The problems that Joe Kinnear is confronting now at Newcastle United were not of his making, but he was one of the few managers who would take the job on, and now he’s finding out exactly why that was the case.
Joey Barton – out for 8 weeks with broken foot
Joe Kinnear has talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today as the problems at Newcastle with players injured increased again last night with both Michael Owen and Joe Barton now out with long term injuries.
“I thought they were much the better side in the first half.” “But we were much better in the second.”
“Then of course we had to chop and change because of injuries.” “We’ve now lost another two key players.”
“It’s the same old story week-in, week-out.” “We’ve got more players on the treatment table than we do on the pitch.”
“That’s how our luck has gone this season.”
Steven Taylor had a decent shout for a penalty denied when he was brought down by Micah Richards in the second half, but referee Jones overlooked claims for a penalty that could have changed the outcome of the game. But that’s the level the team is at right now, it’s all woulda coulda shoulda.
“We also had a good shout for a penalty on Tayls but we didn’t get it.” “I’m disappointed and totally p****** off with how the situation is.”
“But we have to bite the bullet.” “I’m responsible for whatever happens.”
“At the moment I’m not even sure we have 11 fit players for Sunday — the biggest game of the season.”
“We have lost our top goalscorer for four to six weeks.”
“Meaning that this is now the biggest challenge I’ve ever had – I can see why other people didn’t want to take the job.”
But the big surprise after another defeat last night is that it doesn’t look too good that Ashley will come in with the money to strengthen the squad.
It could well be that our numbers in the senior squad actually decrease this transfer window – and that would be almost unbelievable.
But those are the people we have running the club now, and we’re not talking about Joe Kinnear, who has the mess to sort out, with presumably no help from the powers that be.