Joe Kinnear has had some week in this his first week as Newcastle United manager.
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It’s obvious that Joe is both proud and enthusiastic to be the Newcastle manager, and if the players can show the fight and feistiness that Joe has shown this week we should be OK for the this month.
If any of our players didn’t think Newcastle United was a great club, then Joe has done his utmost to let them know at least he thinks the club is great and that has to rub off on the pride of the players. It has been great to see that from Joe this week, as out club’s image has taken a beating since Keegan resigned.
Joe said today:
“I don’t promise anything but there is plenty of quality in our team and in our squad. Not always enough, because we have plenty of players in the treatment room, but there are quality match winners there,”
“I can’t wait to get involved again. I’ve been to places like Everton and Liverpool and I’ve been up against the odds before and I’m relishing it, even though I know it’s going to be tough.”
“I have taken over a team that has lost five straight games and I’ve got to make an immediate impact. Terry Venables wouldn’t take this job because he felt it would take a season to turn it around but I’ve got a few weeks. But I owe it to myself, to my players and to this club to give it a try.”
Kinnear has told his players the uncertainty surrounding the club will no longer be used as any excuse for poor performances on the pitch, and it looks like he and Michael Owen are on the same wavelength on that one, which is very good to hear.
Joe talked about Michael:
“He’s totally okay with me and agrees that what’s going on outside shouldn’t affect what’s going on the pitch. We’ve now got to get the message to the rest,”
“The players feel like they’ve been left in the lurch in terms of the communication from the club but I’ve told them everything straight and we’ve just got to get on with it. It’s as simple as that.”
“Yes, they have to take responsibility as far as the football is concerned – as does the manager. You can’t use things that are happening at the club as an excuse for a poor performance. We’re not going anywhere if that’s the case.”
“If you get turned over you can’t say ‘We’re worried about who’s coming in to buy the club’. You can’t have that.”
Kinnear’s X-rated response to some journalistic reports on Thursday seems only to have gained him support among Newcastle fans, with 74% of our readers saying they now have a better impression of Joe. The poll is on the right so if you haven’t yet voted, please do.
Certainly Joe is nothing if not a fighter and he seems just the type of feisty fighting manager the club and the players need right now.
We’re also sure a lot of what we heard on Thursday goes on a lot more than we realize behind closed doors, but never sees the light of day, but because the tirade was against the journalists themselves, they made sure it was all printed. But Joe has just shrugged off those reports.
Maybe they will now be a little fairer in their reporting of Joe and Newcastle, but we should point out that it’s only a few journalists that Joe went after – particularly Simon Bird of the Daily Mirror, and you always get one or two poor performers in any profession.
But it’s hard not to like Joe, because what you see is what you get, and he looks great for Newcastle right now, and if he can also get some good results for us, he will quickly become a folk hero on Tyneside.
Just imagine if he can get a win for us on Sunday.