Kinnear Health Problems Brought Team Together – Harper

Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper says today that manager Joe Kinnear’s recent health problems have brought the team closer together.


Steve Harper – Kinnear health problems has brought team together

Joe will undergo triple bypass surgery tomorrow, and will be recuperating for around 2 months, and of course Joe missed the Newcastle win over West Brom at the weekend with high blood pressure, presumably caused by blockage(s) in his arteries.

Coaches Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood are ready to take over first team affairs and Harper said the 3-2 win over WBA, which wasn’t pretty but effective, was dedicated to their boss.

Steve told Sky Sports News today:

“I spoke to him on Monday. I left him a message and he called me back and he was in good spirits,”

“I think he’s a bit frustrated to be in there because he’s the sort of person who is first out on the training field and last off. I think he’s fed up.”

“He missed the game but we managed to get a win which the lads obviously dedicated to him with the job he’s done. We all wish him well.”

And in spite of the squad being told their manager had been taken to hospital on Saturday morning ahead of the crucial game, Harper said that the news had brought the team closer together:

“When Chris Hughton told us on Saturday morning there were a few people in the dressing room who were saying ‘come on he’s (Kinnear) stepped in, in a difficult time, so let’s just give it that little bit extra for him’ and we managed to do that.”

“Apparently he was being informed on the phone how the game was going and we managed to pull it off.”

We suggest the games the lads play while Joe is recovering are dedicated to Joe, starting with our next home game a week on Sunday against Everton. Joe seems to have given more than he had for the Newcastle United cause.

We think it will be hard to keep Joe Kinnear away once he has had his surgery, but we’re sure his doctors will insist on some rest, and his wife and family too.

Of course, once the operation is over, he’ll feel a lot better since the old blood will be flowing more freely to parts of his body he forgot he even had. 😀

We don’t think Joe is finished with the job at Newcastle, and for Joe it is unfinished business.

You may like the guy or hate the guy, but it’s hard to argue with his total commitment to the Newcastle cause.

Comments welcome.

102 comments so far

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Feb 12, 2009 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #1

    no matter how,Newcastle has these positive power ,must win!

  • Gordo

    Feb 12, 2009 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #2

    Why does Harper still wear #13 surely #1 now.Get well soon Joe.

  • DanToon

    Feb 12, 2009 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #3

    We need a long term Manager now! 5 years at least!

  • barcode

    Feb 12, 2009 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #4

    Hopefully a full recovery and then he can perhaps do another job at the club such as on the scouting side. He can’t carry on with such a high pressure job.

    Ashley’s BIG chance to put in place a manager of his choice as Top manager was already in place,Harry turned him down at the last minute. He decided to go for some fans favourite, which was a very bad decision and ended as expected then he was forced to go for Joe as no-one was interested.

    If the manager is available now he should do it as i have no confidence in Houghton.
    If the bookies are taking bets i’m having one on Di Matteo !

  • Toon_Fresh

    Feb 12, 2009 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #5

    I don’t like this no manager business… hughton was awful last time he had a stretch of games. I’m not sure if Colin would be changing any of that.

    I know it’s too soon but we’re gonna have to know if Joe is up for the job for the long haul. While everyone here wishes him the best, i’m guessing that most of us would like to see a real manager step in and take this club forward.

  • Obafan

    Feb 12, 2009 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #6

    I think Kinnear has to be given another role at the club, if he wants it off course. Most of the time (esp the last weeks) I was not of the same opinion (tactics, subs, … as JK, but he was the only one who had the balls to take the job. You have to credit him for that!!!!

    Now that the board have explained so much recently, I think they should be able to find a well-known professional manager to be here for the long-haul to build the team for the future. We need some stability to build and a manager who knows the modern game very well. And who will be given green light to handle anything concerning the first team (ins and outs, …).

    Best of luck to Joe; get well soon!!!!

  • craig s chisholm

    Feb 12, 2009 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #8

    basically we haveent had a manager at the club since kk left, some would even debate if he is a manager. so basically we have had no manager for over a year now since fat sam got sacked. now our stand in, pretend manager is shagged out and not going to be able to resume at our shagged out club either. one wonders when and where its all going to end. everton will be a stern test and will show us what we can expect. steve harpers words worry me a bit to be honest, he says ‘managed to pull it off’ in reference to beating the bottom team in the prem. you would think we had justtaken away a win from old trafford or something.
    you know how bad your season is when if we survive the drop we think we have done ok.

  • nufced

    Feb 12, 2009 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #9

    Best of luck to Joe. I hope he makes a full recovery, but there’s no way he should be allowed to contemplate a return to such a high pressure job. For his sake, and for the Club, Ashley and Co must Recruit a quality Manager fast. Something tells me they will prat about and do nothing soon enough. They must see this as an opportunity and grab it with both hands. This is a state of emergency. With respect to Calderwood and Hughton, it would be crazy to wait for them to fail. There simply isnt time.

  • Troy Stavers

    Feb 12, 2009 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #10

    If you recall, Hughton said after his last unsuccessful stint in charge, he wasn’t suited to being a manager.
    This is a big decision but sentimentality shouldn’t come into it.
    Pay Joe’s contract up and give him a bonus for his efforts and unfortunate circumstances so he doesn’t have to worry about money in the future. It would be peanuts for Ashley.
    Now is the time to be scouting for a long term manager.
    preferably KK or Shearer cos i’ve got 100 quid on each at 12/1.

  • Guttierez1

    Feb 12, 2009 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #11

    Definitely not KK i hope that we somehow persuade Sven to join us, i really think that he would do a great job for us, he can attract the big names and his tactics are sound. look at what he did at man city, i couldn’t believe it when i heard he had been fired. owen would then think about staying, tho im not really bothered if he stayed or not. like everyone else has said we need a long term manager, and i think that Sven could be the future for us.

  • Alex

    Feb 12, 2009 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #12

    i know we don’t really rate him but the season before he was sacked Calderwood did get Forest promoted . Hughton is a good coach but obviously not suited to being a manager . Together they could pull this off , 1 good coach working together with a man that wants to prove Forest were wrong to sack him as manager .

  • AndyNUFC

    Feb 12, 2009 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #13

    I really think Ketsbaia wants to manage us.

    He has said previously that he wants to come here, and also stated he has no further interest in coaching his current club.

  • geordie jock

    Feb 12, 2009 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #14

    The players gave a little bit extra for Joe Kinnear which is nice to hear as i think everybody connected with nufc will wish Joe all the best with his operation and recovery. Now i think is the time for the players give that little bit extra for the fans who support them through thick and thin. They shouldn’t have had any extra to give as they should be giving everything they have EVERY game.

  • crazydave

    Feb 12, 2009 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #15

    Troy to be totally honest I wouldnt want KK back, he did a great job the first time he was here. The Guy confesses he loves Newcastle Utd, but was happy to walk away twice, and now he wants to take us to the cleaners for 9 million. Its not just the clubs money but its the fans money as well, the money we put in for tickets, shirts etc

  • craig s chisholm

    Feb 12, 2009 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #16

    fizzy league here we come. i try to be positive about the club and the situation but i just can not get to grips with the way we are being run, nothing seems to work or gell anymore.

  • Wigaz

    Feb 12, 2009 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #17

    Well said cazydave! KK can Jog on imo! We need to either get in Bruce or Shearer. We must get in a permanent Manager in for at least 5 years & give him time to build. Getting Bruce in would be the best bet as coming in to a relegation battle would be no problem for him & he may even get us to finish in a strong position. The only Con is the amount of compen we’d have to pay to Wigan. Shearer is a risk but think of the buzz around the squad & in the stands that alone would be enough to get us a few results. I think he has a lot more management chops about him that some of you think. Sven could come in as I dont think he’s wanted in mexico & i think he’s holding out for a bigger club than pompy. We are that despite what harry did for them.

  • MarkO

    Feb 12, 2009 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #18

    We won’t go down Calderwood has managerial experience and the team is really together atm. Just because Hughton was unsuccessful after Keegan left doesn’t mean he isn’t a capable manager. The team was split after Keegan resigned and the club was in turmoil any manager would hav found it difficult. Hughton’s record so far is 1 game 1 win.

    Next season appoint Tassotti as manager and keep Wise and Ashley. Put Kinear in some kind of role if he wants and we are sorted for Europe.

  • sahota

    Feb 12, 2009 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #19

    I wish him well. Hope he gets well soon and hopefully lads will give him something to cheer about in coming matches.

  • OHurley

    Feb 12, 2009 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #20

    Get well soon, Joe!

    Now, let’s make a helluva bid for a good manager. Ya think 50mil would get Sir Alex? LoL, j/k:)

  • beatski

    Feb 12, 2009 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #21

    f course, once the operation is over, he’ll feel a lot better since the old blood will be flowing more freely to parts of his body he forgot he even had.


    A triple bypass only involves the blood vessels that supply blood to heart tissue and, no other part of the body (bypasses the blockages in the existing vessels by going round them with veins transplanted from legs)

    hope Kinnear has a speedy recovery

    and we shouldnt be messing around with another interim manager (venables/robson – good god) we should appoint along term manager now. If pompey are courting Sven, why cant we? someone of that calibre please

  • Wigaz

    Feb 12, 2009 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #22

    Marko trust me mate if we rely on those two we’re shafted! I will gladly eat humble pie if i’m wrong but just have a bad feelin about them. Cant belive all the shite news now stories linking us with. Mclaren, Venables Hoddle Bryan Robson! i would be livid if either one of those took over. Lets just hope the press have no idea what managers we’re goin after just like they had no idea what players we were after until it happened. Please Bruce! Love all these random Foreign manager suggestions! spending too much time on football manager boys.

  • OHurley

    Feb 12, 2009 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #23


    NO TO SVEN BJORN ERICSSON!! He’s practically NEVER been successful. I think he’s cursed. Now- Steve Bruce would be all right. Dont’ much care for Wigan, but Bruce is quality. Still wish we couldve landed Harry Redknapp though

  • Wigaz

    Feb 12, 2009 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #24

    O hurly Harry would prob have been better sorted to manage us than the spuds. Bruce has to be the answer! lets just hope Ashley has already contacted him & he’s chomping at the bit to come to SJP. If we dont get a perm manager in we are in the manure!!!!

  • OHurley

    Feb 12, 2009 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #25


    Yeah, I’m pretty sure Steve Bruce would be the answer too. He’s a Geordie, isn’t he?

  • Wigaz

    Feb 12, 2009 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #26

    Yeah he is O hurley despite some on this blog saying only when it suits him. I think if we rely on hughton & calderwood we’re screwed! we need a strong manager in whi can deal with the both the demand for decent looking football & getting results & Bruce could do that.

  • cashleyout

    Feb 12, 2009 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #27

    if kinnear DOES come back and if the pressure gets to him again next season, what do we do if he has another heart attack? stuck with houghton and calderwood for a few months again. JK should retire and nufc need to appoint a proper manager!!

  • OHurley

    Feb 12, 2009 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #28

    Agreed. I’m sure that if Bruce is a Geordie, he’s currently in a position where he’d HAVE to keep his true loyalty a bit under wraps. I mean, he manages a competing premiership side, for chrissake…. I have faith in him, though, and have been impressed with his work at Wigan. I think he’d be a good acquisition for us.

  • Wigaz

    Feb 12, 2009 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #29

    Really hoping we have a new Boss in Before Everton game. Dont think we’ll get anything against them if the chuckle bros are running the show.

  • Mikeflame

    Feb 12, 2009 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #30

    Ketsbaia all the way!! Has experience, has done wonders in champions league etc with a squad of unheard of players, is well known by Premiership players and loves Newcastle! what more do you need? perfect for a 5 year plan

  • Wigaz

    Feb 12, 2009 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #31

    Mike flame nice idea, but do really think thats the answer? Experience yes but not of the PL, Champs league yes but PL is totally different ball game look at when benitez was getting results in CL & struggling in PL every week. Only now has he got the balance right. Ketsbia did well for us as a player but that doesn’t mean he’d do it for as manager. I know the same could be said for shearer but at least he’s closely examining players & teams closely week in week out.

  • Girth

    Feb 12, 2009 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #32

    yeah i agree we need a full time coach in now, that would be the best thing.
    I would love a manager to come in a stay in one place, no matter the results, and fit into the five year plan Llambias talked about. Lets get real though, even if we had Jose M in charge, if we lost a few games people would be screaming for his head!
    Hope all goes well Joe, sure the players miss your swearing!

  • Wigaz

    Feb 12, 2009 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #33

    Girth spot on! My mate is a villa fan & we both agreed that If O neil had taken Toon job & finished 12th like he did with villa some Toon fans would of been screaming for his head too and then he wouldn’t of took us to near top 4 the season after. We need to give the next manager time! Lets just hope it’s a good manager.

  • workyticket

    Feb 12, 2009 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #34

    OHurley // Feb 12, 2009 at 9:04 PM

    NO TO SVEN BJORN ERICSSON!! He’s practically NEVER been successful.

    OHurley, I hate to contradict you, but Sven is one of the biggest trophy winners around. He’s won so many that it’s almost embarrassing!

  • workyticket

    Feb 12, 2009 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #35

    IFK Göteborg
    Svenska Cupen Winners 1979, 1982
    Allsvenskan Champions 1981, 1982
    UEFA Cup Winners 1982
    S.L. Benfica
    Portuguese Liga Champions 1983, 1984, 1991
    Cup of Portugal Winners 1983
    SuperCup Cândido de Oliveira Champions 1989
    European Cup Runners Up 1990
    UEFA Cup Runners Up 1983
    A.S. Roma
    Coppa Italia Winners 1986
    U.C. Sampdoria
    Coppa Italia Winners 1994
    S.S. Lazio
    Coppa Italia Winners 1998, 2000
    Italian Super Cup Winners 1998, 2000
    UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup Winners 1999
    UEFA Super Cup Winners 1999
    Serie A Champions 2000
    FA Summer Tournament Winners 2004

  • Wigaz

    Feb 12, 2009 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #36

    You do have a point workyticket. I’d have no problem with Sven taking over. Just hope we have a manager in soon, If we go in against the likes of Man U & Arsenal with no REAL manager we will get Humped!!!!

  • Wigaz

    Feb 12, 2009 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #37

    Just been looking on 606 & somebody mentioned Strachan. Good manager imo but i dont think he’d leave Celtic for us like. Has the bookies but any odds on who will come in?

  • workyticket

    Feb 12, 2009 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #38

    Wigaz, I have to admit that I’m a bit nervous now. I had faith in Joe because I knew that the ill informed stereotypes about him were untrue. But now I am starting to bite my fingernails a bit!

  • workyticket

    Feb 12, 2009 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #39

    Wigaz // Feb 12, 2009 at 9:31 PM

    “If O neil had taken Toon job & finished 12th like he did with villa some Toon fans would of been screaming for his head too and then he wouldn’t of took us to near top 4 the season after. We need to give the next manager time!”

    Exactly Wigaz.

  • workyticket

    Feb 12, 2009 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #40

    I didn’t want to give Allardyce much time like!


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