Joe Kinnear has a difficult month ahead of him, as he must get the team winning again, even though we are again decimated with injuries, and he must also somehow strengthen the squad, and Joe has hardly been handed a strong hand to play by owner Mike Ashley.
Joe Kinnear and Chris Hughton – lots of work to do this month
Ahead of our first league game of the year on Saturday Joe sent a rallying message to the Newcastle faithful:
“We need you more than ever!”
We are again ravaged by injury and we don’t know who will be partnering Geremi in midfield, in the absence of Nicky Butt, who is suspended for one game>
21 year-old Danny Guthrie, who’s been in good form for us this season, is struggling to be fit from the flu bug.
“We need the fans more than ever on Saturday,” “They were fantastic again at Hull.”
“Once they get behind the team it urges us on.” “It’s the 12th man and they have been fantastic since I arrived.”
“I’m disappointed for them after the recent league results because I know the buck stops with me.”
“I’m doing the best I possibly can this end but they make a massive difference to us all.”
“I’m pleased to say for them that I think I’m getting the best out of the players available but it’s unfortunate that we’re riddled with injuries to key players.”
“There’s nothing I would love more than to bring success for them because I think they deserve it.”
That’s one thing that Joe has shown since he came to the club – he’s getting the very best out of what he has. And that after all, is the measure of a coach.
Joe never had top players at Wimbledon, but he still had Wimbledon performing well in the Premier League in the 1990s, so if got some more than decent players at Newcastle, we wonder just how successful he could become.
Joe will need to do well through the end of the season to hold onto his job past the summer, and after everything that’s happened since August, a top 10 finish would be very good indeed.