Joe Kinnear Takes It On The Chin – Again

The problems that Joe Kinnear is confronting now at Newcastle United were not of his making, but he was one of the few managers who would take the job on, and now he’s finding out exactly why that was the case.


Joey Barton – out for 8 weeks with broken foot

Joe Kinnear has talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today as the problems at Newcastle with players injured increased again last night with both Michael Owen and Joe Barton now out with long term injuries.

Joe said:

“I thought they were much the better side in the first half.” “But we were much better in the second.”

“Then of course we had to chop and change because of injuries.” “We’ve now lost another two key players.”

“It’s the same old story week-in, week-out.” “We’ve got more players on the treatment table than we do on the pitch.”

“That’s how our luck has gone this season.”

Steven Taylor had a decent shout for a penalty denied when he was brought down by Micah Richards in the second half, but referee Jones overlooked claims for a penalty that could have changed the outcome of the game. But that’s the level the team is at right now, it’s all woulda coulda shoulda.

Kinnear continued:

“We also had a good shout for a penalty on Tayls but we didn’t get it.” “I’m disappointed and totally p****** off with how the situation is.”

“But we have to bite the bullet.” “I’m responsible for whatever happens.”

“At the moment I’m not even sure we have 11 fit players for Sunday — the biggest game of the season.”

“We have lost our top goalscorer for four to six weeks.”

“Meaning that this is now the biggest challenge I’ve ever had – I can see why other people didn’t want to take the job.”

But the big surprise after another defeat last night is that it doesn’t look too good that Ashley will come in with the money to strengthen the squad.

It could well be that our numbers in the senior squad actually decrease this transfer window – and that would be almost unbelievable.

But those are the people we have running the club now, and we’re not talking about Joe Kinnear, who has the mess to sort out, with presumably no help from the powers that be.

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • toonarmyuk

    Jan 29, 2009 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #1

    I would say 1st to annoy Cooldj, but I bet the sad loser will be in there before me anyway.

    Is Given going today or wot??

  • Wilad

    Jan 29, 2009 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #2

    Play the Kids – Ranger, Lua Lua etc and lets just deal with things. I am sick of JK and others on the blog moaning about something we can do nothing about. This is the situation so lets make the best of it. The fact is that JK got the tactics right in about 5 games this season. He is the wrong man for the job KK was also the wrong man but we can not do anything about it because it is not our decision.

  • Pons Aelius

    Jan 29, 2009 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #3

    If we don’t sign ANYONE but Lovenkrands in this window and let players leave Ashley will have doomed Newcastle to relegation and it will take us a long, long time to recover.

  • beyethegreat

    Jan 29, 2009 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #4

    plz win the derby

    if we dont win there will be an eternal doom even more so than there is now

    if we do win we have a chance against relegation as that will be a major boost-as well as 3 points

  • square

    Jan 29, 2009 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #5

    what kind of managers tells everybody he tried to sell a player that is in his squad and then plays him that very night.

  • Toon Sweden77

    Jan 29, 2009 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #6

    Injuries are a part of the game (eventhough were suffer alot more then many other teams) and thats why teams have BIGGER SQUADS!! than the paperthin sh*te we have!

  • NewManagerPlz

    Jan 29, 2009 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #7

    JFK is all mouth no action.

  • Rorycn

    Jan 29, 2009 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #8

    Stardust your posts are accurate and true. Most people on here would cut there nose off inspite of their face.


    Jan 29, 2009 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #9

    how many times are people gonna keep tellin us how crap we are and how we’re going down?
    Thanx again for the umpteenth time for those pearls of wisdom. Yea, yea, yea, whatever.
    Have you got money on it or what.
    Get some fight about ya’s.

    Change the friggen record.

    We’ve heard you.

    Ed, can you put up a list of who thinks what, so the perpetraitors don’t have to keep repeating themselves ad nauseum.


    Jan 29, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #10

    I agree with Square. How are we supposed to get the best out of Enrique and Geremi when the Manager bad mouths them and openly admits to trying to flog them. It’s the opposite of what Keegan would do – he would have built up their confidence and made them better players as a result (yes I know he hardly played Jose but he did not openly criticise him).

    Also – Obafan2 nade some good comments recently. Enrique’s distribution not good but still a decent defender with potential. Should be kept and in a decent back four with renewed confidence he will shine.

    Lastly, why do people keep unfairly criticising Duff. For me, he has been our most consistent threat this season. His reputation is unfairly tarnished by last season when, admittedly, he was not good.

  • batty

    Jan 29, 2009 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #11

    Rorycn Iwud like to cut your throat and others like you that wud shut you up


    Jan 29, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #12

    Team for Sunday (assuming no new faces)

    Harper, Edgar, Taylor, Bassong (hopefully fit), Enrique, Jonas, Butt (no option), Duff, Smith, Lovenkrands, Carroll. 4 – 3 – 3 with Smith and Lovenkrands either side of Carroll, tracking back.

    We need 4 points out of next 6

  • Stevo

    Jan 29, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #13

    “Joe Kinnear Takes It On The Chin – Again”……….whats that then?……..egg?

  • big boomer

    Jan 29, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #14

    Every week look at the back of match day programme and our squad is always longer than opposition so do not understand how we have a smaller squad than others. Get the youngsters in.
    Ranger, Donaldson, Lua Lua. We need to fight to stay up it is no longer a question of style.
    We need to beat the mackems. But how are we going to do it troubles me.

  • doofa the loofa

    Jan 29, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #15

    hi clint flick, no neg shite with me.
    we’re gonna win the prem and champ league me thinks. WIFE what times doc coming with me med?

  • lesh

    Jan 29, 2009 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #16

    NewManagerPlz // Jan 29, 2009 at 12:57 PM

    JFK is all mouth no action – what on earth can he do with his hands tied?

    Joe may not be another Mourinho but at least he had the bottle to take the job on. I think that if he had resources available to hi, we could’ve missed teh drop. As it is, injuries, no investment in and sale of players are making his life impossible.

    Could anyone seriously suggest a manager that could save the club from the drop in the current situation?

    If you can identify such a manager, get him down to the Exhibition Park and see him walk on the lake, or even better, turn the water into wine!

    Then we can all enjoy the celebrations!!

  • doofa the loofa

    Jan 29, 2009 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #17

    egg lol

  • KuWaiTi MagPie

    Jan 29, 2009 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #18

    atleast we have smith and butt for the next game that will help but i dony know how much?

  • Rorycn

    Jan 29, 2009 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #19

    Haha! A witty retort. In all seriousness i don’t think we’ll be relagated. For me WBA are definatley down, stoke are looking increasingly likley and i at least portsmouth,boro and even hull despite their good start are worse. My only worry is the amount of top 6 games we have left, although we do have three i mentioned.
    Keep the faith!

  • doofa the loofa

    Jan 29, 2009 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #20

    we can’t let jfk go as he doubles as the strikers coach…

  • Born Again Geordie

    Jan 29, 2009 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #21


    I love your optimism – keep the faith brother 🙂


    Jan 29, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #22

    I’m asking for fight doofa, not fantasy.

    Doubt most understand the word fight, they’re more interested in wallowing in self doubt and self pity.

  • Rorycn

    Jan 29, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #23

    Cheers born again,
    Does anyone else think that bolton blackburn draw was a better result for us rather than the bolton win. means bolton are only one point ahead rather than the three, keeps them tied down in the mire?

  • Isaac Hunt

    Jan 29, 2009 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #24

    “… he was one of the few managers who would take the job on …” No he wasnae! He was on the dole ffs. He would have taken any job in football, Like to see him doing a full weeks work wi’ me like!


    Jan 29, 2009 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #25

    Aye Rorycn.


    Jan 29, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #26

    He was just about to go scouting for the gooners actually.

  • Hekvig

    Jan 29, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #27

    Howay Probably the sadest thing you can do theese days are reading about Newcastle. It aint gettin´any better aint it

  • toonmania1979

    Jan 29, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #28

    i wouldnt be at all bothered if someone pointed a rifle at ashley and took him out. call me crazed but im half serious.

    the club is in a worse situation than most people think, and how some of you can come on here naming players you want to sign is beyond me. Wake up and realise what is happening to our once great club, it is doomed. simple as. There is no point whatsoever being optimistic, a lot of you need to be now – realistic.
    It doesnt make you a better fan to be upbeat about it, some of you think this which is crackers because when we get relegated it will kill you. Its time now to accept the inevitable im in my thirties and i bet others my age agree.

    who gonna get the gun?

  • Spitfire

    Jan 29, 2009 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #29

    Message to all united players : You have no fight, no resolve, no fortitude, no pride. You have no respect for the team, squad, club or fans. You are willing to pick up maximum wages for minimum effort. You whinge, you whine, you feign injury. You trot out platitudes and half truths when you speak. When you have a genuine injury you milk it for all its worth. You do not give 100% effort when you play. You are a disgrace. You will get us relegated.

    If I am wrong prove I am wrong. I will retract every single word and eat humble pie.

    I am posting this on every blog in the hope one of you reads it

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 30, 2009 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #30



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