Joe Kinnear Still Making Progress At Newcastle

Newcastle United are delicately placed in the league, being 2 points off 3rd bottom but only 6 points off 7th place, so a good run of form in the next couple of months could see us challenging up the league.


Joe Kinnear – still making progress at Newcastle

Of course the opposite is also true, with 14 clubs separated by only 10 points, and we’ve got the most competitive Premier League in years.

Joe Kinnear seems confident he can help Newcastle climb the league as he told the Evening Chronicle today:

“I’m proud of what we have achieved so far, and I feel we can build on it.”

“I am only looking ahead and only look upwards, and I think we can get a respectable finish because this division is just so close.”

“When I first arrived we had just four points.”  “We were 10 points behind Middlesbrough and 10 points behind Sunderland.”

“We are making progress and I think people can see that.” “If you look at the situation compared to everybody else, we have pulled a lot of teams back.”

Our squad however is now down to the bare bones again, and that’s not for the first time this season. This month will be vital if we are really going to strengthen the squad by bringing in some good new players.

It’s hardly going to be easy since it seems a lot of our targets are in the Championship, with clubs who are locked in the promotion race.

Joe continued:

“We have been brought down to earth a little bit after the Christmas games.” “We could not chop and change a lot because of the injuries.”

“Then we had a game against Liverpool that didn’t agree with us because we had a threadbare team out and we are up against it to get an experienced XI out at Hull at the weekend.”

“We had 10 players out over 48 hours, and whereas Liverpool had the luxury of making six changes, we were playing people who were half fit.”

“I could have dropped in a few kids but you can’t just do that against Liverpool.” “The result has hurt us a little bit in terms of goal difference and it almost became damage limitation.”

“But we can’t dwell on it any longer, we are only looking ahead to Hull City.”

How well Joe does this season will determine if he stays on as manager at the club past the summer.

But he has a great opportunity to show what he can do, and of course we’ll be hoping Joe is very successful, and can take us up the league.

It’s probably too much to ask that we can qualify for Europe next season, but the major thing is to improve the team, so we can build for the long term success of our club.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • beyethegreat

    Jan 1, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #1

    sum 1 mentioned this a few days ago

    they obv hav gd links

  • Turkish Magpie

    Jan 1, 2009 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #2

    prefer him to go to Fener, Emre will help him settle

  • TROJAN 69

    Jan 1, 2009 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #3

    joe kinnear is not the answer long term,he is too much of a dinosaur for the modern game.

  • Geordie SPIDERMAN18 (GG7)

    Jan 1, 2009 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #4

    i think our team should be:

    Good realistic young team with barton as captain, that would be auwesome, and we would have the right balance in the team from all angles. the only unrealistic player is montolivo, but who knows.

  • ObaMartins

    Jan 1, 2009 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #5

    Yes Joke Kinnear is still making progress at Newcastle, we are in for a host of Championship players as sooner rather than later we will be playing in that league….This Great club is a Shables from top to bottom thanks to Ashley and Co…..

  • Nick

    Jan 1, 2009 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #6

    Making progress what a joke. Joke Kinnear is a dinosaur.

  • Sav

    Jan 1, 2009 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #8

    I seem to remember Ashley said we’d have to be sensible with the club. No more trophy signings and uncapped wages.
    We could expect only around 20million a year investment in the side.
    Fair enough.
    So where is the £20 million for 2008?
    Has anyone totted-up our net spend since January ’08? My impression is, its a lot less than that. Now we are moving into 2009. Time to ante-up, Mike…. ‘Faites vos jeux’, as they say at the tables.


    Jan 1, 2009 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #9

    Just read where we are showing interest in Papa Bouba Diop and Samba.
    Iread where we were looking @ a BIG midfielder,
    I guess I missundrestood I thought they ment a big name not a f*****g wardobe, no, no no.
    Samba another guy with size and have watched him play some good games, but I`m for building the club with younger talent and would prefer a
    Sohko type, who could improve, face it Samba aint going to get any better.
    Look It`s obvious Joe has to deal with limited funds, but I would prefer to buy people who will be here for the future not until the end of the season.
    Yes I know we need bodies, but better fewer quality players than a bunch of other clubs bench players.

  • Michael12

    Jan 1, 2009 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #10

    It is funny how some say Kinnear is a dinosaurfor the modern game but could not admit the same about Keegan.

    When Keegan came back people said there is no such thing as being too old but Kinnear it is applicable. Well If Kinnear is too old then we must also admit Keegan was also ancient in terms of thinking.

    Certainly having motivation skills as the only managerial attribute and no tactics is very prehistoric, no?

  • Beezeri

    Jan 1, 2009 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #11

    “I’m proud of what we have achieved so far, and I feel we can build on it.”

    Hmmm…I’d be happy if you tell us all what we have exactly achieved so far?

    It’s up to you JK to prove yourself now by selling all the deadwood like Butt, Ameobi, Owen, Duff, Geremi, Taylor and replace them with some proper quality! Central midfield MUST be a priority and then full backs and not the other way round.

    Just wondering that do managers at this club ever listen to the fans and their opinions about who’s good and who’s not that good? Thinking they’re not even watching the same game sometimes…


    Jan 1, 2009 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #12

    The Spurs game was very entertaining, not just because it was a win but because both teams played a quick passing one touch and somewhat open style of play.
    Both teams were tactically sound and there was`nt a lot in it, I suppose The Toon were fortunate to shade it.
    Point being, is Joe , as some claim tactically naive, is Harry also past it.
    Certainly could`nt tell by the football played, but there are people who have probably never
    kicked a ball in their lives and probably as many who have never played an organized game in their lives , who find no difficulty in criticising
    and calling for the heads of those who have been part of the game their entire lives.
    Truth is most fans have a limited knowledge of the game and overinflated opinions.
    Age is only a number, dont hear anyone calling Ferguson a dynasour .

  • oga

    Jan 1, 2009 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #13

    We give him to much credit. A new manager is really our priority.

    There is no way I will trust a man that wants to renew Butt & Ameobis contract.

  • Irishtoon

    Jan 2, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #14

    club is in a shambles. Ashley didn’t sell because he’s greedy and he is destroying the club we love.


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