Newcastle United have today announced that Joe Kinnear has signed a contract as manager of the club until the end of the 2008/09 season.
Joe Kinnear – Newcastle manager through the end of the season
Joe initially came to St. James’ Park in September as the interim manager until the club was sold, but will now remain with Newcastle for the rest of this season, so it’s a terrific opportunity for Joe to do extra well, starting at Middlesbrough tomorrow.
A delighted Kinnear commented on the news this morning:
“Ever since I came to Newcastle United I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience.” “The players have been great to work with and the fans have made me feel at home since day one.”
“We have a big challenge ahead of us for the rest of the season but together I’m confident we will make good progress.”
“We have some very good players already at this club and hopefully we can further strengthen the squad in January and I will be working very closely with the directors to try to achieve that.”
Managing Director Derek Llambias said:
“Joe has done an excellent job since coming to the Club and everyone is delighted that he has agreed to remain in charge for the rest of the season.”
As you may have seen by now we have Joe Kinnear’s picture on our header, at the top of the page, in place of Kevin Keegan.
This announcement will now beg the question – when will the club be sold?
But it would appear the two American consortiums are just not bidding enough, and probably the best we can expect is the club is sold by the summer.
But the appointment of Joe will give the club a little bit more stability, and that’s got to be good, and we trust some contract negotiations with some of our players will now start.
We are appreciative of the good work Joe has done at the club already, and we’ll be supporting him 100% simply because he is now manager of our famous club.
We’d be absolutely delighted if Joe does fantastically well. There’s no doubt Joe’s willing to work night and day for the Tyneside club, and we love to see that fantastic commitment, which is also starting to come from his players.
We really don’t know just how good a manager Joe is, and whether he’s good enough for Newcastle, but as we’ve said we’re very willing for Joe to surprise us all on the upside. That’s what we’re hoping for – on this web site.
Best of luck, Joe.