Nicky Butt talked again about the situation at Newcastle under Joe Kinnear:
Joe Kinnear – doesn’t rant and rave at players
And it seems that Nicky thinks Joe has a quiet way of going about his coaching and he tends to pull players to one side and explain what he wants from them:
Nicky told the Sunday Sun today:
“Joe has made us all get up on our toes,” “Kevin leaving was definitely a big blow for morale. We were a tight unit, and it was hard for us to take at the time because he was a popular manager.”
“We thought the signs were good this year, maybe with one or two more signings we could have had a good season and got up to the top six. Then all of a sudden he was gone.”
“We were in the doldrums for a few weeks. It was very difficult in that period.” “Obviously, we are paid to play football. But it’s very difficult to do that when someone you like and care about has left.”
“Also, it did give the players an excuse for not performing — all players like excuses.” “When the manager first left we had some excuses, but now we haven’t got any, so now we need to crack on.”
“He doesn’t rant and rave. He just pulls us to one side to tell us what he expects from us,” “He is quite mild and very observant. He sits back at the training ground and takes it all in. He has his own way of doing it.”
But it’s clear that Kinnear’s influence since arriving at St James’s Park, just 3 weeks ago, has definitely got through to the players. And Nicky is not afraid to say he thinks Newcastle are already in a relegation battle as he continued:
“We’re definitely in a relegation battle,” “We’re third from bottom and you can’t think you are too big to get out of it.” “But the one thing that is on our side is that we have quality players here and good players to come back from injury.”
“This is a pivotal week for us,” “All the signs were that we had stopped the rot at Everton before the international break, but these are two hard games.” “We need to get something from both, or else all the hard work at Goodison in the second half will have been wasted.”
We have two crucial fixtures coming up against Manchester City at home tomorrow and Sunderland away next Saturday.
Exactly how many points Newcastle get from those two games will give us a much better idea of just how Joe is doing at the club.
Joe is savvy enough to know it’s all about results.