Newcastle Committed All-Out Performance Needed At Hull

The Hull City – Newcastle game tomorrow brings back memories of the sideline altercation beetween Hull manager Phil Brown and Newcastle’s Joe Kinnear at St. James’ Park on 14th January .


Joe Kinnear – still awaiting FA Hearing on Brown altercation

Both managers have since admitted charges of improper conduct, and an FA hearing for Brown will be held on March 19th, while Joe will get his hearing once he has returned to Newcastle and full health.

In the circumstances of Joe’s recent open heart surgery, we had hoped the FA would just let both of them off with a warning, but the FA haven’t chosen that more compassionate way out.

Chris Hughton of course will again be in charge of Newcastle tomorrow, and he talked about the incident:

“That was something both managers regretted at the time, but that’s the emotions that go with football.” “It wasn’t the first time, and it won’t be the last.”

“Sometimes you’ll get involved in things you don’t want to, but it’s all geared towards one thing, and that’s showing enough emotion and desire to want your team to succeed. The emotions and reactions have to come from the type of game that it is.”

“It’s a man’s game. You’ve got to make the tough decisions.” “You’ve got to try and drive people on at times, and you’ve also got to be calm enough to reflect properly and to make the decisions that you need to make.”

“It’s a whole mixture of emotions, and you try and have the right emotions at the right time.” 

Chris is right there, and to be a good manager in football (or in anything else for that matter) you just have to be a good leader, and be able to know what it takes to bring out the very best from each indicidual player.

You just have to look at Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, and wonder how he’s managing to get 35 year-old Ryan Giggs still playing as if he was a 25 year-old.

Speaking about the confrontation with Brown at St James’s, Kinnear had said he was trying to protect Chris Hughton whom Phil Brown was screaming at, at the time.

Kinnear said just after the incident:

“He didn’t actually say anything to me, he was having a rant at my assistant Chris Hughton, and he wasn’t saying too many pleasant things to him.”

We don’t expect the prior confrontation to have any bearing on the game tomorrow – well we hope it doesn’t at least.

And Newcastle fans know exactly what they need to see from the Newcastle players tomorrow, and that’s another committed and all-out performance from the lads, just like they gave last time out.

If Newcastle can do that, then  the team has every chance of taking all 3 points, which just must be the goal tomorrow, and if we don’t do that, we’ll deserve whatever we get.

It’s as simple as that.

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • Robby Bobson

    Mar 13, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #1

    Managers should be allowed to shout at each other without getting sent to the stands. Like Hughton said, it just shows passion.

    Anyway, we are coming up to a game we should win, and theres usually alot of big words spoken by the players, then nothing shown on the pitch.

    If we dont win, i will actually be very worried.

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 13, 2009 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #2

    Yup same Here Bobson…less chat and more action is needed.

    Tuff game got my fingers crossed.

  • beyethegreat

    Mar 13, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #3

    my team of the futere




    what do u think ?

  • sahota

    Mar 13, 2009 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #4

    I think it will be different tomorrow. Player also said words of courage before Man U game. When everyone was saying we will be beaten by 3-0, 4-0 bla bla bla . But to everyone’s surprise we played well and were close to giving Man U a surprise package.

    I think if players are in same mindset as they were in Man U game, then we will win the match. It will be great to see Owen scoring a goal. That will be great sign. WE MUST WIN TOMORROW there is NO WAY OUT if we LOSE.

  • bennytoon

    Mar 13, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #5

    If your players cant lift themselves and get at least a draw on saturday you will deserve to go down.

  • Dragonera

    Mar 13, 2009 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #6


    I agree. Although, i am fully expecting a win.

  • sahota

    Mar 13, 2009 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #7


    Will you ever say anything good ? Anyway will see tomorrow what happens. I think all Newcastle’s fans will be very nervous. See some good word man to lift us all.


    Mar 13, 2009 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #8

    Thats part of the problem-the tension at home games is going to get worse-we must win this game.

  • bennytoon

    Mar 13, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #9

    Sahota- You went all a bit Mr T there. I have already said i think you might win although i still dont think a win would save you from the drop.

  • mcvicar

    Mar 13, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #10

    the players owe it to us to stand up and be counted its down to them that the game against hull has become so important and if they dont go out there and play there hearts out then they arent worthy to wear the shirt i also think nicky butt slows us down and we do better without him ìm praying we win tommorow and if we dont we are more are less doomed

  • Shanghaitoon

    Mar 13, 2009 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #11

    I really think we should go 4-3-3 against hull with oba and loven up front and MO just behind which was so successful last season… Maybe change loven for Carroll later on … we need to do something… I should not be dreading a game like this.. It should a guaranteed 3 points in the bag… but the truth is, I’m really dreading it… I’ll be up late here in Shanghai, glued as usual to my tv screen, chewing my nails, (what’s left of them..)

    The trials and tribulations of a toon fan… 🙁

  • Toon_Factor

    Mar 13, 2009 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #12


    What to you do for a living?


    Mar 13, 2009 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #13

    Does anyone else think we played the ball more on the floor when martins and lovenkrands were on field against man utd? it seemed to work better and we looked a better side? Do you think that was the tactic as we had no tall striker up-front? Hopefully we can play like that against Hull and have Owen, Martins and Lovenkrands up-front running into space. With Owen a Lovenkrands being good goal poachers all we’ll need is for martins/jonas to fire a few shots at goal and hopefully these two will be there to tap it in. I’m pretty confident we can get the win with the players we’ve got back! To be honest, Smith and Geremi Looked miles better than Butt and Nolan have for the past few games!

  • Toon_Factor

    Mar 13, 2009 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #14

    By the time of the Chelsea game, we will have a lot of players back and hopefully the team would look something like this





  • mcvicar

    Mar 13, 2009 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #15

    agree with welshmag we looked alot better with gerami and smith in midfield its not a pairing that will set the world a lignt but we havnt got many options

  • Piers

    Mar 13, 2009 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #16


  • Piers

    Mar 13, 2009 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #17

    Holy Cow…..i can finally comment again!!!

  • Piers

    Mar 13, 2009 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #18

    We should consider starting LuaLua for Butt one of these games

  • Toon_Factor

    Mar 13, 2009 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #19

    A thought Lualua was a winger? is he?

  • Piers

    Mar 13, 2009 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #20

    He’s more of a am….he’s come in for Butt, i think everytime though

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Mar 13, 2009 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #21

    No Butt and Ameobi as like as last game, then Newcastle will go on to win!!!!!

  • Guttierez1

    Mar 13, 2009 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #22

    we cant really start any of our youngsters and hughton wouldnt start them either because we’re in a relegation battle yet again, this is where we need experienced and tried and tested players in the prem. we cant afford to experiment now, maybe once we’ve secured safety (god-willing) at the end of the season can we put some youngsters out like ranger and lua lua at the start of matches.

  • dcbashore

    Mar 13, 2009 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #23

    I couldn’t care less about the performance. Three points are mandatory regardless of how we play. If we can’t get a win against a sliding Hull side we deserve to go down — and we will if we don’t win tomorrow.

  • Ericles

    Mar 13, 2009 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #24

    Who, or what, is Bennytoon? He writes as though he supports another team.

  • RyanToon

    Mar 13, 2009 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #25

    my team for ull


    s.taylor colo seba jose

    r.taylor butt smith jonas

    martins lovenkrands

  • bennytoon

    Mar 13, 2009 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #26

    Good luck for the weekend lads !

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 13, 2009 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #27

    Get Stuffed Prat.

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 13, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #28

    Ericles // Mar 13, 2009 at 4:02 PM

    Who, or what, is Bennytoon? He writes as though he supports another team

    1 Mixed up individual…likes to poke fun at people like JK when he was rushed to hospital.


  • Ben_BKK

    Mar 13, 2009 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #29

    beyethegreat – that team looks good, but put Lua Lua on the right, Adjei up front (he’s a striker isn’t he?) and Vuckic on the left, as he’s left footed.

  • Macedonia toon

    Mar 14, 2009 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #30

    agree with welshmag and Zangwill_Ho

    Keep Butt out of team.Geremi and Smith were decent players against MUFC.Swap Geremi and Butt and we are going to lose. I can’t see more that lazy over f***ing rated player Butt. Someone will say he have experience to save us. WRONG WRONG WRONG. He was in Birmingham when they have relegated with decent squad and decent manager. Bench is more than he deserved. Why we are so unlucky and have injured Danny and Barton injured nolan suspended and butt always available. I will repeat Geremi is not best solution when we have all squad available but he is far BETTER than Butt. And maybe we should start with Loven on the right wing and give some rest to R.Taylor after his mistake with MUFC. Forwards Owen and Martins

  • workyticket

    Mar 14, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #31

    Macedonia toon // Mar 14, 2009 at 12:41 AM

    “Keep Butt out of team.Geremi and Smith were decent players against MUFC.Swap Geremi and Butt and we are going to lose. I can’t see more that lazy over f***ing rated player Butt. ”

    Opinion is divided on Butt Macedonia toon. Professionals and ex professionals in the game all acknowledge what an excellent defensive player he is. However some people who have never worked in the game in their whole lives seem to disagree. I wonder who is right? 😉

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 14, 2009 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #32

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 14, 2009 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #33


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