Joe Kinnear had to rush down to the tunnel after 35 minutes of the game yesterday, to get instructions to Chris Hughton, since his cell phone was playing up.
Jose Enriquue – hamstring was playing up?
Joe wanted to have Enrique replaced, since he seemed to be limping, and he hadn’t trained much apparently in the previous week. However, Kinnear is adamant he did not break any rules in his attempts to get Enrique off the pitch quickly.
He told the Shields Gazette this morning:
“It was a tactical thing in some respects.” “Jose hasn’t trained and played, and I thought I’d give him maybe 50 or 60 minutes, but he started limping with the same injury, and I thought: ‘I’d better do it now’.”
“That’s when I was running down (to the tunnel). I couldn’t get the phone to work. Every time I was getting through to Chris, it was cutting out.” “I dumped the phone, and ran down. I was just shouting round the corner. I didn’t go on the pitch, so I don’t know why they are making anything of it.”
“I got the substitution sorted, and went back upstairs. I went down in the second half just to pass on some information because my mobile had gone, and I couldn’t get reception.” “It was really frustrating. I want to be on the bench. I want to see things and act quickly. Thankfully, it’s all over.”
We don’t think Joe will be penalized for that, because he was trying to save Jose more potential serious injury, so Joe should be OK surely.
At the time it seemed to us more like a tactical switch, because Jose wasn’t linking up too well upfield with Charles N’Zogbia. As it happens, Bassong played really well when he came on, and is looking a better player with each outing.
And it seemed that Jose was a little mystified why he was being replaced. and It’s now going to be interesting to see who starts at left back against Manchester City in two weeks, our money will be on Sebastien.