Joe Kinnear was able to have an interview with the Evening Chronicle today, just before boarding Newcastle’s plane to London, for tomorrow’s crucial game with Fulham.
Joe Kinnear – team now has much better communication
Kinnear spoke today of some of the things he has been able to improve on the training field, and thinks there is improved communication on the field between the Newcastle players, especially the defense.
“Looking at Fabricio Coloccini, I can see that he is reading the game better and that he is getting a better understanding with Steven Taylor.” “Players are expressing themselves to each other more than when I arrived here.”
“There was the quiet bunch, the reasonably talkative bunch and a few noisy ones, whereas at Wimbledon, everybody voiced an opinion.” “You can’t play football without information on the pitch unless you have the 11 best players in the world.”
“But when you have to organize, somebody has to pass on information because things change so quickly.” “The key goal we lost at Sunderland could have been sorted out in two seconds if somebody had made the decision when the lad had the shot and mis-hit it and it went across the box to Cisse.”
“There was no full-back there, was there? The full-back had come across with the wide player thinking he was doing the right job, where he could have let him go on to a centre-back and stayed in that hole and then dealt with that ball.”
“Our organization was what killed us for that first goal, but we don’t do that any more. We stay in our positions and pass players over.” “We don’t travel with players, we don’t let people pull us out of holes, and we don’t let people disorganize us.
“They are only minor things, but they are effective.” “You have to keep your shape whatever team you are playing, even when teams have ploys to pull you out of areas, like we did the other night against Aston Villa.”
“Thankfully, I am getting a good response from the players.”
Joe Kinnear has stamped his image on our players and hopefully the defense will keep improving, because when Joe talks, you get the idea he knows exactly what he is talking about.
And that rubs off on the players who are only too willing to help Joe through what is an extremely difficult task he took up 6 weeks ago.
But if we can get a win tomorrow, it’s clear we’ll get some good press, because 3 wins in a row would be great and in Joe’s first 6 games, we’ll have captured 11 points – not too bad at all.
Then we’ll have to beat Wigan Athletic at home next Saturday, where we would hope that Newcastle supporters turn up in some numbers to support the lads. Let’s not make things even more difficult than it already is for Joe and the players.
Keep it up Joe.