Newcastle have a Tottenham influence in their coaching since Joe Kinnear and Hughton spent 31 years at Tottenham Hotspur – as players including 14 years Chris had there as coach.
Chris Hughton and Joe Kinnear – 31 years at Tottenham
And the influence of Spurs’ greatest manager, Bill Nicholson, formed a lasting impression on the young Kinnear, and since Bill was a first-class manager that cannot be too bad.
Joe Kinnear told the Newcastle Journal today:
“I was very affected by Bill Nicholson and Eddie Bailey (his assistant),”
“I look back sometimes at the way they handled things. There was a calmness about everything they did.”
“They preached the same thing on a daily basis. He used to always have a motto: Train as you play. I’ve always used it.”
And of course Tottenham under the great Bill Nicholson always played good football to watch, and since Joe came to Newcastle, the lads have looked so much more organized, especially in defense, and they play some decent football but don’t overdo it like some teams (Arsenal as one example).
We reviewed the Portsmouth game, and the lads knew exactly what they had to do in every situation, and overall it was a great team performance and that’s was great to watch.
That’s how the top teams play, and we also noticed that Jonas Gutierrez must have covered 100 miles during that game last Sunday. 😀
Joe has Newcastle playing some very good football, which hasn’t gone unnoticed by the fans, and he continued:
“We try to keep the ball on the ground,”. “We pass it all day long but we did that at Wimbledon and people always used to write the opposite.”
“I’ve been brought up the old-fashioned way. I’m too old now to change.”
Harry Redknapp has done a magnificent job so far at Tottenham, much like what Joe has done at Newcastle, and Joe was asked if managers actually get better as they get older, since both Joe and Harry are now both over 60:
“I don’t know,” “Like anything you do in life, with experience you’re aware of all the bad times and the hard times in football.”
“I suppose when you’ve been through it all, nothing sets you back. You just have to be aware of what’s round the corner.”
“I’ve had the hard times and successful times but you learn from the defeats. It’s how you handle them and let it affect yourself.”
“The last thing you want it to do is to let it snowball onto the players. It’s about getting the best out of players, providing you can do that, hopefully you can get the results.”
Good leadership words from Joe, and he’s already surprised us with his exploits at Newcastle over the last 3 months, and we are very willing to be surprised even more, before the end of the season.