Veteran goalkeeper Shay Given has come out today and said that Joe Kinnear deserves a lot of credit for Newcastle United’s resurgence in the last two games.
Shay Given – lots of credit to Kinnear
Shay said today:
“A couple of weeks ago, the place was very flat,” “Confidence was extremely low as a team and not so good. Joe has changed that. We’ve had a great comeback at Everton after being two goals down and again against Man City with only ten men. It shows we are fighting for each other and for the club to get it moving in the right direction again.”
“It gives us a lot of confidence and belief. We’re excited and looking forward to going into the next game. Maybe a few weeks ago a few of the lads a little bit apprehensive because we were on such a bad run.”
“The manager deserves a lot of credit for that. He’s said his piece to the press and he’s pretty straightforward in the dressing-room as well. If you don’t do something right he tells you, he doesn’t hide behind people or decisions.”
“He tells it straight and as an older player I appreciate that. He tells it as he sees it. The players have responded to that and he deserves great credit for the two results we’ve had.”
Joe is almost the perfect man for the job right now and it’s just a pity in the last couple of games we couldn’t have snatched all three points, but that’s just us complaining too much. But certainly the performance in the last 3 halfs of play has been very very good, with the organization back in the team, and confidence showing through.
It was great when Newcastle got their second goal on Monday night to see Shay going berserk with delight, after Richard Dunne put through his own goal, such is the enthusiasm and fight of our players right now, which is fantastic to witness.
Dare we also say that the defense is looking a lot better and certainly every player contributed to the cause on Monday night, which shows just how well Kinnear has woven team spirit and organization into the team. It’s been a good display of really effective coaching from Joe in the last 3 weeks under extremely trying conditions.
We also like the way the lads play under Kinnear, which is positive and attacking – even when we have 10 men, and if he continues the job like he’s been doing, whatever happens when the new owners come in, we owe Joe a big debt of gratitude for his hard work and devotion to this club.