Joe Kinnear dead: Former Newcastle and Wimbledon boss dies aged 77 as tributes pour in

Joe Kinnear dead: Former Newcastle and Wimbledon boss dies aged 77 as tributes pour in

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Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 07/04/2024

- 19:18

Updated: 07/04/2024

- 19:41

The former Premier League boss was diagnosed with dementia back in 2015

Tributes have poured in for Joe Kinnear after the former Newcastle and Wimbledon boss died at the age of 77 on Sunday.

The former Tottenham star was surrounded by his family when he passed away peacefully this afternoon.

Kinnear had previously been diagnosed with dementia back in 2015.

He also previously managed Luton and Newcastle, while also turning out for Tottenham and Brighton during his playing days.

Joe Kinnear

Joe Kinnear managed Newcastle and Wimbledon and has died at the age of 77 following a battle with dementia


A statement from his family read: “We are sad to announce that Joe passed away peacefully this afternoon surrounded by his family.”

Fans on X have also paid tribute to Kinnear.

One user said: "Rip, a proper great."

A second stated: "Sad news about Joe Kinnear.

"Naturally people will remember him helping Wimbledon finish sixth, but he truly rescued the side in 91-92.

"We were plummeting and he got us playing the Wimbledon way again.RIP."

A third said: "RIP Joe Kinnear. He is finally at peace following a battle with dementia.

"Gave Newcastle fans some memorable moments they can look back on in jest.

"Kinnear held the office of NUFC manager. That, in itself, deserves respect."

Another said: "RIP Joe Kinnear. Forever a Luton legend."

A fourth paid tribute to Kinnear by saying: "RIP to Joe Kinnear.

"Dementia is a horrible disease that closely affected my family in the recent past.

"Thoughts with his friends and family."

And a fifth said: "Very sad news to learn about the passing of a Wimbledon legend.

"RIP Joe Kinnear and condolences to his friends and family.

Joe Kinnear

Joe Kinnear spent the majority of his playing days with Tottenham and spent a decade with the north London side


"He gave us so many great memories."

Kinnear made his Tottenham debut back in the 1965/66 season and would go on to spend a decade with the club.

He played 258 times for the north London giants, scoring twice.

And Kinnear had a brief spell at Brighton before retiring in 1976.

After hanging up his boots, the 77-year-old decided to become a coach.

Joe Kinnear

Joe Kinnear also had spells as manager of India and Nepal with tributes pouring in for the former Premier League boss


He had spells in India and Nepal before returning to England to work with Doncaster Rovers in 1989.

Kinnear would later become boss of Wimbledon and guided the club to sixth place in the Premier League in the 1993/94 season.

The former boss would work wonders at Luton, too, and also took charge of Nottingham Forest.

Kinnear had a brief stint as Newcastle boss after replacing Kevin Keegan in 2008.

He departed in February 2009, with the Toon then suffering relegation from the top flight mere months later while being temporarily managed by club legend Alan Shearer.

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