Chris Hughton talked again to the Newcastle Journal this morning, and we have no new news on whether interim manager Joe Kinnear is able to talk yet, after last night’s heroics against Aston Villa.
Chris Hughton – difficult decision to be made on Joe
Chris said today:
“After the way the weekend went it was essential that we got something – both in terms of building confidence and moving to the place where we want to be,” “But we’ve still got a fair way to go before we can say we’ve turned a corner and that we’re in the position we want to be in.”
“Joe has given someone a very difficult decision to make. All that he can is to try and get the best results possible. At the moment, they’re okay and that’s all he can do.”
That last comment is interesting because we have no idea what will happen to Joe, and if new owners take over later this month, his management time at Newcastle could well be over.
If that’s the case, and he leaves the club, after doing so well, we hope he gets some decent compensation and not the measly £60K/month he’s said to be on in some media reports. If Joe had let the club slide Ashley wouldn’t even get a buyer, so in a way Joe’s working against his own burning ambition to manage the Tyneside club long term.
If Ashley doesn’t sell then that has it’s own unique problems, but Joe will in all likelihood continue as manager of the club, and do something worthwhile in January to improve the squad.
But since Chris Mort left the club in the summer, we have had no idea what is going on, and the last communication from the board was weeks and weeks ago. That’s when Ashley said he would sell the club, on September 14th, and they also introduced Kinnear on September 26th of course – but apart from that – nothing.
Some way to treat your customers – and little wonder the fans are fuming.
Back to football and Newcastle look a much more threatening side now with the return of Martins, Barton, Jonás Gutiérrez – and even Michael Owen soon. The first three have all played excellently in our last two victories in the last 6 days.
And Joe Kinnear will have been happy that Newcastle killed off the game before he introduced a relaxed and obviously happy Michael Owen to the game, in injury time, to get a little runaround.
That was very different to last Tuesday’s game against WBA, when we hung on until the final whistle, but it was also something Joe had asked for before the game – “don’t do that to me again” we think were his exact words, following the win against West Brom.
“The most important thing for us at the moment is that we have so many options. Shola is playing well and we have two players who can cause trouble for opposition players.”
“I think Obafemi Martins is a big player for us and we certainly did miss him when he wasn’t there. The quality that he has is huge – he is able to stretch players with his pace and he can score goals.”
“The fact that we were able to bring Michael back gradually and just give him a chance to stretch his legs is testament to the lads who were on the pitch.”
An excellent win and something we have to build on in our next two games, because there’s a good chance, if we play well, that we can get another 6 points out of those two games, which will take us hurtling up the league.
But we showed we are getting into that winning habit, because at half time it was anybody’s game in a very closely contested first 45 minutes, and Aston Villa are obviously a very talented side, let’s make no mistake about that.