Joe Kinnear Should Be Given Newcastle Job Long Term

Harry Redknapp has today praised Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear, and said that he should be given the Newcastle job for the long term, simply because he’s done so well in the last 3 months.


Joe Kinnear – should be given Newcastle job long term

Kinnear, the former Wimbledon boss, was criticized unceasingly by the gossip press when he first took over from Kevin Keegan – but the lads have gone 5 games without defeat, and in Joe’s 11 games in charge we have lost only twice, at Fulham and atyou know where, just 8 miles south of Newcastle, and that’s the only hint we’ll give.

And Joe famously let Simon Bird of the Daily Mirror have it – after Bird published some ridiculous and totally untrue criticisms of the former Wimbledon manager.

Most Newcastle fans think Joe was right to do that, although the language was more than a little blue, and maybe that’s why Joe is Mike Ashley’s hero, because Mike gets his fair share of terrible publicity as well.

Redknapp told BBC Sport today:

“Joe’s done a great job there, he’s another sensible guy who knows the game.”

“He’s been terrific so I’d like to see him keep the job on a regular basis because he’s done well.”

Kinnear has made a big impact at St James’ Park but this Sunday Newcastle will play a much improved and hard to beat Spurs team, who have had a new lease on life (and wins) under Harry.

Spurs have 10 wins from 14 matches under Redknapp, with a respectable position in the league in their sights after a terrible start under former Spanish manager Juande Ramos, who was appointed the new manager of Real Madrid on December 9th.

Redknapp continued:

“We’ve got important games coming up – Newcastle, Fulham, West Brom and then Burnley in the Carling Cup,”

“It’s a chance to get out of the bottom group really, they are all down there with us so they are big games.”

“But I haven’t set targets, I just want some decent results so I can enjoy my Christmas dinner – it’s only as good as my team is doing.”

We don’t want to upset Harry’s enjoyment of his Xmas dinner, but we still hope Newcastle can capture all 3 points on Sunday, and with all the injuries Sprus have, that has to be a good possibility.

78 comments so far

  • Little Willie

    Dec 19, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #1

    Jimmy Bullard to Newcastle.

  • lesh

    Dec 19, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #2

    It’s the managers’ mutual support society innit!

    Doubtless Joe’ll be singing Harry’s praises but whatever, let’s forget all that gubbings and look forward to a great match with a nice home win andthe 3 points we need to get away from the bottom three.

    Interesting tho, there are a number of games

  • lesh

    Dec 19, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #3

    Forget the last rogue part sentence!

  • keith

    Dec 19, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #4

    if we finish top 10 he should stay

  • workyticket

    Dec 19, 2008 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #5

    “It’s the managers’ mutual support society innit!”

    It’s more than just that Lesh, they’re very old friends who came up through the ranks together.

  • Dev

    Dec 19, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #6

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  • Listie

    Dec 19, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #7

    At the moment I have no problem with JK being given a 3 year deal, he is no worse and i would say a dam sight better than what we have had in the past few years

  • Spyro

    Dec 19, 2008 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #8


    Interesting, i never knew that about Droopy and Jk. Anyway, I think it is way to early for Harry to be sayin such things. JK should be judged on what the situation is at the end of the season.

  • 51times

    Dec 19, 2008 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #9

    Jimmy Bullard wouldn’t be bad at all.

  • keith

    Dec 19, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #10

    its on that bullard can leave fulham in jan, dunno how true it is

  • Spyro

    Dec 19, 2008 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #11

    He is going to cost a fair bit now though because of the whole England selection thing, plus it is January…

  • sirjasontoon

    Dec 19, 2008 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #12

    Not sure about 3 years keep it rolling for now see how steady our mighty toon ship becomes…Have no problem with JK,Canny lad…maybe brown noses the gaffer a bit but hey ho no worries : )

  • 51times

    Dec 19, 2008 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #13

    Spyro – What decent player doesn’t cost a fair bit nowadays, though?

  • samthecat

    Dec 19, 2008 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #14

    Butt,Guthrie,Barton and Bullard would be a good 4 central midfielders.

  • Spyro

    Dec 19, 2008 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #15


    Bullard is the single reason Fulham are not in the relegation zone, he is a quality player. I am not saying we shouldn’t go for him. I just cant see how he fits MA’s transfer plans (age, price).

  • 51times

    Dec 19, 2008 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #16

    Fair shout, but maybe Kinnear could convince Ashley. We’ll wait and see I guess.

  • macitect

    Dec 19, 2008 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #17

    10 wins in 14 games for Redknapp @ Spurs?! Is my math that bad or is that a typo, Ed?

    I like Kinnear so far – has done a great job in the given circumstances, but I think that NUFC would do well to not jump on the bandwagon just yet. Last thing we need is to sign him up long term only to decide a year or less from now that he’s just not it long term… He’s now got until the end of this year. Let’s revisit after that.


  • Ally

    Dec 19, 2008 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #18

    Jimmy would add some much needed energy and craft to our midfield.

    Would be an excellent signing if we could pull it off i agree with spyro he would cost a fair amount now because of the reasons that spyro stated

  • ArtyH

    Dec 19, 2008 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #19

    Joe has done well… far. I see nothing wrong with a rolling contract, renewable after the current season, but we should not count our chickens …..YET.
    I would really like to think Joe could do the job and confound the critics, would be great for him and the club.
    A win over the spuds on Sunday would go down a treat just B4 X-mas.

  • azim

    Dec 19, 2008 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #20

    if we sign him..we could have 4 good English midfielders

  • workyticket

    Dec 19, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #21

    “Spyro – What decent player doesn’t cost a fair bit nowadays, though?”

    Er, Bassong, Gutierrez 51 times?

  • Davey

    Dec 19, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #22

    Get real….!

  • nightfall

    Dec 19, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #23

    offer him new contract after january..or better spring… just wait…there’s time..

    off the topic…i just heard shola will move to celtic.. any truth in that?

  • workyticket

    Dec 19, 2008 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #24

    Bullard’s an excellent player, however he is older than alot of people think. He’s heading towards 30 so the cost would be a big factor.

  • tino97

    Dec 19, 2008 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #25

    Old friends act. Though I think Joe should be given a chance to do it longer term! He came in when nobody wanted the job, the dressing room was in disaray! He has started to turn it around and seems to have the respect of the players. I would give him a chance. Lets be honest he has a small coaching staff and he seems the only person who is communicating with us about the club. Where is the chairman? Thats another debate! But I agree Bullard would be a good signing! He has good delivery, we seem to miss this a lot!

  • HAMMY14

    Dec 19, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #26

    I would deff have Bullard for the simple reason hes a grafter puts in a decent shift when he plays and we need some that midfield on a continuous basis we been doing well lately but he would give that extra something i reckon anda yakubu mould type striker to play alongside Martins and Owen or behind them and i reckon we will be in good stead for season to keep us away from trouble

  • HAMMY14

    Dec 19, 2008 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #27

    RE:- nightfall i wouldnt read to much into that cus he wants a new deal from us and considering one that been offered matey

  • 51times

    Dec 19, 2008 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #28

    workyticket – Wasn’t talking to you.

  • cause I got the girth

    Dec 19, 2008 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #29

    Bullard is a great player, and any other time i would love him here, but why deviate from our transfer policy when so early into its infancy, we already see positive results. I think we should keep on going with our policy on scouting up and coming tallent, as well as youthful players!
    but good luck to him, really like the player, deserves a shot in a big team!

  • tino97

    Dec 19, 2008 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #30

    I thought Bullard moved from Wigan to Fulham because he wanted to be down south! At the moment Fulham are in a better situation than us, unfortunately! I think he would be asking for quite high wages, especially since he has broke into the England Squad! But I would like him here!

  • Whumpie

    Dec 19, 2008 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #31

    Er… back on thread, then…

    Ignore what Redknapp says. Just psych stuff pre-match. Way to early to judge JFK, and at the end of the day we’re a long way from safety, let alone the level of self-back-slapping that’s going on.

    3 points on Sunday would be fantastic against this Spuds team, but I think we’ll do ’em.

  • workyticket

    Dec 19, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #32

    51 times, this is a ‘blog so you weren’t speaking, you were typing.

  • ObaFan2

    Dec 19, 2008 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #33

    So happy the dodgy 2nd hand car salesman, ‘Arry the dodge Redknapp aint here and would much prefer JFK to stay here than Ashley tbh

    BUT JFK needs to improve his tactics and team selection/substitutions and be more consistent with his decisions. I believe he is responsible for a few dropped points recently but then he can be praised for the game against Pompey last weekend.

    If Owen does sign (a big if still) I will hold JFK responsible and will have more confidence in him being incharge.

  • toon mag geordie

    Dec 19, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #34

    i found out that bird is actually a mackem when keano left bird was doing an interview with the local news i cant remember whether it was look north or northeast tonight but he was reffering to sunderland as “we”

  • Spyro

    Dec 19, 2008 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #35


    Yes you are right about Fulham currently being in a better situation than us. However, most footballers with any sort of intelligence would instantly recognise that as only temporary.

  • tino97

    Dec 19, 2008 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #36


    That is true hopefully. But not sure about the Bullard situation? Won’t they offer him a new contract? I’m sure there would be a few clubs to choose from in terms of Bullard. It would be a good signing for us, but can’t see it happening!

  • toon24/7

    Dec 19, 2008 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #37

    wheres all this jimmy bullard to the toon came from like? and yes give joe till the end ov the season see where we finnish. then annalyse the situation

  • Taiwantoon

    Dec 19, 2008 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #38


    You are right, but unfortunately footballers don’t have such a long career to wait until we fix the problems. He is 30 not 13. 🙂

    At this stage of career, it is difficult to see any intellegent players move away from a team that is in a better situation to a team that is…er…without a permanent manager.

  • nasher

    Dec 19, 2008 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #39

    hey everyones talking about jimmy bullard, id rather elano on loan then see what the price is like in the summer. elano better bet than bullard anyone??

  • seetow

    Dec 19, 2008 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #40

    joe kinnear mentioned something about championship players. how about sebastian larsson? or that young derby lad giles barnes? they certainly fit in with our policy and could give our midfield a combative and creative edge. just my two cents worth =)


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