Newcastle have collected 8 points from Joe Kinnear’s 5 games in charge, and that was following 5 successive defeats, which started at Arsenal on 30th August before he officially took over at Everton on 5th October.
Joe Kinnear – now has 8 points from 5 games
Joe Kinnear believes Newcastle United have an excellent midfield four, and has been singing the praises of Joey Barton, since the Liverpudlian returned to the side.
But Joe’s enthusiasm also extends to his experienced partner Nicky Butt and wide men Irishman Damien Duff and Argentine Jonás Gutiérrez, who played across the park for the side in last Monday’s great 2-0 win against Aston Villa.
Kinnear talked about the Newcastle midfield today:
“That four across the midfield are up there with the best in Premier League,” “Everyone was superb on Monday but I think the midfield have been an important part of our success over the last couple of games.”
“Nicky Butt and Joey have been terrific but Jonás, the Spiderman, is a terrific player. He’s got pace, he’s brave and I think the goals will come for him if he keeps up his form.”
“Damien Duff’s been outstanding for me as well – he’s getting close to how he was all those years ago when he was playing for Blackburn and Chelsea.”
“ I think it’s the first time he’s been properly fit for years and him and the Spiderman on either wing are both real threats.”
But credit to Joe, because the most important credential of any coach is to get the very best out of his players, whoever they are. Kevin Keegan showed he could do that when he took over in January, and Joe has also proved that, since he took over 6 weeks ago today on Friday, September 26th.
And both coaches found out, that when most players are fit, the squad, though too small, has a lot of quality. We should remember we have Geremi, Charles N’Zogbia, Seb Bassong and Danny Guthrie fighting for their places in the side right now.
We still have Alan Smith and Mark Viduka out long term, along with Ignacio Gonzalez, who all have Achilles injuries, as it turns out.
If we can win on Sunday afternoon against Fulham, and we must be in with a good chance, then the City of Newcastle will be buzzing again, we can be sure of that.