Joe Kinnear has many problems still to solve at Newcastle United, but so far he’s done more than a decent job at confronting all the problems that exist for the manager of Newcastle United.
Manager Joe Kinnear with Newcastle captain Michael Owen
Two problems on Joe’s dinner plate right now is how to keep our big Newcastle stars, Shay Given and Michael Owen, at the Tyneside club.
Kinnear has also shrugged off the Manchester City cheeky bid for Shay Given, after the Eastlands club bid less than £4m for the brilliant Irishman.
That’s hard to understand when they seem willing to pay £35M for Italian Gianluigi Buffon, who is just two years younger than Shay, and has never played in the Premier League.
That’s not to say Buffon is not a wonderful goalkeeper – there’s no doubt about that – and is one big reason that Italy are current World Cup holders.
Joe talked about his Irish compatriot – the great Shay Given this morning:
“In my eyes, Shay is still going nowhere.” “He’s got a major role here, as has Michael Owen.”
“And they both proved they are focused and committed to this club.”
“I think that, overall on Saturday, we were unlucky not to win the game against West Ham.”
“We created plenty of chances, scored two goals, had one disallowed and hit a post.”
“I was delighted with the effort.”
We were unlucky not to win the game on Saturday only because of the couple of chances we had in the last couple of minutes, but we really didn’t deserve all 3 points since West Ham looked a very good side at St. James’ Park, and were extremely enterprising in their play – which was good to see.
But of course all managers look at the game from their side of things, and after all the lads came back with great fighting spirit after West Ham went 2-1 ahead, when we worried in case be would be buried by the London club.
As we’ve said before we have no problems with the fight and spirit Joe has put back into his Newcastle players – which our fans just love to see.
Now we just need more class in the squad – over to you Mike Ashley and Dennis Wise.