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Born: December 27, 1946, Dublin

Joe Kinnear was an Irish international full-back as a player, and spent his career at Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton and Hove Albion. After retiring he began coaching in the United Arab Emirates as well as spending time in charge of India and Nepal before moving back to England.

His first managerial role in Britain was as an interim boss at Doncaster Rovers in 1989, but it wasn't until 1992 that he got his first real position at Wimbledon. Over the next seven years he kept the Dons in a respectably high Premier League position, but had to walk away after suffering a heart attack in March 1999.

After a brief spell as a director of football at Oxford United, he moved to Luton Town and guided them to promotion to the Second Division in his second season, but was sacked in May 2003. The following February saw him take over at Nottingham Forest, but he resigned nine months later.

His next managerial role came he was appointed as interim manager of Newcastle United in September 2008 before winning a permament contract until the end of the season after an impressive start to his Toon tenure.

However, Joe was taken ill in February 2009 and required a heart bypass operation.

With Joe continuing his rehabilitation, Alan Shearer took charge of the Newcastle reins in April, 2009 when he signed a deal until the end of the season.