Guthrie Gives Praise To Newcastle Manager Kinnear


Danny Guthrie, who seems to improve with every game, has come out today and given praise to the Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear.

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Danny Guthrie – praise for Joe Kinnear today

Danny told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:

“The manager just came in here with a no-nonsense attitude and that has worked for us so far.”

“He has certainly steadied the ship, but there were no drastic changes.”

“He just came in and picked the team as any manager would.”

This past year has probably been one of the most dramatic at the Newcastle United club, for a long long time, and that’s saying something.

After Keegan resigned in early September, the club was in more disarray than it’s been in living memory, with a full fans’ revolt against owner Mike Ashley. During that time we lost 5 straight games, with four of those in the league, and in the Carling Cup game we had our lowest home crowd since 1993, when we joined the Premier League.

Tottenham were rock bottom of the league at that time, but they were still able to beat us 2-1, for maybe the low point of the season.

But once Joe Kinnear arrived on Tyneside in late September, to some considerable disdain and criticism from most of the press, he soon had the players smiling again and enjoying their football.

Joe put organization into the defense immediately, to try to shore up what has been the team’s Achilles Heel at Newcastle for many a season.

And Joe, through his passion for the club, and his determination to succeed, has had most of the players playing at their very best, in short order.

Guthrie added:

“What every team needs and can’t do without is a manager in place, and that’s what Joe gave us.”

“Now we know we’ve got him until the end of the season everyone doesn’t have to be thinking ‘what’s going to happen next week.”

“Is someone else going to come in’?”

If we can get a couple of good results in our games against Wigan and Liverpool before the end of the year, we may be able to finish in the top half of the league table, and given everything that’s happened since August, that’s not bad, not bad at all.

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8 comments so far

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 24, 2008 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #1
  • Doocey

    Dec 24, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #2

    I agree and Guthrie himself derserved some praise, doing well for the Toon 🙂

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  • JP...from the Rock

    Dec 24, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #3

    I would be doing Oba style backflips if we end in the Top half this year! All the credit must go to Joe Kinnear and the players. In a strange way even Mike Ashley deserves ‘some’ credit for Joe Kinnears appointment. As Joe Kinnear’s experiance in the game has brought us the best out of players we thought were finished, not interested or past it. JK has made the defense look solid for the first time I can say and not only that but everything he does he is sensible about (apart from yelling at refs and calling them Mickey Mouse lol), he also makes us play with a lot of grit whch has been sorley missed since Shearer retired. We are now beoming a unit, A TEAM not individuals and we are playing attacking free flowing football. He is even ahead of everyone else in the transfer market which must be a first for Newcaslt also. as he already has spoken to 4 players and we’re still in the 4th December! 🙂 The more I see of JK the more I like and the more impressed I am.

    Great Work from the man KEEP IT UP JOE! 😀

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  • Christoon

    Dec 24, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #4

    great player, his place in the first team should be perminant. I was always desperate to drop BUTT and have a barton guthrie mid field but…BUTT lol is playing very well atm apart from his long shot attempts. The only thing our mid field lacks is that world class creativity. I can honestly say guthrie, butt, barton and one more…(I’m a huge fan of Alano as he can play in a variety of positions) would be our mid field sorted

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  • Christoon

    Dec 24, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #5

    merry christmas eve every one 🙂

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  • Guinea Mag

    Dec 24, 2008 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #6

    JFK has done an excellent job for Newcastle, especially improving the defence.

    I dont believe Newcastle will be sold any time soon due to the economic down turn and have no problem with Mike Ashley staying provided he brings back some one like Chris Mort as top-dog with JFK and Wise knowing their roles and responsibilities.

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  • Guinea Mag

    Dec 24, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #7

    Here’s wishing every Newcastle United fan world wide (including your family) a very Merry Xmas from a sunny and calm Guinea!

    Ed; All the best to you and yours; excellent job with the Blog, keep up the good work…..

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  • AhKz

    Dec 25, 2008 at 6:37 AM

    Comment #8

    good job joe .

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