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Joseph Oliver Edward "Joe" Kinnear (born 27 December 1946) is a professional football manager and former player. He was most recently the manager of Newcastle United.

Kinnear played as a defender, spending the majority of his career — ten seasons — with Tottenham Hotspur. With Tottenham he won the FA Cup, the Football League Cup twice, the FA Community Shield and the UEFA Cup.

Kinnear was born in Dublinmarker, moving to Watford, Englandmarker at the age of seven. He was cap 26 times for the Republic of Ireland national football team.

Early life

Joe Kinnear moved to Englandmarker at the age of seven. His father died when he was young and his mother brought up five children on a council estate in Watfordmarker.

Club career

Kinnear first made an impression as a player with St Albans City. His talent as a defender was quickly recognised and in 1963 he moved to Tottenham Hotspur where he spent ten years, playing in the 1967 FA Cup final against Chelsea, a game Tottenham won 2-1. Kinnear made almost 200 league appearances for Tottenham, chipping in with two league goals. He won four major honours during his time at the club: the FA Cup in 1967; the UEFA Cup in 1972 and the Football League Cup on two occasions (in 1971 and 1973). In 1975, he moved to Brighton, where he made 16 appearances before retiring at the relatively young age of 30.

International career

Kinnear was capped 26 times by the Republic of Ireland. This stretch did not include any goalscoring. His debut came in the 2-1 defeat by Turkey on 22 February 1967.



After his retirement from football in 1977, Kinnear spent five years in Dubaimarker in the United Arab Emiratesmarker managing Sharjah and Al-Shabab (alongside Dave Mackay), also spending time coaching in Malaysiamarker. He spent three months coaching India and one year coaching Nepal, later returning to Englandmarker to assist Mackay at Doncaster Rovers.


Kinnear briefly took charge of Doncaster after Mackay's departure in 1989 but was replaced by Billy Bremner after a consortium completed their takeover of the club. Kinnear was appointed reserve team manager of Wimbledon later that year before being appointed manager at the club following Peter Withe's dismissal in January 1992. Kinnear led the Dons to a 6th place finish in the Premier League in the 1993-94 season. The next season Kinnear continued to defy the odds and Wimbledon finished 9th in the league. The achievements are made even more respectable considering the Dons had no home of their own and had a small transfer budget.

It was reported that Kinnear turned down the chance to replace Jack Charlton as manager of the Republic of Ireland national team in 1996. Kinnear then guided Wimbledon to semi-finals in both of the major domestic cup competitions in 1997 as well as finishing 8th in the Premier League. Kinnear continued in his role as Wimbledon until he suffered a heart attack before a league game against Sheffield Wednesday in March 1999. He stood down in June of that year and as was replaced at Wimbledon by Egil Olsen. Wimbledon were relegated from the Premier League in the following season.

Luton Town

Before returning to football management with Luton Town, Kinnear was a front runner to replace Martin O'Neill at Leicester City,and also considered taking over the struggling Sheffield Wednesday.Instead, Kinnear would be briefly involved as Director of Football at Oxford United during the 2000-01 season.In January 2001 he resigned, reportedly, due to poor health. Kinnear's lack of input at Oxford is seen as the real reason behind his move away. Just a few weeks later he was handed a similar role at Luton Town, who were battling against relegation from what was then the Second Division, as were Oxford. On arrival, Kinnear demoted then-manager Lil Fuccillo and appointed himself manager of the team.

He could not save the club from relegation, despite purchasing striker Steve Howard for £50,000 on transfer deadline day. In the summer of 2001, Kinnear released the majority of the relegated squad, and brought in a number of his own men over the course of the season, including future captains Kevin Nicholls and Chris Coyne, along with winger Jean-Louis Valois. The team stormed to promotion under Kinnear's guidance, finishing runners-up to Plymouth Argyle in the Hatters' first promotion in 20 years.

The next season was disappointing for the Hatters, as they were expected to compete for promotion, but in the end they only managed a 9th place finish. In May 2003 the club was sold to a consortium, led by John Gurney,and Kinnear and his assistant Mick Harford were then sacked, in mysterious circumstances which involved an employee of Northampton Town being the person who signed the letters which dismissed both Kinnear and Harford.

Nottingham Forest

Kinnear was out of work until Nottingham Forest offered him the manager's job in February 2004,taking over from Paul Hart. Forest were in the bottom third of the league table when he took over, but he would have an immediate impact on the club.Kinnear was able to get the club up to 14th position by the end of the 2003-04 season. The following season began with talk of promotion,but would go badly for Forest and Kinnear, with just four wins from the first 23 games in the league that year. A 3–0 defeat to rivals Derby County at Pride Parkmarker, signaled the end for Kinnear, with his resignation coming on 16 December 2004.Nottingham Forest were 22nd in the Football League Championship table following Kinnear's departure, the club appointed Mick Harford to take over as interim manager. Forest would ultimately be relegated at the end of the season, after Gary Megson had been appointed as the full time replacement to Kinnear.

Newcastle United

Kinnear was without a club following his departure from Nottingham Forest for almost four years, he also had a badger on his head, though there were rumours about joining several clubs during this time including QPR.On 26 September 2008, Kinnear was named as the interim manager of Premier League side Newcastle United until the end of October, following the resignation of Kevin Keegan.This initial one month period was extended for an additional month, keeping Kinnear at St. James' Parkmarker until the end of December.

On 2 October 2008, after a controversial start to his tenure at Newcastle, he launched a verbal tirade at the Daily Mirror's journalist Simon Bird calling him a "cunt".He swore 52 times in the interview with Bird and other members of the media. Later in the interview, he announced that he would no longer deal with the national media while he was Newcastle manager, and that he would only speak to local newspapers from then on, with first team coach Chris Hughton handling all other interviews.

Kinnear's first two games in charge, against Everton and Manchester City, both ended as 2–2 draws. Kinnear's first win at Newcastle was against West Brom. Newcastle won the match 2–1, with the first goal coming from Joey Barton, who was making his first starting appearance for Newcastle since being released from prison during the summer. He then followed this up with a surprise win against fifth placed Aston Villa to lift Newcastle off the foot of the table and out of the relegation zone. Two goals from Obafemi Martins secured the 2–0 victory.

On 31 October 2008, Kinnear stated that November 22 would be D-Day with regards to the sale of Newcastle United and his position as manager.This turned out to be untrue, as Kinnear was confirmed as being in charge for another month after Newcastle's 0–0 draw with Chelsea. On 28 November, Kinnear was named as the permanent manager of Newcastle until the end of the 2008–09 season.

Kinnear continued his event filled season in charge by getting sent off on 6 December after a confrontation with referee Mike Riley during a 2–2 draw with Stoke City, having being up by two goals for most of the match.After that disappointing draw with Stoke they followed with wins against Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspur, which was Newcastle's sixth consecutive league victory against the North London team.

Following a disappointing 5–1 defeat to Liverpool on 28 December, Kinnear re-affirmed his belief that the Newcastle squad lacked strength in depth - with the manager having fielded a makeshift side due to injuries and suspensions resulting from the 2–1 Boxing Day defeat to Wigan - and stated that he was looking to improve the side with transfers in the January window.In January, Kinnear secured the signings of Peter Lovenkrands, Kevin Nolan and Ryan Taylor. The latter had been signed in a part exchanged deal with Charles N'Zogbia. N'Zogbia had frequently stated in the press, via his agent, that he wished to leave. The final straw came after Kinnear misprounced N'Zogbia's name during an interview in which he called him 'insomnia'. N'Zogbia stated that he no longer wished to play for Newcastle as long as Kinnear was the manager. Shay Given was also sold to Manchester City.On 7 February 2009, Kinnear was taken to hospital after feeling ill, hours before Newcastle's clash with West Brom. The club stated that it was just precautionary and that Chris Hughton would take the team. Newcastle won 3–2, their first win since Christmas. It was later announced he would need a heart bypass operation. and that Alan Shearer would take over the managerial role for the remainder of the season. Joe Kinnear's contract officially expired at Newcastle on 30 May 2009.On Friday 14 August on the 3 Legends radio show it was announced that Kinnear would be re-appointed as the club's manager the following Monday, this already after Kinnear himself declared Mike Ashley had approached him to return but was unable to immediately because of his medical condition.


On the 17th of November 2009, Kinnear declared his interest in the Scotland National team job.



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Tottenham Hotspur
1965–66 Tottenham Hotspur
8 0
1966–67 20 0
1967–68 30 1
1968–69 24 0
1969–70 9 0
1970–71 35 0
1971–72 21 0
1972–73 24 0
1973–74 7 0
1974–75 17 0
1965–75 Total
196 2 24 0 20 0 18 0 258 2
1975–76 Brighton & Hove Albion
16 1
1975–76 Total
16 1
G W D L Win %
11 6 3 2
Doncaster Rovers
19 January 1992
30 May 1999
364 130 109 125
Luton Town
8 February 2001
23 May 2003
122 56 28 38
Nottingham Forest
10 February 2004
16 December 2004
44 15 15 14
Newcastle United
26 September 2008
1 April 2009
26 5 10 11
  • Winner (1): 1967 (shared)



Luton Town

  • LMA Manager of the Year
    • 1994


  1. Article by Jon Henderson on page 5 of the Sports section of the Sunday Independent, 28 December, 2008
  2. - Turkey vs. Republic of Ireland - 22 February 1967

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