Response To Foul Mouthed Blast At Reporters Surprised Kinnear

Newcastle’s former manager Joe Kinnear has been in town and talking about his time at Newcastle.

Joe Kinnear – while manager at Newcastle

Joe came in one night in late September of 2008, some three or four weeks after Kevin Keegan was sacked and tried to right the ship, and we think he would have saved Newcastle.

But Joe suffered heart problems just before the game at West Brom on Saturday 7th February, which we eventually won 3-2 after Chris Hughton took over the team.

Joe was expected back to resume his activities as Newcastle manager, but it was realized that coming back into the white hot atmosphere of Newcastle facing possible relegation,  may not have been the best position to put Joe in – from a health viewpoint.

Chris Hughton and Chris Calderwood had taken over, but we were not getting many points on the board, and then on April 1st of 2009, Alan Shearer was brought in to manage the club for the last 8 games of the season.

The move was welcomed by the fans, but we got only one win against Middlesbrough – 3-1 at home – and two draws at Stoke 1-1, with a late headed equalizer from the then 19 year-old Andy Carroll, and we drew at home to Portsmouth 0-0, and we ended up relegated.

One thing that Joe Kinnear will be remembered for is his foul-mouthed blast at reporters in almost his first news conference, after they had criticized him for all sorts of things, and the blast was aimed specifically at Simon Bird of the Daily Mirror.

Here’s our report of it at the time, which was early October, a week or so after Joe had arrived on Tyneside.

Joe said this week that the response to his tirade took him completely by surprise:

“I didn’t think it would carry that much weight until it exploded, and then I thought ‘blimey!” “How many managers are on every front page throughout the world? That week Barack Obama was running for President, and I was on the front page.”

“I said to my missus ‘I’ve got more publicity that Obama’. “That was hard to beat. “One picture was a volcano coming out of my head.”

“I’d never been on a front page in my life. “If it was Barcelona or Real Madrid… I’d have understood it.”

That’s what happens when you are managing a big club like Newcastle, with it’s unbelievable fan base around the world.

We also think that Joe was trying to take some pressure off his players, and to give Joe credit, he worked his socks off when he was in charge of Newcastle, and if his health had stood up to the stress, we think he would have saved Newcastle, and rather easily too.

But his heath didn’t stand up to it – and neither did the hearts of those very well paid players at Newcastle we had at the time, who didn’t have enough fight in them,  to get the job done and save Newcastle United.

How very different things are now on Tyneside – in a positive way – and we still have a Cockney manager to boot.

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • funkness

    Jun 2, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #1

    I feel sick just looking at the picture. To think he was once our manager – jeeez!

  • Graeme

    Jun 2, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #2

    He represents probably the lowest point for NUFC under Mike Ashley – it just couldnt get any worse.

    At least he seems to have learned and started to put things on a much more even keel since then. NUFC today bear absolutely no resemblance to the days of JFK and that has to be a good thing all round!!

  • Spuggy

    Jun 2, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #3

    Thanks for the article Ed – reminds me we’ve come an awful long way.

    Pardew and the players are now truly professional. Pardew handles the media with consumate ease, he manages fans expectations with honesty and he coughs when he makes a mistake.

    Players like Collo and Cabaye are the personification of professionalism off the pitch – a great example for others to follow.

    One proud Geordie!

  • NorseToon

    Jun 2, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #4

    Omg, third tim i post this LOL:)

    Regarding Brahimi

    Sign him up! We need more and better backup in that area. Ben Arfa\Jonas\Marveux\Brahimi\Amalfitano\Obertan. Attacking midfield would be sorted. Now, get the same depth in defence, def mid and attack, and it’s starting to look like something. Remember, we are NUFC; we ALWAYS have someone injured for some time. Always. Depth is key and lack of it is the reason we’re not in Champions League next season.

  • Spuggy

    Jun 2, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #5

    Rome wasn’t built in a day Norse :-). Softly Softly catchy monkey. This is a steady building programme, we may not get all the players we need in this window. We will definitely get 2 defensive players however, and a bunch of youngsters like Brahimi.

    Happy days 🙂

  • ~Perchinho the Pheonix~

    Jun 2, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #6
  • SupaToonKid

    Jun 2, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #7

    Thank you Joe Kinnear for having a heart attack; you made our club much better.

  • sirtoongospel

    Jun 2, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #8

    Strange how things happen, if he stayed as manager we wouldn’t have gone down. He would have kept us up. But……as some of us predicted……relegation was the best way to get rid of the money grabbing ass holes who made our team a joke.

    Now look at us. Here’s hoping we continue to progress, and we add vibrant young players to our already hungry squad.

    as for JFK, I hope he stays healthy and enjoys retirement.

  • pardew no 1

    Jun 2, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #9

    watching jeremy kyle USA and in the crowd and there is a guy in a liverpool strip no surprise their

  • petesull

    Jun 2, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #10

    @ supatoonkid …… Only a kid would come out and say something like….. Thanks for having a heart attack…… Very immature and just wrong…… Grow up and sort yourself out Boy

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 2, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #11

    pardew number 1

    jeez mate don’t admit to something like that. it’s bad enough the brain dead, single cell amoeba, obese, moronic, trailer trash chavs here!!!!!

  • catchy in norway

    Jun 2, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #12

    Joe came in one night in late September of 2008, some three or four weeks after Kevin Keegan was sacked and tried to right the ship, and we think he would have saved Newcastle.

    ED that group you call WE, must be a very small group, he was sinking fast, and i can only imagine what life would be like now if he didnt have the heart attack, not that id wish that on anyone, if he hadnt , he might just still be in charge,,

  • Shane

    Jun 2, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #13

    Really going to miss Guthrie. Such a professional and a very decent play maker. Hope a decent team offer him a contract . Would hate to ser him go to a team like QPR, Villa etc. He’s better than that, I could see Everton being interested. Good luck Danny!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 2, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #14

    Personally,and I know full well I’m in the minority here but I didn’t mind JFK,I wouldn’t have wanted him full time but as a stop gap I don’t think we would have been relegated.

  • pardew no 1

    Jun 2, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #15

    11Rotonda heights nor man just turned the tv on and a dont know where the remote is plus its funny

  • SupaToonKid

    Jun 2, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #16


    I said that in the wrong way. I meant to mean that if the unfortunate incident of Kinnear having a heart attack had not occured then we would’ve as Ed said most likely stayed up and still be a team full of overrated stars on very high wages. One man’s loss is another man/team/nation’s gain!

  • rich_toonfan

    Jun 2, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #17

    Glad to see Joe is well now. He was a poor manager but if you get offered a big job you would take it and hope you could adapt, not his fault he was hired.

    Glad to see the clubs has learned from past mistakes and is moving on.

    Just think if we had for things wrong in the championship we could have been down in league one with Portsmouth now instead of starting our return to Europe.

  • Klatoon

    Jun 2, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #18

    No one pings an 80 yd pass like Danny boy, good luck to him wherever he goes (except the scum). He was immense during the promotion season, seemed to have a hand in almost all the goals we scored in the 2nd half of that campaign.

  • rich_toonfan

    Jun 2, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #19


    I like Guthrie as a squad player but he is nothin more.

    The lad isn’t fit enough to go a full 90 minutes… Hardly the sign of a professional, yes he keeps out of trouble but there is no excuse not to be fit.

  • SupaToonKid

    Jun 2, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #20

    I’m not sad like most people are that Guthrie has gone because he’s just a squad player (it’s not like Cabaye has left). He had one good season with us and now that he’s left we’ve most likely got a much more capable replacement in Amalfitano.

    Saying that i do hope he joins a good club where he can get starts that he wants as he could do that for a decent team like Fulham but if we want to improve and aim higher for next season we need better.

  • cupiddstunt

    Jun 2, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #21

    Petesull @ # 10

    Well that’s a none starter for a start if you read any of stk’s posts you will see a none stop barrage of spending huge sums of some one else’s money with little or scant regard to team balance or player personnel.

    It has been made quite clear by the club that every aspect of a potential player is taken into consideration not just that players skill with the ball.

    And yet stk posts like a kid in a sweet shop, with oh, oh, oh, we should get him and we should get him and we should get him.

    Computer football games are a curse at times as you can see clearly where the info comes from.

    Like the JK heart attack post, just hitting the keys without a thought for the final content.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 2, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #22

    Did you know that rotonda in Spanish means roundabout,which is very fitting because in a roundabout way you are a di*k.

  • Sav

    Jun 2, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #23

    “I said to my missus ‘I’ve got more publicity that Obama’. “That was hard to beat. “One picture was a volcano coming out of my head.”
    Not an auspicious srat or one which did any Newcastle fan any favours. One week in the job and Crazy Joe finds out the southern media love nothing better than to make a laughing stock out of NUFC and Joe was Comedy Gold to these hack. Thanks, Joe. Thankfully, this is consigned to the same rubbish basket as your crap managerial career.

  • karasu

    Jun 2, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #24

    as a magpie manager, yes he seems less than spectacular at first glance. but keep in mind that he didn’t get to manage us for more than half a season. i don’t think we can ever accurately judge whether he will be crap or good for newcastle.

    i do hope he doesn’t need to have another heart problem to indirectly save a club ever again though.

  • kt97toonarmy

    Jun 2, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #25

    karasu when he was manager we did quite well going on a 7 unbeaten run from november when he took over till boxing day then we slipped and went down

  • saxonfenken

    Jun 2, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #26


    Couldn’t agree more, kids in a sweet shop, lets wait and see I am sure all positional needs will be accomplished eventually with good sensible buys like last year.

  • amble_ball

    Jun 2, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #27

    “we think he would have saved Newcastle.”

    are you mental?!

  • BeeGuy

    Jun 2, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #28

    One thing I have loved about NUFC is the absolute zany stuff that happens. Hearing JFK spouting off was one of those things. I think he should be kept around to keep things lively – but on the radio or in the papers, not as an NUFC employee in any capacity!


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