JOE KINNEAR has revealed he has been touched by the welcome he has received from the Geordie nation and adds that he is working class and a fighter.
Joe Kinnear – touched by Geordie welcome.
The initial response on Tyneside was certainly underwhelming for the former Wimbledon boss, and his Newcastle United arrival was followed by some negative reporting from some of the the national press – what’s new?
Kinnear was initially distraught by that welcome, but after immediately improving the fortunes of the club, the huge Newcastle support at Everton were heard chanting Kinnear’s name.
In what was an emotional interview this afternoon, that Joe gave to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle:
“I am really touched by the welcome I have had on Tyneside.” “The place has been in turmoil but it has been positive.” “But I know that it’s all down to the results.”
“That can only come from the players, and it is my job to keep the confidence as high as possible to do that.”
On Kinnear’s arrival to Newcastle he immediately pointed out he was not part of the Cockney Mafia, but his ten seasons at Tottenham from when he was just 17 years old, gave him a Cockney accent, although of course he was born in Dublin, Ireland.
But Joe is nothing if not a battler, and he has already shown those qualities in his short stint on Tyneside, and he has been able to rally the players to be much more energetic, urgent and organized on the field.
“Basically I am a fighter and always have been.” “I grew up on a council estate with real people in the real world.” “So I do have the working-class mentality you need.”
“My father died when I was young and my mother raised our family in Dublin.” “I appreciate working-class life.”
Joe’s right that results are everything in football and we’ll get a chance top see how he does against a good Manchester City side next Monday evening.
It’s a long time since we got 3 points in a game.