Harper – Kinnear Has Brought Spark And Energy To Newcastle

While there will be the possibility that Joe Kinnear’s health problems will prevent him from returning to manage Newcastle longer term, Steve Harper has come out today and said  it’s up to the players to get the team out of relegation trouble in Joe’s absence.


Joe Kinnear – Harper misses having him around

And he is absolutely right.

Steve talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:

“Colin Calderwood has come in and settled in very quickly.”

“He’s been a different voice on the training pitch and the players have taken to him very well and really enjoyed his coaching sessions.”

“With Chris Hughton and Paul Barron already here, the club have got some good people and excellent coaches at the club .”

“And we’re all confident that, if it comes to it, they can look after the squad for as long as necessary.”

“We’ve got three very experienced coaches to help us progress for the rest of the season.”

There are some Newcastle fans who don’t believe Joe is the right man for the job, even for the next couple of seasons, but Steve says Joe has done a good job by lifting the players at the club.

Steve continued:

“We’re all playing for him, of course we are. And we’ll miss him. He’s brought some spark and energy to the place and he’s very enthusiastic. It’s not the same not having him around the training ground.”

“We found out on Saturday morning that Joe had taken ill, Chris Hughton told us the news and obviously it was a huge shock. Obviously, it wasn’t a nice thing to hear but, if anything, it pulled the lads together.”

“There were a few people in the dressing room saying ‘come on, he’s stepped in at the club at a difficult time, so let’s just give it that little bit extra for him’.”

“We already knew that it was a massive game for us against West Brom, but it gave us another reason and another incentive to go out and win it.”

“Thankfully we did that and apparently Joe was being kept informed of how we were doing by phone. He wouldn’t have wanted to miss that game for the world, but he’s in the right place and we all wish him a speedy recovery.”

“We don’t know what’s going to happen in the future, but I spoke to Joe at the start of the week and he was in really good spirits, if a bit fed-up.”

“He was wanting to know what was going on, how the mood was after the win and how the lads were doing. That’s typical of him.”

“He was incredibly frustrated to be in hospital and missing out when he wanted to be out on the training pitch and that’s what he’s been like ever since he’s been at the club.”

“He’s the first into work every morning and one of the last to leave. He’s been good to have around.”

Before the injuries hit the side in late December we had been doing very well under Joe, and there were some good performances to remember.

Like the way we almost beat Man City at home with 10 men, the win at home against Aston Villa, and the good performances away against Chelsea and Portsmouth.

But then as is usual in almost every season at the club, we had 10 first teamers out with injury, and things went downhill from there, and rather quickly.

We are wishing Joe the very best today with his operation, and trust he will be on his way to full fitness again.

Comments very welcome.

23 comments so far

  • WesToon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #1


    Sorry Big Joe,like i have said before,i for one,have nothing but admiration for you,you are a good man & whatever happens i will always be thankful for what you have done for Newcastle


  • spiderpig

    Feb 13, 2009 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #2

    sods law ,he couldnt have picked a worse time to be ill.standing by him while he recovers is morally the right thing to do as he was the only one to take us on a few months back,but i fear waiting for his return could ultimately cost us our place in the premiership.hard times and big decisions ahead for mr ashley.

  • bozo

    Feb 13, 2009 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #3

    Joe you may be a useless Manager but wishing you the best of luck today and a speedy recovery.

  • Starke

    Feb 13, 2009 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #4

    Next season appoint Tassotti as manager I know someone else has said this, but he would be a good appointment.

    Tassotti for manager

  • cashleyout

    Feb 13, 2009 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #5

    if we have a 5 year plan why have nufc only offered jk a 2 year contract, surely if its a 5 year project he neess to be offered a 5 year deal, but sorry he not the right man for nufc.


  • Whumpie

    Feb 13, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #6

    I’m not sure if it was bravery, desperation or a total failure to grasp the reality of our situation that led him to coming here when nobody else would touch us with a sh1%%y stick, but I’m grateful to him.

    Take it easy, Joe – get yerself fixed.

    “If you can keep your head when all around you are losing theirs… you clearly haven’t understodd the situation”…

  • sahota

    Feb 13, 2009 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #7

    Hi Bozo

    “Joe you may be a useless Manager” Is it right to say such word to this man ? If he wouldn’t have come we would have been at 20th in league , believe me. If not more, he has given players something to play for. So many matches we didn’t played well in first half and then obviously his words/guidance made players play well in next half. I think he has done decent job with the bunch of players he was having available to him. Anyway I wish him well and hope he become fit soon. Good Luck Joe.

  • Stardust

    Feb 13, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #8

    “There were a few people in the dressing room saying ‘come on, he’s stepped in at the club at a difficult time, so let’s just give it that little bit extra for him’.”

    The impact of Joes bravery, guts and decency should not be underestimated at this time. the team knows he stepped up to the mark when all others wouldnt. He walked through a barrage or hatred towards the club to stand alongside Ashley and the Team.

    Joe will have the loyalty of all around him, the impact of his illness will galvanise everyone. They owe him, the club owes him, Ashley owes him and we owe him. We must make that 12th man again, we had it once the time is right to bring him back.

  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #9

    Brave Man JK,Feel really sorry for him..put your health and family first Joe and get well soon.

  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #10

    Stardust you are just so up Ashley’s backside,you just gush lust for the Ashley regime so badly it makes sirjasontoon heave.

    Just an opinion, you are probably a canny bloke but I can’t help think you are slightly deluded in your crazy passions for Mikey Boy.

  • Stardust

    Feb 13, 2009 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #11

    sirjasontoon – guess you will have guessed I make my own mind up – and your throwing up makes me quite happy lol 😉

  • bennytoon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #12

    sirjasontoon- On yer bike!

  • The Real Entertainers

    Feb 13, 2009 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #13

    Wht havent we seen this spark and energy?

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #14

  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #15

    Osama Bin Laden sent out a new video to prove he was still alive, in it he said SPURS were rubbish recently.

    Britsh intelligence dissmissed it saying: ”That could have been recorded anytime in the last 15 years”…

  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #16


  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #17

    Tom Totally agree with post 14..spot on fella!

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #18

  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #19

    Totally agree with post 18 as well tom.

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #20


  • Shanghaitoon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #21

    I think we need to get things into perspective here. Managers were not exactly knocking down the door to SJP when KK threw out his dummy and walked. We talked to many and only joe answered the call. He has lifted us from the bottom three and deserves some respect for that. the players seem to respoect him and no one else was willing to come and fill the hole left by KK. I send my very best wishes to Joe. i wish him a speedy recovery and hope that the team will do him proud whichever of them is on the field, they must give 110%.

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #22


  • bennytoon

    Feb 14, 2009 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #23

    tomtoon is a fool!!


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