Newcastle United interim manager Joe Kinnear seems upbeat today, and thinks the team will soon be out of the danger zone in the league, given the number of good players he now has available to choose from.
Joe Kinnear – with Newcastle fans – we’ll soon be out of trouble
The Newcastle bench on Sunday was extremely strong – Steve Harper, Sebastien Bassong, Michael Owen, Geremi, Charles N’Zogbia, Danny Guthrie, Andy Carroll.
That’s a very talented bench, and shows most of our players are back from injury with only Smith, Viduka and Gonzalez still being out with long term injuries. Owen and Geremi together have a combined total of more than 160 international caps, so that’s a lot of experience to have available on the bench.
And of course we also have some great youngsters at the club, which is so encouraging for the future, with France Under-21 star Charles N’Zogbia, England youth internationals Danny Guthrie and Andy Carroll and summer signing and French Under-21 International Sebastien Bassong.
But don’t we need to start giving Charles some playing time, because he’s far too good just to sit on the bench?
Joe told nufcTV he wasn’t complaining about having such a strong bench from which to potentially change games:
“Absolutely, I won’t be complaining about having too many good players,” “When I first came we were struggling a bit for numbers, but now the likes of Jonas Gutierrez, Joey Barton and Habib Beye are back.”
“That means some other very good players have had to miss out. But that can only be good for competition.” “To be able to call upon Michael Owen from the bench is fantastic, although he is working his way back to fitness.”
“Now we’ve got players who can come on and really change a game.” “I’m sure we’ll soon be out of the bottom three, not only because it’s really tight down there and one win takes you clear.”
“But because we’ve got top players who are capable of putting a run together, like we should’ve done after the two wins against West Brom and Villa.”
Good to hear Joe upbeat again, after the disappointments of last Sunday, but as we’ve said, that’s behind us now and we can get back on track with 3 points on Saturday at St. James’ Park against Wigan.
It’s a game we should be able to win, but nothing is easy these days, for any Premier League side.