It seems that Joe Kinnear cannot wait to take over as interim manager of Newcastle, and he will be at the game today.
He told the media before today’s home game with Blackburn Rovers:
“I am being linked with the ‘Cockney mafia’ – they forget I was born in Ireland and played for Ireland all my life.” “So be it. I have come here to do the best I possibly can because I know it’s a short contract, I know what is stored around the corner for me, if you like.”
“But sod it, so what? If I can come and do a really good job here, who knows where it is going to lead for me?” “It might be just good for both of us.” “From what I am led to believe what is happening around the corner, so be it.”
“I am not going to let that worry me or take my focus off the job.”
Kinnear has not managed any club since resigning from Nottingham Forest boss in December 2004, but of course was great at Wimbledon until he was forced to take two years out of the game after suffering a heart attack in 1999.
But his health is now very good and he seem really up for the challenge and obviously wants to do very well in the few games he is in charge at the club, and that can only be good for the club.
When asked if his health was OK he said:
“Absolutely. This is a great opportunity to prove that I am capable of doing just that.”
“I have had numerous interviews at various football clubs, and most of the issues have been talks for hours, which cheeses me off totally, about my health.”
“I really do feel great. I am in good shape, there is nothing wrong with my mind, my tactical ability, my assessments, so I am fine. “It is just getting the opportunity to prove it – and I have got a lot to prove.”
“I have been out of the game, but I have travelled the world looking at players and worked for various managers identifying players.” “I spent something like two months in Brazil and a month in Argentina for one of the biggest clubs in England looking for players.”
“It’s not as if I have been out of the game, although I have been out of the game as a manager.” “I have been a manager now for 30 years and I have got a lot of experience.”
“This is a fantastic opportunity. I can’t believe the other candidates turned it down.
“It’s just a fantastic opportunity and a wonderful stadium. Irrespective of what condition they are in, I’m here to improve them.”
It does look like Joe will be at the game today, which is great and he will be talking to the team before the game today – that’s very good.
“I’m going to go in and have a chat with them about 2pm just to introduce myself, and I officially take over on Monday and take preparation on for the Everton game.” “I’m going to have a long chat with Chris and just try to add all the experience I have had in the game.
“I might go to see him at half-time with a few tactical issues and take it from there.” “Chris is doing a fantastic job holding the fort down under extreme pressure, as everyone is here.”
It’s obvious that Joe hasn’t lost his love of the game ort his enthusiasm, and we have been surprised at the negativity surrounding his appointment.
Remember it’s for around 5 weeks if that, and to us it’s a good match and gives Joe a great opportunity to show he’s still got it.