Kinnear Back To Training Soon – What’s All The Fuss About?

Good news today from Newcastle United assistant manager Chris Hughton, who did so well yesterday in the absence of Joe Kinnear, when the lads got the job done and deserved all 3 points against WBA.


Joe Kinnear – anxious to get back to do this

Chris said that Joe Kinnear is already planning when he might return to the club’s training ground, and we cannot say that’s a big surprise because we think it will be hard to keep Joe away, especially when there were so many good things about yesterday performance.

The new lads all played very well, and apart from the back four looking very wobbly in the first half, the lads looked a lot better than of late. Ands it was our first win after 8 games, and only our second away win of the season, so good reason to celebrate.

The other good thing is we gained 3 points on Middlesbrough, Portsmouth, Blackburn, Bolton, West Ham, Stoke and of course WBA, and we gained 2 points on Spurs and Hull City.

So it was a valuable win indeed. The only thing that didn’t go our way was Sunderland won – but they did beat Stoke.  😀

Kinnear was admitted to hospital on Saturday morning in Sutton Coldfield before the game with WBA, which was such an important game for the Magpies.

We expect Joe’s spirits were lifted big time, not only by the result, which was all important, but also because of the overall performance, not to mention the spirit the lads seem to have in the team.

Certainly the Newcastle fans seemed to be in much better spirits today.  We’ll not get carried away too much, but it is time to celebrate a little for such an important win.

We were a little surprised to see Mark Viduka at the end look so ecstatic after the win.

Chris Hughton has confirmed that Joe is itching to get back to the training ground, as he talked to Sky Sports today:

“He was in very good form, typical Joe,”

“He was very bullish and doesn’t know what all the fuss is about. He was in good form, very good form.”

“As everybody is aware, he felt ill yesterday morning and the fact that his blood pressure was high was the reason they kept him in, probably because of his past history.”

“But he is expected to be out in the next couple of days. He is in very bullish mood and already talking about when he is going to be back at the training ground, so that’s all very good news.”

“He had someone ringing him and giving him reports at every stage. He would have been very encouraged at the beginning and then disappointed and then encouraged again.”

“In the end it was a good win for us and I think it’s even more pleasing for him.”

We bet Joe’s blood pressure went up when WBA got their second goal, but to be fair Newcastle were the better side in the second half and WBA really did not have too many chances, and Harper was as safe as houses, as usual, in goal.

If Joe can return next week, and he’s OK to do that, according to the doctors, that would be great.

We would suggest the Newcastle players dedicate the next game – at home to Everton in two weeks time – to Joe Kinnear and go out there and win it for him – that will keep Joe’s blood pressure down.   😀

And they need to keep doing that so Joe’s blood pressure keeps at normal levels.

But good news on the manager, who has given everything he has, and more, since he arrived late last September.

Comments welcome.

171 comments so far

  • sahota

    Feb 8, 2009 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #1

    Good to listen this. Yes u r right, I think players should give their 150% next match and try a win.

  • nufc1818

    Feb 8, 2009 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #2

    1st well i think i am!!

    kinnear seems a genuinely nice guy

  • nufc1818

    Feb 8, 2009 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #3

    DAMN…. im not

  • Nick D

    Feb 8, 2009 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #4

    it’s the worse news. we win against the bottom team when kinnear’s not there. says it all. I don’t wish the guy anything bad, but we were nearly in danger of getting a proper manager there for a minute!! Joke would probably have screwed it up tactically if he hasd been there.

  • Steve R

    Feb 8, 2009 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #5

    Well besides from S. Taylor’s slip which led to an easy goal for WBA, we played pretty decently. I can’t wait for Jonas and Martins return shortly cuz with them back I really believe we going to have a strong team!

  • The Real Entertainers

    Feb 8, 2009 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #6

    Watching the game, its too easy to just blame S.Taylor for the 1st goal.

    #1 Enrique poor pass to Colo
    #2 Colo poor clearence
    #3 Butt poor control, gave ball away
    #4 Taylors poor balance and slip
    #5 Harper should have done better.

    NUFC’s 5 step plane to giving goals away!

    The 2nd goal could be attributed to poor positioning from Bassong, but if you look at the line they we’re attempting to play off-side, then all of a sudden S.Taylor runs back towards goal allowing Foutune to be on side and Bassong to much to do!

    2 things we need to improve on are :

    #1 Be better at off sides or give up on them
    #2 Be better in possession (being saying this all season)

  • ginkoh

    Feb 8, 2009 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #7

    Best wish for Kinnear, He deserved to manage the Newcastle at least until the end of season. Because if we survive, All credit for him. Nobody can deny that.

    Hope he’ll be better soon. 🙂

  • Troy Stavers

    Feb 8, 2009 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #8

    i wouldn t get too upset for those of you who want jk to retire. I am sure he has already given it til the end of the season before he hangs up his managers boots. It cant be good for his health and he must be getting some ear ache from his family to pack in. It must be the reason he hasnt signed the new contract hes been offered. He couldn t come out and say that, particularly during the transfer window, as you could never persuade anyone to come to the club knowing the manager was gonna pack in. Personally, i believe, for all his faults, jk has brought a much needed commodity to the team. Passion! Get well soon joe and personally i wouldn t be disappointed if he stayed on as manager for next season.

  • miloflembo

    Feb 8, 2009 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #9

    its just annoying that if we do stay up he will get the job permantley. So its a double edged sword really… I hope he gets better but maybe not being our a manager and maybe just an assistant would be better 😉

  • Ile

    Feb 8, 2009 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #10

    Agree with you The Real Entertainers.

    Especially Enrigue has done too often poor passes to the player next to him. But generally I like this lad and he did manage few great crosses yesterday.

  • Dragonera

    Feb 8, 2009 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #11

    Im disgusted by some of the “fans” on here. Wanting a manager to retire is pathetic, get behind the team AND manager.

    Whats this nonsense, “we win when he ain’t here”…ermm, maybe that is because we played the worst team in the prem and still conceded 2 goals under Hughton’s management. Get a grip. West Brom were woeful and made around 7 or 8 ludicrous defensive errors. We punished them 3 times when any other team would have scored double that.

  • jettson1971

    Feb 8, 2009 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #12

    was a good win, and big points gained on teams below us and above! JK hasnt the health to continue after this season, he can not be a long term choice, he has done fairly well so far and credit to him for that, but 4 the future of NUFC we MUST be looking longer term, who tho???

  • DanToon

    Feb 8, 2009 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #13

    jettson1971 – Roberto Martinez or Steve Bruce.

  • Rodzilla

    Feb 8, 2009 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #14


    Agreed mate. All the whiners p155 me off too. I’ll judge JK when he has a fully fit squad to choose from – never mind his own players!

    Troy Stavers

    Also agreed (although you missed out 8 apostrophes in your submission)

    ; )

  • Wigaz

    Feb 8, 2009 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #15

    Dragonera agreed mate, however the issue i have much like jettson is that your health has to come first & Joe clearly is not in good health & you now the job has everything to do with it. I think he has done a decent job with what little resources he’s had but lets face it PL management is seriously stressful. NUFC Management at the min is unbelivably stressful! so for that reason i think he should think about his own well being & step aside.

  • andoni

    Feb 8, 2009 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #16

    I think Keegan should return to improve our team.
    KK as coach and Shearer as his assistant

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 8, 2009 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #17

    Well ive managed to digest todays blog posts and it didnt take long to take away the positive feeling from the win yesterday.

    Didnt take long for a paper to start stiring up shlite about contracts and money.

    As for JFK – the man is a father and grandfather and think he is well aware of his health limits. Im sure his Mrs will be on the case too.

    As for a long term replacement – I have no clue, so am not even going to debate or suggest.

    Its gonna be a long two weeks without prem league football – well England on wed – yey.

    Least we wont have the Gerrard / Lampard debate afterwards.

    I do hope some of the fresh call ups have a chance to have a crack of the whip.

    Todd Carty on Dancing on Ice – so if you want a laugh – get on ITV now.

  • tripp

    Feb 8, 2009 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #18

    We need to drop the trap. Nearly cost us on a number of occasions yesterday. Fortunately, we’ve got a few weeks to recuperate and get some of our newly returned players into better form. It was nice to see the new lads make some important contributions and having a little bit of depth again, and at least a few options will be helpful. WBA were terrible though. I wish we could have improved our GD a bit more, as well as getting a bit more confidence. Still, the table was very kind to us this week and we did our part by picking up another win.

  • nufc1818

    Feb 8, 2009 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #19


    that should never happened

    keegan left us in shit and probably mostly his fault we are left in this position
    the supposed messiah left us to relegation
    i dont call that an act of a newcastle legend
    face the facts keegan came into the club to manage again just because he was going bankrupt
    he doesnt care

  • tripp

    Feb 8, 2009 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #20

    ah c’mon Graeme, it’s still 3 points, and a very good 3 points given that everyone below us lost or drew. We also gained 2 points on the teams just above us (save Citeh). It was a hugely important game and we got the only result that matters. Sod the papers. Don’t pay them any attention. Yes there were negatives about yesterday’s not. No, we aren’t gonna win the league, but there were positives besides just the 3 points.

  • Rodzilla

    Feb 8, 2009 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #21

    Toon Graeme

    You’re very true in what you say about JK. Personally I’d love to see him stay ’til the end of the season – and keep us up; but with the current league positions AND our remaining fixtures his Hypertension surely ain’t gona improve.

    It probably would be best for him to step aside for health reasons, but he’s a stubborn old ox and I’d imagine he’ll want to stay ’til at least the end of May. I guess it’s all down to Mrs Kinnear and family.

    On a side note, if he did leave the club prematurely I’d rather we robbed a manager that already has Premiership experience. The last thing we need is another Ramos to completely balls up the squad, demolishing any air of confidence and solidarity we seem to be developing at this vital stage of the season.

    Bruce would probably be my choice. And imagine the look on Insomnia’s face!!!!!!

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 8, 2009 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #22

    Tripp – I am positive fella. Loved the win and the fact Loven scored.

    Could be worse – we could be spurs! 🙂

    10 men and still couldnt find the net.

    Mackems play Arsenal next and hope Arshavin tears them a new ar$e.

  • toon 86

    Feb 8, 2009 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #23

    nufc 1818
    i totally agree mate, the keegan days are gone as far as im concerned, he did well in the past but take him back no way, why the hell should we evin consider it.He has made us look like a laughing stock for putting faith in the messiah,its not joes fault the way the seasons gone its the turmoil at the beginning of the season

  • sahota

    Feb 8, 2009 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #24

    I am sick of people saying KK to come back. It is Newcastle’s best interest that KK never returns. He will never ever be successful again, he too easily give sup and runs away. I know I know you will say it was Mike’s fault. I agree, but still I am not convinced its good for Newcastle if he comes back. I still think if we got full squad fit for rest of season, we will finish higher up than last season. And that will be credit to Joe , ONLY HE came to Newcastle when nobody was wiling to come (Obviously due to Mike’s reputation and might be package he was giving to any manager). Yes Joe needed this job badly, but still considering what resources were provided to him, if we finish higher up than last season then it will be achievement by Joe. And also frankly speaking the signings he has managed to do, are all good and hopefully will repay Newcastle many time more than we spend on them. I just hope we now do well as team and finish above position 12. Its hard but it can happen with couple of wins in next matches.

  • RyanToon

    Feb 8, 2009 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #25

    good to here, joe you have MY backing if not from others

  • Jan Stavik

    Feb 8, 2009 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #26

    No KK please, he’s busy running his circus up in Glasgow.

    I’d go with Sven, his managerial club career is highly impressive.

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 8, 2009 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #27

    Sahota – agreed. No more KK talk.

    He’s well gone and defo will not ever return, unless as a spectator.

    Alot of people have slated JFK on here, myself included at times on various issues, but its true that no one else would touch we with a pole.

    Everton – god I cant wait – bring it on.

    Im thinking about stopping off at the NUSC rally to see what the beef is before the match.

    Then again I enjoy turning up about an hour before kick off and soak up the atmosphere on the corner. What to do.

  • nufc1818

    Feb 8, 2009 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #28

    i think when keegan did come back people were forcing themselves to believe we were playing as good as the olden days but we really werent
    remember keegans team was the team who went to arsenal and lost 3-1 it was a very strong squad also

  • jettson1971

    Feb 8, 2009 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #29

    sven could be a choice, but not 4 me, martinez done very well at lower level and would like to see him try sumwhere else first, pompey perhaps?? bruce is more red and white then black and white and wouldnt be answer imo, id be tempted by Fatih Terim, he is passionate, bags of experience, gets best out of players and would want the challenge! wat you think???

  • DanToon

    Feb 8, 2009 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #30

    nufc1818 – 3:0

  • DanToon

    Feb 8, 2009 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #31

    jettson1971 – We are no better than Portsmouth so why not get Martinez in now? Look at Everton they took Moyes from Preston who at the time were about where Swansea are now, and now Everton are a very good side under him!

    Give him a bash, future Mourinho.

  • valle

    Feb 8, 2009 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #32

    I read about Martinez… Apperently he won the league 1 with Swansea, winning allot of prices on his way including league 1 manager of the year. This year they are currently on a 30 game unbeaten run and in with a chance of getting a play-off place in the championship… Sounds like a top manager in the making to me.

  • jettson1971

    Feb 8, 2009 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #33

    we are better than Pompey, Martinez is a promising up and coming manager but can u see MA giving him a crack at NUFC b4 proving himself at highest level, i agree re Moyes, worked out well, but have they done any more under him that we did not do under Sir Bobby or KK(1st time)? i think martinez is a great shout but not for us just yet, although his style of play and manner are first class

  • craig s chisholm

    Feb 8, 2009 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #34

    tripp…you are damn right fella about holding the back line far too high, it nearly killed us against sunderland. great win though, adn its 4 points out of 6 since we re-jigged the team at the transfer window, got rid of the whingers, brought in some steely passion. lovenkrands is gonna be class i think. 1 start and 1 goal.. he scored 19 goals in his last season at rangers, not bad for being on the wing with them.
    i fancy us to get something out of the everton game, even if just the point.

  • craig s chisholm

    Feb 8, 2009 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #35

    we DO NOT want to change a manager now ffs. this would be suicide, jesus. granted, i think jfk will have to step down in the summer and we can get a forward thinking top bloke in.

  • DanToon

    Feb 8, 2009 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #36

    I jettson1971 – I agree with you in some respects but if we sit found and wait 2 long we may miss the boat on him… I think he’s top notch and he has some good factors that would make me take him on…

    * He is young 36.
    * Has contacts in Europe.
    * Speaks better English than me and most people from the North East lol.
    * Has proved himself in the other English leagues.
    * His team are on a 30 game unbeaten run (amazing).

  • MoorsleyMag

    Feb 8, 2009 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #37

    Troy Stavers is that you havin’ a letter published in the Sunday Sun today?? All the best JFK.

  • jettson1971

    Feb 8, 2009 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #38

    im sure we will all see in the summer, assuming that JK is not able to continue, NUFC is the most stressful job in football, and most demanding, it is the making or breaking of any manager, Martinez could be an answer but im sure NUFC will have irons in fire, id like to think that he would be one of those, along with some top european coaches, the next appointment, like the previous half dozen is a massive one by NUFC, didnt FFS make a big bollok getting shot of Sir Bobby, this after finishing 3,5,6? was it?

  • NE3 NICK

    Feb 8, 2009 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #39

    Cor, Ryan u were taking a proper kicking on here last night my essex friend!

  • ObaMartins

    Feb 8, 2009 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #40

    craig s chisholm Given was loyal to this Club for 12 years, obviously somthing you know little about as you back stab him asoon as he has left the Club, Given was first Choice GOALKEEPER for the last 6 Managers of NEWCASTLE not Harper so that says GIVEN is the better of the 2…….Point Proven…

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