Joe Kinnear is looking forward to being on the touch line for our next game against Manchester City, which will a very tough test.
Joe Kinnear – supervising training with the lads
Joe is nothing if not enthusiastic, as it’s obvious he just loves the game of football, and of course is very anxious to get right back into it, so he sees the challenge at Newcastle as an opportunity to prove what he can do.
It’s good that his forte is the same as Kevin Keegan’s, in that he is an excellent man manager, and can coax the very best out of the players at his disposal. It will be interesting just how well he can do at Newcastle, because these are the best players he’s ever worked with, and he had very little money at Wimbledon to bring in top players.
Joe talked about getting back in the dugout today:
“I’m looking forward to getting back into the dugout against Man City. It was frustrating being stuck in the stand against Everton because it was difficult to get my message across.”
“I felt detached from it all and I like to be hands on in everything I do, whether it’s in training or on a match day.” “As a manager you spot things in a game and you need to change things around, but it is much harder to do when you’ve got to use the telephone to do it. I got exasperated in the end and had to go down.
“I kept losing the reception and in the end I just needed to pass on a few instructions directly. It wasn’t anything major, but I’ll be much happier when I can communicate directly with the players from my technical area. I think they will probably prefer it as well.”
We remember from Joe’s days at Wimbledon that he’s an effective manager from the dugout, and not afraid to change things around on the pitch to get the result.
It may be that Kinnear’s tenure at Newcastle will turn out longer than first envisaged since there’s a possibility the sale of the club may be delayed because of the credit crunch in the markets. Of course that doesn’t stop somebody coming in with a cash sale, but that’s very unlikely.
As long as Joe can turn the side around and get the lads playing well, a little delay will not hurt too much, but we also need new owners in, certainly before the January transfer window opens up.