Goalkeeper Steve Harper has talked about Joe Kinnear today, and starts off by saying Joe is a real character.
Steve Harper – enjoys the training under Joe
Harper, who played for Newcastle Reserves last night in their 2-1 defeat at Wigan told the Chronicle today:
“Joe is a character.” “He’s great out there on the training field.” “Chris Hughton was doing a great job but Joe has come in and done a good job.”“He has put the edge back into training with the way he operates.” “The training has been good and we have worked a lot on set-pieces.”
“It was fantastic to get a result at Everton.” “At 2-0 down you are fearing the worst.” “The manager showed good tactical know-how and made a couple of changes.”
“We can now enjoy training for the next two weeks.” “If we’d had a hiding, the doom and gloom would have continued.” “It was a great result – hopefully it is the start of an upturn in our fortunes and we look forward to Man City.”
You have to be a strong character to be successful at managing Newcastle, so it’s good to hear the praise for Joe from Steve Harper, who has always been very down to earth and a mature leader while at Newcastle.
Steve demonstrated his worth last season, when he filled in for the injured Shay Given brilliantly, and he’s been a great servant to the Tyneside club, since he joined back in 1992.
His contract runs out this summer so once the new owners come in, we’ll need to get that sorted out, but we have this terrible feeling that the global credit crunch will delay the sale of the club. It’s almost inevitable, given the credit situation.