Harry Redknapp has today praised Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear, and said that he should be given the Newcastle job for the long term, simply because he’s done so well in the last 3 months.
Joe Kinnear – should be given Newcastle job long term
Kinnear, the former Wimbledon boss, was criticized unceasingly by the gossip press when he first took over from Kevin Keegan – but the lads have gone 5 games without defeat, and in Joe’s 11 games in charge we have lost only twice, at Fulham and atyou know where, just 8 miles south of Newcastle, and that’s the only hint we’ll give.
And Joe famously let Simon Bird of the Daily Mirror have it – after Bird published some ridiculous and totally untrue criticisms of the former Wimbledon manager.
Most Newcastle fans think Joe was right to do that, although the language was more than a little blue, and maybe that’s why Joe is Mike Ashley’s hero, because Mike gets his fair share of terrible publicity as well.
Redknapp told BBC Sport today:
“Joe’s done a great job there, he’s another sensible guy who knows the game.”
“He’s been terrific so I’d like to see him keep the job on a regular basis because he’s done well.”
Kinnear has made a big impact at St James’ Park but this Sunday Newcastle will play a much improved and hard to beat Spurs team, who have had a new lease on life (and wins) under Harry.
Spurs have 10 wins from 14 matches under Redknapp, with a respectable position in the league in their sights after a terrible start under former Spanish manager Juande Ramos, who was appointed the new manager of Real Madrid on December 9th.
“We’ve got important games coming up – Newcastle, Fulham, West Brom and then Burnley in the Carling Cup,”
“It’s a chance to get out of the bottom group really, they are all down there with us so they are big games.”
“But I haven’t set targets, I just want some decent results so I can enjoy my Christmas dinner – it’s only as good as my team is doing.”
We don’t want to upset Harry’s enjoyment of his Xmas dinner, but we still hope Newcastle can capture all 3 points on Sunday, and with all the injuries Sprus have, that has to be a good possibility.