Bobby Gould worked with Joe Kinnear at Wimbledon and knows Joe and his abilities as much as anybody.
Bobby Gould – Joe needs some time (cheer up Bobby)
Gould said today he is confident his former colleague Kinnear has the personality to make the very best out
of his opportunity at Newcastle United, and Joe has made a good start, but of course it’s just one game.
Bobby talked about Joe today:
“It’s a siege mentality. Some of you blokes wrote about that. We had it down at Wimbledon. He has got to find out whether or not he has that siege mentality. Give him time. It is a four-letter word called time.”
“As a person, the players will respect him and love him in his own way, in his own personality. He is not Kevin Keegan and his training will not be like KK. It will be what he wants.”
“He will develop that. Will he have enough games? I don’t know. But he has to make sure he gets the best out of all of them while he is there. His forte is man-management.”
“I am crossing all my fingers. I just hope he has that luck because we all need that luck. If he wins all six or eight games on the bounce then he should definitely be considered for the job permanently.”
Gould took Joe to Wimbledon for his very successful spell there, and he faced many problems at the London club, which of course will stand him in good stead on Tyneside. Bobby also talked about how Joe finally got the Wimbledon job, as he continued:
“I took Joe in, I wanted a reserve-team coach and he came in at Wimbledon and did a great job for me. You imagine going to school every day, managing Wimbledon is like managing the worst secondary modern school in the world and every day was a problem. I had to make sure I got the right people in.”
“When I left and they appointed Ray Harford, he moved on and then Peter Withe came in and then he left after a bad period. He tried to change things, no jeans, you have got to wear trousers and that wasn’t Wimbledon. He came in, then lost his position.”
“Sam Hamman (the Wimbledon chairman) came to me – I was at West Brom – and said ‘look, I’m struggling come back’ but I said ‘no, I can’t, I’ve got to honor my contract, put Joe in charge. Sam, put Joe there’.”
“Sometimes you’ve got to go in and he gave him his chance and the lads responded to him.” “Two semi-finals you know. He kept them up. I kept them up. We kept them up on a shoestring.”
Joe has a huge opportunity at Newcastle, but time is not on his side. He knows he must get results immediately so Sunday’s result was good in that it stopped the rot, but now we must get some wins to start moving up the table.
We’ve been assured by Joe that he’ll work day and night to get Newcastle back on track, and it’s so refreshing to see somebody so enthusiastic, and dare we say – positive, about Newcastle United.
We’ve liked what we’ve seen so far.