Joe Kinnear Turns Down Newcastle Manager Job


Rather amazing events going on today with the Newcastle Football club, as news breaks that Joe Kinnear has said he has turned down a two year contract to manage the club.

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Joe Kinnear – tuned down offer because of health


Joe, who underwent triple heart bypass operation in February, is quoted as saying he turned down an offer from Newcastle owner Mike Ashley:

“I have been offered a two-year contract and it is something I am mulling over at the present time.”

“I have told Mike (Ashley) I am not going to go back to football for at least another three months and we will look at the situation then.”

“I told him I would refuse to go back for pre-season friendlies as I was not up to it for medical reasons. I needed to take time out and re-assess the situation and take it from there.”

“But obviously in another three months the picture might be completely different.” “In the meantime if Newcastle feel the need to go and get another manager then so be it.”

“But should that happen I will be on the look-out elsewhere and as we all know the only time you do get asked to take these positions is when someone else loses their job.”

“I was definitely offered the job a couple of weeks ago. I sat down and spoke in depth to Derek Llambias and the offer was a two-year contract.

“It is an on-going situation. They are trying their hardest to sell it and anyone who has suggested they are buying it have not come up with the goods. The first consortium that does then Mike will sell, but it has got to be at the price he wants.”

So it’s interesting that he was offered the deal a couple of weeks ago, and probably at the time he came out on that Sunday to say he may be coming back to Newcastle. That was certainly a bolt from the blue.

But it seems that Joe is not sure in his own mind, if coming back into the Newcastle boiling cauldron, is a sensible thing for him to do, given his past health problems.

So now who does Ashley turn to?

Comments welcome.



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78 comments so far

  • magforlife

    Aug 5, 2009 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #1

    Its getting to the point now where we cant believe anything anyone says or prints now, confusion reigns and the lunatics are most definately in charge of the asylum.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 5, 2009 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #2

    Wasnt that the same time that the announcement from NUFC denying he would be went on the website too?

    Gobshite!!

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  • MDS

    Aug 5, 2009 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #3

    @Toon Graeme

    I thought the same thing. there were about a week’s worth of rumors of his “imminent” return about two-three weeks ago.

    what a shambles….

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  • Ross

    Aug 5, 2009 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #4

    First off, i cant beleive im gonna say this given the position we’re in, but im glad JFK wont be returning. Christ we need a manager but JFK is sadly, not the answer.

    As for his comments, others have said he’s talking sh!te but i really dont think he’s lying like. Just spoken to the old man who heard the interview on TalkSport and he said in short:

    Kinnear claimed he had been offered a deal, two years in length. Doctors said to him it would be at least 3-4 weeks before he was given the all clear and that in that time, the club could quite easily be sold and he doubted the new owners would want him.

    Its not like he was saying he’d be our next manager, more just that an offer was there. To be honest i beleive him. The club are saying he wont be returning, they’re not rubbishing the claim that he’d been approached to do so.

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  • stevep

    Aug 5, 2009 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #5

    We are officially a joke! I am really not looking forward to this season

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  • Pons Aelius

    Aug 5, 2009 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #6

    Sky Sports’ David Craig has apparently spoken to the club and they have said he will continue to be employed by the club in some capacity but he will not be appointed as the manager.

    I’ve no idea what’s going on…

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  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 5, 2009 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #7

    Pons Alias – “Sky Sports’ David Craig has apparently spoken to the club and they have said he will continue to be employed by the club in some capacity but he will not be appointed as the manager”

    Will he be looking for new players then?

    We are a f*****g joke – sick of it!!!!

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  • Tino 11

    Aug 5, 2009 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #8

    RIP SBR

    RIP NUFC

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  • derekm

    Aug 5, 2009 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #9

    you have to start thinking that there will be no sale – and that al asked for more than ashley felt he could guarantee if he was forced to give ownership another year. At the end of the day if I were ashley I would’nt be comfortable giving shearer the reigns if I was looking for instant promotion to build up value for a sale next may – no track record and vastly inexperienced, and being a legend has never guaranteed success ( Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton, John Barnes etc etc… ). Coppell or curbishley please, and Mike -give the buggers some money quick please!

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  • Kevin Nichol

    Aug 5, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #10

    Already been denied on sky sports…

    Link below….

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11678_5474581,00.html

    My only suggestion to all newcastle united fans is boycott the games until a full time manager is appointed at least and some truths are put forward by the clubs owners!

    embarrassing!!!!

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  • carrollfan

    Aug 5, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #11

    I have just heard parts of his interview on the radio and the most significant thing he said is that there will be no money spent at newcastle while the current regime is still in charge, he also said he could be back with a role at newcastle in a month, though he didn’t say it would be as manager. either way we can completely forget about any players being signed.

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  • DJG

    Aug 5, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #12

    Its that time again!

    ___________Harper___________
    R.Taylor__S.Taylor__Kadar_Enrique
    LuaLua__Barton__Guthrie____Duff
    _______Ameobi_Carroll________

    Ranger to come on 2nd half.

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  • boater

    Aug 5, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #13

    Hmmm this is nuts. There is something very delusional about Kinnear. Having said that his record was better than Shearer’s – only just mind. Definitely better football played under him. Against him were the dreadful signings made in the winter – and also the Zog affair – for which I hold JK responsible.

    The frustrating thing is that we should and could be easing our way out of this league without too much trouble, as long as there is some semblance of adroit leadership and positive atmosphere. We don’t need Mourinho and millions spent on new blood. We JUST need the basics… an EXPERIENCED manager with a clean bill of health so not Shearer OR JK ideally. D Ferguson or Curbs.. or O’Leary even. Couple of signings with the emphasis on pace and movement. And let’s get the hell up. The abortive takeover saga is going to achieve precisely what it did last october… fatally distract from the 1st team’s performances.

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  • Kevin Nichol

    Aug 5, 2009 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #14

    We as fans need to put a halt on as much revenues going into the club as possible; it is time to act! A line needs to be drawn and action must be taken!!!

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  • Rodzilla

    Aug 5, 2009 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #15

    ..bull5hit story

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  • boater

    Aug 5, 2009 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #16

    DJG … that side is exactly what I would say. Although I imagine they will play the 2 argies and smith in place of kadar, lua and guthrie sadly.

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  • stevep

    Aug 5, 2009 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #17

    Coppel would do an okay job and poss get us promoted playing fast attacking football – doubt he would take the job tho

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  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 5, 2009 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #18

    Kevin – lets not boycott games mate.

    Thats not gonna prove anything. No one will care if we did and rip the club to threads about how the “best fans in the land” abandoned their club.

    The best thing is to keep going, keep supporting the TEAM and show we are down (which in effect we couldnt really go any lower) but we are still here.

    I think this could all be a press rousse to pave the way for a new manager – which we need.

    PR and NUFC = shite.

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  • boater

    Aug 5, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #19

    Kevin Nichol. Time to act? Oh not this crap again. We did that… look what happened the club got relegated. Ashley is factually and evidently trying to sell the club for f****s sake. The rest is rumour and hearsay. Put your placards and your pitchforks down and go for a run or summit… we are already a laughing stock. What did boycotts and protests achieve last time?

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  • toonoholic

    Aug 5, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #20

    kevin nichol, boycott the manager not the players.
    go to the games and show ur support against mike and the managment, not against chris and the team.

    by boycotting team, we would get closer to playing leeds next season. think from your brain and dont be DAFT !

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  • stevep

    Aug 5, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #21

    well if players didnt want to leave before they def will now – who would want to stay in this madhouse.

    I can’t see any manager worth his salt taking this job so we’re stuck with JK, Shearer or Hughton

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  • boater

    Aug 5, 2009 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #22

    Kevin Nichol. What do you think the new owners will think of a boycott and stemming the flow of revenue into the club?

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  • Rangerman

    Aug 5, 2009 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #23

    Curbishley, please.

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  • Paul141726

    Aug 5, 2009 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #24

    It seems to me that if an offer for the club does not come in (and thats looking likely), Ashley and his co-horts are making plans to get on with it and keep the club. The offer to Joe may be genuine, but his refusal puts them in a corner. Do they stick with the Hughton/Calderwood duo and wait the 3 months or more that Kinnear feels he needs, or do they now turn elsewhere for a manager? Curbishley has been metioned several times along with others. Lastly, if all this was going on behind the scenes, it appears that they were just dragging their feet until Shearer got so fed up with the situation, that he would head back to his MOTD job, which it seems has happened. I hope I’m wrong, but if this is in fact what they planned, then their statements that hiring Shearer was the best thing they did so far at the club is all just another lie. Why am I not surprised?

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  • carrollfan

    Aug 5, 2009 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #25

    According to the Chronicle Ashley is considering staying for another season

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  • jordi

    Aug 5, 2009 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #26

    carrollfan-

    As his choices are; sell, stay or administration, then forced might be more accurate than considering.

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  • hitman

    Aug 5, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #27

    heres what i think. i reckon theres only 1 bid on the table and thats from FFS, ashley is refusing to sell to him, so now ashley is drawing up plans to stay on,i.e. bringing back jfk.

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  • stevep

    Aug 5, 2009 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #28

    according to me the chronicle is a pile of sh!t3

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  • carrollfan

    Aug 5, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #29

    Hitman – I think you might be right

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  • Rangerman

    Aug 5, 2009 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #30

    It was only a few weeks ago that Kinnear said he wanted to come back to help Shearer when he was here but the club wouldn’t let him because of his health, now he’s trying to say that the club want him back but he’s refused because of his health.

    Either he’s had a set back that we haven’t heard about or Kinnear is coming out with even more contradicting quotes because he can’t remember what he made up last time.

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  • Rangerman

    Aug 5, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #31

    heres what i think. i reckon theres only 1 bid on the table and thats from FFS, ashley is refusing to sell to him, so now ashley is drawing up plans to stay on,i.e. bringing back jfk.

    ……

    I think he would sell to anyone as long as the money is right, he’s not going to sell to anyone for £60 million.

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  • Ross

    Aug 5, 2009 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #32

    Toon Graeme // Aug 5, 2009 at 2:25 PM

    Kevin – lets not boycott games mate.

    Thats not gonna prove anything. No one will care if we did and rip the club to threads about how the “best fans in the land” abandoned their club

    ——————————-

    Agree mate. It was just last night on TalkSport Ian Wright was talking about Man City and how he thought they deserved a bit of success after what they’d been through with relegation etc, and still pulling in big numbers. He then went on to say something like

    “It’s the same for Newcastle. We’ll find out alot about the toon army this season. If things dont go well for them, are there still gonna be 50,000 trying to get behind their lads, that will be the test to see just how passionate they are”

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  • Stuart79

    Aug 5, 2009 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #33

    Rangerman // Aug 5, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    The fact is that Keith Harris has made a statement and I’m inclined to believe what he says rather than any other people.

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  • Geordie Jayne

    Aug 5, 2009 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #34

    If the club is not sold I will not return to St James’ until Fat Cash is gone.

    When fellow TOON FANS do we say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

    Other’s slag NUSC but at least they are trying to do something rallying fans etc I am part of that and yes I am proud, because I feel better joining a group who are trying to do something, than sitting on my ass doing NOWT.

    I hate this man with a vengance.

    HAS ANYONE NOTICED THAT THE CLUB WILL BE SOLD BY THE END OF THE TRANSFER WINDOW, don’t forget Keith Harris has led us down the garden path before

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  • dave 1961

    Aug 5, 2009 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #35

    why when we are supposed to be trimming the wage bill, we are employing Kinnear what do we owe him (nowt) still paying wise £20,000 a week it don’t look like we are serious when we are paying vast sums to people who don’t give a crap for Newcastle, mike Ashley’s loyalty is strange. he’s paying hangers on but not appointing a manager.

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  • Geordie Jayne

    Aug 5, 2009 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #36

    Just one thing about Man City fans, when they were down and out, they did not have a FAT USELESS OWNER in charge taking the P@SS out of them week after week, month after month and Year after Year

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Aug 5, 2009 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #37

    Really lads. I don’t think Ashley gives us a second thought other than “is it sold yet. He’s parked one of his tanks on the lawn and then half forgotton about it. Let’s stop questioning his motives. His strategy has alwys been “Here’s my price. Take it or leave it”. He did the same thing with Karrimor, Kangol, Lonsdale, Mcwhatsit, etc. etc. If they won’t play bal, he simply gives up and waalks (eg, 5% of Addidas given up)

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Aug 5, 2009 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #38

    & Jayne

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  • magpie6699

    Aug 5, 2009 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #39

    I turned the job down as well.
    Anybody else on this blog?

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  • DJG

    Aug 5, 2009 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #40

    £60M a year wage bill……..

    sell… Martins £9M (wolfburg)
    Beye £4M (Villa)
    Bassong £15M (City)
    Smith £1M (Everton)
    Geremi £Free (Blaydon Football Club)

    = 29 + 12 (wages) = 41

    = £19 to find for promotion season 2009- 2010

    sorted new buyers please sign here_________

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