For those Newcastle fans who may be ready to mount a campaign to bring in another manager at Newcastle United – please don’t.
Joe Kinnear – praying for new players coming through the door in January
Let’s do a short history lesson regarding managers at Newcastle United over the last 11 years or so and we should end up with the conclusion that more is not better in this case.
We’ve had 4 managers since Glenn Roeder was sacked a short 20 months ago – in May of 2007, after an injury ravaged season, and those four managers in order have been Roeder, Allardyce, Keegan and now Kinnear, and a new manager will hardly solve our problems right now, or even in the summer.
Allardyce was given a sort 8 months before he was sent packing, as fans rallied against him and forced Mike Ashley’s hand as the manager had become quite unpopular with some fans. But Sam had 26 points form his first 21 games with a goal difference of -6, before he was sent packing.
Kevin Keegan came in and went 10 games before he got his first win – against Fulham, but was only here for about the same time as Sam, when he seemed to get so fed up with the Board and their antics during the transfer market, that he resigned in early September. That came after being told to sell James Milner, and apparently getting players thrust on him that he didn’t want, like Xisco and Gonzalez.
In comes Joe Kinnear, after we went 5 defeats on the trot, and Joe has been in the job almost 4 months now, and he inherited a weak squad, at least in terms of numbers. It’s the same squad that Kevin was so dismayed with, when September 1st came and went and we didn’t get the players we needed through the door.
And of course, just like during Glenn Roeder’s final season Joe is now suffering through as many as 11 senior players being unavailable through injury – although yesterday that was improved to only 9 players not available but Jonas had a tight hamstring – but Joe still played him.
We think Joe Kinnear – if he gets a new contract for the next two seasons, as has been leaked, can do us a lot of good in those two years, by steadying the ship, convincing some of our best players to stay, and bringing in the type of players we need to really strengthen the squad.
We think our next step is to get a goods side together that can finish in the top half of the table so we are not fighting relegation next year, and maybe get in the top 8, or even in Europe next season.
We think Joe Kinnear can do that, but probably is not the man after that to take us top the next step – which had to be the top four.
We don’t think Joe can take us much higher than top 8, but to be in the top half and have an improved side is surely what we need to get to in the next two years, and then we can talk about who can take us beyond that level.
But we’ll never get anybody to stay at the club if we keep changing our managers every year or so – which we have proved many times over since Kevin Keegan left the first time in January of 1997.
We’ve had 8 managers since then – Dalglish, Gullitt, Robson, Souness, Roeder, Allardyce, Keegan and Kinnear – and only the great Bobby Robson brought us any success, and even then some fans had turned against Bobby, and he was sacked because we only finished 5th in the 2003-2004 season and didn’t qualify for the European Champions League, and then made a less than good start to the 2004-2005 season.
So again what we need at the club is some stability, and Joe should be given two years – to give us that.
Finally it would also help to get Chris Mort back on board, because Chris seems to be motivated to getting things done, and while he was here he learned a lot about being Newcastle Chairman in a very short time.
We need Chris back on board quickly to replace the hapless and completely ineffective Derek Llambias.