Newcastle United have always had decent players and a good squad over at least the last 15 years.
Joe Kinnear – starting to get the best out of Newcastle players
But the squad has under-performed probably more than any other club in the Premier League, given the resources the club has, not to mention the best supporters in the land.
But for some reason, apart from when the great Sir Bobby Robson and Kevin Keegan were managers, we’ve underperformed very badly.
Indeed when Sam Allardyce became manager a short 18 months ago, we thought that Sam would get the very best out of what we had, which was a good squad, but for whatever reason, even Sam failed at Newcastle.
Glenn Roeder, Graeme Souness, Ruud Gullit and Kenny Dalglish all were given good money to spend and had good players, but couldn’t make Newcastle United successful again.
Now over the last 3 months, since the second resignation of Kevin Keegan, the club has probably been in its worst state for decades, and yet there are some small emerging signs over the last several weeks that the team is actually starting to get a lot better.
Joe Kinnear, an unlikely manager to say the least, has come in and the positives are there for all to see.
Overall he has put the pride back into the players at Newcastle United, and has not been shy in telling anybody who would listen, just how great a club Newcastle United really are, and how proud he is to manage such a big club.
He has also praised the fans no end, and in general the Newcastle fans have taken to the feisty Irishman quite well, even though most fans are still very annoyed at owner Mike Ashley and the Newcastle Board.
The performance of the lads over the last few games has shown determination, commitment and not a little bit of spirit, and it could well be that Joe may even become more successful than we ever imagined.
The signs are there, and we hope we’ll start to win a few games soon. 11 points from 9 games isn’t great, but we had 5 defeats on the trot immediately after Kevin left, and before Joe arrived to manage his first game at Everton.
But we should probably give Joe Kinnear the benefit of any doubt, because if nothing else Joe has worked night and day to turn Newcastle into a successful fighting outfit.
Although there is still a long way to go, there are definite signs he is righting the big ship, which is Newcastle United.
While we’re not getting too carried away, what a story that would be.