Kinnear Interview – Wants Champions League For Passionate Fans

We reported earlier today that it was good that Joe Kinnear had not given any interviews for quite a few weeks, but it seems we were tempting fate – and Joe has been interviewed in the Mirror today.

joe kinnear 1234

Joe Kinnear – upbeat on Newcastle

Joe made a terrible start on his return to Newcastle in mid-June as we all know, but Joe’s remit  is to bring in some good players in,  and it looks like Newcastle are going after Bafetimbi Gomis with an increased bid of £6.9M, which is high for a player who is a free agent next June.

Joe says his health is fine, but he’s not going to say anything different, but he wants to get some good players into Newcastle,  so we can get back into the top four in the Premier League, but a top four finish will not be easy.

This is what Joe told the Daily Mirror:

“I saw a specialist about six months ago and he said I was fine. I have never felt fitter. I go regularly to the gym and I walk a lot and also jog. I have no doubts that I will be OK.”

“I will be at the club four days a week — ­minimum,” “I feel fit and good — and I am ready to take on the challenge.” “I have worked at the club before and I know what ­Newcastle means to the fans.”

“They have a passion for Newcastle and so do I. Last season was a disappointing one but the simple truth was that the squad just wasn’t strong enough.” “The Europa League also took its toll ­because of injuries and that was felt in the league.”

“My job is simple – to bring in quality players who will give the manager more ­options.” “What we don’t want to ­happen again is for the club to be worried about ­relegation with a couple of games left.”

“What I see in the long term is help to put together a squad to get this club back into the Champions League.” “They have tasted it before and I want that to happen again.”

“We have some talented young players at Newcastle and if there was one benefit from the Europa League, it was that Alan was able to give valuable first-team ­experience to those players.”

“Like Moussa Sissoko, Mapou ­Yanga-Mbiwa, Hatem Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye – all excellent. And we have Sammy ­Ameobi, Shola’s brother. I have spoken with Fabricio Coloccini and I am confident he is staying and Steven ­Taylor — well, he is a rock.”

“We just need to bring in more talent.”

Joe Kinnear will be working very closely with Graham Carr, the Chief Scout at Newcastle, and they already have a list of matches to attend until January, to check on potential transfer targets for Newcastle.

That’s a decent interview from Joe, he’s done no damage, and it’s good he is looking to get really good players through the door,  so we can start to challenge for a top four place, and Joe is always upbeat.

But the proof of the pudding is in the eating – so we hope Joe can bring in two very good strikers this summer.

If we can do that and keep our best players on Tyneside,  we will have an excellent squad for the coming season, and then it’s up to Alan Pardew, the coaches and the players after  that – and the fans will always do their part.

Comments welcome.

We are helping Ingo Hagemann – an International MSc student in Sports Marketing at Northumbria University in doing a survey on the controversial sponsorship between Wonga and Newcastle, as part of his Masters dissertation.

Ingo needs still more completed surveys completed, after meeting with his supervisor, so please help if you can by taking the survey here – many thanks.

Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and +1 us on Google+:

You can also reach Ed at


17 comments so far

  • Toon_Tom

    Jul 27, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #1

    @216 Jack – agreed !

    I said a few months ago that I hope to God that Pardew / Ashley seek assistance from a “proper” coach to drill them in training (not drill drill, you know what I mean) – someone to work along side Pardew to give him a different view and opinion on players in training and what each if them should be working on. They all require special training depending in their fitness, ability, form and persona in my opinion. Not simply friendly training to bind the team and create a good spirit. They need worked on so I was hoping that we would recruit someone to specifically, and only, work on tactics in training and push them to their true potential.

  • north_country_boy

    Jul 27, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #2

    REPOST – Every time I see that someone has put their favourite team up on here the defence reads DEBUCHY – MBIWA – COLOCCINI – SANTON but to me that is far too attacking and not enough defensive defenders especially against the better teams – the one player we are missing in defence is a Kompany, Terry, Vidic type player – an out and out centre half who doesn’t ‘play full back when required’ – when was the last time you saw one of those 3 at full back. Not sure we can get away with playing Debuchy and Santon together, especially without the back up of a Tiote – a lot of people are talking about Cabaye and Sissoko in the middle but we’d get absolutely smashed off the likes of City, United, Chelsea and Arsenal. I’m all for bringing back some entertaining and attacking football but you can’t just go gung ho!

  • Toon_Tom

    Jul 27, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #3

    Ha – and who said we have no “ambition” 😉

    JFK for manager 😉


  • Bambams

    Jul 27, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #4

    We wont get it with this system of signings……

    time will tell i suppose.


  • Joe Blog

    Jul 27, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #5

    Who jolted JFK?

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jul 27, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #6

    Seven weeks on the job and he sounds more like a PR press release … I wonder …

    Champions League you’re having a laugh.
    Sign some players or Pardew will easily get us into the Championship.

    442 hoof hoof hoof.
    No sign of a change in style preseason.

  • Uncertain Toon

    Jul 27, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #7

    north country boy,

    I would have gone for Liverfool’s Skrtel, push Mbiwa out to left back and Santon upfield to LW.
    Jobs a fish.

  • Toon_Tom

    Jul 27, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #8

    JFK’s last paragraph ^ do you think he had the names written down for clarity? 😉

  • kt97toonarmy

    Jul 27, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #9

    Hahahahaha he actually got the names right

  • kaarek0ng

    Jul 28, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #10

    Repost from last thread.

    JB, Hatem, and Tuff.
    Whats with the love for negativity?
    Why cling to last year’s miserable season? We know that Pardew has brought inn a fitness ekspert for exactly that reason, we also know that he’s decided to take a more hands on approach to the sessions (we can only speculate on why). Why are you guys applauding totally unproffesionall behaviour from Jonas? Slagging off your manaager in the media. The only thing he achieves is more turmoil and disent. The guy should be ashamed. (Asuming that he’s actually said the things he’s been quoted on)

    I must be missing how thats in the clubs best interrest

    On another note, Jonas has shown some positives in the central midfield. Maybe we can find a use for him there against certain teams?

    Love from Norway. HWTL

  • wynsleap

    Jul 28, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #11

    We’re standing here with around 3 weeks to the start of the season and we haven’t signed one player yet and here is our famous DOF saying he wants The Champions League.
    Time for your medication there’s a good boy.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jul 28, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #12

    While I love Joe’s ambitious outlook, the reality is, that for us to compete for a top four place it would cost Mike Ashley 10s maybe 100s of millions of pounds.

    The same as Man City and Chelsea.

    It’s simply not going to happen.

    We can’t even get the basics right at the club at the moment.

    Just concentrate on two strikers for now Joe, all will be happy for now.

  • Toonfan8

    Jul 28, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #13

    debuchy,mbiwa,colo,santon……….well it is really best defence…Debuchy RB for France, he has to adapt to the premier league and we will have one of the bests rb in the league….mbiwa promising CB, captain of Montpellier who won French league, and he played mainly as a CB….Collo i have never seen him played in fullback or other position than CB….Santon-well maybe he like to attack, but solid defensively and in modern football you have to have this type of fullback….and you like Tiote, well me too, but he give ball to opposition too many times and makes silly fouls…so to have Anita rather than him….if you want great football you need players who can play on the ball especially in CM,CB…mbiwa,colo,anita,cabaye,sissoko can do that….
    so right now our best team is
    hba—–cisse—–gouffran or marveaux
    this team would be very good, intelligent players on the ball and off too….
    i dont want hoof balls from cb and sitting deep from fullbacks…anita is intelligent player and he can cover if full backs go up…

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 28, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #14

    Kaarek0ng – previous thread. I do not include myself in your assessment of having a love for negativity – because I was shocked to hear what Jonas has reportedly said. The gist certainly adds an explanation – to answer many people querying fitness levels last season. If they got this wrong -could there be other things also untoward.
    Where I do agree with you however, -is that this story should never have been given to the press -it should have been kept in the dressing room. As I said
    previously I have never seen such a story before. So commenting on what appears to be a true story -surely is not negative – we all know fitness is being addressed by the female consultant.

  • kaarek0ng

    Jul 28, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #15

    Sorry if i misrepresented your views Tuff. I might have missunderstood your agenda with the post.

  • lesh

    Jul 28, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #16

    How’s aiming for at least four days at SJP? Hang on, he’s as director and doubtless earns a lit of money, so why not at least five full days in like most other fans?

    It’s little clangers that reveal such a lot about Joe’s attitude. Let’s see some evidence of action Joe!!

  • welshlion

    Jul 28, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #17

    I thought he was finally talking sense for a while, until I read that ‘Moussa Sissoko, Mapou ­Yanga-Mbiwa, Hatem Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye’ and are all players who benefited from ‘valuable first team experience’. The rest of us would say these are all crucial first team regulars. Not on planet Joe though, apparently. Waiting for news that he’s made a ‘world record’ £2.5m bid for Cristiano Ronaldo. The Director of F***all needs to stop talking and start getting transfer bids sorted that might actually get accepted.


You must log in to post a comment.