Joe Kinnear thinks he can get 15 points from the 8 games he expects to be in charge as interim manager at Newcastle.
Joe Kinnear – the fish was this big
Joe believes it’s going to be important to have the four experienced players like senior professionals Nicky Butt, Shay Given, Michael Owen and Damien Duff step up to the plate. Those are the four he thinks are the leaders of the club right now.
And he also believes that Steven Taylor and surprisingly Shola Ameobi can take their chance to become key players in the Newcastle team. That Ameobi comment will no doubt raise the eyebrows of many Newcastle fans since Shola has been ready to step up at Newcastle for 5 years, but never has.
Kinnear told the Newcastle journal today when asked if he was positive about the job at hand:
“Of course I’m positive about the job – this is a fantastic football club. There’s been a lot of things written and said about this football club, most of it rubbish, but I can see the belief coming back in the players on the training ground,”
“I believe I’ll only be in the job for eight games because the takeover is near and that’s 24 points to play for. If I had every single one of the squad available then I’d go for broke and say I’m after all 24. But with the players we’re missing – and I think we’re missing about seven key men – I think 15 is a realistic target.”
“I want to give everyone connected with club a lift. We’ve done some fantastic work on the training pitch and we’re going to Everton in a serious frame of mind and believing that we can win.”
“The fans have suffered along with everyone but they’re a fantastic asset for this football club. I sat in the stadium on Saturday and the only good thing that came out of the afternoon was the supporters.”
“The four experienced lads – they will be the backbone of my team. They’re the ones we’re looking to give everyone a lift and they’re the driving force of the team,” “I have been working with the defense all week and I have been saying to Tayls that I want him to be more vocal, to have more presence and to organize the back four.”
“He’s got a great future ahead of him in the game and this is a great chance for him
to show us what he can do. Shola Ameobi is another one. He’s got enormous potential – he’s a big strong athletic lad and if we can sort out his head he could be awesome for us.”
“I know people have said some things about the lad but this is his chance. He’ll get fantastic service from quality players in this team and my message to him is that he can be a real handful if he believes in himself. It’s an incredible opportunity for him.”
Good words again from Joe, and we’re glad we’re going all out for the win at Everton, because a good performance, even if we don’t get the win, is what we want first time out for Joe. That will at least restore the confidence of the players, but we also need to get something out of the game on Sunday.
And if the second half last week is anything to go by, Joe can have an immediate positive effect on the players – he’s already had a positive effect on us. 😀