Joe Kinnear is not panicking at all at our current precarious situation, and he rightly points out that a win tonight will send us up 5 places in the league, although we will have played the extra game, but will be at least level with Everton on goal difference and points.
Joe Kinnear with Chris Hughton – a win will lift us 5 places tonight
So our plight is nothing that a few wins will not put right, and fairly quickly too – all we need are the wins. 😀
West Bromwich Albion, newly promoted, have won just once away from The Hawthorns so far this season, and Joe will want that form to continue for them tonight.
Joe said this morning:
“Mid-table is still attainable but this is a massive game for us,” “If we get the three points we’ll automatically go up five places. Villa (their next opponents) are going well but it’s winnable as well.”
“Tenth spot and then people ask if you can win something. Things can turn round quickly.” “Without taking anything for granted, the run we’ve got can see the picture changing.”
“We play Wigan and Fulham after that. It’s a vital spell. They are like cup finals. It will have a different slant. There is a bigger picture.”
“There’s no easy games in the Premier League and people will be saying Newcastle are in a bad run.” “But I’ve told the players to forget all that.” “
When we get our best eleven out we are capable of beating anyone.”
Joe is right of course, and because it’s still early in the season we have a good chance to be further up the league by the end of the year, but this period – before a new owner and manager come in (hopefully) – are vital for our season.
That’s why the job Joe has taken on is so important to Newcastle United, where he is basically single handedly running the club right now, with the good help of course of our assistant coaches of course.
Joe again asked if Newcastle could be relegated and replied:
“It’s unthinkable (that Newcastle could go down), despite what the facts say,” he says. “I had ten years of it. At Wimbledon were odds-on favorites to go down for ten solid years.”
“We got over bad starts so many times and at one stage we were 1-8 to go down and crept out of it.”
We think it’s a bit of a stretch to say Newcastle will be relegation candidates this year, as we have quality in the squad, but we do need to add both numbers and quality to the squad come January.
That will be extremely important to our overall season.