Joe Kinnear has moved quickly to quell mischievous rumors there is a rift between himself and Michael Owen.
Joe Kinnear - happy with Newcastle fans
Joe talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
“That’s the sharpest I’ve seen Michael since I’ve been here. He’s getting better and better.” “I could have taken the easy option of playing him earlier when he was struggling for fitness, but had he broken down, what position would I have been in then?”
“I could have taken the cheating option, if you like, given I’m only here for eight games, and put him in on my very first game, even though he hadn’t trained for a week. What would everyone have said if he’d broken down?”
“People are trying to put a wedge between us for whatever reason.” “Obviously, the fact is that Michael’s concerned about his future and his contract. If I’m appointed, I’ll do something about it.”
“And, for what it’s worth I have said from day one that in my opinion he should be in the England squad. That’s my honest opinion.” “I feel for him because of the situation he finds himself in both for club and country, but he answered all this in the best possible way by coming off the bench and scoring for us on Saturday.”
Joe should get used to the fact that when you are Newcastle manager, you may never be right in the eyes of the press, and you will always be second guessed – that’s not just Joe – it’s part of the job unfortunately.
But Joe Kinnear has certainly said time and again he admires Michael, both as a player and a person. But the situation both find themselves in couldn’t be much worse, and could only happen at Newcastle.
Our last two games have been poor results and disappointing, but we think the players have let Joe and the fans down a little. We could so easily have got more points out of the two games. Maybe if Steven Taylor hadn’t been injured we would would have had 4 wins on the trot, and we’d be flying high by now.
We need something to happen quickly at the club, one way or the other.
Either appoint Joe until the end of the season, and let him sort out all the contracts, and get new players in during the January transfer window, working with Dennis Wise and Jeff Vetere.
The other alternative is to bring in a new owner, who can appoint their own manager, whoever that might be, and we’ll take it from there.
If Joe does go, then the Newcastle fans should be given the opportunity to hail the job he has done for the club these last several weeks. Maybe Joe can walk out onto the field before his last game in charge and take the applause of the Newcastle faithful – that will send a chill down his spine.
We really hope to know something on the future of our club by the end of the day this coming Saturday.