Newcastle interim manager Joe Kinnear has revealed how morale in the Newcastle United camp has rocketed upwards since his arrival.
Joe Kinnear with respected assistant coach Chris Hughton
The interim Newcastle manager arrived at St James’ Park just over two weeks ago, when confidence was at rock-bottom, and it didn’t improve much after our defeat by Blackburn Rovers, which was our 5th defeat on the trot.
However, a great second half display and an excellent 2-2 draw at Everton, after being 2-0 down, certainly helped to lift the spirits of both Newcastle players and Newcastle fans.
And Kinnear still thinks we could have captured all 3 points from the Everton game with just a little luck.
Joe told the Evening Chronicle today:
“The levels of self-confidence when I arrived were as low as I have seen.” “There were also low concentration levels.”
“We have started to get the belief back in our ability and get more confidence.” “Above all, we have had a quick change of attitude at the club amongst the players.”
“Everybody has been working hard, and to see the reaction has been great.”
Kinnear has also pointed to the fact that eight players are away on international duty for their countries and there are others injured or have just missed out on selection.
“I think that this international break has also highlighted what amazing strength this squad has.”
“There have been eight players away on international duty – and it could have been more if the likes of Jonas Gutierrez and Habib Beye weren’t injured.”
Joe as ever seems to be upbeat on his players at the Benton training headquarters, as he continued:
“Overall, everything is on the up.” “We have players enjoying training and people coming back from injury.”
“I didn’t think last Sunday that I would be walking away from Goodison Park disappointed to have drawn the game, but I was.”
“We created chances and that is one of the good habits we need to keep up.” “All I can look at is training the players and make sure everything is bright and brisk. But it has been enjoyable.”
Joe is nothing if not positive and upbeat, and he’s exactly the personality we need managing the club in these difficult times , until it is sold.
Keep it up Joe, you’re doing just fine so far, in a difficult task that few would have taken on.