Sunderland manager Roy Keane has admitted today that he’s been impressed with what his fellow Irishman, Joe Kinnear, has been doing at Newcastle over the last four weeks.
Roy Keane – thinks Kinnear deserves chance at Newcastle
Keane is well aware of Newcastle’s recent upturn in form, if not fortune, as his Sunderland side look to bring an end to their 28 year winless streak on Wearside.
Roy said today:
“They are on the back of a couple of good performances and a couple of good results,” “I saw them at Everton a couple of weeks ago and they looked dead and buried but they came back and should have won the game.”
“They put in another good performance against Man City the other night so their league form suggests they are in good shape, but I think that goes out of the window in a derby match.”
“We are well aware of that, but particularly with our home record against them we can’t take anything for granted.” “We have to prepare and give them the respect they deserve, but I have to say we are ready and raring to go and really looking forward to the game.”
“He (Kinnear) deserves the chance to carry on because the way the players have responded over the past couple of games it’s obvious he’s doing a very good job.” “But we have to test that on Saturday.”
It will be a tough game for both sides, and the likely result is probably a draw, but Newcastle really need to push for all 3 points so we can get out of the relegation zone. We’ve taken only 2 points from our last 6 league games, and it’s just not good enough.
Roy Keane has done a great job on Wearside, and we think he could turn out to be as good a manager as he was a player. Roy’s put together a much better balanced side this season than last, and the game promises to be another great one, that’s for sure.
But the very last thing Newcastle need right now is a defeat.