The Newcastle Journal is reporting today that Joe Kinnear, fresh from a great second half display from his players at Goodison yesterday, will hear today whether Gerry Francis will come out of retirement and become another coach at Newcastle United.
Gerry Francis – decides today on Newcastle coaching offer
Since Steve Round left for Everton in the summer, and Keegan, Terry McDermott and Adam Sadler left the club, they have not been replaced, other than with interim manager Joe Kinnear.
So our coaching staff is far too small, and all credit to Chris Hughton and Richard Money for keeping the club afloat, and no thanks to the Board.
And that has led him to try and persuade Francis to join his set-up on a part-time basis, as we reported yesterday. Kinnear will apparently hear from the former Spurs and QPR manager this afternoon as Joe said:
“I’ve known Gerry all my life – he’s a good coach. I know he’s got media commitments but I’ve put an offer to him to join us on Tuesdays and Thursdays and do some solid work for which we’d pay him accordingly,”
“Gerry has no desire to be a manager or coach full-time and he won’t be involved on Saturdays but I believe we need someone with that kind of experience to help us out.”
“There’s only me and Chris at the moment and we’ve got a lot of young members of the squad who we’re taking together. I think it would be much easier if we went into smaller groups – it would improve them more.”
Anybody that Joe wants to bring in to help him out in his tenure at the club is OK with us, because he is fast gaining credibility that he knows exactly what he is doing.
The lads also looked very fit at the end of the game yesterday, as Everton tired from their UEFA Cup exploits on Thursday, and it’s just a pity we couldn’t grab the equalizer, but we’re not complaining.
The fight shown by the lads yesterday was great to watch.