Joe Kinnear took some time today to reflect on his 10 weeks in a job that is generally considered to be one of the most challenging in British football – Manager of Newcastle United Football Club.
Joe Kinnear – it’s been tough at Newcastle
Joe said today:
“Has it really only been 10 weeks? It seems a lot longer than that.” “But obviously without a shadow of doubt I knew I faced a massive task when I came here.”“People close to me and whose opinions I respect told me ‘You are going in at the wrong time’.”
“Newcastle were on the floor when I arrived here. They were second from bottom and they had lost quite a few games to teams they should have been capable of beating.” “They had been beaten at home by Hull and Blackburn, so there were six points dropped.” “We need to address that and get those back elsewhere.”
“I have enjoyed it – but I have had a tough time, there’s no question about that.” “I know I am not the most popular, I understand that, but you get on with life and it is up to me to prove I am the man that’s right for the job.
“Come the end of the season, I might be celebrating.”
“Just when we think we have got a good result, and we have had a few since I came, all the other scenarios have worked not in our favor.” “But good luck to those teams who are scrapping the same as we are down at the wrong end of the table.”
“It will continue to go on until one team decides to win three on the spin and you see a big change in the picture for them then.”
Even if Newcastle fans aren’t convinced Joe is good enough to be manager of the club long term, few would disagree that he’s done an excellent job for Newcastle so far. He only has 11 points from his 9 games in charge but the performances have generally been very good overall. His record is won 2 lost 2 and drawn 5 – we needed to turn some of those draws into wins.
We think he has done very well, and are very willing to give him 100% support through the end of the season.
Joe’s proved he’s a fighter and he was willing to take on the job when few others wanted it, and he has fully earned his extended time at Newcastle United, in what seems to be his dream job.
After it’s all over at Newcastle for Joe, whenever that is, we can guarantee Joe will think it’s the best job he ever had. 😀