Danny Guthrie is pleased Joe Kinnear has come in, steadied the ship, and been honest with the players, and the difference could be seen at Everton last Sunday.
Danny Guthrie – Joe has steadied the ship
Danny talked today about his new interim manager Kinnear:
“Joe’s made a difference, but he hasn’t come in and done anything massive. He’s basically steadied the ship. He’s talked to the players and set out a plan of what he wants us to do,”
“He’s basically come in and managed us, and I think that’s given us all a bit more confidence because it feels much more normal than before.”
“He’s been totally honest with us and put us right in the frame of what’s happening and what he wants us to do. That’s the best thing he could have done because it’s immediately settled everything down.”
“Chris (Hughton) is great in what he does. He’s a great coach and he’s been a fantastic influence on the training ground. But I think Chris would be the first to admit that he’s not really a manager,”
“Joe’s a manager through and through, and he’s been able to bring different skills to the job. I’m not saying Chris doesn’t have those skills, though.” “Sometimes you just need an experienced manager to lead from the front and bring everything else together.”
Danny is very careful that his words don’t come over as criticism of Hughton, who was left with the mess after the blow up in early September. Chris is an excellent coach but has never been a manager at any club, so it was a difficult job for him, and he did his very best, we’re sure of that.
Of course Danny has had some trouble himself, after losing his control in the final minutes of the Hull City defeat, when he was sent off for a wild tackle from behind on Fagan, which resulted in Fagan sustaining a broken leg.
But it looks like Danny has learned his lesson and is now willing to get back and give his very best for the team:
“I’ll learn from the mistake. I apologized and said sorry, but it still hurt to be out knowing I only had myself to blame. It’s just good to be back, and I just want to stay in the team now.
“It’s been an awful few weeks. It’s hard to miss games for whatever reason, but its even worse when its your own fault because you’ve done something silly.
“I know I made a mistake, but its been frustrating because I haven’t been able to start putting it right. It’s hard to watch your team-mates, and its obviously been even tougher these last few weeks because things haven’t been going very well on the pitch.”
Danny has been a great buy, and he made a big difference on Sunday, and we’re glad he’s back. And hopefully we’ll have reinforcements in Gutierrez and Beye for the Manchester City game, which will be a tough home baptism for Kinnear, in a couple of weeks.
We’re sure the fans will turn out in big numbers to welcome Kinnear to Newcastle, and a win is what we need.