When Joe Kinnear was appointed the successor to Kevin Keegan in the Newcastle manager job, it raised more than a few eyebrows, but Joe has done a good job at the club, and he has – at the very least – settled the players down, and we’ve started to play some decent football.
Joe Kinnear – long term manager?
As we reported earlier today, there are hints coming through that Mike Ashley may not be able to sell the club in the current world economic environment, and he may be forced to go to plan B, which would probably see Ashley own the club through the end of this season.
Joe seems to have really enjoyed his time at Newcastle, and seems to be manager of such a famous club, where it appears he is running it all on his lonesome.
Joe said yesterday:
“I still want to be successful and do the best I possibly can,” “I do the same with any job I go into.” “I’m aware that this is arguably the best job I’ve ever had and I’d love to keep it.”
“If it’s not to be then there’s no point in me saying that I didn’t know it from day one. After the Chelsea game [on November 22] I’m going to have to wait and see, but the club might have been sold before the Chelsea match.”
“I’ve spoken to Dennis Wise who’s Director of Football, I spoke to owner Mike Ashley and said, ‘is there a game-plan?’ He said that he’d let us know exactly what the future is and exactly where we’re coming from after the Chelsea match.”
“I’d love to have finances available to strengthen the team if I’m still in charge. It very much just boils down to if I’m still here.”
We’ll know what will happen in 3 weeks time, but until that time it’s extremely important we knuckle down and get some good results in the league. Our next 3 games against Aston Villa (H), Fulham (A) and Wigan (H) should net us at least 6 points – hopefully.
Then comes the Chelsea game and hopefully some statement from Mike Ashley, and we think he’ll either have a new owner revealed, or Mike will be staying longer term, and probably at least through the end of this season.
If that happens we expect Joe to be hired full time – assuming the results in the next 3 games are not a disaster.