Joe Kinnear has already put some fire back into the Newcastle players, even though he has been at Newcastle only a couple of weeks.
Joe Kinnear – reaction to Taylor mistake against Blackburn
Interim Newcastle manager Kinnear was known for his brilliant man-management at Wimbledon, when he always got the very best out of what he had available. And in that respect he’s very similar in style to Kevin Keegan – if not in the language he uses. 😀
And the challenge at Newcastle seems perfect for Joe, because the squad we have has lots of ability, even though it’s too small and we have injuries at the moment, but it’s a tremendous challenge for the Irishman.
As our readers will know, we are 100% behind Joe in what he is attempting to do for our club – and why wouldn’t we be?
A good example of how Joe works is how he handled young up-and-coming star, Steven Taylor. When Steven made a mistake against Blackburn which led to a Samba goal, Joe was seen with his head in his hands.
But the England Under-21 star Steven Taylor has had no problem with Kinnear’s no-nonsense approach at Newcastle.
Taylor has said that Kinnear went to work on the confidence of each and every player in the squad, when he first arrived, and the team amazingly came back from 2-0 down at Everton in their next game, to get a draw, with 22 year-old Taylor scoring one and making one, and having an inspired second half display.
Taylor told the People today:
“Joe took me to one side during training last week and told me that he had complete confidence in me and explained what he wanted from me.”
“As a result I was back on top of the world at Goodison last week and I hope I went a little way to repaying that confidence.”
Kinnear has told the Newcastle players they are too much of a soft touch in the Premier League, and he is absolutely determined to toughen them up – good!
We look forward very much to the Manchester City game and will look for further improvement from the lads, and we hope the Newcastle faithful will keep up their fantastic support, in what is a difficult period for the club, the players, and the fans themselves.
A win against Manchester City is a possibility if we can play at our very best, and we’ll also have Beye and Gutierrez available for that game.