No Relapse For Joe Kinnear – He’s Fine

 Newcastle United have today angrily denied reports yesterday that manager Joe Kinnear has had a setback in his recovery from major heart surgery.


Joe Kinnear – no relapse in his recovery

 Let’s be straight here, it was The People who reported this yesterday, and it looks like it was another made up story – no class from these English Sunday papers – that’s for sure – but what’s new?

It’s good to hear that Joe is still doing OK, but the other news that was reported in the Sunday Express yesterday, was that Venables would be brought in for the rest of the season – and it seems that is also not true.

That piece of news was even on Sky Sports News, and Derek Llambias last night said:

“This report over the weekend is absolute rubbish, we are very angry about it and we will be taking issue with the newspaper concerned.”

The Newcastle Journal is reporting that Kinnear did have a chest infection last week, but apparently that will not inpact his overall recovery at all.

Although Kinnear will not be allowed to take charge of the side at Stoke City, he is expected to visit the training ground in the build-up to the vital trip to the Britannia Stadium on April 11th, and will watch the game from the stands. That game is 3 weeks come Saturday.

The Journal is also reporting that if Kinnear was told by doctors to delay his comeback, Newcastle would not look to appoint Terry Venables.

Although owner Mike Ashley did approach the former Barcelona, Tottenham and England manager shortly after Kevin Keegan’s exit back in September, the Newcastle Board were unimpressed by Venables’ attitude at the time.

So it does seem that Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood will be in charge for at least another 3 games, and that’s getting to be worrisome, to be honest.

In the 9 games Chris has been in charge this season, we have just two draws, and if this continues against Arsenal and Chelsea, we will be in deep trouble by the time Joe does return. Time is running out.

That’s our major concern right now, and it ‘s hardly what you want – to have your manager come back in charge of the side after major heart surgery – if relegation is looking so ominous for the team.

But that looks like what will be awaiting Joe when he does return.

That’s unless the players can shake themselves out of their comatose condition and get a win under their belts before then – they were just not good enough against Hull on Saturday, and that’s the sad truth. in what was a must-win match.

We now have 2 points from our last 4 league games, and just 7 points in the last 11 games – and it’s just not good enough.

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • Corinthian

    Mar 16, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #1

    Why the anger? Kinnear is not “fine”, he is a very sick man who should not be considered for a return to club management.


    Mar 16, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #2

    Never read newspapers-waste of money.
    Cant see Joe coming back making a lot of difference.
    Still think 38 points will get us 17th and our better goal difference will keep us up-well you have to have some hope.

  • bennytoon

    Mar 16, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #3

    The team were toothless on saturday. I didnt realise Owen is club captain. I think its a disgrace as he clearly wants to leave and it wont be the end of the world to him if you go down. Surely Harper or Taylor would be better suited.

    A draw isnt the end of the world but it will be if you dont get at least a point from your next 2 games.

  • bennytoon

    Mar 16, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #4

    the magpie- I think your better than average goal difference could save you from relegation. Just hope you dont take a battering in your next 2 games against chelski and the scum.

  • geordie jock

    Mar 16, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #5

    What the F**k is Ashley doing about our current situation. We cannot continue with Hughton and Calderwood, we are just committing suicide, which is exactly what i feel like doing. Thank you Ashley you tosser.


    Mar 16, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #6

    The game in general on Sat was awful-Hull doing a very good impression of Bolton. There are 2 types of football in the Premiership-the technical teams and the physical teams, unfortunately Hull were stronger and faster than us and we didnt have the technical passing ability either.
    For some reason Geremi was nominally right wing but played infield leaving a huge gap on the right which Hull exploited for their 1st goal.
    Owen should have dropped off into midfield instead he spent all afternoon battling 6ft 4 defenders for high balls.
    Also Gutierriz isnt that good, if he scores a goal a season it will be a miracle.
    The back 4 never speak to each other, Smith was abysmal-for me only Butt and Martins put in a shift.

  • RyanToon

    Mar 16, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #7

    ive got a good feeling about back to back home games vs arsenal and chelsea, i think we will draw both!

    put it this way for some reason im feeling more confident about these two home games than our trip to hull (saturday gone) and stoke.

    lets face it were gonna get one more win AWAY imo thats it, we HAVE to beat, boro,pompey and fulham at home otherwise, we ARE going to watford next season!

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 16, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #8

    Im seriously worried about Arsenal and Chelsea and infact all the other fixtures left to be honest.

    Woke up at 4am this morning thinking about it. Thats how worried I am and normally I wouldnt do something like that.

    Saturdays match was not pleasing in anyway – but I will take a point and add it to our pathetic total.

    To quote our fans from blackburn:

    “were sh*t and were sick of it” – well I am anyway.

  • RyanToon

    Mar 16, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #9


    i know mate.

    for ME if we get NO points from arsenal and chelsea then we ARE GONE.

  • Toon Sweden77

    Mar 16, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #10

    Hello all, hope you have recovered from yesterdays hangover!

    Time for the team to start playing like they did against Manchester United again! Better start picking up points before its to late. Cant belive that Ameobi was choosen instead of Lovenkrants! Hasnt Chris learnt anything??

  • JonnyNufc

    Mar 16, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #11

    Heres the problem with our side.

    Long balls to small players heads.

    Short balls to their feet when they have a 6’2 player on their heels who is stronger than them.

    I dont know…seems to me when Owen was at liverpool they did this miraculous thing known as “passing the ball through the defence for him”.

    Gutierrez did it once or twice this season….but he barely ever cuts inside for some reason. The rest of our players repertoire of passes all add up to a 5 yard pass to the winger whos being marked.


  • SpartanChris

    Mar 16, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #12

    Saturday was the first away game I’ve been to in over 2 years and I enjoyed the crack and the atmosphere with the rest of the toon fans.

    What struck me by the performance of the team was that they were actually trying as individuals, but as a team they were not gelling at all. Hull looked like a team playing together, our strategy seemed to be lumping the ball up field as soon as we got possession. I’m all for stability, but Hughton and Calderwood need the players to at least try and keep possession. The number of times they lost the ball because of what looked like sheer panic was unbelieveble.

  • RyanToon

    Mar 16, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #13


    dont worry weve got

    super kevin nolan
    the white pele
    back this week 😉

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 16, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #14

    Anyone going to see the Reserves tonight at Whitley Park?

    7pm kick off against Everton reserves.

  • RyanToon

    Mar 16, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #15


    id love to go watch the reserves but i live in essex lol.

    i have to put up with going to watch tottenham reserves sometimes 😉

  • RyanToon

    Mar 16, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #16


    do you go to the reserves alot???

    whats the level like???

    have you been impressed with ranger???


    Mar 16, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #17

    We’re in a massive shit hole and the board dont give a flying f. I’ve got to admit, they’re the biggest bunch of retards i’ve ever come accross! Mike Ashley has wrecked us, bigtime. He’s sold some of our better players and bought cheaper ones, he’s appionted a manager who’s CV is pretty awfull and who’s been out of football for ten years because of ill health and he blames it all on the previous owners!? get f mate.

    What is with the tactics? Punt the ball up to the opposing keeper? at one pouint during the hull game Harper kicked it to the Hull keeper, who then kicked it back to harper then harper booted it back up-field and hull took possesion. What the hell? don’t you want the ball? surley with Martins and Owen up-front you’d have the brains to realise that they need the ball to feet.

    I’m honestly sick to death of the club, we don’t need new players we need a world class manager who can coach the team well and get the best out of them, someone who knows what they’re doing! we’ve got a VERY good squad on paper and the performances at the beggining of the year proved this. IF we go down there’s only one man to blame and that’s FAT Mike Ashley.

    Why doesn’t he appoint a new manager and try and resuce the sinking ship? He’s this close to losing around 80-100 million pounds of his money, what’s he gonna get for the toon if we go down? 100 million? possibly.

  • Johno Toon

    Mar 16, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #18

    Think it be very silly to bring in another manager at this stage, houghton and calderwood arent up to the job, i dont think kinnear is either in the long run but i still dont think we will go down, this our homes games against boro and fulham are crucial, we need also need 3 points against stoke and to pick up somehting against spurs and we will stay up, but in the summer id bring in jol or bruce and leave them at it for 5 years

  • shearerbliss

    Mar 16, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #19

    I have become very disillusioned with this regime. What is he on about, we should be not giving JFK a new contract, utter nonsense.
    I hate to say it but we have become our own worse enemy! I would give any thing at the moment for our last 4 managers, they now look like world beaters to me.
    Big Sam has gone in a played UGLY football that would keep Blackburn in the divison and WILL improve next year. We could only stomach his football for 6months! With his points keeping us up last year after a record breaking start for us can we honestly expect anything else.
    At the moment I do not know who to blame for this mess we are in but I wish as I have said in the pass we stuck with some of these managers we had in the pass.
    One of the most fantastic clubs in the world to be part of but with a certain amount of fans distroying it for us every year. Even AVFC booed off players, what is football coming to now!


    Mar 16, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #20

    The reason Ameobi came on was that we couldnt pass the ball so we may as well hit a target man-Lovenkrands should have played instead of Geremi.

  • shearerbliss

    Mar 16, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #21

    Johno I agree but that is easier said than done! Two or there losses than the blog be calling for Jose! Or the football is not up to standard complaint, complaint, complaint. They would be gone in a year I will bet on that!
    I wanted BS to stay but the fans just could not see what he was trying to achieve, make us hard to breakdown with (boring , longball) but stabilise in Prem for being a hard team to beat (like Onell,BS at Bolton,and other managers) THEN bring in flare tech players.
    Now we are neither!

  • lesh

    Mar 16, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #22

    THE MAGPIE @ 2

    We may have a better goal dufference at the moment but I’ve a horrible feeling that’l fast disappear with the visits of Arsenal and Chelsea.

    Question for Hughton and Calderwood….. attacking on he flanks unsettled Man U so why didn’t we empoy those tactics against Hull?

    Why, come to that, change a team that scored and performed so well against the WORLD champions?!!

    It really just beggars belief

  • Johno Toon

    Mar 16, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #23

    I know what you mean shearerbliss , unfortuntly there is too many fans who want success yesterday but it wont happen like that, we are atleast 5 years off challenging for a top 4 spot ( and that is at a strech ) we need stability to bulid and gradauly build a team with a few of the younger players coming through like lualua ranger kadar spear etc etc, but as you said shearer it prob wont happen like that

  • SuperShearer

    Mar 16, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #24

    Ed why are you so critical of Hughton when JK hasn’t done any better. The reality is that we don’t haver anyone at the club who has either tactical or motivational nous to get us out of trouble, I’d be shocked if we stay up.

  • shearerbliss

    Mar 16, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #25

    I just would like the current regime to sort this mess out, because like alot of fans I am starting to get sleepless nights woring about traveling to stadium MK for a thumping from a pub team! Out side the top 4 and maybe THFC we have a very large worldwide fan base and the club is critical to the city and its success reflects the geordie nation as a whole. So it MA does not rectifiy this problem I feel the council may get involved due to the love we have for NUFC. It is vital for the area and the finances of the city for NUFC to be in the prem let alone europe.
    Yesterday I watch AVFC fans boo players which is a side swipe at oneill. AVFC should quickly look at us and remember when SBR got off to a bad START after years of greatness he was kindly given the boot. If oniell goes AVFC would be very similar to us in years time. Look around us geordies do you know how many people in the UK would LOVE to see us go down.
    This would NOT be becasue of this year. It is because it has been years of expectations and sackings that has put us in this place fighting for survival.
    It is time for all fans of NUFC to relax stop asking for shearer and other managers and show the rest of the UK WHY we are the loyalist fans in the world.
    At the moment NUFC has become a job not a love afair. We need to start growing together and just work together because we will ALL suffer if we go down.
    And the pundits would say they told us so.


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