Good news today that Newcastle interim manager will not face any disciplinary action from the FA, for appearing in the tunnel 10 minutes before half time on Sunday.
Joe Kinnear – no action for him being in tunnel on Sunday
Joe has now served a two game ban for calling one of the match officials, Coco the Clown, while he was still at Nottingham Forest.
Joe had explained after the game that he couldn’t reach coach Hughton on his cell phone, and he desperately wanted to get Enrique out of the game. Joe said he had left the stand to pass on the instructions to substitute the struggling Enrique, who was returning from injury.
Joe had explained:
“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 anyone is making anything of it.”
“I got the substitution sorted, and went back upstairs. I want to be on the bench. I want to see things and act quickly. Thankfully, it’s all over.”
That’s good news, so he’ll be on the line for the vital game against Manchester City In two weeks. There is still the little item of his foul-mouthed tirade last Thursday, so we don’t know if the FA will take any action on that.
He could justifiably be charged with bringing the game into disrepute.
We’ll be glad to see Joe on the touchline form now on, because he has a good reputation for reading the game well, and being decisive in games, when it’s called for.
If we can get all 3 points against Manchester City, things will be flying again on Tyneside, that’s for sure.