Joe Kinnear said he would keep fighting inaccurate press reports, if they continue to be written about him and the Newcastle team.
Kinnear talked today about the things being written about him:
“I’m going to keep standing my corner. I’ve always had a competitive spirit and nothing ever gets me down but I’m not going to accept more of that rubbish bring written about me,”
“I’m as strong as an ox and as I’ve said before I’m going to keep fighting. It is not the first time I’ve faced adversity. Whatever was said or written, it was just more of the usual as far as I’m concerned. Surely it is in everyone’s interests for us to win a few games before I hand it over to the next manager?”
“The Everton game is much more important to me. I’m not one to make promises and they have a strong squad but if we approach the game with the right mentality then there is always a chance.”
Unfortunately Habib Beye is still not ready and will not even travel to Merseyside, so Kinnear will be forced into some defensive reshuffle, although it appears that Jose Enrique is ready to play, which is good news.
Of course Habib is our only specialized right back, put perhaps Sebastien Bassong, who’s looked good when he’s played can play there, although he’s a left sided defender.
“It’s obviously a big disappointment for us. He had one day’s training and I put the question to him but he said that it was far too early,”
“We will get him in shape for the Manchester City game instead but obviously we’re all disappointed because he’s such an important player for us.”
“I’ve heard so much about him and every time I have seen him play he looks like a class act. But there is no reason to rush him back for one game and risk him breaking down.”
Kinnear has worked on the defense and worked on the confidence of the side this week, and he seems delighted with how the players have responded. He’s also talked to the players a lot this week, and to us has shown terrific leadership and it looks also that captain Michale Owen has been a big help to both Joe and the team.
Kinnear will again talk to the lads this afternoon and we have to think tomorrow’s performance will be a key one if we are to pull away from relegation.
“What I’m looking for is a change of attitude from the players and some real belief in themselves,”
“We have got match winners, we have got people like Michael Owen who have made a habit of scoring important goals in big games and we’ve got people like Nicky Butt who are big players who’ve played in big games.”
“It’s a big test for us. They might have been beaten in the UEFA Cup but Everton are a good team and they have got a lot of top-class players.”
We are expecting a much improved display tomorrow from the lads, and if we can produce that, and lose but go down fighting that would be OK. However, we must start picking up points soon too. Joe’s goal is when he leaves we are not in the relegation zone, and whoever the next manager is, will have a team with players both playing well and full of confidence.
If Joe can achieve that he will have done a great job for the club, and that will be remembered and appreciated by the fans.