Joe Kinnear, the former Wimbledon, Luton and Nottingham Forest manager took the Newcastle interim manager job today, but will be there for just 6 games.
Kevin Keegan – returning to club in early October?
Newcastle appointed the 61-year-old after former England boss Terry Venables turned down the job yesterday, following Kevin Keegan’s departure on September 5th.
Now Joe seems to have has let the cat out of the job an drevealed two things about the future of Newcastle
- The club will be sold in early October to investors
- The new owners want Keegan and Shearer as the new management team
Kinnear told Radio Five Live that he will be in charge for just six games, and then his understanding was that new owners would bring back Keegan along with Alan Shearer.
“I think the club’s going to be sold at the beginning of October and Chris Hughton needs all the help he can get.”
He said he had been told by Mike Ashley that the new owners then intended to bring in Keegan and Shearer, adding:
“I have the utmost respect for them.”
Kinnear is still looking forward to his spell in charge of Newcastle United:
“I am very excited about the challenge in front of me at Newcastle United.
“Results have not been great of late, but there is a lot of quality in the squad and I am very confident the players are capable of climbing the league table.
“Newcastle United is a great club. When I was in charge of Wimbledon, I always remember the passion of the fans up there and how great a stadium St James’ Park is.
“It is a big challenge, but one I am really looking forward to.”
We’ll have to see if Shearer wants the job, because he has already been asked by Kevin to come in to help him at the club and refused to do that last January, when Kevin took over.
Joe Kinnear deserves a great welcome from the Newcastle fans when he does take over – he’s taken the job when others have refused it – so he’s got the guts to go for it.
And because of that, surely he deserves the full backing of Geordie fans everywhere.