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English football pay tribute as Joe Kinnear dies aged 77, his family announce

English football have taken to pay tribute as Joe Kinnear dies aged 77, his family announce in a statement on Sunday evening.

The former footballer, who achieved success as a player with Tottenham, winning the FA Cup, League Cup, and UEFA Cup before transitioning into management, overseeing teams such as Luton, Nottingham Forest, and Newcastle, had been battling vascular dementia since 2015.

His family’s statement said: “We are sad to announce that Joe passed away peacefully this afternoon surrounded by his family.

“Joe, who was 77, had been suffering from dementia having been diagnosed in 2015.

“He will be remembered fondly by many – both as a player and a manager.

“His Wimbledon team finishing sixth in the 1993-94 Premier League was a phenomenal achievement.”


1964–1965 – St Albans City

Senior career
1965–1975 – Tottenham Hotspur – 258 (2 goals)
1975–1976 – Brighton & Hove Albion – 16 games (1 goal)
Total – 212 (3 goals)

International career
1967–1975 – Republic of Ireland – 26 games (0 goals)

Managerial career
1983 – Al-Shabab (assistant manager)
1984 – India
1987 – Nepal
1989 – Doncaster Rovers (caretaker)
1992–1999 – Wimbledon
2001–2003 – Luton Town
2004 – Nottingham Forest
2008–2009 – Newcastle United
2013–2014 – Newcastle United (Director of Football)


Tottenham Hotspur
FA Cup: 1966–67
Football League Cup: 1970–71, 1972–73
FA Charity Shield: 1967 (shared)
UEFA Cup: 1971–72

South Asian Games runner-up: 1987

Luton Town
Football League Third Division runner-up: 2001–02

LMA Manager of the Year: 1994
Premier League Manager of the Month: September 1993, March 1994, April 1994, September 1996[70]

English football continue to pay tribute as Joe Kinnear dies aged 77, his family announce…

@Dw_8004: RIP Joe Kinnear another part of my childhood disappears, what a character and a true footballing man.

@adbryan15: Such sad news about the wonderful Joe Kinnear. A true Spurs great. Sincerest condolences to his family and friends. #COYS

@gerardbutler21: Sad to hear of the loss of Joe Kinnear. His Wimbledon FC team of the late 1990s was inspirational. Luton’s win yesterday would surely be something he would have been proud of – the fighting to the end against all odds was symptomatic of the teams he led. #joekinnear

@rob_crane: So sad to hear about Joe Kinnear’s death. He gave me some wonderful memories that I will always cherish (as well, of course, as some not so good ones, but that’s football!). The 1996-97 season will live long in my memory, despite the frustration of two semi final cup defeats.

@NormanGiller: Just heard that my old mate Joe Kinnear has left us. Sadly, he did not know his own name at the end. He was a solid right-back and a smashing bloke who was always up to mischief. A quick-tongued manager who had them entertained in the dressing-room and training ground. #RIPJoe

@BarnsleyGreen: Sad to see the news of the passing of Joe Kinnear. No matter what you may think of him, as manager of #ltfc in the 2001/02 season, his attitude certainly helped #pafc to push on and win the league. I will never forget singing ‘Are you watching Joe Kinnear?’ at Darlington

@lee_ryder: RIP Joe Kinnear. Tried his best to guide #nufc to safety in 2009 and had club above relegation zone before having to stop work. Great track record with Wimbledon and Luton before. Always fun to work with and would give up extra time to deal with local media on Tyneside.

@spursdab: RIP Joe Kinnear. One of our best ever full backs and worked miracles as Wimbledon manager. A real football man. Football legend.

@TrouvePhilip: Sad to hear the news that #joekinnear has passed away 🙏 seem to be saying that a lot lately 😳


Vascular dementia is a common type of dementia caused by reduced blood flow to the brain.

Symptoms of vascular dementia include confusion, slow thinking and changes in your mood or behaviour.

There’s no cure for vascular dementia, but a healthy lifestyle and medicines for related problems, such as high blood pressure, may help slow it down.

Vascular dementia is caused by reduced blood flow to the brain. It can be a result of a stroke, or the narrowing of the blood vessels in the brain.

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