Joe Kinnear will have his troops ready for the game at Blackburn tomorrow afternoon, and they will have forgotten about the unfortunate FA Cup replay in mid-week, when we had no luck at all – let’s be honest – and the lads did their very best.
Joe Kinnear – looks like he hasn’t slept for quite a while
Kinnear told the Chronicle today:
“Whatever they throw at us, we have to be prepared for.” “It will be the same sort of policy we had when we went to Chelsea.”
“They are a fresh side and they have not played as many games as we have, but I still believe we are capable of taking something out of the game.”
“Whatever happens, our next four games are all against teams below us, and it is a good chance to put distance between us and them and take things from there.”
Big Sam Allardyce left St. James’ Park just over 12 months ago, and if Sam thought the club was in a little turmoil when he was there, things have got a lot worse since he left, with a couple of new managers in aftre him in the last 12 months.
Sam always worked hard on set pieces and Joe Kinnear has done the same, since that seems the best way these days to manufacture some goals, but Joe plays a more attacking and entertaining style of football that Big Sam never uld have – he’s just too defensive minded.
“Sam plays to his strengths, like I did when I was at Wimbledon.” “I think every manager does.”
“Stoke City this season are playing to their strengths, but you have to be ready for it.”
Joe was appointed the manager a day before the home game against Blackburn – and this is how he was afrter Balckurn scored their second gaol through Samba, from aSTevben Taylor error – just before half time.
Joe Kinnear – welcome to Newcastle Joe c:
But at half time Joe used some nice blue language (and Gutierrez had to translate for Fabricio), and the lads played a lot better in the seocnd half with certainly a lot more urgency and spirit, and they came back to 2-1 and were unlucky not to get a point that day.
That was our 5th defeat in a row and the Everton 2-2 draw next week, which was Joe’s first official game in charge, finally stopped the rot, but we’re still struggling from those 4 league defeats in a row after Keegan left.
But Joe is nothing if not upbeat and he feels there are quite a few positives since then:
“When I took the job it was the day after the Blackburn game.”
“That put them six points clear, but since then we have turned it around and we are a few points ahead of them.”
“We have progressed, whereas they have not.”
“Since then, I think we have done exceptionally well to reach the position we are in now.”
Meanwhile, Allardyce has defended his record at Newcastle United after being sacked last January, which in truth was not too bad since we had 26 points when he left:
“My question is – why should I get any stick?
“When we went to Blyth, which is just north of Newcastle, for our FA Cup tie, I was told I was going to get it, and yet I’ve never signed so many autographs and posed for so many photos.”
“There was the odd one shouting ‘you fat *******’ but I get that wherever I go!” “Newcastle had 26 points when I was sacked and we were 11th.”
“There seems to be a perception put about that I did a bad job – even though, in our first 10 games, we had the best start for a decade.”
“If you look at Kevin’s and Joe’s records, I think mine stands up against theirs.”
We think Sam was sacked more for the style of his play since Chris Mort and Mike Ashley wanted Newcastle to play an entertaining type of game.
We’re not sure Sam will get stick – after the all the man did his very best for the club, let’s fact it, and he just couldn’t get us going quickly enough, with the high expectations at that time with Mike Ashley having just come in.
We’re a lot wiser now – excuse the pun.
But when you are a manager you have to have very thick skin, with strong nerves – that’s for sure- and Sam and Joe seem to have both.