Joe Kinnear seems to have had some success with his talks with current owner Mike Ashley in recent weeks, and it seems the mistakes Mike made when Kevin Keegan was manager, he seems willing to change, with straight shooter, Joe Kinnear now installed as manager.
Mike Ashley – made big mistakes after Chris Mort left
Kinnear, whose side faces a difficult derby trip to Middlesbrough today, talked yesterday to the Evening Chronicle and talked willingly about his top priority in the next few weeks – signing captain Michael Owen to a new contract:
“We have got to sit down with Michael now and actually find out how he feels about the situation.
““At the moment, he is being very receptive. I believe he likes it here, to be honest. “That’s my personal opinion, but until I actually hear it from Michael, I don’t know. “
“But I sincerely hope I am in a position to keep him, for sure, because I wouldn’t want to lose him.”
Today’s move has given Keith Harris, Chairman of Seymour Pierce Bank, who are charged with selling the club, some relief, and Kinnear admits he has sensed a new determination in owner Mike Ashley to address and fix the problems which have had the club in absolute turmoil, since Kevin Keegan walked out in early September.
At that time it was reported that players were brought to the club without Kevin’s knowledge – not good.
“He [Ashley] is very keen to get on an even keel, and the only way we can do that is to start getting results. “
“It’s about bringing Michael down and looking at the situation and him saying, ‘I am prepared to back the club again’ as he has done in the past. “
“Hopefully, I can forge a future friendship with him.”
Joe seems to have a good relationship with Ashley, and that’s hardly surprising since Mike has given Joe the opportunity of a lifetime, in taking over a club that Joe knows very clearly is a great club.
Newcastle still has a tremendous history, and of course a terrific support base, that’s just second to none.
It’s all set for Joe now to be successful – but results are everything in this game, and that’s what Joe needs from now, until the end of the season.
We will back Joe and the players 100%, because we want our club to do well – it’s that simple – and we are less than interested in all the politics of the Newcastle ownership right now, since the last three months of turmoil has made our head hurt. 🙁
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