Joe Kinnear is an upbeat and positive guy, and that’s exactly the type of personality we need leading the club right now, in these very difficult circumstances.
Joe Kinnear – I have the ball so I’m in charge
Joe talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
“Having players back has lifted people’s spirits.” “It always does when you have people coming back from injury. People start looking over their shoulder and step it up.”
“The worst thing you can have is no competition. And with these people back now you have players fighting to get into the team.” “So everybody else has been working hard to hold on to the position they are in.”
“People are now competing for the position they play in.” “It’s nice to have top players back in the squad. It adds more quality to the sessions and everybody is now under pressure to hold on to the spot they have had.”
“Everybody has worked hard, people seem happy within themselves and people are expressing themselves.” “The icing on the cake would be to get a good result against Man City and keep that buzz going.”
Kinnear thinks that Nigerian Oba Martins has the best chance of starting the game against Manchester City, but admits that both Beye and Argentine star Gutierrez are also ready to return.
“Oba Martins would be the nearest one to coming straight back, but you have Habib Beye and Jonas Gutierrez, too.” “Spiderman (Gutierrez) is on the verge.”
” It is just whether it is too risky, but he will be ready for Sunderland and so will Joey Barton.“The only two long-term are Smithy (Alan Smith) and Viduka. We’re gradually getting there.” “The rest will also come back from international football having played top-level football.”
“It’s been a pleasing week, but as much as we could have done with a match after Everton it has given us good time to get players back and get quality work from them.” “They have been a joy to work with and I am thoroughly enjoying it. I hope now that we will get something out of Man City.”
It’s so refreshing to hear from a man who just loves his job. 😀
Whatever team Joe picks for Monday night, the big hope is that we can win that game. Joe is very well aware that his tenure at the club is all about results, and the feel-good factor will mean nothing unless we can get those points on the board.
We are really looking forward to the game on Monday night, in what promises to be a crucial game for the players, the fans, and for Joe himself.