Joe Kinnear has come out today and said he full appreciates the pain and frustration the Newcastle fans are feeling, as we seem to be moving into one of the most dangerous times we’ve ever had, of being relegated for the first time ever from the Premier League.
Joe Kinnear – understands the fans’ pain and frustration
The Newcastle fans are still getting over the shock of being taken to the cleaners in the second half by a Blackburn Rovers side that were 5 points behind us in the league before Saturday’s game yet ended up easy winners at 3-0.
We now have the worst points total ever in the Premier league after 22 games, and that’s saying something, since this is the 3rd season in a row the fans have been invited to support a team that is struggling against relegation, and it seems like it’s now an annual event.
Newcastle are just just two points above bottom place in the league, and we also have some difficult league games coming up.
Kinnear, who has the job of trying to save the team, with or without the requisite support from owner Mike Ashley and the Board, told the Evening Chronicle today:
“The fans must vent their anger – I understand that.” “In the first half at Blackburn the fans were as good as gold.”
“They were chanting, singing and enjoying themselves.” “But my hands are tied with what I can do for them.”
“It was a disappointing day for everybody.” “It would be different if I had every single player at the club available to me. But I haven’t, so what else can I do but battle on.”
“I have been criticized since I arrived here. But I have broad shoulders, and I know I am more than capable of keeping the club up.”
“Whatever happens, if I do stay I don’t want to be in this position in 12 months time.”
Kinnear has been offered a contract on Tyneside to stay at the club until 2011, but he has not immediately accepted the deal, because it seems he is unsure of owner Mike Ashley’s plans for the club, and whether Mike is really willing to fund the required number of new players into the club.
Mike Ashley’s words just don’t cut it, since he has not proved it with his actions, either last summer, or so far this January, that he really wants to rebuild Newcastle into as top club, which is all the fans want.
“I need to have my own players and put my own stamp on the team.”
“Providing we stay up – we will rebuild.” “It’s crying out to be rebuilt.” “That’s what is needed.”
“At the moment I have to get the best out of what I’ve got because this is a patched-up team and people have been played out of position.”
Joe has done quite well until recently, when the team has been hit by injury, and in the the last 6 games we have four defeats and two draws, and the Spurs 2-1 victory was our last win.
The good news is that there are a lot more teams in the relegation quagmire this season, with just 5 points separating the bottom 10 teams.