There’s no doubt at all that Joe Kinnear is made in the mold of Kevin Keegan as a football manager, and his players just love him.
Kinnear – I wanted 5 tonight but 2 is OK
Oba Martins told Setanta Sports immediately following the Villa game, that he wants to see interim manager Joe Kinnear extend his stay at Newcastle United, in the hot seat.
Martins hit both goals for Newcastle in a hard earned win against a good looking Aston Villa side 2-0, at St James’ Park on Monday night.
Martins told Setanta Sports:
“I think it’s very important for a striker to score goals and I’m very happy today that I scored two goals,”
“I have to thank my team-mates as well because they really tried. We’re happy today.”
Martins looked as though he had been told to shoot whenever he got a good sight of goal, and his first goal was just that, as he drilled a tremendous left foot shot that beat Friedel from 20 yards, after an hour into the game.
But Joe may leave the club as soon as 22nd November, after the Chelsea game away, when he says Mike Ashley may be making an announcement about the club. We have no idea if that’s true, but Oba wants Kinnear to stay, as he continued:
“The gaffer has been a success,” “He’s doing all his best for us just to try to push us in training.” “He told us in training that if we put more effort in it will help in the games as well.”
“He helped us a lot today. I think he’s doing his best.” “I think – all the players – we don’t have any problem with Kinnear because he’s doing his best and I hope he stays.”
It’s interesting and even amusing that Joe Kinnear was unable to speak after the game due to a sore throat, but his assistant Chris Hughton praised the manager for the considerable impact he has made at the club.
“I think that the results speak for themselves and if I look at the performance today it was arguably our best performance since Manchester United on the first game of the season,”
“It was a massive win. I think certainly with the way results went over the weekend, it wasn’t a particularly good weekend for us with all the teams winning, so it was important that we won today.”
Hughton had some difficulty when he was in charge of the team, just after the club self-imploded, but he has worked well with Joe since he arrived, and has received glowing praise from the Irishman.
We have to remember that Keegan, McDermott and Adam Sadler all the left the club in early September, and Kinnear is the only one who has come in since then, so the coaching staff has also been very stretched.
Hopefully this game will change Newcastle’s season, and we can now concentrate on climbing that league table.
We also hope to hear from Joe sometime tomorrow, on the great win, once his throat clears up – from his shouting tonight. 😀