Joe Kinnear was a little reluctant to drop Shola Ameobi for captain Michael Owen on Saturday, after Joe has revitalized the Nigerian’s career, at the only club he has ever played for.
Michael Owen – hugely important to Newcastle United
But Joe seems vindicated with the fantastic performance and draw achieved by Newcastle at Stamford Bridge, that justified his decision.
Kinnear said today:
“I had to leave out Shola against Chelsea which was a tough decision because he’s been excellent for me. But there are tough decisions to make as a football manager and I face up to them. I talked to Shola and explained it. Michael came in and did a terrific job.”
“I played Michael in a slightly deeper role at Chelsea because he’s one of those players that have the football brain to adapt to different kinds of positions and he was excellent.”
“His attitude was first class and that kind of thing is what real captains are all about.” “He showed his real captain’s qualities and that kind of thing sets the standard for the rest of the team. It’s real leadership.
“People have said this and that about me and Michael but our relationship is fine. He’s a hugely important part of this football club.”
Joe seems to be so good with his players, and unlike some of today’s managers, he talks to his players a lot. He talks to them about what he wants out of them for the side, and how they can improve.
He also lets them know why he’s left them out of the side, id he has dropped them, and that’s why very few of them seem anything but happy working for the likable Irishman.
It’s called great man management and both Bobby Robson and Kevin Keegan were also terrific at man management while at the club – and they were the two most successful managers we’ve had at the club since Joe Harvey managed Newcastle to success back in the 1960s.
When you treat your players well you can also get performances like Saturday’s out of the lads.
Now we have to keep up the standards and get all 3 points at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday. That’s the next test – and we cannot afford any let-downs – as we seem to have done so often in the past.