Kinnear saw his lads come fighting back yesterday from two goals down, and even deserve to win the game yesterday with a fighting and passionate display in the second half ,against Everton, and broke the string of 5 defeats in a row.
Steven Taylor – fighting display yesterday – and great goal at right time
Make no mistake, that was a significant game for us yesterday, and another defeat would have done little for the confidence of the lads. It represented a successful start to a tenure which is growing in authority, and as we reported earlier it could see Gerry Francis added to a coaching set-up for the first team.
Kinnear revealed that he has been putting his players through double training sessions all week as he tries to draw a major improvement in the side.
Kinnear was delighted with the character shown by his side yesterday as he commented:
“I’ve taken a team that was on the floor and hopefully we’ve changed that mentality around. Hopefully we’ll get them used to winning, or at least not being beaten now,”
“We showed great character to come back from the two goals down. The players gave me everything they had and I think we just shaded the game,”
“We created lots of opportunities and the character was first class. The situation at the club can’t get much lower and what’s been said in the Press hasn’t helped much. I have kept that away, as much as I can, from the players.”
The length of Kinnear’s tenure at Newcastle is still uncertain – and of course fully dependent on how quickly the Newcastle sale goes through, but the news is that if there are firm offers into Newcastle by the deadline tomorrow, it should be around the middle of November for the sale to be completed, but it may drift out a bit.
Joe has raised the prospect of being in charge for 10 games after this game – but that would not be too much of a worry if Joe can keep improving the team, and the confidence, as he has done over this last week – let’s give him the credit he deserves – he’s flung himself into this job and seems so enthusiastic and determined to be successful.
If Joe can do really well at Newcastle, this could become a highlight of his career, as odd as that may sound, and could lead to him getting back into management full time.
And it appears clear the players will be expected to work and fight every game 100% for the team, and no heads will drop while Kinnear is manager, that’s for sure.
Newcastle’s interim manager may have got himself into trouble for standing at the tunnel trying to shout advice to his players, but surely the FA will not take action on this.
Kinnear talked about the incident:
“I was passing information on – all I wanted to do was make a substitution and I didn’t go in the tunnel. If the FA want to be so trivial, so be it,”
“I wanted to get some information across – what’s the big deal? I can’t see it being a problem. It makes me wonder, if it was someone else would they be in trouble?”
Of course the whole thing was shown live on TV, and it seemed Joe was anxious to get to the pitch for some reason – the substitution seems the answer, but the last thing we want is for the FA to ban him again.
There was like 4 minutes to go in the game, and therefore that time to go in his touchline suspension – give him a break.