Joe Kinnear is certainly looking forward to making his home debut as Newcastle manager against Manchester City on Monday night.
Joe Kinnear – looking forward to Monday evening
Joe talked to the Newcastle Journal today:
“It is what I do for myself when I am here, that is how I see it, and what I can do for Newcastle,” “What I can do is get my respect back in the business, do the best I can, and focus on winning.”
“I am desperate to win on Monday (at home to Manchester City). I do not know what my future holds but if I do exceptionally well and get a decent result, who is to know what is just around the corner? “
“Maybe another club may give me an opportunity if that (the appointment of different manager) is going to happen when a new owner comes in.”
Joe has done as well as anyone could have in the short time he has been at the club. He has talked glowingly of the Newcastle club and how proud he is to be in charge of such a great club, even if it’s just for a short while.
And he has not only lifted the spirits of the players, but also of the supporters, who are pleased to have someone in charge who is so committed to the cause, and is working his socks off for the club.
And we expect Joe to get a great reception from the crowd on Monday night before the game, and a win is what everybody connected with Newcastle wants to see – and Joe knows it.
“Getting a round of applause would probably indicate the fans have respect for me and perhaps I am not doing as bad a job as first thought,” “Maybe I am gradually getting them over to my way of thinking.”
“ I am not saying I am but maybe I am. Maybe they are coming to terms that I am totally a football man – a bit of a lunatic at times, but I can’t change to be honest.”
When Joe takes his place in the dugout on Monday night, it will be almost four years since he was last there, and it is certainly something he is looking forward to.
“Yeah, I am,” “I have been in the stand a few times in my career. It’s not the first time I have been banned. It is frustrating up there, especially with those mobile phones. It was frustrating up there, shouting through the phone. ‘I want to move him, left, right, can’t you hear me?’
“I have done it all my life, standing on touchlines, I will be focused on changing things, willing the players on. I’ll probably be pushed back onto my bench around 40 times by some sort of official.”
“It is the best place to be. I am one of those managers who acts quickly if I see something going wrong on the pitch. I will not just sit there and hope it changes itself.”
Joe will get a good reception because of the good work he’s done over the last 3 weeks, but he’ll have the crowd singing his name if he can get us that win that all Newcastle fans want to see.
Go for it Joe!