Kinnear Determined To Keep In Touch At Newcastle

Chis Hughton has today revealed, what most Newcastle fans already know, that Joe Kinnear will continue to have input to the team before he officially comes back to work, as Joe is supposed to be  resting down south at his Hertfordshire home, after his triple heart bypass operation two weeks ago today.


Joe Kinnear – cannot resist being on telephone and involved at the Toon

Joe is down south so his family can be around him, while he recovers from his serious open heart surgery, but we have to think his telephone bill will be huge because we are being told he is one the phone a lot to his coaches, and presumably his players too.    😀

Certainly the lads seemed to be in great spirits last Sunday, and their second half performance won the hearts of most Newcastle fans, because of their fighting spirit. The back four in particular were fabulous, with Spanish Under-21 International Jose Enrique, and Frenchman Sebastien Bassong, both having excellent games.

Hughton will again be in charge of Newcastle on Sunday when the team visit Bolton Wanderers, and will at least be hoping to keep the unbeaten run of 3 games going, and a win would lift the spirits of everybody at the Newcastle club, including Joe himself.

Speaking about the boss man, Joe Kinnear, who expects to make his return for the Stoke game in April – Hughton said today:

“Joe in his way will always have an input.” “The important thing is he’s on the mend.” “We’re all looking forward to him coming back.”

“In the next few days I’m sure we’ll hear it’s before Stoke.” “But he has to listen to medical people.”

“I’m sure he’ll be back as soon as he’s ready.”

Hughton and Colin Calderwood are currently in charge of the lads, in Joe’s absence, and there are some bright signs showing with the team, but we’ll not get too carried away – in case we put a curse on the lads for Sunday.

Chris continued:

“We’re starting to get some consistency.”

“And we’re getting players back from injury.” “Some aren’t too far away.”

“If we don’t pick up any more the squad will be as strong as it has been all season.”

Maybe it’s because we have 5 points from our last 3 games, or maybe it’s the fact that Derek Llambias is starting to speak to the fans again, but there’s a sense that things may be starting to look up, a little, at the club.

3 points on Sunday afternoon will be a huge victory for Newcastle, if we can achieve that, and because that will aid in Joe’s recovery, we know the lads will all be giving 100%. There’s no doubt about that.

Howay The Lads!!

11 comments so far

  • hitman

    Feb 27, 2009 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #1

    i have alot of respect for joe,but there has to be a better option than this to take the club forward.

  • ObaMartins

    Feb 27, 2009 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #2

    agree hitman, it dont say alot for the owners 5year plan lol

  • Obafan

    Feb 27, 2009 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #3

    To fight a relegation battle it is not the ideal situation, that we’ve got a manager who is recovering from a heavy operation and who wants to run the team from his home.

    We need a manager who is constantly with the players to pick those who appear to be in form during training sessions.

    So JFK focus on your recovery and leave things at Newcastle for what they are. Pray that they do a good job and get safe ASAP, and then ask to have a job in the board or someting, but pls stop managing. We need a good manager, who will be given the time to build a strong team.

  • Robby Bobson

    Feb 27, 2009 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #4

    He hasnt really earned a new contract in my mind. He hasnt done badly, but hasnt had the same effect Roeder did which won him a new contract.

    Llambias talks about Villa, well the only reason villa are where they are is Martin O’Neil. They havent exactly spend that big. Shows what a good manager will do.

    Agree with Hitman, he is a great guy and has alot of balls, but im not sure whether he is good enough.

    Although saying that, look what he did last time he was in the prem with Wimbledon…cant argue with his success against the odds there.

    Martinez all the way i think tho…

  • workyticket

    Feb 27, 2009 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #5

    Oba, thanks to knuckledragging, hate fuelled so-called ‘supporters’ like yourself, no-one else wants to manage this club. Joe is a good manager who deserves much better from the scum section of our supportbase.

  • DanToon

    Feb 27, 2009 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #6

    Martinez for me too!

  • Obafan

    Feb 27, 2009 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #7


    Is this an ideal situation for you? A manager who wants to do everything from his house, without seeing how they train.

    JFK hasn’t dont that good either and I think that if we go for a good manager, that we are able to get one. The only thing the board have to do is show the ambition.

    If you’re happy with the way things are going under JFK, then you are out of your mind.

  • workyticket

    Feb 27, 2009 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #8

    Obafan // Feb 27, 2009 at 9:21 PM


    Is this an ideal situation for you? A manager who wants to do everything from his house, without seeing how they train.”

    Firstly, to avoid any confusion, I was responding to ObaMartins. He loves making cheap cracks about the team.

    Kinnear doesn’t want to “do everything from his house”, he is recovering from angioplasty and will be back when he is better.

    I have faith in Kinnear, because my knowledge of his management ability is based on experience of seeing his teams play (at Wimbledon and here), not some mistaken cliches from the past about Bobby Gould’s ‘long ball’ Wimbledon side. If you think that Kinnear can transform the team so quickly, with the injuries and shocking refereeing decisions he has had to endure, then your knowledge of football is very superficial, and you need to learn the value of patience too. You are like the Manchester United fans who called for Alex Ferguson’s sacking when he had a similar start to Kinnear. His luck has been poor so far, and he came to a team that was completely destabilised by all the protests etc, but he is taking the team in the right direction and I support him.

  • Obafan

    Feb 27, 2009 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #9

    It is true that the refs were not always in the advantage of NUFC, but some games when Kinnear was attacking them (sometimes correctly) the display was awful aswell, but Kinnear did not say a word about that. And those games were not only bad, because of the injured players or the bad form of the players, but also because JFK’s tactics who were awful.

    If he stays on we will see:
    1. if he is capable of getting succes with this club
    2. if his health is strong enough to have a stressful job

    I really doubt that (especially my first point).

  • workyticket

    Feb 27, 2009 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #10

    Obafan, we have been erratic, which is quite normal at this stage of our development, and we have been crippled by injuries too. If O’Neill’s Aston Villa squad had the same amount, he would be struggling too.

    One of the biggest problems with this club in recent years has been kneejerk, knownothing fans who are constantly demanding changes of managers when they don’t perform miracles within a handful of games. We need to change that and be patient for once, like Aston Villa were with O’Neill and Manchester United were with Alex Ferguson.

  • Don

    Feb 28, 2009 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #11

    Surely youre not comparing Kinnear to O’Neill or Ferguson
    Kinnear is not the man to take Newcastle forward, his record at wimbledon wasnt bad but he had to step down due to ill health, how can you plan the clubs future around a manager who might have to again?
    Plus the game has moved on since the 90s, he hasnt, as his Forrest record shows.
    they won just four league games from 23 and ended up third from bottom.
    The only reason no one else would take the job on is because it was a monthly contract. If Ashley really wants to take the club forward, then get a younger manager in who will work in there system on a long term contract and stick with them.
    Just because someone doesnt agree with your view doesnt mean they are ‘knownothing fans’ or is that just ‘cheap shots aimed at eliciting some kind of response from their victim’


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