Joe Kinnear continues to relish being manager of Newcastle United, and he is starting to prove a lot of the pundits wrong – at least those who initially thought he wasn’t even up to the job.
Joe Kinnear – the real deal at Newcastle?
Kinnear became the first Newcastle manager to take a point at Stamford Bridge in seven years on Saturday, and surely Joe has now shown there should be a place for him in football when he eventually leaves the Newcastle club.
It’s been a great opportunity for the Irishman to introduce himself back to the football world that, by his own admission, he simply lives and breathes.
Joe said today:
“I’d like to think I’d get another job, but it’s a fickle business to be in and you never really know,” “Most of the time it wasn’t a case of my ability, given what I’d done in the game, but it was the case that I never got interviews because of my health. After the heart attack, it’s been impossible for me to make my case to anybody.”
“I eat, drink, smoke football. I love watching it. I can go anywhere in the world to watch games and want to stay in it. I had a four-year contract left when I had my heart attack, but was ordered to take two years off, and then you’re the forgotten man.”
“I kept banging on doors and this one’s come out of the blue. I’m going to do all I possibly can to make sure it leads on to another one.”
It really is a wonderful opportunity for Joe, that he’s taken it with both hands, and he’s obviously indebted to owner Mike Ashley, for giving him the chance, but who wouldn’t be?
If Joe can build on the performance of the Newcastle performance last Saturday, and keep our defense very tight, we could well go on a nice run, and if that happens, anything is possible for Joe, either at Newcastle or somewhere else.
But Joe is down to earth too, and he knows he doesn’t have a chance to stay at Newcastle if Kevin Keegan or Alan Shearer are tapped for the manager job, once the new owners are installed.
But that doesn’t seem to bother him too much, as he concentrates on doing the best job he can for his current employers, and he is just so pleased to be back in the game of football he loves so much.
It warms the heart to see the man giving his all for the famous Newcastle United club, and we notice the players are starting to do the same.