Danny Guthrie was pleased for interim manager Joe Kinnear, after the game against WBA.
Joe Kinnear – so relieved at final whistle against WBA
As all could see at the final whistle, Joe was as relieved as anybody as he got the vital first win of his tenure, and many of our fans were just nervous wrecks at the end of the second half. 😀
It was a game where the result was more important than how we played, which was good because we didn’t play very well in the second half, as we conceded the initiative to West Brom, and we let in yet another poor goal.
Promising 21 year-old, Danny Guthrie, talked about what is was like when Joe first arrived at the club in late September:
“He took a bit of stick when he first came,” “I’m just delighted we have got our first win for him.”
“He can put all the early criticism behind him, like we can. The players have never had a problem with Joe.”
“There was instant respect when he came in.” “We could have read everything written about him – some players might have done – but he was a new manager and he got instant respect.”
“ The manager picks the team, you have to respect them, whoever it is.”
Joe is certainly a personality and is showing he is a big enough character to tackle one of the hardest jobs in football – Newcastle United manager – when most other managers approached wouldn’t take the job.
Newcastle fans like people with guts and Joe has certainly shown some since he arrived, and generally has most fans right behind him, although he seems to be getting very little help from anybody else.
It seems to us like Joe is running the club almost single handedly, and since he is also doing a more than useful job, we hope and expect his renumeration is good. However, from what we heard last week it was about one third of what our last few permanent managers have received in compensation.
Anybody heard from, or had any sightings of Mike Ashley and the Board lately?
Comments very welcome.