Joe Kinnear has talked further about the job he has taken for around 5 weeks at Newcastle United, in his shock announcement as the new manager at the Tyneside club.
Joe Kinnear – shock new Newcastle interim manager
Joe talked again last night about the significant challenge he’s accepted at the Tyneside club:
“I’m not scared of a fight “I’m going in with my eyes open and if I do have a successful spell then you don’t know where it will lead.”
“I’m not daft enough not to know that they’ve tried everyone else and everybody else has turned their back on it. What I intend to do is make an instant improvement at the club. After that, of course, I know that I won’t be there.”
“(Mike) Ashley phoned me last night after Terry Venables turned it down and I met him and talked things over. He made it quite clear that he hopes to have the club sold by the end of October. He said I had a good track record of keeping teams afloat.”
“I worked it out that I would be in charge for between six and eight games. But he assures me that they have a buyer and the consortium coming in have Kevin Keegan lined up, and possibly Alan Shearer. I’m well aware of the situation.”
“Good luck to Kevin if he’s coming back in. He’s the fans’ choice and you know what the fans are like, they call the tune in many respects.”
Newcastle fans were largely mystified yesterday by the appointment of Kinnear, which came right out of the blue, but the likely prospect of a buyout being completed shortly, is good news for Geordie fans:
“I’m led to believe that the Nigerian (NVA Management) consortium is their first choice [of buyer] and Keegan might be back. What matters at the moment is that we steady the ship, get some confidence back in the players and return to playing in the manner that the fans like to see.”
“I just hope the fans realize I’m in there doing the best I can. I’ve good experience of the game and I’ve never been one to back down from a challenge. And this is a big one.” “The worrying thing for me is that there are nine players injured long-term and all nine would be in the side.”
“However, I am very excited about the challenge in front of me. 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.”
If the Nigerian consortium is for real, and it’s looking more that they are, than that would seem to provide a reasonable chance of having the club bought quickly, and if the figures Chris Nathaniel is quoting are accurate, it would give owner Mike Ashley a significant profit on the deal.
But also, when things get close to a deal don’t be surprised if other buyers show up. However, the important thing is to get the club sold quickly, and get a new long term manager in, so that this particular nightmare is over as soon as possible.
It’s a big opportunity for Joe to show what he’s made of, since he has been out of football for a few years, and if he can do a good job, it could lead to bigger and better things for him.
We hope he does really well, for both the club’s sake and his own, and Joe certainly has the right attitude, and as far as we are concerned, he fully deserves our support.
We’re not sure what the logic would be in not supporting him, since he’s come into a difficult job and wants to do the best he can for Newcastle United – and that cannot be too bad surely.