Wigan Athletic’s Newcastle born manager Steve Bruce, has been impressed by the progress achieved at Newcastle United by former Wimbledon manager Joe Kinnear.
Steve Bruce – Kinnear has made Newcastle a hard team to beat
Steve Bruce talked before the game with Newcastle on Boxing Day at the JJB Stadium:
“I thought his rant at the press was absolutely fantastic,” “I was thinking ‘Has he done it on purpose to take it (the pressure) away from the owner and the players and pile it on himself?’
“If he did do that then I have to say well done, pat on the back to him, because it has got them going and since he has gone in there they have lost two in 13 games.”
Actually it’s only 12 game, because the Blackburn game didn’t count as Joe had only arrived in Newcastle the night before, and didn’t officially take over until the following Monday, although he did give the team a few choice words at half time, and they were much better in the second half but couldn’t come back from being 2-0 down at the half.
Joe has 4 wins, 6 draws and only 2 defeats, which is not too bad at all, and the Newcastle side are starting to get even better, dare we say it.
Kinnear of course was out for nearly four years before being brought back into the goldfish bowl that is Newcastle United, but he seemed to get things sorted out sooner than it took Kevin Keegan last January.
Kevin went 10 games before he got his first win, but after that the team were flying.
“Newcastle have always been associated with playing one way – they’ve had to be because the supporters are a little gung-ho – but he’s made them more difficult to be beat,”
“That is the difference he has made. When you are down at the bottom that little bit of experience is what you need.”
Most fans will agree Joe has done a good job so far, but we need to continue our good form until we are back near the top of that league.
And maybe we can even push for a place in Europe next season, but if we are to do that, we cannot afford to throw points away like we have against Wigan and Stoke recently.