Geordie Steve Bruce Praises Newcastle Manager Kinnear

Wigan Athletic’s Newcastle born manager Steve Bruce, has been impressed by the progress achieved at Newcastle United by former Wimbledon manager Joe Kinnear.


Steve Bruce – Kinnear has made Newcastle a hard team to beat
Steve Bruce talked before the game with Newcastle on Boxing Day at the JJB Stadium:

“I thought his rant at the press was absolutely fantastic,” “I was thinking ‘Has he done it on purpose to take it (the pressure) away from the owner and the players and pile it on himself?’

“If he did do that then I have to say well done, pat on the back to him, because it has got them going and since he has gone in there they have lost two in 13 games.”

Actually it’s only 12 game, because the Blackburn game didn’t count as Joe had only arrived in Newcastle the night before, and didn’t officially take over until the following Monday, although he did give the team a few choice words at half time, and they were much better in the second half but couldn’t come back from being 2-0 down at the half.

Joe has 4 wins, 6 draws and only 2 defeats, which is not too bad at all, and the Newcastle side are starting to get even better, dare we say it.

Kinnear of course was out for nearly four years before being brought back into the goldfish bowl that is Newcastle United, but he seemed to get things sorted out sooner than it took Kevin Keegan last January.

Kevin went 10 games before he got his first win, but after that the team were flying.

Bruce continued:

“Newcastle have always been associated with playing one way – they’ve had to be because the supporters are a little gung-ho – but he’s made them more difficult to be beat,”

“That is the difference he has made. When you are down at the bottom that little bit of experience is what you need.”

Most fans will agree Joe has done a good job so far, but we need to continue our good form until we are back near the top of that league.

And maybe we can even push for a place in Europe next season, but if we are to do that, we cannot afford to throw points away like we have against Wigan and Stoke recently.

Comments welcome.

34 comments so far

  • Ally

    Dec 25, 2008 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #1

    Joe Kinnear he’s got tourettes

  • UTD111

    Dec 25, 2008 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #2

    Funny how arch-Manc Steve Bruce has rediscovered his “Geordie Roots” in recent years as soon as theres even a remote sniff of the United job…….

  • Spyro

    Dec 25, 2008 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #3

    If we lose JK i would like Bruce to take over as manager.

  • Ally

    Dec 25, 2008 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #4

    Spyro i hope it doesnt come to that mate i like to see people get what they deserve and for me the way Joe has conducted himself and the way the team have conducted themselve on the pitch i think Joe deserves the job.

    I know that there is there is still a long way to go but i think we will do well in the 2nd half of the season

  • Spyro

    Dec 25, 2008 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #5


    True, JK has done well so far and i would like it to continue.

  • Ally

    Dec 26, 2008 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #6

    aye mate anyway u had a gud day spyro

  • Spyro

    Dec 26, 2008 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #7

    Yeah it was all right mate, bit hectic mind. Christmas is so hyped up now it is unbelievable. I am just glad it is over 😀


  • Ally

    Dec 26, 2008 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #8

    aye not bad mate all i want now is three pionts 2moro and Joans to get off the mark

  • Ally

    Dec 26, 2008 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #9


  • Kevin Nichol

    Dec 26, 2008 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #10

    When i was young, i had no sense, i bought a flute, for 50 pence, the only tune, that i could play, was f@ck spag bol and his red army…..we hate Sunderland, we hate Sunderland…. Cmon 1-3 to the toon, gutted im not going down tomorrow but im still as excited as ever!

  • Ally

    Dec 26, 2008 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #11

    Kevin same here mate family obligations, but it is on foreign telly

  • Spyro

    Dec 26, 2008 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #12

    You guys sound confident. I was confident earlier, but as the match draws nearer i am becoming more and more anxious. I would be happy with a 0-0 and keeping our unbeaten run intact if im honest.

  • Kevin Nichol

    Dec 26, 2008 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #13

    Aye ill be watching the game in a pub somewhere! Its crazy how we are actually thinking about winning games at the moment after how bad we were a few weeks ago! JK has been a breath of fresh air and i think he is the perfect man for the job! Its what us mob want i.e. a straight talking no nonsense chap who demands hard work from the players as well as trying to play some football! Keep it up jk…heres a prediction lads: boro to go down!

  • Ally

    Dec 26, 2008 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #14

    Kevin i cud not of said it better myself mate i want Joe Kinnear

  • Ally

    Dec 26, 2008 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #15

    spyro we are not going to a man u or chelsea it bloody wigan we shud be goin there full of confidence to win the game mate

  • Spyro

    Dec 26, 2008 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #16


    Maybe that mentaility is part of the reason we always seem to lose down there.

  • Ally

    Dec 26, 2008 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #17

    aye well it shudnt be mate we are NEWCASTLE UNITED we shud be goin to these places and winning!

  • Lew Davies

    Dec 26, 2008 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #18

    could be a boring game later as JK’s primary aim is not to lose. And a win will be a big bonus.
    c’mon the toon this is a massive game for us. haway the lads you can do it.

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 26, 2008 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #19

    i know the lads can do it because on our day we’re good enough to beat pretty much every team outside the top four. add that to draws with teams like chelsea and we’ve every right to be confident looking at results on paper.
    however, as we all know it comes down to what happens on the day, and what team turns up on the day. howay the lads!

  • craig chisholm

    Dec 26, 2008 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #20

    well, i am pleased with jfk which i thought i would never say. i thought it was all doom and gloom a few months ago but now under jfk, we are 4th in the form table – which is pretty bloody good really. it would have been great if we had converted the home games against wigan and stoke though, they were thrown away. it would have been so much more healthy if we were 4 points further on than now, then if we won today, all of a sudden we are up there again fighting at the business end of the table. this game today against wigan is a good test of our steel.

  • troy stavers

    Dec 26, 2008 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #21

    I’m sorry for the change of subject, but it has been infuriating me for a while. I always think i’ve got a good eye for a player and seldom have I been proved wrong. Often, I identify them early and its often those who arrive at the club and the fans think they are fantastic. Everyone at the moment seems to think Jonas is the bees knees yet I see someone who flutters around the middle of the park like a butterfly. Seldom produces the killer cross from the by-line, seldom shoots on goal and has only one goal in 12. What is the big deal about him.?

  • Spyro

    Dec 26, 2008 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #22


    “Often, I identify them early and its often those who arrive at the club and the fans think they are fantastic”

    Doubt it.

  • Al Long

    Dec 26, 2008 at 2:05 AM

    Comment #23

    Hoping for at least 4 points from these 2 games… Away to Wigan is as difficult as playing Liverpool at home.. Winnable yet tough!! So, my prediction is that we will win it at JJB Stadium & even steven at home to Liverpool. 26 points then… surely at the top half!!! C’mon Lads!!!

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 26, 2008 at 2:17 AM

    Comment #24

    troy stavers-its probably got something to do with his effortless workrate. the fact that there’s days you’ll wonder whether he’s playing at RB or up the other end, he’ll work his b*ll*cks off up and down the flank. The fact that he’s incredibly strong on the ball, is a good passer and has assisted a few goals this season. its just a matter of time before he gets one himself. He wasnt a notorious goalscorer before he came here either. he’d only scored 6 goals or something had he not?. his workrate is unbeleivable.

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 26, 2008 at 2:18 AM

    Comment #25

    and yes, i have just realised effortless workrate makes no sense.

  • John B

    Dec 26, 2008 at 2:35 AM

    Comment #26

    KK FOREVER – lol

    True though, every game I’ve been to see Jonas play he is the hardest working player on the pitch. Not in the pointless Alan Smith or Shola way but with purpose. I see him as a bit of a driving force that our other players look at to get things going..

    Amyone know if we are going to end up paying for him or not? could affect our January sales

  • milo

    Dec 26, 2008 at 3:36 AM

    Comment #27

    jfk is a good manager, if he was with us from he start we would be in a fantastic position in the table. keegan is a quiter and is now suing the club……FANTASTIC!

  • Partizan

    Dec 26, 2008 at 6:48 AM

    Comment #28

    Its good to see everyone’s so positive about JK……he’s the man for the job 😉

  • Taiwantoon

    Dec 26, 2008 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #29

    Jonas is a real gem.

    It’s true he does not put in that many crosses, but we do not have anyone to receive crosses in most games this season.

  • Guinea Mag

    Dec 26, 2008 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #30

    JFK has done a sterling job at Newcastle in the short period at the helm.

    Here’s hoping for a win at Wigan today although a pont will suffice……

  • seetow

    Dec 26, 2008 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #31

    partizan this is just meant in jest

    but are you reminding us of our infamous collapse to partizan belgrade a couple of seasons ago? i thought that was the lowest point we could have gone but apparently we have now sunk way beyond that 🙁

  • scotty

    Dec 26, 2008 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #32

    Jonas’s defensive duties are second to none!!! Thats what makes him the player he is.

    Guthrie to score today – 3-2 to the toon!!!

  • Danish_Magpie

    Dec 26, 2008 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #33

    Jonas is incredible and suits our game well. No, he doesn’t whip in Beckham crosses – but who is gonna get on the end of them anyways? Owen and Oba? No way. He works hard every game, he holds the ball well, changes the direction of play, doesn’t lose the ball when dribbling, has a sense of purpose, and has started slipping a few balls through for Micky Owen to put away. Most importantly, he is passionate for the Toon Army and really wants to be here. Wouldn’t trade him for anyone.

  • Partizan

    Dec 26, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #34

    seetow…..Its always bad when 2 of my favorite teams play against eachother.I wish they hadn’t.


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