It seems like Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given was as surprised as anyone yesterday, when the club announced Joe Kinnear’s appointment as manager on a short-term contract until around the end of October.
Shay Given – wouldn’t say I was pleased with appointment
Shay talked after the appointment yesterday:
“I wouldn’t say I was pleased an appointment has been made. I mean the club is still up for sale and we haven’t got a permanent manager, so I wouldn’t say pleased. But it’s going somewhere, I suppose.”
“I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing to be honest. I don’t know what to say, where to start, but in an ideal world, we’d like the club sorted out and a permanent manager brought in.”
“Joe Kinnear’s just coming to oversee things until we get one. It is not an ideal situation I don’t think, but we have to make the best out of it.”
“The owner has obviously come out and said he wants to sell the club so I think the sooner the better, so we can all move forward. It could be eight weeks, it could be longer, or shorter. It could be done tomorrow.
“You just don’t know. We don’t know as players what is happening really, but there is just a lot of uncertainty around the club and it’s not helping anyone.”
Of course we have an important game this afternoon against Blackburn, and if we don’t improve our performance over the last 4 games, let’s be honest, we will lose this match too.
The players seems to have fallen apart mentally since Keegan left, and there’s little excuse for that from professional players, who after all get paid very handsome wages to play the game well.
“He’s not taking over until Monday so really I’m just concentrating on the Blackburn game. I don’t know the man really. I’ve met him, said hello like, but that’s about where it starts and finishes you know.”
“The most important thing for the players is to concentrate on trying to beat Blackburn and on Monday we’ll probably meet him and take care of that. We’ve got a big game and not one person has asked me a question about that. That’s what we are trying to focus on. It is a massive game for everyone.”
“It doesn’t matter if the new manager, or even the new owner, comes in next week, nothing can be done until January regarding the size of the squad so we can’t do anything about the group of players in there at the minute. We have to focus on the Blackburn game and the games coming up and that’s what we shall do.”
Shay is right, and the players have to concentrate on the game this afternoon against Blackburn, after the terrible second half display we gave against Spurs on Wednesday night.
The lads need to wake up mentally and start to earn their wages, since we know they can play a lot better than they’ve been doing of late, even if these are difficult circumstances.
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