Joe Kinnear was asked today about the comparison Newcastle owner Mike Ashley made this week, when Mike came out and said Joe was his hero, and that that he thought he was better than England manager Fabio Capello.
Capello and Kinnear – the difference between them is £5M 😀
And what did Joe say about that – there is a difference between us – £5M.
That’ refers to the perceived difference in wages the two are receiving. It’s well known that Joe Kinnear is getting nowhere near what previous managers at the Newcastle club were getting.
Big Sam and Kevin were said to be on £3M/year, but Joe would be lucky if he’s one 1/6 of that amount, although £500K/year is still fabulous to ordinary people like us.
Joe was asked about the Fabio Capello comparison and said:
“I didn’t see the Fabio Capello comments, I was told about them,”
“There’s only one difference between us – I’m five million quid behind him!”
“If I can get hold of that article I think I’ll frame it, and then drop round his (Ashley’s) house with that article.”
If Joe can do really well for the rest of the season, and if he can get us into Europe, we’d be very surprised if the new owners would want to replace Joe as manager in the summer.
And even if they did, Joe should have no worries, because another club would give him the opportunity he craves.
One good thing about being Newcastle manager, is that the press coverage is always way over the top, and if you are doing well, then everybody and their brother knows about it.
And Joe has been doing quite well so far – and the coverage is getting positive.