Kinnear Born And Bred On Good Football

Joe Kinnear has today given another good interview with the Shields Gazette, and he has assured Newcastle fans that when the team play at home they will go all out, or as Joe puts it – gung ho for the win.


Joe Kinnear – Newcastle will play gung ho at St. James’ Park

That sounds good, especially after we have come off a very good 3-0 away win at Portsmouth last Sunday.

Joe said today:

“I’ve always maintained we’ll go gung ho when we play at St James’ Park. Away from home, we’ll play safety first, but at home we have to go for it.”

“Spurs fans are like Newcastle fans in the way they like to see good football. I was born and bred on it at Spurs – we called it push and run under Bill Nicholson. He invented it.”

“We weren’t allowed to play anything but good football; he had a fantastic philosophy which I still buy into today.”

“You keep the ball on the ground, interchange and have plenty of movement. You have to have standards.”

“When I played at Spurs we always had 11 internationals, whether it was England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.”

“Pat Jennings, me, Mike England, Dave McKay, Cyril Knowles, Jimmy Greaves, Martin Chivers, Martin Peters, Cliff Jones – they were all internationals.”

“Now Harry (Redknapp) wants to have them back up there as a big side.”

Harry Redknapp is quite a manager, and although they are hit with injuries, we still expect Tottenham to prove a difficult side to beat tomorrow.

It will be good for Joe Kinnear and Chris Hughton, who have both done great these last three months at the club, to play against their former team.

But given what’s happening in the league today, with both Sunderland and Blackburn winning, we need all 3 points tomorrow, and anything less than that will be disappointing, especially when Tottenham have so many of their top players out injured.

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • Frankieboy

    Dec 20, 2008 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #1

    Draws are not good enough at home, we must go all out for 3 points every time.

  • Tom

    Dec 20, 2008 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #2

    It’s Funny because under Joe at home whenever we’ve gone infront before halftime, the second half has been pathetic defensive football that the team and the fans arent used too so everyone gets edgy and we concede, Wba and Stoke are prime examples of this. At least Joe’s learning that this team can’t play ultra defensively and must attack to be in control. Big Sam didn’t learn and thats why he lost the fans and the team.

  • craig chisholm

    Dec 20, 2008 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #3

    christ joe talks alot. i hope that we win tmrw so we can back up his gob.

  • wigaz

    Dec 20, 2008 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #4

    Good to hear he wants the boys to go for it. Great result last week if we can get a few more of them under our belts we’ll be back in the top half of the table! How class would a top ten finish & FA cup b this season? Not getting carried awa but would be nice. Jan signings for me.


    That would be enough to sort us out i think, wouldn’t mind Pennant from Lpool either but not for big £ like.


    Improvement? i think so.

  • craig chisholm

    Dec 20, 2008 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #5

    also i would have thought we would have had some word on the contracts for our guys that can sign for someone else in just 11 days time. joe said that butt harper and ameobi were basically in the bag – no news yet though and also owen told him on tuesday that he will let joe know in a couple of days. i am keen to find out what this new hold up is and if we manage to tie up owen for another 3/4 yrs.

  • Alex

    Dec 20, 2008 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #6

    A win against the Spuds will make it 2 wins on the run and undefeated in 6 . That would give us a real platform to build upon and a top 8 finish would be a real possibility .

  • najikhin

    Dec 20, 2008 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #7

    JK..i expect this kind of performance..

  • Dennis Twice

    Dec 20, 2008 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #8


    Beye Colo Bassong Baines

    Jonas Bullard Barton Zoggy

    Owen Martins

    and ….Viduka, Butt, Duff, Ranger…..

  • Alex

    Dec 20, 2008 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #9

    craig it would be a great Xmas pressie if they would all sign and it would be announced just before Kick off against the spuds .

  • Stevo

    Dec 20, 2008 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #10

    A couple of weeks back, you were hammering Kinnear and his tactics after the Stoke game, and rightly so. After the Pompey win, which was somewhat fortunate might I add, you’ve spoken of Joe as though he were a god! Sorry Ed, but that’s fickle journalism. And I know im gna get hammered for this, but its this kind of attitude from the Geordie faithful which has been a major donwfall for the club over the past decade!

  • Indyfan

    Dec 20, 2008 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #11

    As a long-time Spurs fan I’m glad to see Joe Kinnear doing a good job for Newcastle – tho’ I hope he is unlucky against Tottenham tomorrow. However, somebody should correct him – Bill Nicholson did NOT invent the Spurs brand of push and run football. Credit for that goes to their great manager in the late 1940′ s and early 1950’s – Arthur Rowe. I can vouch for that – I was on the terraces at WHL at the time:)

  • wsq

    Dec 20, 2008 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #12

    you’ll regret saying all this, praising joe far too much and far too premature. this always happens, after a picking up a few points ppl start attributing things almost making them excuses for dropping points in the past. now you see bolton winning against portsmouth, we could’ve planted the seeds for portsmouth losing thsi week but another way of looking at it is portsmouth under adams is just poor and that’s why we won so comfortably.

    caution tonight might just surprise us again, if our players fail to turn up- a common trait for newcastle ever since sir bobby’s era ended.

  • Alex

    Dec 20, 2008 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #13

    stevo against pompey we were not fortunate we were the better side over the 90 minutes . Yes pompey had more possession 1st half but we also created chances as well . After Owens goal we played them off the park . You are right about the stoke game the substitutions were poor and that cost us the game . That said if Guthrie did not get injured then we would have won easily . As for being fickle your right but a lot of that has to do with us being so passionate about NUFC . That passion is our strongest and weakest points it creates fear in the opposition when everything is going well and sjp is a cauldron of noise .It also puts fear in our team when we let them know things are not going well , that will never change because that is NUFC . Well i have now got my helmet on and im ready for the onslaught .

  • Spyro

    Dec 20, 2008 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #14


    That is a very fair point you have made about Pompy. Seeing Bolton destroy tear them apart and UNLUCKILY only win the game buy one measly goal has left me feeling a wee bit underwhelmed.

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 20, 2008 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #15


    like playin on fifa

  • craig chisholm

    Dec 20, 2008 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #16

    indyfan………….jesus man, you were on the stands at spuds in the late 1940’s!!! that makes you about 75 years old and thats if you were only about 10 years old when you were on the stands.

  • Indyfan

    Dec 20, 2008 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #17

    Craig – I’m 78 and I was 19 in 1949 when in49/50 Spurs won promotion to the first division with a record 70 points -and the following year won the first div. championship….
    Have a good Xmas!

  • Spyro

    Dec 21, 2008 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #18


    Your class mate.

  • Tripp

    Dec 21, 2008 at 4:41 AM

    Comment #19

    Finally, the right kinda spurs fan shows up. In the main they just show up and take the piss. Gets rather old, but Indyfan, you’re welcome to stop in anytime.

  • Nick

    Dec 21, 2008 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #20

    why do managers just not get the 3 points for a win concept, no matter where you play. Why go out to defend for long periods away from home and just invite pressure. you could hold out for 89 mins and still get done in the last minute and one point isn’t really that useful in anycase. The best from of defense is always attack.

    Off topic, but why do we still keep pandering to Owen. He’s nearly 30, lost his pace, is always injured, is on obscene wages and won’t commit, even though he is captain. It just gets me he is cossetted and accommodated just like another former number 9 and special treatment can’t be good for rest of the team.

  • craig chisholm

    Dec 21, 2008 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #21

    nick, i expect that we keep owen cos he is the best we have by about a million miles. he has lost a slight bit of pace (still fast as fuck) but he is still world class and everyone knows it – or should. you mention pace, imagine if he had ob’s pace (the fastest striker in the prem), imagine the amount of goals he would be getting then. then you wonder why oba isnt scoring that many then dont you? simple fact is, anyone can run fast, its something else altogether to know where, when and how to put it in the back of the net. owen has a natural instinct that oba and many others will never have. shearer had it too and i am suprised you slagged him a bit. owen has had loads of injury issues for the first two years. he is back now though and fit and strong. this would be the wrong time to let him go. he is not nearly thirty either, he was only 29 last week. 29 is not passed it. he plays less than oba nad scores more goals. he has had just 11 starts for us this season and scored 9 ffs. our leading scorer again. what you going to say when he scores the winner against the spuds today? he was the leading scorer at real madrid on his ratio of games played too compared to others that were playing all the time, and that was in his only and first season with them. he was great at liverpool and his england record needs no arguments on. the bloke is class and our only world class superstar. last year his goals kept us in the prem, this year his goals are keeping us out the drop zone just. our mid field does not score and the whole weight is on the strikers at newcastle, our goals come from no-where else.
    we got rid of milner which was a massive mistake, i said then that he was banging on englands door and got slagged off for it – now look at him. villa 3rd and capello saying milner is the future of england. his value is over 20 million already. keep owen, he is the very best we have.

  • wigaz

    Dec 21, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #22

    Sorry nick but without that forner no 9 we would have been relegated years ago & probably be where leeds are now. No Blasfeem on here anymore thank you please!

  • Nick

    Dec 21, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #23

    Wigaz I think I would take SBR’s judgement over yours ( no offence.) Bobby knew Shearer was finished 2 seasons before he eventually packed up, but Shearer went running to Shepherd and the writing was on the wall for SBR.

    I am not blaspheming, but no one should ever be allowed to be bigger than the club and 2 faced shepherd (didn’t he call Shearer mary poppins)just played the populist geordie card when he should have supported the manager.

    I don’t think we would have got relegated, probably just got another striker who could create for himself. But no we went very expensively down the Owen route and despite eveything, he won’t commit.

    Personally I’d love to see Ranger given a chance.

  • Nick

    Dec 21, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #24

    I am not slagging Shearer or particularly owen for that matter. I just think it’s wrong that certain players at our club get preferrential treatment. It wouldn’t happen elsewhere.
    Yes Owen is a far more natural finisher than Owen, that’s without question.

    There was life after shearer and there will be after owen.

    yes i worry that no one else seems to score, although that is a little harsh on Oba , even shola.
    But with a non creative midfield you need players to create for themselves not rely solely on others for service.

    If and it’s a big if owen stays fit, agrees a deal, then fair play, but I just resent NUFC being shown to be like a desperate bloke begging his girlfriend to stay at all costs, when she really wants to leave.

  • craig chisholm

    Dec 21, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #25

    nick, life after shearer WAS owen mate. they are the only players along with sir les that can guarentee us goals. i love oba but he doesnt score enough.

  • workyticket

    Dec 21, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #26

    Aye Indyfan, you’re right about Arthur Rowe. He was a VERY influential manager for the modern game.


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