Joe Kinnear is fast making a name for himself, and things have gone rather well for Newcastle, ever since Joe told Daily Mirror reporter Simon Bird where to go, during a press conference shortly after he joined Newcastle.
Joe Kinnear – “I will get the best out of the players I have”
Of course the swearing in that press confernece got some criticism for the Irishman, but most people were pleased Joe gave it to the journalists, some of whom are a huge pain in the behind.
One is Wigan manager Steve Bruce, who said he thought Joe was great during that press conference and may even have been putting pressure on himself – to take it off his players and Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.
But Joe has worked like crazy at Newcastle, and his hard work and terrific man-management is starting to pay off, and the unlikely Kinnear has the Magpies up to 12th place in the league, before their visit to Wigan this afternoon.
One miracle he seems to have achieved is to make the Newcastle defense both well organized and solid, something no other manager has done in a very long time.
Kinnear told the Daily Express:
“I have always put 110% into anything I do in my life. I am aware – and it has repeatedly been said to me – that I was never first choice here, but nevertheless, that’s behind me now.”
“I am only looking forward at how the future pans out for me. I am not really worried who gets in my way,”
“I just carry on doing exactly what I am doing. I am going to get the best out of these players and I am going to get Newcastle into the top 10 to stay there permanently.”
“Where that takes me at the end of the year is another question, I couldn’t answer that.”
“But until then, I shall certainly be doing my best – and quite honestly, I have got nothing to lose.”
You just cannot fault Joe’s attitude and of course this will positively impact his players too, as it seem like Joe lives in the present, and concentrates fully on every game, whatever the last result was.
That’s so good for a manager, and Joe refuses to get carried away, either on the upside after a number of wins, or on the down side , which has so far been a number of draws.
If Joe continues with the success he’s had at Newcastle, clubs will be lining up for his services in the summer.
That’s because not only is he a good manager on the field with the players, but he’s also got the famous Newcastle club moving again.
The fact that Newcastle have already bid for 4 players, and the January transfer market hasn’t yet opened, says a lot for Joe’s common sense approach to getting things done.
And it also seems he gets on with most people very well, including owner Mike Ashley and Director of Football Dennis Wise, who most fans have had trouble with since he was hired by then Chairman Chris Mort last January.
And Joe’s ability to work with people already at the club, is slowly bringing a little more harmony to Newcastle, after it was blasted wide open in early September, with an almighty argument between Derek Llambias and Kevin Keegan. 🙁
We support Joe Kinnear and the players fully, and will do so as long as Joe is at the club.