UK time is: 03:57:22
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Who`s to blame? Joe Kinnear

Focusing on who should burden the blame for the 2-1 defeat to the mackems, we switch our attention to Joe Kinnear.

Ultimately Kinnear picked the side and is paid well for it. However yesterday I think he dropped some huge, huge clangers.

Geremi`s inclusion on paper seemed a sane one but in reality it really has to be the end of the line for the midfielder. His legs are gone, his deadball ability is a one in ten success and he offers no tackling or fluidity in midfield. How Kinnear continues selecting him remains a mystery. Surely even Duff switched to the right would have been better?

The biggest gripe I have is the non-inclusion of N`Zogbia. The lad has been a perennial thorn in the side of the mackems, scoring a cracker in the 4-1 win a few years ago and generally attacking well and, most of all, he knows what it means. Kinnear`s choice to opt for Duff and Geremi ahead of him was a shocker.

Kinnear`s choice of substitutions was also puzzling. Butt was obviously struggling, Guthrie looked like little boy lost and Geremi was out on his arse by half time. However he waited until 75 and 80-odd minutes to make his change. Unbelievable thinking.

Barton and Jonas both offered interesting contributions as neither shied away from the tackle or the ball. How we would have faired with these two on for an additional 15 - 30 minutes is a question we`ll never have the answer for unfortunately.

Lastly - Jose Enrique? Surely some physical presence from Xisco would have been more beneficial going for an equaliser?

Overall it sums up the reason why Kinnear is interim rather than full time manager. He lacked the ambition to win the game, much like Allardyce, and paid.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Ross Molyneux Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday October 26 2008

Time: 12:05PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Newcastle United Articles

Seven Game Ban For Spitgate? (Thursday March 5 2015)

Sissoko On Manchester United Loss (Thursday March 5 2015)

Stats: Newcastle v Man United (Wednesday March 4 2015)

Aarons Explains Lengthy Lay Off (Tuesday March 3 2015)

Permanent Shearer Tribute (Monday March 2 2015)

Archived Newcastle United Articles

List All TOTT Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

1. officemonkey 35
2. BLACKBOB 31
3. OldLeazes 28
4. keggy_keagal 18
5. Finn_the_Dog 17
6. Hugo45Viana 17
7. ukrocks0007 16
8. elgorm 15
9. billybobcat 14
10. MickMartin 13

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
8. Stoke 28 12 6 10 -1 42
9. Swansea 28 11 7 10 -4 40
10. West Ham 28 10 9 9 5 39
11. Newcastle 28 9 8 11 -11 35
12. Crystal Palace 28 7 9 12 -8 30
13. WBA 28 7 9 12 -10 30
14. Everton 28 6 10 12 -8 28

Breaking League News

Danilo Only Has Eyes for Real Madrid!
» Man Utd : 05/03/2015 18:45:00
Trio Selected for Brazilian Internationals
» Chelsea : 05/03/2015 17:55:01
Evans and Cisse Charged by the FA
» Man Utd : 05/03/2015 17:41:01
Young on his Late Winner
» Man Utd : 05/03/2015 17:33:01
Van Gaal - Best Performance of the Season!
» Man Utd : 05/03/2015 17:28:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Man United MotM
Suggested By:  Site Staff
Krul 0%
Janmaat 0%
Williamson 0%
Coloccini 100%
Taylor 0%
Obertan 0%
Abeid 0%
Sissoko 0%
Ameobi 0%
Riviere 0%
Cissé 0%
Sub:-Pérez 0%
Sub:-Gutiérrez 0%
Sub:-Gouffran 0%