Ex-Wimbledon & Newcastle boss Joe Kinnear dies aged 77

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Ex-Wimbledon & Newcastle boss Joe Kinnear dies aged 77
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Former Wimbledon and Newcastle United manager Joe Kinnear has died at the age of 77 following a battle with dementia.

The news of the Irishman's death was reported on Sunday with a statement from his family.

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.

Kinnear, who became a legend playing for Tottenham Hotspur between 1965 and 1975, was appointed boss of Wimbledon in 1992.

His appointment proved to be a masterstroke as he took the Wimbledon "crazy gang" up to a sixth-placed finish in the 1993/94 Premier League season.

The achievement earned him the 1994 Manager of the Year award and was voted manager of the month on three occasions.

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After a two-year break from football, Kinnear returned to management with Luton Town where he spent two years.

His final roles of note came with Newcastle where he was interim manager in 2008, where he is perhaps best remembered for a ferocious and expletive-laden press conference.

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Following a triple heart bypass operation he would not manage again, although he did return to Newcastle as director of football in 2013.

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