Yesterday turned out to be a day off for the Newcastle players as Joe Kinnear prepared for his first training session with the lads today.
Joe Kinnear – so upbeat and positive
Hopefully we’ll get some pictures on the official site of the first training session with new interim boss Joe Kinnear. He did meet with his training staff, and no doubt talked about the players and what they will be doing this week in training.
“We need to start clearing the air. We can’t brush things under the carpet.” “We’ll have a minor shake-up and let people know how important it is to be really professional when we’re on the pitch.”“Because of previous results faces are on the ground. People are lacking in confidence.”
“Someone has to sit down and tell them to forget about it and get on with the game.”
“A win at Everton is the minimum requirement. To get a result, lift everyone and play as a team. I would dearly love to have the players back who are injured. Having spent a week with them this week we will be OK.”
“I can certainly educate a few of them, that is for sure. In not doing silly things and being more professional on the pitch.” “Irrespective of the gimmick and all the stuff that went with my time at Wimbledon, we were a very professional side.”
“We will go through the tape of Saturday’s defeat to Blackburn. We will explain things. We will put them right back on the training pitch demonstrate how to work as a unit.”
Notice that what clearing the air means is that Joe will talk openly with the players and get them to talk too. It’s called communication and a lack of it anywhere always causes problems. We’ve learned that through many years in the business world. You have to be positive and open, but also truthful about things, especially when things are bad. It’s no good at all pretending all is well if it isn’t.
A good demonstration of that has been given by the Newcastle Board since Derek Llambias took over – he said almost nothing during the transfer season, and fans had no idea what was going on. He even stopped Keegan from talking about transfers, so we heard absolutely nothing. Not good to say the least.
But back to honest Joe, who says he’s visited dozens of training grounds during his four years out of the game, including several visits watching the way Arsene Wenger works at Arsenal. That can’t be bad.
“There are not many clubs that I have not been to while I have been out of football. I have watched Arsenal on numerous occasions.” “Everything is done on the training pitch.”“Our players have to realize they are playing for a massive club.”
“Once you put that shirt on, going back to my Tottenham days, there was not a player in that shirt who didn’t play with pride.” “Are they moping around? No.”
“Leadership will come from experience – people like Nicky Butt, who is a wonderful lad in the dressing room, Michael Owen, Shay Given. They are all personalities. Barring those three, the rest are very quiet.”
Owen will remain club skipper under Kinnear, as we reported this morning.
We really like what we’re hearing from Joe; he’s a breath of fresh air and seems to be spot on. We are starting to like him a lot, even if he does have a tendency to swear on TV programs. 😀
Words are cheap of course, although he knows he needs some kind of result on Sunday. But he can rest assured that most fans will be right behind him, now that it seems he’s a real honest Joe and very down to earth.
Just imagine if Joe pulls off a win against Everton – wouldn’t that be crazy?