Joe Kinnear in his interview with nufcTV this afternoon, seems quietly confident that the lads can get a result at Sunderland on Saturday, but Joe is well aware it will not be easy.
Newcastle United FC 2008-2009 – photograph taken this afternoon
But the good news this morning that the FA have overturned by the FA was not known by Joe at the time of the interview but he was hoping he would have Beye available, as he obviously rates him highly.
Joe has been delighted at the spirit shown by the lads in the last two games and while we only have 2 points to show for our efforts, we were 2-0 down at Everton and 1-0 down with 10 men against Manchester City – so to finally get draws from both games showed the fighting spirit of the team.
But Joe is obviously not one to get carried away and he seemed again very low key in the interview but knows what the Sunderland game means to Newcastle fans and is determined to once again have the lads in the right frame of mind. His interviews since his blowup with the press have been as low key as that press conference was explosive.
Joe also talked in glowing terms of his fellow Irishman Roy Keane and it’s clear Joe likes Roy as a past great player, a future top manager, and a person.
Certainly both managers are being very respectful to each other before Saturday, in a match which promises to be another great game between the two sides.
The Newcastle United official photograph was today, and you could almost see the spirit and camaraderie between the players, as they were generally acting around while trying to keep warm – and poor Jonas looked like he was absolutely freezing. It’s a little cooler in Newcastle than in Mallorca we suppose at this time of year – at any time of year. 😀
Joe will have probably a better side out than last Monday, and with the same spirit we have shown in the last two games, and with just a little bit of luck, there’s no reason we cannot capture all 3 points on Saturday.
If we do manage the win, that will surely power us into the home game against WBA on Tuesday night at St. James’, and another 3 points there would send us surging up the league – and that ‘s exactly what we need right now. It would be great to see a full house for that game too.
Joe was asked about staying longer on Tyneside and he once again said his contract was for 8-10 games and suggested that after after the Chelsea game he thought his contract was up. Joe said he was only concentrating on the coaching and hadn’t really thought about it too much.
The Chelsea game is on 22nd November and is 6 games from today, so Joe will really have been in charge just 8 games if that becomes his last game – but of course the longer we don’t hear the club has a definite buyer, the longer Joe will be running the team.
Kinnear reiterated he is enjoying his time at the Newcastle club, and it’s obvious he’s been touched by the support he’s received from the Newcastle faithful. Whatever happens, we think Joe will long remember his time on Tyneside.
If and when Joe does leave, we just hope he’s got the results his hard work deserves – looks like we have at least another 6 games to find that out.