Joe Kinnear was understandably delighted after Newcastle’s draw yesterday against a powerful Chelsea side.
Habib Beye – sensational game in London
Joe talked enthusiastically following the game in London yesterday:
“Scolari congratulated me for the point, which was very kind of him. and I don’t make an apology for playing for it, either.” “I planned for this result for three days – to make Chelsea play in front of us. I brought Michael Owen back into the side and played him in a deeper role.”
“To be fair to us, everything they did was long shots and Shay given made two world-class saves. We had one good chance and could have even nicked it.” “That was our best performance of the season.” “When I was asked to take this job on, the deal was to do a job until the club was sold – nothing’s changed.”
“We got bodies in the way and the two center-halves were magnificent, and Habib Beye was sensational.” “They got their just rewards today.” Things have gone wrong for us late on in games and I worried that it was going to happen again. This draw feels like a win. When we drew at home against Wigan when they scored late -it felt like a defeat.”
“It is probably the best team performance we’ve had away from home this year. Even though we drew 2-2 at Everton, I would say this is the best performance.” “I will speak to the owner [Mike Ashley] about the game. My contract was due to run out after the Middlesbrough game but I was told yesterday that I had another month in charge.”
“I think I’ll be here over Christmas so I might try and twist Ashley’s arm and bring some players in but I will also try and shift a few fringe players – well those who I don’t think will play for Newcastle.” “Ashley is currently taking to Americans about buying the club. But their offer was well below the estimate of what he thinks the club is worth.”
Joe has had his contract extended another month, but we have to think there’s still another shoe to fall, and that is probably that he will now be manager through the end of the season.
If the American Consortium that is interested in buying Newcastle are not coming near to Ashley’s valuation, it is unlikely the club will be sold anytime soon.
And Newcastle have to sort out existing contracts, although according to the Sunday Express today, our captain Michael Owen says he wants away – but we have no idea if there’s any truth in that story.
If it looks like Ashley will not be able to sell the club in the short term, some statement will need to be issued by the Newcastle Board – yes they will need to do something.
They need to let the fans and the players know what the short term plan is – to at least cover the January transfer window – that’s the very least that’s needed.