It seems that Alan Pardew isn’t the only Newcastle manager who blows his own trumpet.
Joe Kinnear – while at Newcastle
For some strange reason, there’s an interview with former Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear, in the Newcastle Journal this morning, and Joe goes into the self promotion game himself.
This is what Joe said today, starting with why he wanted to sell Charles N’Zogbia to Wigan, and whom he unfortunately had called Charles N’Somnia to the press:
“I wanted to sell N’Zogbia, because I didn’t get on with him, I didn’t think he was a fighter,”“I got £8M for him and it was me who brought in Kevin Nolan for £4Mm.”
“He was Newcastle’s player of the year last year but do not I get any credit for signing him? No, because I’m a cockney.”
“The trouble was, I had to generate my own money. When the £8m was offered by Brucey I knew I had to get Nolan, then I got Løvenkrands. He was a free. With his experience I thought he would be great to come off the bench for us.”
In a recent poll we had on whether readers wanted Charles N’Zogbia back on Tyneside this summer, 62% said no, 30% said yes and 8% were undecided.
Kevin Nolan has turned out to be one of Newcastle best buys, and is now the captain, although he struggled in his first six months on Tyneside.
But it’s always much harder when you are transferred in January, because you have to hit the ground running, and if you move in the summer, you usually have a pre-season to get used to things at the new club.
Joe signed Kevin quickly towards the end of January, 2009, when he found out that Joey Barton would be out a few months with a foot injury.
Peter Lovenkrands has done quite well on Tyneside, but has become a bit of a fringe player this season until Andy Carroll left, but in his 64 appearances for the club so far, he has a good 23 goals – not too bad for a free transfer.
And it seems Joe Kinnear was not too happy with Steve Bruce’s comments yesterday, about a failed bid for Andy Carroll, coming when Steve was Wigan manager.
The current Sunderland manager claimed yesterday that Wigan had offered £2.5M for the Gateshead-born striker in January of 2009, but were quoted £4.5M, but Joe says that simply wasn’t true:.
“The only conversation I had with Bruce was over N’Zogbia,” “He said he phoned me on the Monday. I never had a conversation with any manager about Andy Carroll.”
“Andy Carroll was a kid I’d given his debut to. Him and Shola Ameobi were going to be my strikers.” “Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias had no intentions of selling him at any stage.”
“When Chrissy Hughton put him in the team Andy was able to step up a level and did fantastically well. Whether he is trying to talk himself up or not, I don’t know. But to say he only offered £2.5M, it makes him look stupid.”
“For me to let Andy go to Wigan, he would have had to sell his entire team, and then you would have had to pay Andy a fortune just to go to Wigan.” “I think Andy had bigger options in his head even then.”
Things were never boring at Newcastle under Joe Kinnear, and Newcastle fans will have mixed feelings about the Irishman, and his short tenure on Tyneside, when he actively managed the club from late September, 2008 through mid February 2009.
In Joe’s 26 games in charge of Newcastle, the Magpies won 5, drew 10, and lost 11 for a poor win average of just 19.2%. But of course Newcastle were already fighting relegation when Joe was brought in.
Our view on Joe, was that it was always hard to criticize the man, because he gave everything he had (and more) while he was at the club, and he always waxed lyrical about what a great club Newcastle was.
He almost lost his life with the passion he showed while he was on Tyneside, and of course he was under some considerable stress while Newcastle were in their relegation battle.
We always thought that if Joe hadn’t suffered his rather serious heart problems in February of 2009, just before the game at WBA on Saturday, 7th February, Newcastle would have avoided relegation rather easily.