Joe Kinnear has been asked today about the situation last Wednesday that saw both Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear and Hull City manager Phil Brown, sent to the stands for arguing with each other.
Joe Kinnear – will not change his ways – he cannot if he tried!
But it’s clear that Joe will not change, and as he told the Newcastle Journal this morning, that’s the way he is and he will not be changing any time soon, if ever.
Joe Kinnear talked this morning with the Newcastle Journal:
|“There are still 10 teams under us (in the Premier League table), so of course we all need to fight our corner,”
“At the moment I have four or five promising young kids coming in and I don’t want to have to throw them into a relegation battle but that’s what I’m doing because that’s all we’ve got.”
“I will always fight my corner and stick up for what I think is right and there’s no reason why I should change. It’s how I reacted to the situation.”
“’I’m not going to have someone like that come in and abuse my staff in front of me on my own pitch and then abuse my players as well and think he is going to walk away scot-free. No, I’m not going to accept that.”
“What he (Brown) did that got up my nose was that when one of my players got a yellow card he had the cheek to start clapping and ranting, ‘Send him off referee, do this, do that’.”
“That sort of stuff is just not acceptable. I will never change. That’s the way I am. I react to things.”
“I’m very passionate and I will always fight my cause and stand my ground. That will never change. I have done that all my life. I’ve been in front of the authorities four dozen times.”
Not that Kinnear can have many complaints about the spirit his patched-up side is showing. One of the things we like best about what Joe Kinnear has done at the club, is that we are never beaten and the lads always fight, whatever the state of the game.
And we get beaten these days simply because we’re not good enough, and it has nothing to do with effort, commitment or spirit from the lads in black and white shirts.
And that in itself is great to see, because it hasn’t always been that way recently, and we can hardly blame the players, it’s just some of them are not good enough, that’s all.
But some Newcastle fans may be concerned that Joe will be giving the club a bad name, as he keeps getting bans and reprisals from the match officials.
But it’s hard to have it both ways and Joe is what he is, and he will not change, and even if he tried to we doubt he would be successful. We have to take the good with the bad, because that’s just the way Joe is – and at least he’s not trying to be someone he isn’t.
“Unless you were completely blind and watching another game you surely can’t tell me we didn’t deserve to win (against Hull),” he argues, with plenty of justification. “That’s what football’s all about.”
“You take your chances and I’d be sat here talking about a 4-1 victory instead of a 1-0 defeat. That is a bitter pill to swallow.”
“We’ll have to see if I get a touchline ban,” “Let’s just wait and see how the referee saw it.”
And despite admitting an FA misconduct charge, Joe seems less than repentant, and will go ouyr and defend himself, once the hearing comes along (why has it taken so long?):
“I will fight my case with that,” “You will have to wait and see. You might be surprised at the outcome of that one.”
And Joe seems less than happy with the way he was treated after he looks to have taken the rap for Chris Hughton’s comments to a linesman in the Stoke game, complaining:
“I still got crucified over it.”
So the final question Kinnear was asked was whether he generally got on well with the other Premier League managers?
“Yeah, fine, no problems at all,” “I get on with all managers except Brownie!”
And that last comment we may add, was said with tongue in cheek.