Kinnear Said To Get £1M If Newcastle Avoid Drop

The Mirror is reporting today that Joe Kinnear will pick up a £1M bonus, if Newcastle stay in the Premier League this season.


Joe Kinnear with Michael Owen

The Mirror is saying this is part of a complex wage deal agreed when Joe took over the ailing club last September, in a caretaker capacity.

Apparently the bonus will be paid whether or not Joe returns to duty following the triple bypass surgery last Friday.

While this is the Mirror, and we have no idea if this is something they have just made up, it wouldn’t surprise us if Joe does get a bonus if Newcastle stay in the Premier League, because this would save the club many many millions, compared to being relegated.

Joe’s operation went well on Friday, and it seemed very routine, anf he will leave the hospital in about 7 days, and then recuperate at home for a couple of months, if the doctors can get their way with Joe.

Kinnear has said he would like to return to the Newcastle helm for the game against Stoke City on April 11th, which is 8 weeks away, and that would seem reasonable to us.

However, if the results go well at the club before then, maybe he could have more time off and resume his duties in the summer, when there will be lots of work to do to reformulate the squad at Newcastle, with players both moving in and leaving.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • RyanToon

    Feb 15, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #1

    result there joe! get well soon!

  • Toon_Ksk (Huh? u mean David Craig is real?)

    Feb 15, 2009 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #2

    He should just consider quitting now and forfeit the £1M bonus. What’s the point of having that money with the pressure of football affecting his health. His wife should just persuade him to retire, or seek a less stressful job.

  • benrgoh

    Feb 15, 2009 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #3

    i know this may seem soon but, i feel smith should be given a chance against everton. give moyes a taste of what he might have owned in january no?

    i think the line-up should be


    can you imagine how much damage our speed demons can do against lescott and jagelika?

    and i feel taylor should be keeping his spot on the right, simply cause he has been doing an excellent job there for us. scores goals, disrupts the opponents flow and muscles off wingers.

    i feel nolan and danny will be our best midfield but as for now, i think smith has a point to prove. he needs to be put in during a must win game for newcastle to show that he deserves to be in the squad.

    i’ll be banking on oba to score some next saturday, but lets hope he dosn’t do any flips this time eh?

  • bringbackemre

    Feb 15, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #4

    ye ad have the exact same team as benrog for everton

  • Paul141726

    Feb 15, 2009 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #5

    I guess that line-up for Everton is OK. It certainly gives us speed up front. Midfield (to me) is still not quite what I would like to see. Either Nolan or Smith will have to play DM, and I can’t see it being Smith. A Barton-Nolan midfield would be preferable, with either capable of switching roles.
    As far as Joe’s bonus; if we stay up and no coaching changes are made I think Hughton and Calderwood should get some of that money, too.

  • FootballPsycho

    Feb 15, 2009 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #6

    barton is injured 4 the game paul141726

  • Paul141726

    Feb 15, 2009 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #7

    Didn’t make my self clear. Should have said when everyone is healthy, the Barton-Nolan midfield is what I would like to see. Sorry.

  • Greg P

    Feb 15, 2009 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #8

    Why do we have this in his contract – thats beyond the basic of what we expect. Surely our aim at the start of the season was European football and thats what any bonus should have been paid for.
    We need to remember that we have a multi-million pound squad which has talent in it. There is no way relegation should have been considered. If Joe has this in his contract then good on him, but he should take it and go otherwise we really will be in another relegation battle again next season

  • Widowmaker

    Feb 15, 2009 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #9

    Pains me a lot to learn this as this really shows how much we have gone backward from the good old days.

    Full support to JK tho, hope this is true as it would otherwise goes to MA’s porket anyway.

  • workyticket

    Feb 15, 2009 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #10

    Greg P // Feb 15, 2009 at 5:16 PM

    “Why do we have this in his contract – thats beyond the basic of what we expect. Surely our aim at the start of the season was European football and thats what any bonus should have been paid for.”

    Greg, it’s a story in the Daily Mirror.

  • bennytoon

    Feb 16, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #11

    Dont go spending the money just yet joe!

  • Sav

    Feb 16, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #12

    I’m afraid it should be a velvet kiss-off and we should go for Martinez now or at least as soon as the season is over. Well done to Joe for taking us on when nobody else would touch the Ashley regime with a disinfected ten-foot pole – take your million of Ashley’s money and welcome.


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