Kinnear Upset Again With The Popular Press

For the second week in a row Joe Kinnear did not speak to the press following the game on Saturday, and now we know the real reason behind it.


Joe Kinnear – getting ready to play full back? 😀

Kinnear is reacting to what he sees as unfair treatment by the press for the Newcastle club and himself, and presumably will not speak to the media after games now, well at least for a while.

We don’t think the press has been overly harsh on Newcastle lately, it’s just how they are.

They make all kinds of bad news up to sell their papers. Even yesterday one report said that Peter  Lovenkrands had plumped for Glasgow Rangers, and that was a snub to Newcastle, even though we knew that Walter Smith, the Rangers manager has been told to trim the wage bill – so that didn’t make any sense.

And today Peter is on Tyneside on trial – and these papers never retract the stupid stuff they keep reporting.

Joe has to also remember that he’s the lone voice coming out of the Newcastle club right now, and the last thing we want is for him to stop communicating with the fans.

Mike Ashley is the absolute worst at letting fans, his customers after all,  know what’s going on or what he’s thinking, and we just can’t understand why he doesn’t rectify that – which would hardly be difficult, and would align himself more with the Newcastle faithful.

Seems like Joe is coming to terms with some of the stuff you have to take when you are manager of Newcastle United , and we are still pleased with the job Joe has done on Tyneside, although the points are drying up again.

Don’t get us wrong, the team is still average at best, but with 8 senior players out, and with hopefully some quality players coming in  this month – the dedication to the Newcastle cause shown by our players could turn these games into wins.

With that little bit more class in the side, that we obviously need, we are hoping the results will start improving through the end of this season. That’s what we are hoping for, that’s for sure.

We thought it was a terrific game on Saturday from both sides, with West Ham having the more class, but Newcastle could still have nicked all 3 points in injury time, with young Andy Carroll, who played very well, or Michael Owen.

Oh well – these things tend to even out over the course of the season, and now we have to ensure we advance to the 4th round of the FA Cup on Wednesday against Hull City, who were beaten again on Saturday,  and if we don’t that will be  a huge disappointment.

Note: Have a look at Ed’s new report on the game on Saturday in his News Of The World column – and please leave some comments – thanks!

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • Kash

    Jan 12, 2009 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #1

    JK is doing a Fergie isn’t he!!!!

    I still think that we need some new coaches. In all the time Hughton was coach at Spurs, were they ever famous for having a solid defence?
    No, and I still think we need a new defensive coach and some other quality coaches too.

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jan 12, 2009 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #2

    Anyway support Newastle forever!!!!!

  • Stuart79

    Jan 12, 2009 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #3

    Joe only seems to speak after we win!

    Hence why we haven’t seen him a lot recently!

  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 12, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #4


  • Ericles

    Jan 12, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #5

    We know the press is biased against NUFC. We know they tell lies to sell their papers. Unlike NUFC fans they have nothing to be proud of. And I like Joe’s contemptuous attitude to them.
    We know that Ashley shows his contempt of the fans and the people of Tyneside by not communicating with us. We know he has installed the inarticulate dwarf as chief saboteur as well. The whole attitude of Ashley and Wise is one of contempt for us. So, we must back NUFC players all the way, support through thick and thin, regardless of the fat controller. The game against the so-called “hammers” was an improvement for a weakened side. We the fans have nothing to be ashamed of, and everything to be proud of. Simply do not buy the papers that run us down.

  • bowburnmag

    Jan 12, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #6

    Unless someone gives me a plausible reason for the silence, I’d say it’s because he’s been told belatedly to button it in view of the many contradictory messages in recent weeks. Which is probably a good thing. JK has a tendency to let his mouth run away with him and regardless of how badly the place is being run, him sending inaccurate messages to the fans is surely worse than hearing nothing at all?

  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 12, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #7

    bowburnmag – you could be right – he has said condradictory things lately.

  • AmSickOfThis

    Jan 12, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #8

    bowburnmag i think you got it right some of JK comments recently seemed to change on a daily basis
    and raised expectations i too think he has been told to be quiet by the board

  • bowburnmag

    Jan 12, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #9

    Ed – I’m as frustrated as anybody about the deafening silence but I just think JK made it worse with his ‘wishful thinking’ and the only time he’s talked about something which can’t be refuted, it’s to say how badly we need players. We don’t him to tell us that and we would hope he already knows this and is telling the powers-that-be, even if he didn’t tell us/the press. Also, this is the first time I’ve seen the registration/login stuff on your site but I’m sure I read previously you’d used it before. Have to say it’s a good move. There was a very real danger of you losing some quality bloggers. I logged on the other night for five minutes and it was like a scene out of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.

  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 12, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #10

    Hasnt he got a charge for improper conduct re refs going through. Im sure he had upto the 15th of December.

    Maybe as punishment he’s been told to gag it for a month. Chaos theory only.

    Love the terrace chant and the vid link that was posted last night – enjoyed singing it on Sat too:

    Joe Kinnear has got tourrettes – F**K
    Joe Kinnear has got tourettes – F**K

  • clinta

    Jan 12, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #11

    If big old JK can’t handle the pressure of the job he should move on. These days dealing with the press and your players making headlines for the wrong reasons are all part of the job, and on recent form I don’t think he’s up to the job longterm.

    Didn’t MA say that JK would be at the club as long as he is at some point? Was thinking thats a crazy statement to come out with at the time? So does tha mean MA will leave in a year or 2? or that Jk is around for a few more glorious seasons yet?

    You’ve steadied the ship this season and will be remembered fondly for that JK, next season though it’s time for the club to put there faith in a more talented mdrn manager, with at least a bit of success and experience in the top flight of one f europes bigger leagues.

  • clinta

    Jan 12, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #12

    Stuart 79- Your right JK does talk an awful lot when the team wins and is real quick to sing praise to himself and his team.

    He does speak when we lose however, just not nearly as much, and it’s just to say ‘oh the injuries’ and to blame the referee.

    Would like him once to say ‘we were poor today and deserved nothing, we’ve identified some problems and will work on them in training this coming week’

  • Kash

    Jan 12, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #13

    @Clinta – What makes you think that under MA’s regime, we’ll be able to attract such a manager or even top players?

    I think you’re being slightly optimistic as it’s gonna take a long time for us to get back as a force in the EPL. If anything we’re seen as a FARCE!

  • Sav

    Jan 12, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #14

    Hold on, Ed. Where’s the quote from JFK saying why he won’t talk to the press?
    You seem to be assuming he’s simply miffed, but read Mike Walker’s article in The Independent for a more plausible explanation.
    After Man City’s 3million offer for Given and Bolton’s 2 million offer for Joey Barton, does it not look as if all and any of our players have been put up for grabs by Dennis Wise and Mike Ashley?
    Joe’s recent contradictory statements concerning this transfer window imply that he has not been given have a very clear picture of what is going on. First there was the ‘open chequebook’ as long as Ashley liked the player, Joe could suggest anyone from Kaka to Messi. Then there was mention of around 12 million budget. That was followed by 2 or 3 purchases and one or two on loan. And finally, we can buy with what we make on sales first. To soften this, Joe has said he only wants to sell ‘fringe players’, but other clubs have so far only talked about Given, Owen, Barton and N’Zogbia. Hrdly fringe players.
    It seems more likely that Wise has again offered our squad to the highest bidder, as we are told was done at the previous transfer window. Of course, Dennis Wise has the luxury of never having to speak to the press, even though it seems evident he is running the whole show, on behalf of Ashley, an owner who wants out with no further drain on his diminished finances.

    Is there anyone who does not think that a decent showing in this transfer period would go a long way to persuading Given to remain here? But its obvious that is not going to happen. When Ashley says he’s not selling, it is a statement of fact, not of intent. Of course we are not the only club in this predicament.

    Similarly, Joe has said Given is happy here – which is not entirely truthful. We all know he sanctioned his lawyer’s statement. Its a game, like N’Zogbia’s quotes in the French press. And Joe is sure Michael Owen will re-sign (oh yeah?).
    Ayt the same time Joe has to hold together squad morale and avoid rows and discontent breaking out all over. the simples way is to send out Chris Hughton and keep schtum.

  • Chris G

    Jan 12, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #15

    Ed Harrison

    Yep, you’re both absolutely right

    ps. Ed
    Well done for the recent changes you’ve made to the site – it’s so much better now.

    Just one slight worry though – I hope the new logon procedures don’t discourage fans of other clubs from visiting this blog from time to time. They haven’t all been wind up merchants – some of them were actually quite nice and just came on here to express an opinion or engage in a bit of good natured banter. It would be a shame if they’ve all been scared away (with the possible exception of AO, of course).

  • workyticket

    Jan 12, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #16

    More completely unsubstantiated guff and conspiracy theories. Joe Kinnear has a seemingly permanent sore throat, and frequently loses his voice after shouting at the lads for 90 minutes. Hence, he doesn’t always give post match interviews.

  • arctoa

    Jan 12, 2009 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #17

    I wouldn’t like to meet the man who dares tell Kinnear to button it, hah.

    I agree with the changes to the site being beneficial, too, although similarly it’ll be a shame to see a drop-off of randoms. However, it’s good to be able to read through a string of comments and not have to skip every third one.

  • Dom

    Jan 12, 2009 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #18

    Sav, which article is that in the Indie? I’ve been wondering why Joe’s a no-show lately. Is it online?


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