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Kinnear Lays Into Players After Fulham Game

It could be argued that Sunday’s performance at Craven Cottage was the first time since Joe Kinnear took over almost 7 weeks ago, that the team was lack luster, and played poorly without enough passion and pride.

Joe Kinnear – unhappy with performance on Sunday

Yes, we were beaten by the old enemy Sunderland, but when you look back on that game, and try to be neutral, difficult though that is, it was actually a terrific game, with Sunderland just the better side and if the truth be told, probabaly even deserved to win. In that game, we think Newcastle didn’t have any luck at all.

But Sunday was different as Fulham were the better side in the first half, and started much faster than Newcastle did, and we conceded two very poor goals.

Word is now coming through that Joe, although he seems to have been rather calm on the sidelines, and certainly in his press interviews recently, tore into his players after the game for a below par performance.

This was the first time he had really let go in the dressing room, but to be fair to Joe, it was also one of the few times the players have let him down.  It was a crucial game for Newcastle, because a win would have taken us into 10th place with 3 wins in a row, so it’s not at all surprising Joe was upset with the performance, we certainly were.

While he was at Wimbledon Kinnear gained a solid reputation as somebody who made his presence known on the touchline, but in the last few games he’s looked quite calm, maybe because things generally have been going well.

But it seems that  Joe is still willing to tell his players where they stand, when they haven’t produced the goods and have played poorly – good for him.  We wouldn’t have liked to be Claudio Cacapa after Sunday’s game, although the Brazilian has proved before that he takes valid criticism head on, without complaint, and is a good team man.

But that’s all water under the bridge now, and we must get back on track with a win at home against Wigan on Saturday afternoon, and we again hope the Newcastle fans will turn out in numbers, to support Joe and the players, even though we didn’t play well in our last game out.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • Tom

    Nov 12, 2008 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #1

    What is important is that, if Taylor is still unfit, then Bassong needs to be given a go at centre back alongside Coloccini. Cacapa simply cannot be allowed to play there again except in the direst of emergencies, we don’t have room or time for sentimentality at the moment!

  • hitman

    Nov 12, 2008 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #2

    whats the betting we go out and slaughter wigan.must win game…off topic i see keith harris is coming oot with more shite why we might not be sold….

  • UTD111

    Nov 12, 2008 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #3

    Ah yes Joe Kinnear – the man who hasn’t heard of the “respect” campaign (mind, neither has Sir twotty Ferguson, it seems), and who thinks Cacapa is a better player than Bassong….WRANG!!!

  • lezb

    Nov 12, 2008 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #4

    Joe can blame the players all he wants but should A .. look to the team he selected
    B.. His total lack of tactics when things went wrong
    C ..Keep his mouth shut instead of inflaming the situation ie playing one player off against another then compounding by saying the rest of the coaching agree with him with regards certain players ability.
    For me a lot of the blame falls on the shoulders of a poor manager who is to quick to look to others for there failings without looking at the root cause of the problem namely himself.

  • selly no skill

    Nov 12, 2008 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #5

    when did kinnear say cacapa was better than bassong?he said that bassong was injured on sunday and only wanted to play him in a dire emergency.cant see why kinnear should stop saying what he thinks about refs either.refs are crap most of the time and are costing us dearly.i know ameobi was oslightly offside which evens it out.but the refs are proffessionals too and they get away with scandalous decisions most weeks which always seem to go against the bottom teams.i bet liverpool arnt complaining tho.they are top of the league because of dodgy pens,freekicks and false time added on given by inadequate refs.

  • selly no skill

    Nov 12, 2008 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #6

    hey lesb,why dont you just carry on slagging off the only bloke who was willing to manage us mate.with a bit of luck we might end up with no one

  • Whumpie

    Nov 12, 2008 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #7

    This is going to be pivotal. JFK has done a great job of pulling the team back onto its feet and instilling some belief. BUT that can only last so long, and, as it happens, it’s faltered at Fulham.

    What happens next will show whether JFK is just a rescue specialist who uses his ‘siege mentality’ approach to turn teams around, or a fully capable premiership manager.

    (And part of that is that he needs to learn to shut up and stop mouthing off to the press when he doesn’t get his way)

  • Whumpie

    Nov 12, 2008 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #8

    Agree with Selly and Lezb. We need to keep off JFK’s back (especially about Cacapa – he had little choice) and not judge him on one inevitable stutter in an otherwise good recovery. The man’s been a one-man cavalry for us.

    BUT let’s also acknowledge that he’s unlikely to turn out to be the next Ferguson, and that we can expect to see some limitations as the season progresses. Limitation 1: mouthing off like a petulant tourette’s sufferer whenever something bad happens.

  • lezb

    Nov 12, 2008 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #9

    So because he decided to manage us makes him a top manager and above critisism .Get a life
    He needed NUFC more than we needed him and no one but no one making to decisions he makes is above reproach

  • Tom

    Nov 12, 2008 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #10
  • Born Again Geordie

    Nov 12, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #11

    Give him a break ! FFS

    He has got us winning and yes maybe his team selection has been a bit suspect but we are in a damn sight better position than we were without him – yes or no ?

    This rollocking he has dished out may well be the catalyst we need for Saturday. We won 2 on the bounce maybe a bit of complaicency was setting in???

    Lets get behind the team and JFK Saturday and get the atmosphere like it was against Villa!

  • Sav

    Nov 12, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #12

    Only ten days to go before Ashley has to put his cards on the table and announce
    a) if he’s selling,
    b) if Joe is being given an extended contract to the end of the season and
    c) whether he’s going to let the moths out of his wallet in January.

  • ArtyH

    Nov 12, 2008 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #13

    As time runs out there are a few facts IMHO which we must face. Will Ashley sell the club at all? With the world in economic crysis he is left with only a few choices, to sell ( at the buying price or at a loss ) or to keep the club. If he sells he is out of it with his money intact or at a slight loss. Remember every other person who bought a house in the last year or so has found its value has dropped by up to 20% or more. What makes Ashley any different, does he think he is above every one else and should still make a profit at other peoples expense ie the NUFC fans. If he does not sell and does not provide money for new players ( which I think is more than likely ) he will loose a lot more than money as our team will be relegated and no one will want to stay, they will obviously leave the sinking ship. That in turn means no one will want to come in except the mercenaries or the hasbeens and we will be well in the crap. Then season ticket holders will not renew so revenue will fall and we will be playing against the likes of Leeds and Forest, don’t think it cannot happen.
    I sincerely hope this will not happen but unless we sell and soon it looks like the writing is on the wall

  • Alex

    Nov 12, 2008 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #14

    still cant believe some people question whether he is a good manager or not . Look at what he did with Wimbledon ! at that club he turned half decent players into internationals and had his team at the right end of the table . Lets not forget wimbledon where the smallest team in the league with no money . The guy has the ability to improve players , just look at Ameobi . This makes him in my opinion a top coach .

  • Mark

    Nov 12, 2008 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #15

    The only issue I have with JFK is that his play is a bit one dimensional, the reason he need Ameobi so much, is for the type of football he plays, the first half against Villa, was all percentage football, knock it up to Ameobi’s head and try to get Martins onto the flick, if that does not come off then hopefully we will pick up the scraps closer to there box…


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