Arsene Wenger Wishes Friend Joe Kinnear All The Best

Joe Kinnear and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger are good friends, and Arsene has today said some kind words about the Newcastle manager.


 Arsene Wenger– kind words from Arsenal manager about Joe Kinnear
 Joe is still recovering from his triple heart bypass operation down south, at his home in Hertfordshire, but will be still watching the game, which can hardly be too good for his health, if truth be told. We find the games very hard to watch, especially in the situation the club is in right now.

This game will be going out on live TV around the world tomorrow afternoon, so the lads have a chance of putting in a really good performance in front of many hundreds of millions of TV fans.

The TV audience for Premier League games is huge, for example the games between the top 4 teams, get a billion fans watching – that’s with a “b” – and shows just how popular the English Premier league, and football is these days.

Wenger is close to Joe, and in fact even employed him as an Arsenal scout for South America, during Joe’s four-year absence from management, before he took over at Newcastle, in late September.

Add to that that they live close to each other, and it’s appropriate that Arsene, one of the very best managers in the Premier league,  told the Newcastle Chronicle today:

“We wish him well, and I am confident that he will recover well.” “I have not yet been to see him personally but I sent him a letter when he had his problem.”

“It is good to see him recovered.” “But it shows that this job accelerates the process of well-being, or maybe ill-being.”

Arsene has done a fantastic job at Arsenal, and we are pleased that Newcastle are at least now copying the London club’s policy with youngsters, and we are already seeing some success on Tyneside with that program, even though it’s still in its infancy.

We wonder if Arsene realizes that a Newcastle win will help Joe in his recovery – maybe someone should ensure Arsene  knows that before the game.

Maybe he’ll let up just a little bit if he knows that – but we doubt it – but it’s still worth a try. 😀

We have to hope there will bigger and better things to come of the Newcastle Youth program, and at the Newcastle club in general.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 20, 2009 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #1

    Aye Wenger always seem polite in pre-match press conferences – watch something get on his goat at pitch side and watch him change.

    Doesnt like to loose. Lets hope we can send the London based boys home with their tails between their legs.

    Howay the lads!

  • Slam Dunc

    Mar 20, 2009 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #2

    Kinnear needs to put his health first and everyone wishes him well. However I can’t think of any reason why we should be asking him to come back.

    Join the campaign to install a committed ex player who is an up and coming manager managing in the Champions League and who wants to come to Newcastle, Temuri Ketsbai

    He would also be a manager who might follow the Arsenal model and give our young players a chance. Newcastle are not doing that at the moment.

    That said, hope we stuff them tomorrow !!

  • beyethegreat

    Mar 20, 2009 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #3

    toon toon black n white army

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

    Mar 20, 2009 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #4

    Can we hire Martin O’Neill for one game against Arsenal? I’m feeling really low now…Too many people are having a go at this club, especially when we are down. They don’t even understand us or the club.

  • Amirshearer

    Mar 20, 2009 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #5

    well, alot is at stake, and this big match couldn’t come at a worse time. But still, i have faith in those 11 fellas on the pitch tomorrow.

    Like Darth Vader said,
    “Embrace your fear, and turn it into strength!”

    Howay the lads!

  • Steve_48

    Mar 20, 2009 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #6

    Toon Graeme – you’re spot on there – take the Hull City match – face like a smacked arse throughout the game until they scored – miserably git.

    This is nothing but mind games from the Ferguson mould – nothing more, ignore it, it’s tainted.

  • cicero

    Mar 20, 2009 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #7

    I think Temuri Ketsbai would be a great choice as manager, young, capable and understands the toon. But he’s unknown to Ashley and his mob; need to get his name in their faces.

  • cicero

    Mar 20, 2009 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #8

    Joe as DoF, TK as manager. We need to convince everyone on this blog and take it viral.

  • cicero

    Mar 20, 2009 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #9

    If Arse used him as a scout for the gooner then Joe must have some standing in the game and would be just what we need to continue our plan of finding young up and coming players. Joe and Money for strengthening the youth squad, Joe and Ketsbia for strengthening first team.

  • LoonyToon @ graft

    Mar 20, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #10

    Joe would make an excellent DOF… Cicero has correctly pointed out, Arsene employed him as a scout….and owld moany chops wouldnt employ sum1 who doesnt have a clue

    and Temuri has already proved he can cut it with the best in the Champions League, albeit with Famagusta….would be a great appointment

  • chuck

    Mar 20, 2009 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #11

    Ketsbaia !
    Always looking for a miracle, whether its a manager or a player.
    Theres no messianic answer to the clubs problem other than spend some money on rebuilding.
    And before that money is spent, get rid of the people (top management) who have brought us to the brink of relegation.
    Sure a youthfull manager with a track record would be nice, but Ketsbaia, dont think so!
    Clarke at W/ Ham would be my choice, best coach in the PL and if this bungling upper management group we are lumbered with had a brain between them they would get him before someone else gives him the opportunity to manage.
    It`s going to be a hard road back from relegation and could mean the loss of the few talented players left .
    Too bad hope you realize what y`all have acomplished, thats top management and Ashley.

  • Bill F

    Mar 20, 2009 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #12

    Watch him storm off down the tunnel without shaking hands if they lose. Especially if they get some dodgy ref decisions against them, although this is unlikely as that seems to be our perennial role.

  • batty

    Mar 20, 2009 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #13

    cicero joe to f&ck off as far a way from this club the muppet

  • Sav

    Mar 21, 2009 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #14

    Scary photo of Prof. Arsene there. Ed.

    Don’t you think he looks like some American TV evangelist come to make us all whole, love one another and praise the Lord ? (Amex/Visa/Mastercard and all other major credit cards accepted ).

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 21, 2009 at 1:56 AM

    Comment #15


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