Joe Kinnear is relishing the challenge in front of him at Newcastle, and he seems determined to give the job everything he has for the next 5-6 weeks, and that’s so refreshing to hear.
Joe Kinnear – so determined to do well
As the successful manager of Wimbledon in the 1990s Kinnear became very used to being criticized, but one way to look at criticism is the more successful you become, the more you get criticized. Alex Ferguson may be the greatest British manager ever, but he gets his fair share still.
It’s part of the job of doin anything, and you have to take it and get on with it. The other thing about adverse criticism is it’s the easiest thing in the world to give out, but moaning and groaning about things never got anything solved.
It’s much harder and not so common to find people who actually do something about the situation.
But Joe is as keyed up as any manager that’s every started at Newcastle, and that has to be taken as good news. And certainly he’s a bit of a character, and the interviewer had to apologize for some of Joe’s language on a BBC interview over the weekend. Whoops . 😀
And Joe has given lots of interviews so he’s let everybody know where he stands as he takes up the challenge for several weeks with Newcastle United:
“I’ve had 10 years of criticism at Wimbledon, I’m used to it,” “Maybe not from my own fans, but I don’t care. I’ve got a thick skin. Every single part of me is looking forward to this challenge.”“I know I’m going to get crucified, I’ll take it on the chin and get on with the job.”
“Life is always the same, it’s much easier to throw stones than support, it’s never been different in football.”
“I’ve been criticized even before I’ve started the job, but I’ll just get on with it. I think I’m bright, I’ve had a good career, I’ve won European medals and international caps. I’m not a mug.” “Because I was associated with Wimbledon for so long and we turned so many people over, that’s where the hatred starts. It’s the same up here.”
“I’ve only been here five minutes and I’m a Cockney. How am I a Cockney? I was born in Ireland and played for Ireland. Every second there is someone prepared to stab you in the back, but I’m not going to let that keep me up at night.” “I expect to be in charge for six games. If the club is still up for sale then I don’t know what’s going to happen.
“This regime has taken a lot of stick and Mike (Ashley) has taken a lot, it’s a bit unfair because some of it is undeserved. He paid £200M for a football club and he can’t even come to watch them play. This is a big club and they want success and someone has to carry the can. It would be great to be sitting here saying how wonderful everything is, but it wouldn’t be the true story.”
Kinnear is not going to go in this week and have things be as they were on the training ground, as he is determined to shake things up, but he also has to win over the support and respect of all the players.
“They’ve got to realize they’re playing for a massive club. Once you’ve put that shirt on, you’ve got to play with pride. I can educate a few of them, that’s for sure, about not doing silly things and being more professional on the pitch.”
“People forget about Wimbledon, because of the crazy gang gimmick, that we were a very professional side and even though people cast stones at us because of who we were, nine of them became internationals.”
We like the way Joe has the respect for Newcastle, and will hammer this respect and passion into the players this week. It’s certainly a much bigger club than Wimbledon, and will be the biggest club Joe will ever have the honor of managing, even if it is for just 6 games or so. And it looks like he will not miss a moment in trying to put up a great record for the club.
We’d much rather support Joe than throw stones at him, and we fully expect Joe to get the support of the Newcastle faithful, as he puts in the honest work to get this club back on track.
It’s hard not to support that goal right now.