Joe Kinnear Would Love To Return To Newcastle

News today in the Sunday Sun, that former manager Joe Kinnear would love to return to St. James’ Park and Newcastle United, a club he still raves about.

Joe Kinnear – wants a return to Newcastle

Former Newcastle and Sunderland player Mick Harford played in a charity cricket match with Kinnear at Lord’s two weeks ago,  and had the opportunity to get into a long conversation with the former Newcastle and Wimbledon manager.

This is what Mick told the Sunday Sun today:

“I was with Joe just last week with the Bunburys charity cricket club,” “I think one day he would love to go back to Newcastle – he absolutely loved his time there and holds the club, the fans and the city in the highest regard.”“He certainly made his mark there! I’m not sure it would be popular with certain people, but I think he did a good job there.”

“Chris Hughton, who has done a smashing job there, worked under Joe for a spell, and I think if you asked him he would say he learned from a very experienced manager during his time.” “Joe is absolutely certain – and I fully agree with him – that he would have kept the club up if he hadn’t had his heart condition when he had it.”

“When you look back at it his results were good, and I think it really harmed the club to keep chopping and changing managers that season.” “Every club needs to have its foundations and if you have a manager there who knows what they’re doing, it certainly helps.” “They had a bit of that stability there with Joe.”

“Joe looked all right to me with a bottle of red wine in front of him!” “He is in great shape, his health is fine and he’s in superb spirits. After the Bunbury game we were in the pavilion at Lord’s and he was setting the world to rights as ever.”

“It’s impossible to get a word in edgeways with him and he’s got plenty to say about Newcastle. He was talking about Mike Ashley, the club itself, Alan Shearer, the full works – Joe’s not one to bite his tongue and that’s why he’s always excellent company.”

While Joe had his enemies at Newcastle, we think he did a really good job at the club, under the terrible circumstances in which he was brought in,  and we are certain if he hadn’t had his heart problems, he would have saved Newcastle from relegation – we’re quite sure of that.

The deal was for Joe, Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood to lead Newcastle in the future if they could survive in the Premier League last year, but it never happened because of Joe’s health problems a year last February, just before the game at WBA.

And there’s little – let’s make that no – chance  Joe will return as Newcastle manager, even though he was well liked by both Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias,  and was very willing to work within the strict  transfer budget Mike imposed.

And of course Joe certainly brightened things up at St. James’ Park during his time at the club, which he raved about while he was on Tyneside.

Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood have now taken over the Newcastle club and done quite famously so far, as manager and assistant manager.

What we liked about Joe is that he was a straight talker, and could get the players to play for him, and Joe gave everything he had (and seemingly more than he had because of his heart problems), while he was on Tyneside, and we like to see that from anybody who takes the on the tough Newcastle manager’s job.

But it may not be the best thing for Joe to come back into management  at all – his health has to come first, after all.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Thump

    Oct 10, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #1

    Whilst I’m sure Joke in here could have kept us up, I’m glad we went down. We did some important things in the Championship – get rid of the dead wood on big money, created a team bond, level the finances enough to where Newcastle is on the way to a stable bank account and probably the most important thing – created consistency in both form and backroom which is brought into this season.

    Think about Portsmouth. I was at the game against them and everybody knew that if we got all 3 points we’d be safe and likewise Portsmouth knew that 1 point and they would be safe. As it happens, the game ended a 0-0 draw. Sure Portsmouth were safe for the season but we all knew that they’d be down the following season and that is exactly what happened.

    We might struggle as a result of the loss of class, but I’ll take a struggle every time over relegation and we have a team that will fight and do anything to prevent relegation and that’s our lifeline.


  • ginkoh

    Oct 10, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #2

    Thank but No thank !

  • john_cena163

    Oct 10, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #3

    I dnt want him. CH IS MUCH BETA DAN HIM.

  • geordieal

    Oct 10, 2010 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #5

    Am I the only one that thinks he was just an embarrassment? I was soo happy when it was announced he wouldn’t be coming back.

  • pavel

    Oct 10, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #6

    Don’t you just love all of these ex-managers who think they did a great job? Souness, Allardyce, Kinnear … I guess that explains our unprecedented period of success over the last five years.

    They should all shut up, get lost, and be thoroughly ashamed of themselves.

  • thepict

    Oct 10, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #7

    No thanks. Chris can be as good as SBR.

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 10, 2010 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #8


  • Toonmania

    Oct 10, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #9

    Joke in ear is exactly just that, and talking of when we was relegated we got rid of dead wood and joe was the first branch

  • murvar

    Oct 10, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #10

    Apart from being vulgar and tactically clueless, Kinnear is clearly also deluded. Harford says he is great company and full of opinions. I think he would therefore be great on Soccer Saturday and I might enjoy watching him there. When I watched him in the dugout at SJP I felt ashamed and depressed.

  • Bucks mag

    Oct 10, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #11


  • Sav

    Oct 11, 2010 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #12

    “we think he did a really good job at the club”

    We do? Really?

    Among other things, he cost us the services of N’Zogbia, now proving his worth at Wigan at a time when we needed all the help we could get. Not exactly straight out of the SBR manual of man-management that, is it?
    While the times were at an all-time low before, during and shortly after Kinnear’s tenure, his job-at-all-costs attitude allowed Ashley to behave in the shabbiest and most disrespectful way of all the time he has been at SJP. – It wasn’t all Joe’s fault, but he gets no sympathy from me for his part in it. Guilty by association.

  • chuck

    Oct 11, 2010 at 2:48 AM

    Comment #13

    Best regards Joe, you gave it a go, but looks like Chris Hughton is now the future of this side, that is if Ashley is as smart as he is made out to be.
    Give the man a contract !

  • geoff777

    Oct 11, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #14

    QUOTE “While Joe had his enemies at Newcastle, we think he did a really good job at the club, under the terrible circumstances in which he was brought in, and we are certain if he hadn’t had his heart problems, he would have saved Newcastle from relegation – we’re quite sure of that.”

    Been drinking Ed? Or moved to Calif. for the herbal highs?

    JFK was a joke. Training was a joke.
    The team was clapped out after an hours play.
    Too many players were on the physios table that should have been up for selection.
    I’d say JFK was a major reason for us going down.


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