Joe Kinnear may never be able to put out Newcastle’s best team during his tenure as Newcastle manager, because of all the injuries.
Joe talked today about fielding his best side:
“I would love to be in a situation where I could send out my best side but no one is crying about that,”
“We have to get on with the team we have, get behind them and do the best we can irrespective of so many key players missing.”
Mark Viduka, Alan Smith, Ignacio González (all Achilles) and Andy Carroll (ankle) are currently missing from the Newcastle squad with Smith and Viduka long term casualties.
But that’s the way it goes and Joe knows he has to get on with it as he continued:
“I’ve gone into battle like that lots of times at Wimbledon,” “We went to Chelsea, won 4-2 there (in 1996), stuff like that with a lot of young players.”
“Players can surprise you. When you think you are going in with a team not as strong as it should be, you can give them hope and get their confidence up.”
“ Confidence plays a big, big part with players. Anything is possible, I am a complete optimist, always have been.” “This position is nothing new to me,” “I had 10 years at Wimbledon with no money. I bought at the lower end of the scale.
“It is chalk and cheese when you compare Newcastle to those days, although I still managed to produce 14 internationals. They all did well while they were there and went on to bigger clubs – two to Newcastle, (Warren) Barton and (Carl) Cort.”
Warren was a good buy but Carl Cort wasn’t, and Warren Barton is now doing great work over here for the Fox Soccer Channel (Sky) in the USA at weekends and coaching the LA Galaxy Under-18s during the week.
Kinnear doesn’t know how long he will be here in his role as interim manager, but is still planning for the January transfer window, just in case a permanent manager has not been installed by then. It would be interesting to find out if he is in communication with Dennis Wise about this.
We understand if Ashley is still in charge come January, which would not be good, he will spend no money in the transfer market, and the small squad will have to continue to struggle though the season.
The goal obviously is to get the new owners installed before then, so some money is available, but who will be the new permanent manager is anybody’s guess right now.
“I would say we need five players. We are starting for the first time since I’ve been here to analyze and make a list of areas we need to improve.”
“It’s been a very bright week after the Everton result . I’m disappointed with the goals we conceded but the overall performance at Everton was very pleasing.”
We make no apologies for supporting Joe Kinnear at this time, just as we would any other manager in charge of the club. We want Newcastle to become successful again, and we’d be happy whoever the manager is, who can bring us back some success.