Delay In Kinnear Return Could Spell Danger For Newcastle

A big day for Newcastle United fans and the club itself is a week on Monday, April 6th, let’s make no mistake about that.


Joe Kinnear – let’s pray with him for Newcastle survival this season

That’s the day that Joe Kinnear will go to his doctors and undergo a battery of tests on his condition, following his heart surgery on 13th February.

For the sake of Joe and his health, we hope that the results of those tests show that Joe is fully fit again, and ready to undertake the job of taking Newcastle to safety this season.

However, a nightmare scenario is that Joe may either not come through the tests as well as had been hoped, or he comes through the tests OK, but then his doctors recommend Joe not returning to Newcastle for several weeks.

Either case could happen, and quite honestly his doctors must be rather leery of allowing Joe to take charge of  Newcastle right now, given the monumental stress that will entail. And there seems no way, however serious Newcastle’s position is in the league, that Derek Llambias would dare go against the doctors’ orders. Derek has already said the club, if anything, will need to hold Joe back, given his enthusiasm to get back.

If Joe’s return is delayed, which we all know is possible if not probable, Newcastle could be in big trouble, because as far as results go we just don’t think Chris Hughton is equipped to spur the lads on to save the club.

We hope we are wrong on that but when you look at his record of 10 games in charge this season, including the WBA game, he has just 5 points from those games – the win at WBA and draws against Everton (with 10 men) and Hull City.

Chris has presided over defeats against Hull (2-1), West Ham (3-1), Tottenham (2-1 in Carling Cup) and Blackburn (2-1) back in September when he was filling in for the departed Kevin Keegan, and then defeats against Bolton (1-0), Manchester United (2-1) and Arsenal (3-1) since taking over from Joe Kinnear in February.

There were some good performances recently against the Red Devils and the Gunners, but with nothing coming out of those efforts in terms of points, and we don’t know if the lads can turn that around against Chelsea, but time is now starting to run out.

If there is any delay in Joe coming back to manage Newcastle, we have to hope that Mike Ashley and derek Llambias have a Plan “B”, and will bring some experienced manager in for the rest of the season.

It doesn’t have to be Terry Venables, as there are plenty of other experienced managers out there only, too willing to come in for the challenge, and the huge payoff they would no doubt get, if Newcastle do survive this season.

One definition of good management is expecting the worst and planning for it, so we hope if the worst does happen and Joe’s comeback is delayed, then the club will immediately implement Plan “B”.

If we have no Plan “B” we are playing with fire, and could be fatally burned, and would probably deserve it.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Mar 28, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #1

    The fact that there is anyone out there that thinks JokeinHere will be our saviour makes me laugh – look at his record b4 his illness!! Hardly world beaters and one of the reasons we are in this mess. What worries me further is the fact that FatAsh is still willing to stick with him next year (in the Championship)
    I can only think that FatAsh is going to bleed the club dry – seel off any players worth owt and pocket he Sky parachute money

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 28, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #2

    Its been a catalogue of change this season. If not one thing its another and another and another.

    Im not convinced a quack would sign him off and its a nagging doubt that sticks in my mind.

    JFK was only suppossed to be a stop – gap manager and alot of people may have forgotten that was his remit – then he gets signed up for the rest of the season and offrrd a 2 year contract.

    Paying monkeys peanuts springs to mind cause Im wondering if JFK aint being paid anywhere near any other prem manager.

    God knows.

    Keep on keepin on as they say!

  • Johnny Knobsock

    Mar 28, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #3

    A NIGHTMARE SCENARIO IF JFK DOESN’T RETURN AS HOPED… were you impressed with Kinnears record of 4 wins in 27 league and cup games or summat.

    As you said yuorself Hughton has got 5 points, Keegan got 4 and all Kinnear could muster is a miserly 20 points in 24 league games..AND YOU THINK HE IS DOING A GOOD JOB.


  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 28, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #4

    JK is Gash..from Olde Worldy football era…the football is ugly,ineffective drivel and houghton is the same.

    I am ready for lousy championship style toon…crap players,dull football,lousy owner,clueless management….I am so fkin depressed with all of this.

  • mohtools

    Mar 28, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #5

    I really hate that FAT ASH!!

    And you know what makes me sick the most is that JFK blames everyone (past managers) but himself. And what makes me even more sick is that FAT ASH believes his crap.

    really how did Ashly make those millions? He is an idiot.

  • Jan Stavik

    Mar 28, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #6

    Could spell danger? NUFC are in great danger of going down anyway, Kinnear is a clown who’s been out of the game for years, he’s no Messiah.

    Now it’s 70/30 for Toon to go down, I seriously can’t see NUFC taking the 10-12 points required to stay up.

    They’ll probably beat Boro at home, apart from that I see a few draws and quite a few losses.

  • bennytoon

    Mar 28, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #7

    Its disgusting that newcastle are hoping to get him back after what he has been through. He should be told he wont be involved again this season

  • ronaldeano

    Mar 28, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #8

    For once i agree Babyfool 😉

  • lundypete1

    Mar 28, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #9

    Ed, your consistent admiration for Joe Kinnear baffles me. At what point did he persuade you he could save our team? Have you seen his record, with us before he was ill? We have got worse since he took over, undeniably. He has never been a good manager, and to be quite honest he barely scrapes the comparison with Hughton.

    He is emotionally and physically unable to cope with the stress and strain. He shouldnt have been employed in the first place, but he should definitely be put out to grass now. He adds nothing.

    Ashley screwed up: that I can forgive. Not holding his hands up and rectifying those mistakes is what is unforgiveable, all you Ashley apologists out there: you have been telling us to shut up for months, and yet you are still in denial. We are going down, get used to it.

  • hebburntoon

    Mar 28, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #10

    God Help us

  • Troy Stavers

    Mar 28, 2009 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #11

    Oi Oi!!

    I cannit believe Stardust is still trying to justify Ashley and his cronies.
    I am fizzin!!!

    For all of you’s who react to his blogs, don’t!!

    I have known him for ten years from work. He is not clever, quite the opposite!!

    He knows how to wind you’s up. He believes what he says about Ashley but deliberately does it in a way to undermine you’s all.

    It clearly works cos I constantly log in but don’t post. He is howling at you’s all!!

    The best way to get rid of a pest is to ignore him.

    He will get bored and his horrible views will go away.

    Bear in mind, HE IS NOT, NOT, A SEASON TICKET HOLDER!!!!

  • DENIro

    Mar 28, 2009 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #12

    Radomir Antic for manager..Good, attacking football…
    Radomir Antic (born November 22, 1948) is a Serbian former football defender and current football manager.
    Following a 17-year playing career – mainly modest and uneventful by top football standards – he found his true calling in coaching.
    He is the only individual who has managed FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid. Additionally, Antic is one of only two men to have managed both FC Barcelona and Real Madrid (the other one is Enrique Fernández Viola).

    Teams managed :
    1988-1991 Real Zaragoza
    1991-1992 Real Madrid
    1992-1995 Real Oviedo
    1995-1998 Atlético Madrid
    1999 Atlético Madrid
    2000 Atlético Madrid
    2000-2001 Real Oviedo
    2003 FC Barcelona
    2004 Celta de Vigo
    2008- Serbia

  • clinta

    Mar 29, 2009 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #13

    I actually hope he can’t return, that’s about te only way the deluded board and some of you fans on hear noticeable ‘i love JK’ harrison will realise we need a new manager and may then actually go for one.

    JK to steady the ship for theremainder of the season, maybe, but if thats the case he’d probably end up being here for another 2 season which in the long run would be worse for our club.

  • clinta

    Mar 29, 2009 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #14

    people on here forget we were shit all season,not just under Hughton! what short memories a football fan has.

    Our home form was crap under Jk, our away forms was awful, this will conitnue to be the case after he comes back, why wouldn’t it be. look at the stats people.

    i’m not going t bother trying the pull them out.

  • workyticket

    Mar 29, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #15

    Johnny Knobsock // Mar 28, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    “A NIGHTMARE SCENARIO IF JFK DOESN’T RETURN AS HOPED… were you impressed with Kinnears record of 4 wins in 27 league and cup games or summat.

    As you said yuorself Hughton has got 5 points, Keegan got 4 and all Kinnear could muster is a miserly 20 points in 24 league games..AND YOU THINK HE IS DOING A GOOD JOB.


    Keegan got 24 points in 21 games

    Kinnear got 25 points in 23 games

    So there isn’t really alot of diffrerence between them Johnny Knobsock. Try to be more fair in future.


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