Joe Kinnear has done as well as anybody could, since he took over the hot seat at St. James’ Park six weeks ago.
In the way the club has been run since Chris Mort left, Joe arrived at Newcastle International Airport, and wasn’t met by anybody and hailed a taxi to get to his hotel.
And it seems the Newcastle Board’s non communication with the fans also extends to our interim manager, since Joe seems to know very little about what’s going on with the sale of the club.
Communication is so important to a successful business, or successful anything, so one thing we’ve been really surprised and disappointed at, is just how poorly Mike Ashley has communicated with the Newcastle fans during his short tenure. We’ve had very little idea, in his 18 months at the club, what he’s been thinking.
The fans of course are his customers, and it works better if you treat them well. 😀
But it’s a huge failing when you are the owner of a football club, especially one that has passionate supporters, like Newcastle United, and hardly say anything. Chris Mort was doing all the communicating when he was here, and in retrospect Chris did a great job for the club, but Derek Llambias has been worse than hopeless in the job, since he took over.
Joe talked yesterday before the trip to Fulham for Sunday afternoon’s game:
“I am enjoying the job, just getting fed up with answering the same questions,” “I have to keep winning. The results have been good and we have played well. I love football, I love training, I can’t influence anything but be successful.”
“If I don’t prove myself, I won’t get the job. At the moment I haven’t had seven games yet.” “I will know about my future after the Chelsea game (November 22).”
“Nothing has been told to me since the last chat I had with them.” “If I am fortunate enough to get an extension or get the job for a longer period of time, then I don’t want to be left in the lurch.”
“At that point I want to know”
“(a) how much I can spend and
(b) do I have to sell to generate my own funds?”
“But I don’t know the situation. Since I have been here I have seen it written that 26 managers (have been tipped). Everyone is having a pick – everyone is saying something different about who the next manager will be.”
If Joe keeps winning games he may be surprised at the considerable local support he will have generated on Tyneside, because he’s a likable and passionate guy.
But he’s right the speculation is endless – will Keegan be restored, will Shearer be offered the job, or will another world class manager be hired?
And why was John Carver, who now manages in the MLS with Toronto FC, at the game on Monday night, standing alongside Alan Shearer? Will those two take over with Alan as manager and John as assistant manager – two local lads, which we’re sure the new owners, whoever they are, will need to have at the club in various capacities.
The speculation is endless, and we’ve just added some new speculation with Alan and John. 😀
We were over the moon at the end of the Newcastle game on Monday night, for many many reasons, not just because we won, but also the manner in which we did it. The lads fought all the way, and played some good football, and after Oba’s fantastic and crucial first goal, we completely bossed the game.
As far as Joe is concerned he is right that the more wins he gets, the better it is for Newcastle and for himself – and if doesn’t get offered the Newcastle job, he’s done more than enough to earn a management spot at some other club. We’re sure not many people with argue with that.
What do you think about all of this? Comments welcome.