Joe Kinnear gave an interesting news conference today, before the visit to Stamford Bridge, and Joe is in no way looking for a damage limitation exercise in London on Saturday.
Joe Kinnear – going for a result on Saturday
Joe is a fighter, that’s one thing that’s become very clear in his time at the club, and he has also proved he can instill those fighting qualities into his players.
But on Saturday he will again be without Steven Taylor and Joey Barton, and by his own admission there’s quite a gap between our top players, and those who deputize for them when they are out injured.
Although Joe freely admits that Chelsea are a great side, he also believes Newcastle can instill damage of their own on other teams, especially with the speed we have in our ranks.
Joe was questioned by the local journalists today and said:
“You don’t get anything in football if you play with a fear complex.” “I have been concentrating on how we can play.” “We can hurt teams.”
“Who is to say we won’t get a result?” “It is a great opportunity for us.” “When I used to play I looked forward to these games.”
“I was right-back at Tottenham and George Best was a left-winger but I looked forward to the challenge.”
“When you look at what they (Chelsea) can do it can be frightening.” “But I won’t be going there thinking damage limitation.” “I am optimistic and I know we have players who can score goals.”
Joe was asked about whether Michael Owen is 100% fit, and he said he was, and all the nonsense, earlier in the week, about a rift between Michael and himself, was just that – complete nonsense.
“Michael is 100% fit now.” “He has been frustrated but he was injured when I came here to start with.” “He has got sharper and sharper.”
“He’s been working with a private coach.” “But that’s the sort of professional he is.”
Joe certainly seems fired up for the game on Saturday, and any result would be great for the team. We hardly expect any points from a Chelsea game away, after all.
We also hope to hear something following the game on the future of the club, and whether a sale is imminent to the two interested American investors.
If it is not, we would expect Joe to be appointed through the end of the season as manager, but we’ll be in a state of uncertainty even longer, and probably through to the summer, which is hardly good.
But the January transfer window will be very important, and hopefully we can strengthen the Newcastle squad significantly – first things first.