Kinnear Wrapping His Players In Cotton Wool

The injury situation has become so serious at Newcastle that Joe Kinnear has been forced to almost cancel the training this week, in case the squad picks up even more injuries than they already have.


Joe Kinnear – has limited the training this week

But Kinnear is in no mood for players starting to feel sorry for themselves and he wants to see the lads fight their way out of the trouble we are in – and it’s a good time to start in the FA Cup on Saturday.

But it’s still worrying that Butt and Enrique are doubts for the Hull City game, and of course Habib Beye is now out for a couple of months with his knee injury, so right now neither of our full backs are available..

Joe said:

“I want us to get a bit of the beast back in our performances, certainly in defense,” “We’ve got to be strong again and show a bit of the courage and spirit that we did in the games before Christmas.”

“We’re missing players and it’s killed us, but we’ve got to improve. Yes, injuries left us in tatters, but I expect a better level of performance than the one that we put on against Liverpool.”

Newcastle looked very weak in the air against Liverpool, and also weak on any set pieces. We missed Bassong in the air, and of course we haven’t been as strong in that area since Abdoulaye Faye left us to join Stoke City in August.

Kinnear continued:

“We know at Hull it’s going to be a battle again. I dearly want to stay in the Cup and all the players do too – it’s a real chance for us if we can get through January still in the competition and start getting some of these players back.”

“In terms of injuries we have gone backwards since I arrived here. We didn’t have any full-backs to begin with, and now we are back to that, with Habib out for two months and Enrique struggling.”

“I won’t know what my team is likely to be until Friday.”

“It’s tough, but it’s my job to keep them all up for it. I won’t slate the players individually, but some of the decisions we made (against Liverpool) were poor decisions and we went through that after the game.”

“Colly (Coloccini) wasn’t happy aerially, so I switched (Steven) Taylor there, but it was just a matter of having to put a whole new back four out there.”

“We’ll be looking for an improvement, whichever team goes out against Hull.”

And of course it was news all over the media yesterday that Kinnear had almost canceled any training in case the lads pick up even more injuries, and so he cut out any contact between his players in training.

Why we get all these injuries every season is beyond us.

Joe said:

“It’s been more or less a case of canceling training and wrapping all of my players up in cotton wool. Then we will see if we can get 11 out for Hull.”

We can bounce back on Saturday if the lads can get back to playing well again, and get the win.

Hull City are on a bad run of form right now, and we should be able to get some kind of result at the KC Stadium, to start the year on an upbeat note.

Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • Stuart

    Jan 1, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #1

    Why is Kinnear complaining about the injuries? Didn’t we go through all this with Souness?

    What about Carrol, Xisco,Kadar,Zamblera,Tozer,Danquah,Lua Lua,Baheng.

    All these young players need a chance instead of moaning about injuries. Many of these players have been at the club a while and have been performing really well in the reserves. Thought that was the point of reserves?

    Would like to see them on Sat. Hull aren’t interested in cup they will rest all their players.

    Give em a go Joe! They won’t do any worse!

  • matthewjai

    Jan 1, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #2

    i don’t understand why carroll didn’t get a chance in the liverpool game..

    what is jfk doing..he got lots of young talent but he’s not using them

  • toonfan1

    Jan 1, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #3

    The Journal’s reporting today that Sheff Utd fullback Kyle Naughton is going to be our first signing. They also say a £1.5m bid has been slapped in but with other clubs interested the price may go up. Also West Ham are said to be willing to listen to any offers for their players which is great news 🙂 Upson and Parker (please come back!!!). The last thing is that the Daily Mail is reporting that we are interested in Papa Bouba Diop (please no) and also in Samba of Blackburn.,,14896,00.html

  • Antti

    Jan 1, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #4

    I agree with you guys. I can’t understand some of the decisions by mr. old school Kinnear.

  • haz m2

    Jan 1, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #5

    I agree with jfk. in a relegation fight the last thing you want to do is blood the youngsters

  • Antti

    Jan 1, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #6

    yes but the i would give the guys like Carroll, Xisco and Lualua a chance in the Cup tomorrow.

  • selly no skill

    Jan 1, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #7

    definately give the kids a chance .there is absolutely no chance of winning the cup any way.we are miles behind the top 6 even when we are fit which is never.give the second stringers a chance we might be suprised.also woul defo play harper.the bloke deserves a game.

  • wsq

    Jan 1, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #8

    relegation! ashley out!

  • azim

    Jan 1, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #9

    is this a wise decision???

  • wigaz

    Jan 1, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #10

    Would love parker back but i cant see him coming back to us like. I think we should bid for Lucas Neil at RB & Mark Noble CM. We could also buy Ashton from them although i know he’s knackt until march we could get him cheap then there is our striker once Owen packs his back in Summer. Ashton & Oba would be class, however with him being Knackt i’d wait till the summer and buy a forward who is fit now & can come in & score goals. Crouch?


    Jan 1, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #11

    Parker-no thanx.

  • azim

    Jan 1, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #12

    parker another injury prone player


    Jan 1, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #13

    And he couldn’t handle the pressure at the Toon.

  • Spyro

    Jan 1, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #14

    Diop would be a good signing for DM. Just the type of player we need in that position. although i would rather someone a bit faster.


    Jan 1, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #15

    Yea Spyro, basically a replacement for Faye, who kk should not have sold.
    Diaby would be great, though can’t see it happening.

  • Dan13

    Jan 1, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #16

    Seriously lads Fabio Zamblera isn’t the italian wonderkid people made out, i’ve seen him on a couple of games and hasn’t impressed. He can’t even make the reserve team half the time.

  • Spyro

    Jan 1, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #17


    Diop would be more of a replacement for Butt wouldn’t he? I suppose he could also be our emergency CB if needed.

    I love Diaby, he is one of my favourite players right now. However, i cant see Wenger letting him go.


    Jan 1, 2009 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #18

    Spyro, yes man, but got to say i always liked Faye as a DM, think we should have played him there more, but hey ho. Obviously kk didn’t rate him, dick.

    Did you see that amazing goal Diaby scored v villa the other day, i tell you what, that lad has been a revelation this season.

  • Spyro

    Jan 1, 2009 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #19


    Diaby has been class ofr a few seasons now mate. He has just been held back by injury and his lack of fitness.

    To be fair, Faye apparently wanted to leave and be further south with his family subsequent to Big Sam leaving.

  • Stuart

    Jan 1, 2009 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #20

    It’s obvious that were shopping in the sports direct clearance buckets!

    I would like to ask Mr Ashley where all the TV money has gone, along with the season ticket sales (many of which have paid 3 years upfront) and all the money that we have brought in from selling players since he’s been here. Oh and so I don’t forget the 20m quid a season he promised us!!!

  • fostino

    Jan 1, 2009 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #21

    if JFK is worried about sending out a team against Hull, why not start the up and comer’s like lua lua in the middle, kadar at L.B., xisco, give ranger a run!!!

  • Sav

    Jan 1, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #22

    Stuart, you are spot on. I’ve been asking the same. FatAsh is always moaning about how much the club has cost him. Never about how much its making. As it is private now, we have no evidence of his input but clearly he intends to get back every cent and then some. However, as you say, we do know what the income is and we also know what has been spent – buggerall really.

    If WestHam are selling we should go for the young lads, Noble and Collison. They can keep Parker, Bowyer and Dyer, thanks very much – once bitten etc.

  • Sav

    Jan 1, 2009 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #23

    I don’t think its realistic to chuck in a load of youngsters. We have improved our youth set-up but we’re years behind Arsenal, Liverpool and ManU in that area.
    The injuries we’ve got aren’t so unique. Everyone gets some. Its why you have a squad. But our squad is threadbare – has been for years – KK knew it and wanted full-backs and midfielders before the season started. If Wise was any good, he’d have known it, too but as long as Dennis stays on the right side of Ashley, he is impregnable. No-one is going to boo him because Beye is injured and we’ve no cover, or because Nicky Butt ran out of steam in the last few matches. Nice well-paid job with apparently few consequences. He probably cops a bonus for getting 12 mil for Milner?

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Jan 1, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #24

    wouldnt want parker after his snidey little comments about west ham “not becoming the newcastle of the south”. he can bugger off, dont want him.
    would definitly take bouba diop though. good strong player, liked him for a while.

  • Sav

    Jan 1, 2009 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #25

    He’s 31 like. That’s older than Geremi. Mind he’s 6’4″+ and Samba is 6’5″ so that should sort out our aerial problems at set pieces.

  • workyticket

    Jan 1, 2009 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #26

    “But our squad is threadbare – has been for years – KK knew it and wanted full-backs and midfielders before the season started. If Wise was any good, he’d have known it”

    Sav, with all due respect that’s a bit of revisionism. KK didn’t want foreign players with no premiership experience like Bassong and Guiterrez, and stopped the transfers of several more. Sadly though, he couldn’t come up with many realistic alternatives as he preferred holidaying in California to scouting during the close season. That was where all the trouble started.

  • Sav

    Jan 1, 2009 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #27

    I’ve no idea how many transfers Keegan may have blocked, Worky. I’m pretty certain he approved Seb himself after a week’s trial. Perhaps we’ll find out the facts if this lawsuit ever gets to the bench, although I’d bet Ash will settle with a gagging clause first. He was quick to praise the signing of Jonas and Colo once they’d arrived.
    There’s not that much scouting you can do during the close season, though mate. So I don’t see his fortnight at Butlins as a major issue. That’s the first time I’ve heard it said that was at the root of future disagreements. Do you have some inside info?
    I’m just saying the threadbare squad we have should come as no surprise to anyone. It was predictable, and KK said it. Only one RB and one (dodgy) LB is not enough. Everybody knows it. But we did nowt about it.


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