Joe Kinnear Deserves His Chance As Newcastle Manager

Newcastle United Football Club will keep Joe Kinnear as manager, probably for the next two years, as Managing Director Kevin Llambias announced they were more than happy with Joe.


Joe Kinnear – will likely be offered new contract when he returns to work

This is what Derek should have done immediately following Joe’s operation, but it’s good that he’s come out and stopped the speculation surrounding who will be the new manager at Newcastle, because there will not be one. Better late than never.

When you look at what Kinnear’s done, he’s done a more than decent job until the club was hit by injury in December and at one point we had 10 players missing, and that’s when our results went south starting with the Liverpool 5-1 hammering. It was just our luck that we found Liverpool, and Steven Gerrard in particular, in top form.

That was the game that tipped it for goalkeeper Shay Given, and it seems he made his mind up after that game, that he had had just about enough of Newcastle United, after 458 performances for the club. As we know, he took his gloves elsewhere, but life goes on and Newcastle are unbeaten since the three new lads arrived at the club in January.

And things seemed to have even picked up a bit – but we’ll not get over-confident.

Managing Director Derek Llambias told the Daily Telegraph today:

“Joe Kinnear is still Newcastle United manager and he will continue to be going forward,”

“We are not looking to replace Joe, we want him to continue as manager because we feel he is the right man for the job.”

“We have heard people saying we’re after this and that manager in the last couple of weeks, but we want Joe to come back and carry on the job.”

“Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood are in charge of the team in his absence. But when Joe’s well again he will be back in charge.

“I know some of the fans have questioned whether he is the right man for the job, but I hope they give him the time to convince them that he is.”

It’s a bit of a relief quite honestly that we will have the same manager next year, and perhaps the year after that, so we can do some long term planning to build up the squad.

We wouldn’t be at all surprised if when Joe does get back to work, and he needs to take sufficient time off, he will be offered a very nice contract for a couple of years at the club, to take us forward and hopefully into the top eight.

His enthusiasm and management skill saved the club in the dark days of last September and October, and let’s not forget that.  If anybody has earned his chance as manager of Newcastle United it’s Joe Kinnear. And by what we hear about Joe, he’s already on the telephone a couple of hours a day to the coaches.  😀

His enthusiasm and fighting spirit have already transcended to the players, and you cannot accuse the current Newcastle team of not giving 100%, and quite honestly it’s great to see their spirit.

Yes we’ll (this blog) get clobbered again by Newcastle fans who want to see another manager at the club, and yes some will still want to get rid of Mike Ashley – but what’s new?

What we need at the club is stability – that’s the biggest thing this club needs right now – period.

And if that means fans need to support Kinnear, Ashley, and Llambias, as well as the players,  at what they are trying to do – well so be it.

Comments welcome.

124 comments so far

  • TheToonKing

    Feb 24, 2009 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #1

    oh good…..i love Joe…but he is not the man……

    PS: This may sound morbid ….but did a manager ever die during a game ?? It would be typical for NUFC….

    JK is NOT the man in the long run.

  • Nobby_Long

    Feb 24, 2009 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #2


    Why do you keep repeating that Joe kinnear is the man for the job.

    He is not…..he came in to steady the ship, which he did to a degree…. but no more than that. His tactical decisions and substitutions, coupled with his constant ranting & raving and utter tripe, mean for me his simply not up to the job.

    rewarding a caretaker for doing a half decent job will result in failure. It happens nearly all of the time….just look at Glenn Roeder…..

    Ask yourself this Ed, when his contract expires in the summer, will he be the best man for the job? Answer No.

    Aslo, will he be here to push through the full five year plan? Answer No.

    Therefore, whey even try to go down that road?

  • JJJ

    Feb 24, 2009 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #3

    We have heart and so we will make the same mistake…
    Glen Roeder came in and did a great job for a while and then things fell to pieces… because he just doesnt have the credentials…
    Same thing will happen if we appoint Kinnear long term…
    He is average at best and we should should only keep him if there is no one better to take the reigns…
    We need to give someone young and hungry a change if we are to find the next, O’Neil, Moyes, Zola… etc

  • JJJ

    Feb 24, 2009 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #4

    Haha, nobby funny…
    Just read your comment… we almost said exactly the same thing…

  • Dan4Toon

    Feb 24, 2009 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #5

    I for one am glad he is staying, i mean we beat Villa and Pompey when Kinnear has had nearly our best team out and i know them two results aren’t enough but a just think he has shown glimpses of what he can do with our best team out and HIS signings have been great 2bh and with a few more in the summer and a new younger bench .. we could do good next season ! 😀

  • NE3 NICK

    Feb 24, 2009 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #6

    I cannot believe that A. NUFC board still want him. B. He honestly wants the stress and pressure after his second brush with death and C. That Ed thinks he is the right man for the job!

  • Alex

    Feb 24, 2009 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #7

    Maybe ashley is planning a 2 year contract for kinnear with Calderwood to take over after that . Calderwood does already have some managerial experience in the lower leauges , so maybe the thinking is to let him learn about managing in the premiership under someone with expierience at that level , then for him to take over .

  • Robby Bobson

    Feb 24, 2009 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #8

    Joe Kinnear hasnt earned anything yet in my opinion. I like him, a great character and faces problems up front, but the results havent been that great.

    We have had some good wins like Villa, Pompey and Spurs but results are not consistant enough. At the end of the season and we have a strong end then maybe offer him a new contract but not at the moment.

    An example of earning your chance was Roeder, i wouldnt say Kinnear had the same effect.

  • Shot Bru

    Feb 24, 2009 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #9

    Toon king, it happened to Jock Stein.

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 24, 2009 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #10

    ‘Joe Kinnear Deserves His Chance As Newcastle Manager’

    No he doesn’t!

    He is a dinosaur and will not play any young players ever, his style of football is rubbish and he has done quite poorly with us so far.

    No room for all this sympathy and sentimentality in a results business.

    Joe Kinnear, thanks, but NO THANKS!

  • kellan

    Feb 24, 2009 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #11

    He has done a decent job with a poor, injury prone squad. He deserves a chance. He can’t be long term as he is 62 FFS – give the bloke a break.

  • Don

    Feb 24, 2009 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #12

    Joe Kinnear deserves nothing, no tactical skills what so ever, whenever he opens his mouth its BS, the sooner hes gone the better, how many points have we thrown away under Kinnear?
    Ask the forest fans about Kinnear and Calderwood

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 24, 2009 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #13

    kellan – Then if he isn’t long term what the ****ing point at all. We want a young, long term manager!

  • normag

    Feb 24, 2009 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #14

    Worst news I’ve heard for a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong while 🙁

  • Danish_Magpie

    Feb 24, 2009 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #15
  • beyethegreat

    Feb 24, 2009 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #16

    tom toon i think we should keep him he has had an injury prone squad (though all nufc managers have except allardyce)

    i am sick of chopping and changing managers give him a couple of years and you never know llo at moyes aoneill they havent always been plane sailing

  • hitman

    Feb 24, 2009 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #17

    oneill and moyes,arnt coffin dodgers 🙂

  • DanToon

    Feb 24, 2009 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #18

    Kinnear will be 100% gone in the summer!

  • RichY

    Feb 24, 2009 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #19

    i don’t want to be sick….


    Joe has just had heart surgery… and has had a recent history of high blood pressure and heart problems.

    Just how long do we think Joe will be able to keep his good health?

    I happen to agree he’s being doing a good job…
    but we need a plan B.

  • Well-well-well

    Feb 24, 2009 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #20

    A caretaker manager turns permanent manager through rest of season. Lets end the fairy tale there.

    I can’t see Kinnear making the best out of our promising academy and youngsters in the coming years.

  • DanToon

    Feb 24, 2009 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #21

    Who will be manager next season then??

  • bobby_ollox

    Feb 24, 2009 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #22

    That bloke in Goal! was pretty good.

  • OHurley

    Feb 24, 2009 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #23

    Hmmm… I’m inclined to say give the bloke a chance, BUT….

    What IS the point in keeping him if we’re all in agreement that he’s not the long term guy?

    I think a younger manager with an appetite for playing and developing our youth in first team premiership football is the ultimate answer. And as the old adage goes, “if you’re not with us, then you’re against us.” JFK, God bless him, is not part of our long term solution, therefore he is part of the problem. Pains me to say that, cuz I actually like the old guy. I think he’s got tremendous character, but character alone does not win football matches. We need a young Arsene Wenger. Anybody got a time machine? LOL 🙂

  • OHurley

    Feb 24, 2009 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #24

    Also- this is totally unrelated, but-

    Was the movie, “Goal!” a good movie? I’ve never seen it, but since it featured NUFC, I thought I might just buy it. Is it worth the money?

  • DanToon

    Feb 24, 2009 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #25

    OHurley – “We need a young Arsene Wenger. Anybody got a time machine?”

    Yeah i do… Roberto Martinez!

  • bobby_ollox

    Feb 24, 2009 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #26

    yes its worth a look – the mexican is a bit of a twt like ronaldo, but it gets the hairs on the back of your neck up , and its probably your only chance of seeing us win owt this season.

  • OHurley

    Feb 24, 2009 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #27


    Roberto Martinez of Swansea? Do you think he can make it with a club of Newcastle’s stature?

  • OHurley

    Feb 24, 2009 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #28


    Thanks for the recomendation. I’ll check it out, if for no other reason than to see the mags actually win something, haha! 🙂

  • Brazilian Geordie

    Feb 24, 2009 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #29

    Hahahaha, Mr. Dornhell for manager next season!

  • Brazilian Geordie

    Feb 24, 2009 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #30

    Mr. Erik Dornhelm*

  • DanToon

    Feb 24, 2009 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #31

    Newcastle’s stature! What’s that a lower 3rd team? Yeah he can make it look what he’s done with Swansea. If Mike Ashley backs him i’m sure he can, i know he can!!

  • OHurley

    Feb 24, 2009 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #32


    Right on, then. Give him a shot, I say. Didn’t he win an award for being an awesome manager like three years in a row?

  • murvar

    Feb 24, 2009 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #33

    Stability is just what we need eh, Ed? In which division? I’d rather be unstable in the Premier League than stable in the Championship. And the man is sick for goodness sake! I can’t stand him but I don’t want him to die in the cause. Come on Mrs Kinnear – put your foot down.

  • Danish_Magpie

    Feb 24, 2009 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #34

    Nobody wants to sign the new Zidane??


  • Toronto_Toon

    Feb 24, 2009 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #35


  • pk08

    Feb 24, 2009 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #36

    that kid is impressive but doesnt appear to be able to pass or shoot, he can barely kick the ball… also that black kid in the adidas trousers looks like he’s out of the home has wandered into shot and some kid with a football has just run past him..every time! good luck to him all the same…! 😀

    and martinez’s success at swansea has come from filling the squad with spaniards…….. 11 xiscos and we’d be sorted….

  • beyethegreat

    Feb 24, 2009 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #37


    in the film we dont actually win any thing but we do qualify for the champs league(which is still a lot better than what we have

    i would liek to keep kineear basically coz ia m sick of changing managers even if he isnt good enough he atleast deserves a chance

  • RyanToon

    Feb 24, 2009 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #38

    just got back from west ham vs tottenham reserve game, tottenham won 3-1 (grr) adel taraabt scored a hat trick and was class when he wanted to be

  • beyethegreat

    Feb 24, 2009 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #39

    ryan apparently the spuds have some good young players though i doubt that will continue as they sacked their dof comolli

  • beyethegreat

    Feb 24, 2009 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #40

    oh yeah and did any 1 else see apparently the mackems have the quietest fans in the league this year(which is amazing as they were the loudest last year)


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