize something about newcastle fans..we think all that goes on in our boardroom is our businness….it aint….

    Just because you don’t see LLambas doesn’t mean he’s not working or he’s shite…the club is being run day to day, no?

    Let’s concentrate on supporting the team…rootin behind the players in the stadium…so the players can give their all to the club..the manager too..and rest of the staff including the directors will do their work..

    And please please all those in love with KK, i love him too..but let’s forget aba him…the sooner you do the better

    To kinnear..u deserve this..and thanx for accepting…you have support and i wish you all the best

  • Tom

    Nov 28, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #13

    Hopefully this will mean that there is now someone to sit down and talk with players who have expiring contracts, such as Harper, Owen etc.

    Maybe get some actual coaches in as well.

  • benn..

    Nov 28, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #14


    i agree with you 110%, my feelings exactly.

  • ObaFan2

    Nov 28, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #15

    How can you say this is stability, we are still up for sale and tbh we have an average manager but more importantly there are contracts about to run out and need sorting out now, oh lets not forget the thin squad!

    If Owen signs a new contract I’d be very surprised, love him or hate him he will be difficult to replace.

  • AO

    Nov 28, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #16

    Thats great news for west brom, bolton, sunderland and all the other teams involved in the relegation battle.

  • macn0ble (Finland)

    Nov 28, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #17

    Well, at least he has given the team some selfconfidence and direction. Seems to me that Aashley ain’t gonna sell the club and is getting ready to stay @ the back. Wouldn’t be too suprised if Kinnear “fills in some voids” about the Keegangate.

    I’m really curious if Ashley really trusts JFK enough to give him some money for the transfer window

    Anyways. Lets get behind the boys so that we do not get f*****d in the other derby as well.

    Howay the lads!

  • benn..

    Nov 28, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #18

    this is our problem. you lot are never happy with anything. maybe we should just give him our full support and time, and maybe just maybe you lot will realise that actually this was a good decision.


    Nov 28, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #19


  • DanToon

    Nov 28, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #20

    Ed Harrison – NUFC has turned me into a pessimist, sorry! 🙂

  • StevieA

    Nov 28, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #21

    Well done Joe, you showed enough bottle and determination to earn the Newcastle job on a longer term basis. When the likes of Terry Venables thought it as a hiding to nothing you took the job and seen the potential to do well, not to fail.

    Cheers for all the hard work Joe! Much appreciated.

    Hopefully this is a new start for the club and we get some stability. That way we can sign 2 or 3 players in January to give us a boost and it makes sense to push for the top 10 rather than settling for lower mid table, so I can see Ashley putting his hand in his pocket. Remember the club also generates money too so it’s not all Ashley’s money although the majority of it is.

    If anyone buys the club then they have the luxury to leave Joe Kinnear in charge until the summer so that they can find the perfect man for the job, if noone buys the club until next year then we have a man capable of steadying the ship and getting the best out of what we have.

    The one thing that stands out for me though is Joes determination to do well. He really loves and appreciates the job he is in even though it’s not perfect at the moment. You have to respect him for that.

    Shopping list for the January Window must be.

    Mobile free scoring target man – Zaki or Santa Cruz.

    Powerful midfield holding player – Appiah or a similar player.

    Creative midfield player – Elano or Arshavin type.

    Left Back – Warnock or Riise would be good but would prefer someone younger.

    If we get 3 or 4 of those players then we could really push on!

  • Thelongshanks

    Nov 28, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #22

    Managing Director Derek Llambias said:

    “Joe has done an excellent job since coming to the Club and everyone is delighted that he has agreed to remain in charge for the rest of the season.”

    IT TALKS !!

  • neeraj

    Nov 28, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #23


    1 win and u think that you can be in the top 4……

  • Shearbliss

    Nov 28, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #24

    ‘We really don’t know just how good a manager Joe is, and whether he’s good enough for Newcastle’
    Come on Ed has any manager been really good enough for NUFC!

  • Bill F (Original)

    Nov 28, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #25

    Happy birthday, happy xmas, happy honecker, happy Divali and any other happy you can think of Joe, It must seem like they have all came at the same time for you.
    Now you have a massive responsibility and debt to the Geordie nation to get us out of the sh*t.

    Providing the man upstairs gives you the right support, then its very do-able (yeah I know its a made up word).

    Ardua Per Astra

  • coolsmurf

    Nov 28, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #26

    we continue to be a laughing stock! when will the circus end!

  • AO

    Nov 28, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #27

    neeraj- do me a favour you plonker. Spurs arent in the relegation battle. They are to good to go down .

  • Phillipe Alberrrrrrt!!!

    Nov 28, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #28

    Sir Bobby Robson was a genius

  • nightfall

    Nov 28, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #29

    StevieA – arshavin would be great, but he is off to real madrid

  • Barcode

    Nov 28, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #30

    No surprise as any potential new owner would want to be certain that we are safe from relegation. Also i’m sure they are taking the view that all assets are going down in value, apart from government bonds at the minute, and know that we are in for a very deep recession, lower gates for all clubs etc. etc. They will also be wary that we may indeed be moving towards a depression.
    Joe is used to working on tight budgets but everyone knows we need the squad increased in January. Big decisions in the summer by whoever about reducing a wage bill bloated by soon to be hasbeens, and replacing them with players of the Bassong potential.
    Our new signings overall are the best they’ve been in years. The money we’ve wasted could have bought Everton football club.

  • Steve_48

    Nov 28, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #31

    Told you Cashley is going nowhere, mark my words

  • Shearbliss

    Nov 28, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #32

    Jude, Benn totally agree with you been saying this for months. We are sometimes our own worst enemy. Now get our club off the market and give MA one more chance!
    Howay da lads and get 3 points tommorrow.

  • StevieA

    Nov 28, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #33

    He would be fantastic nightfall because I think he would thrive in the premiership. Would make a similar impact to Robinho I think, I have watched him closely for years and he has always impressed me.

    We probably haven’t got Arshavin money but I wouldn’t mind Tim Cahill thinking about it. Would be much cheaper and a change of club would do him good too. Always a threat!

  • geordie jock

    Nov 28, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #34

    New players in january, Contract talks etc , Don’t make me f****** laugh, you lot live in cloud cuckoo land. I am all behind Joe Kinnear 100% but if you think Fat B*****d is going to do anything for this club you want your heads examined. Be warned.

  • Shearbliss

    Nov 28, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #35

    No offense steve 48 but why should he. It is only peoples opinion that the owner should leave. He has tried to sell the club so he was not lying, just know one had the funds to do it quickly. Is that really his fault? We can not keep self distructing like this! IF jfk goes a few games without a win, dont boo, and over react it takes time to build a winning team!

  • The Entertainers

    Nov 28, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #36

    WHATS GOING ON ??????????????

    Firstly whats this stability thing Newcastle United are now trying?……I dont want stability i’m a Newcastle fan, i want rollercoasters and highs and lows!

    and secondly….

    Who the hell is this Derek Llambias????
    Are NUFC just throwing random spokesmen at the media these days?

    (well done Joe, keep up the good work.)

  • eaststander

    Nov 28, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #37

    lets get on with supporting our great club. Howay the lads!!!


    Nov 28, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #38

    WE,RE GOING DOWN!!!!!!!!!


    Nov 28, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #39


  • Toon_Ksk

    Nov 28, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #40

    Batty, pls divert your anger towards AO.


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