Joe Kinnear as ever thinks Newcastle have a decent chance tonight of beating Aston Villa at St. James’ Park.
Joe Kinnear – nothing surprises me now
Joe talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“I feel very optimistic of getting a result, especially playing at home,”
Joe Kinnear since he started at Newcastle in late September has met all the adversity at the club head on, and has done a reasonable job of getting the players back playing with some skill and determination, although we are hardly in the league position we need to be by the end of the year.
But Joe has stacks of experience always battling the odds at Wimbledon, but the Newcastle Journal reports this morning, on a less well-known management spell, when Joe was manager of Nepal in 1987.
Joe talked about his Nepal experience this morning, which was before he took over at Wimbledon:
“I was in Nepal for two years as their national coach. It was an amazing experience. You have to do it when you are young. I don’t think I would do something like that now but I am glad I did it, saw it, and roamed around. It was an education,”
“You are spoiled as a footballer. I have had to do it the hard way as a manager. I had 18 years in the top flight, five Cup finals, two European finals and I won them all.”
“Then you go onto coaching and learn your trade.” “With those experiences, nothing can surprise me. I am quite a confident and optimistic person so I am ok with life.”
Kinnear’s Nepal, who he trained at the base of Mount Everest, were runners up at the South Asian Games of 1987, and won the silver medal.
The beautiful Mount Everest – where are the football fields?
“Most of the players I had were Gurkhas,” “We played in World Cup qualifiers with Nepal. There would be 80,000 at every game and they would queue up for days to get a ticket.”
“We would play tournaments in India, it is a cricket country but you would be amazed. People would sleep in the street to get a ticket.”
“We trained at the foot of Mount Everest. There was a hotel right near and you could see it as you looked outside of your window. Incredible place. I have been up to the top of the mountain – right to the top and right across the Anapere range. I got taken up in a private jet.”
“Did I climb it? You must be kidding. I went up about three in the morning when the sun sets, it was sensational. Went all the way down to Tibet, turned left and came all the way back again.’’
There’s no doubt that Joe is a colorful personality, and an interesting guy to say the least.
But he still has big challenges to face at the Newcastle club, because our next 3 games are so important, and we just have to start getting more wins. We hope we can do just that.
Howay The Lads!!