Kinnear Had Symptoms Of Pending Heart Attack


As we now know Joe Kinnear was taken to hospital before yesterday’s Newcastle game at WBA, and from what we are being told in the press today, it looks like the symptoms were those that usually precede a heart attack.

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Joe Kinnear – pins and needles down left arm

The Newcastle manager, who is 62 and had a heart attack 10 years ago while on the sidelines at Wimbledon, was apparently admitted with pains down his left arm before Newcastle’s crucial 3-2 win at West Brom.

A Newcastle spokesman said:

“Joe reported feeling unwell at the team hotel. He was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.”

After the game, Chris Hughton and some of the Newcastle Directors (Owner Mike Ashley and Managing Director Derek Llambias were at the game), visited Joe in Sutton Coldfield’s Good Hope Hospital last night.

Yesterday’s win, which was Newcastle first in 9 games, lifted the Magpies 3 places to 13th position on 27 points, just one point less than they had last season after the same 25 games. and Newcastle are now four points clear of the relegation zone.

Chris Hughton said:

“The players are aware of what happened and I am sure it was in their minds. They acquitted themselves very well. ”

“But the simple thing is that Joe is okay. The players are very fond of Joe and appreciate the job he has done as a manager.”

West Brom manager Tony Mowbray, whose team remain bottom of the league on 22 points said:

“We wish Joe a speedy recovery. We are all in this industry together and it can be a stressful job at times.”

“We hope he gets back to work as soon as he can.”

And to be complete in a message issued by the club, Kinnear said:

“I’d like to thank everyone who has been asking how I have been feeling.

“Although I missed the game, I had my grandson giving me a full commentary.”

“I told Chris Hughton to pass on my congratulations to the players.”

Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias, who visited him in hospital, presumably with Mike Ashley said:

“Joe was in good spirits. And in typical Joe fashion, he was more concerned about the team’s win than himself.”

“He was relaxed and, hopefully, will be back home in a couple of days.”

Joe Kinnear’s wife Bonnie was at the hospital with her husband last night, and Newcastle owner Mike Ashley told friends last night, that Joe Kinnear was “comfortable.”

Joe was fine when the team traveled down on Friday, and apparently it was only when he awoke yesterday morning that he complained of pins and needles down his left arm. He was sent to hospital where a series of tests was carried out.

That kind of symptom is of course indicative of a pending heart attack – so these are certainly warning signs for Joe, since he has already had one heart attack, and the heart is always weakened when an attack occurs.

A club spokesman said:

“Joe will remain in hospital for observation for a couple of days and will then be discharged.”

However, it will up to the doctors to decide when he can return to work, and many fans had commented on how poorly Joe looked at last Sunday’s game against Sunderland.

Joe looked to have gained some pounds. and ny the bags under his eyes it seemed he hadn’t slept in a week.

A club source said:

“Knowing how tough Joe is, he’ll want to be back at the coalface as soon as possible, but we’ll have to wait and see.”

The doctors’ decision will really be a deciding factor in how long Joe will be out, but pains in the left arm are a serious sign, and generally the last thing people in that condition need is more stress.

We’ll have to wait and see how Joe does, and of course his health is the most important thing.

If Newcastle fans want to wish Joe well – he’s at Good Hope Hospital NHS Trust, Rectory Rd, Sutton Coldfield, B75 7RR.

We wish Joe the very very best, and we know he’s given his all since last September, to try to turn Newcastle United around.

Comments welcome.



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15 comments so far

  • Gilly

    Feb 8, 2009 at 7:25 AM

    Comment #1

    He’s undoubtedly a proud man, but the stress and pressure of the job are not going to diminish.

    Joe and the board need to reconsider the on the table (or in the desk draw) offer he has for the next 2, 3, 5, 10 or however may years it is this week.

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  • JonnyNufc

    Feb 8, 2009 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #2

    He wont be able to continue now surely, symptoms of a heart attack……

    We’ve a fair few games to go through yet…be dangerous for him.

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  • Purely Belter

    Feb 8, 2009 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #3

    i may not want kinnear as newcastle manager but i still wish him a speedy recovery.

    get well soon

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  • JonnyNufc

    Feb 8, 2009 at 7:35 AM

    Comment #4

    I reckon he’ll continue simply because thats why he came back into it. He wanted to prove he could still manage at this level after the one he had with wimbledon….now he’s had another scare he’ll still want to prove he can keep going.

    Not good.

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  • Scotty

    Feb 8, 2009 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #5

    Although i am no big fan of JFK, i wish him well…

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  • Guinea Mag

    Feb 8, 2009 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #6

    Get well soon Joe!

    Managing Newcastle United just like supporting Newcastle United can be stressfull……

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  • Toon_Sydney

    Feb 8, 2009 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #7

    in terms of coaching he may just be an average joe but he’ll take us outta relegation and has bought decent signings

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  • Nick D

    Feb 8, 2009 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #8

    You wouldn’t wish this on anyone, but did they win because he wasn’t there to screw it up tactically or did they win for him?

    I have to admit Lovenkrands, Nolan and Taylor were decent, but I just wish we could get away from trying to play offside, because we suck.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 8, 2009 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #9

    Joe is gonna have to take it easy.

    He needs time off and I think Chris will have to take over.

    Best Wishes Joe.

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  • Stuart79

    Feb 8, 2009 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #10

    I think we all wish him well.

    But it’s obvious this pressure is taking it’s toll on Joe.

    Football is only a game and he has a family to think about. Any doubts regarding his health, he should say to Ashley thanks but no thanks I’m off on a permanant holiday.

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  • sahota

    Feb 8, 2009 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #11

    I wish joe well and hope he gets back and keep us i this league then might be Mike should use him in other position in Club . As I still think whatever people say he definitely has some good experience to give to club. Might be involve him in transfers management. So that Mike has someone who has footballing knowledge.

    Anyway everyone in behind Joe in this tough time. Hope he gets well.

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  • KingKevwynyard

    Feb 8, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #12

    Sums up the farce of a club/season.

    Good win yesterday against a REALLY poor team

    The defending was farcical however 3points were massive. Had we lost 🙁 we were gone.

    Onwards and upwards 3points against Everton !?!

    By the way W.T.F happened to Oba !?!

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  • Jan Stavik

    Feb 8, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #13

    Hopefully he’ll be fine, but hopefully NUFC will find a new manager in the summer.

    Kinnear is out of date, his style was made for the 80ies, now he looks out of depth.

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  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Feb 8, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #14

    Get well soon Joe. If he’s well enough to continue, let Joe work hard to keep us up. After that he should step back, be proud of what he’s achieved and enjoy a well earnt retirement. Whatever happens, he can always know he didn’t give up until his body forced him to – you can’t do any more than that and I’ve got huge respect for him as a result.

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  • Girth

    Feb 8, 2009 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #15

    Here man, people get a grip,
    “Kinnear Had Symptoms Of Pending Heart Attack”
    who says?
    Anyone read teh story about him this in the NOTW? What a load of obviously made up crap!
    “ohh and then Kinnear said he lost the feeling down the left side on his arm” what a load of gash!
    the bloke has a ‘history’ of heart problems, so if i had something wrong with me with that history, i would hope i would get checked out!
    Papers were vile today about this!

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