Newcastle Hit Holy Grail And Then Joe Kinnear Arrives


Iain Dowie was the assistant to Alan Shearer,  when the Newcastle legend took over as manager of Newcastle on April 1st, four years ago,  in an attempt to save the club from relegation.

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Iain Dowie and Alan Shearer – when in charge of Newcastle

But the duo got just 5 points from the remaining 8 games,  and their short term contract was not renewed,  and eventually Chris Hughton was put in charge wit his assistant Colin Calderwood.

And the Londoner and the Scot took his chance big time, by getting Newcastle famously promoted in the next season,  with Newcastle getting a a fabulous 102 points in the Championship.

Dowie says the Kinnear appointment was unnecessary (tell us about it):

“I have a great deal of sympathy for Alan Pardew at the moment.”  “Wasn’t it about a season ago everyone was looking at what Newcastle were doing,and (saying) ‘that’s the model to follow?”

“They’ve hit the Holy Grail and done it, they’ve found a way of going and buying cheap French players and making them very, very successful.”  “Everyone was looking at their model and thinking, ‘this is the way forward.”

“Now, there seems to be a reason to change.”  “I don’t understand why you tinker with that part which was working.”  “I’m not sure Alan and Graham Carr need another body, do they? All I’m saying is, my view is that’s an area of the club which was working very well, so why change it?”

Newcastle had a terrible time in the league last season, but a lot of that was that Newcastle were just not equipped to also play 14 games in the Europa League.

And apparently Mike Ashley was not happy that Newcastle struggled with relegation, and finished 5th bottom of the league – but who was?

The appointment of Kinnear could be an over-reaction to last season by the owner, but if you believe the story today – he brought Joe Kinnear in to sort out the power struggle supposedly going on between Alan Pardew and Graham Carr.

But Joe Kinnear is not the one to sort out any argument, and as we would have expected – he’s made things an order of magnitude worse than they were.

A very poor and unwanted decision by the still unpopular Mike Ashley – who continues to do his own thing at Newcastle,  and completely ignores his paying customers – the fans.

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25 comments so far

  • donkey

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #1

    were not sighing any more defenders or full backs dont care what the papers or twitter says strong enough in them postions already the only player we will be going for are attackers and clearing out a load of deadwood

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  • JAMSHA

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #2

    im gona take a break from.this blog…. enough of JOE MOTHAFOKNG KUNTEAR …

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  • TorqToon

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #3

    So GC is staying put, and our scouting system is going to remain the same, just with JK acting as a middle man between GC/pards and MA.

    I think a BIG BIG signing is in the offing and is a centre forward.

    Back to work next week, so can start my scouting missions and bring out the keyring! 🙂

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #4

    Is Iain Doewie stuck in the summer of 2012? I don’t remember us being “very very successful” last season. If 16th is successful, that would explain why you are out of employment in football now.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #5

    stevenage

    Since when was a) Pearce English and B) a really hot prospect!!! What’s so great about having English players anyway if they’re not good enough?

    If we got a new owner and some and fit and proper people running the club, a long shot I know but bear with me, would the 8 year contracts become null and void and only apply during ash’s reign of terror or do the new owners have to pick up the tab?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #6

    Rotonda,
    In answer to your question on previous, the club would still have to honour the contracts, or pay them off. I think it is unlikely that clauses will be in to say that they can be terminated in the event of a sale.

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  • toonincheek

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #7

    Torq –

    We can only hope.

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  • JackButler

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #8

    Last season’s failings were down to a Chairman who know’s nothing of how football deals work, a manager who failed at every turn.

    The fix should have been an easy one, replace the Chairman and manager with two people who actually know what the hell they are doing.

    You bread stability at any club through the trust of footballing people who have a proven track record but when you hire from your friends list and the scrap heap of the game you bread failure. Throw Joe Kinnear into the mix and stability becomes chaos

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #9

    Pearce was born in England, so is technically English, but is eligible through family tree for Scotland and Ireland.

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  • jonobbad

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #10

    Wish all the so called itk’s that get nearly everything wrong, would just keep quiet. Everything you say that doesn’t happen kills your credentials. You are lower than the Sunday sport. Give it a break.

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  • jonobbad

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #11

    Success breeds stability. Not the other way round.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #12

    I know it is irrelevant now, but if we wanted an old British cheapish ex Wimbledon manager as DoF we could have done a lot worse then Dario Gradi from Crewe. Why couldn’t Dario have met Ashley in the Orange Tree instead.

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  • Slank

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #13

    Anybody noticed that Iain Dowie on Sky Sports on Saturdays when he is reporting on a match that he seems to either never finish a sentence or one sentence runs into another.

    I bet the players would have been really confused with his instructions. ‘ Colo I want you to pass to Jonas and then you score’.

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  • runheed

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #14

    Ashley and joe Kinear … Hahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahaha

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  • Tommyy

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #15

    Dario Gradi would have been an excellent shout, well respected, quiet about his job and has a lot of success with bringing through youth. He is exactly the sort of individual we need for the role, I’m 100 percent certain Ashley doesn’t take interviews for any of the roles he fills. Which is wholly wrong and unprofessional.

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  • martoon

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #16

    Slank – reply from previous thread. An unstable club is bound to affect the players. How would you like to go to work where nobody knows who is in charge, people are giving you contradictory instructions and people are resigning or threatening to resign all around you.

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  • Rooster

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #17

    Slank/Lilongwe, I saw many training sessions with Ian Dowie shouting his big gob of ten to the dozen and players looking at the ground, I notice he hasn’t been in to many coaching jobs since the toon just a big frankenface if you ask me. opinons, he has and big al who we all loved but he had his chance and blew it, so I say its not as easy as you may think.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #18

    Rooster,
    Iain Dowie was a poor coach and a poor manager. Neither him or Shearer have been back in football since taking us down.

    I am slightly confused by your parting line of “its not as easy as you may think”. What isn’t? I haven’t said anything is easy.

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  • geordiesteve520

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #19

    @11 What about Chelsea – no stability but won a hell of a lot recently.

    @15 not to mention illegal, even for internal promotions there needs to be an external advertisment and interview process, even if it is just arbitrary.

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  • TorqToon

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #20

    Morning jono!!! Nice to see you too!!!!

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  • Rooster

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #21

    Bernie Slave banging on about us on the legends, how is your super owner Steve Gibson doing at the moment eh, over financed the club and now boro are like most of the rest that go down, buggered, havnt got a pot to pee in, what about wolves, how do their supporters feel???

    MA may make electric shock decisions but, we have an international player available in every position, not to bad is it to be fair and from decent international teams as well, we can go and buy players with cash, not on the never never like hall n shepherd and steve Gibson and Milan mandric, there clubs have just about folded, its is not all hands to the deck at the toon, unpopular decision last week of course but MA will, keep it in house and employ people he trusts, and JK seems like he is one of them, he has knew the fella for an awful long time, he trusts him, nothing we can do about it, am noy having a pop at fans for getting down about last week, I was also, buT there are still a lot of positives about NUFC, just tell JK to JEEP IT SHTUM A BIT MORE, AND DO HIS TALKING IN THE BOARDROOM OR TRAINING GROUND.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #22

    And so it begins, turning on a local legend for simply pointing out that a regime that are lawfully proven liars are at it again,it is very true that the name change has got nothing to do with Alan Shearer but everything to do with him when the club have released a statement saying he has been supportive in the change, will you turn on the Milburn family when the club say that they felt a change was in order and Mike Ashley is very deserving of a stand named after him.

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  • Sazzer

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #23

    I’m waiting for comment from Dennis Wise on this situation…

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  • Rooster

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #24

    LILONGWE, I did not mean you specifically, I meant in general, our owner has made many decisions in his business life that have been unpopular, he hasn’t done to badly for himself though, NUFC is growing financially, and yes he wants that, the more money in the club the more he will spend, I believe that.

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  • runheed

    Jun 21, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #25

    Ashley. Professional hahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahaha

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