Danny Guthrie, who seems to improve with every game, has come out today and given praise to the Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear.
Danny Guthrie – praise for Joe Kinnear today
Danny told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:
“The manager just came in here with a no-nonsense attitude and that has worked for us so far.”
“He has certainly steadied the ship, but there were no drastic changes.”
“He just came in and picked the team as any manager would.”
This past year has probably been one of the most dramatic at the Newcastle United club, for a long long time, and that’s saying something.
After Keegan resigned in early September, the club was in more disarray than it’s been in living memory, with a full fans’ revolt against owner Mike Ashley. During that time we lost 5 straight games, with four of those in the league, and in the Carling Cup game we had our lowest home crowd since 1993, when we joined the Premier League.
Tottenham were rock bottom of the league at that time, but they were still able to beat us 2-1, for maybe the low point of the season.
But once Joe Kinnear arrived on Tyneside in late September, to some considerable disdain and criticism from most of the press, he soon had the players smiling again and enjoying their football.
Joe put organization into the defense immediately, to try to shore up what has been the team’s Achilles Heel at Newcastle for many a season.
And Joe, through his passion for the club, and his determination to succeed, has had most of the players playing at their very best, in short order.
“What every team needs and can’t do without is a manager in place, and that’s what Joe gave us.”
“Now we know we’ve got him until the end of the season everyone doesn’t have to be thinking ‘what’s going to happen next week.”
“Is someone else going to come in’?”
If we can get a couple of good results in our games against Wigan and Liverpool before the end of the year, we may be able to finish in the top half of the league table, and given everything that’s happened since August, that’s not bad, not bad at all.