Joe Kinnear is trying to correct all the problems he inherited since joining the club 10 years ago – or was it only last September? 😀
Joe Kinnear – does this every day – pray!
The significant piece of history Joe has to wrestle with today is that no Newcastle manager has had the double done over them by Sunderland in more than 40 years.
Joe said yesterday:
“I might look relaxed on the outside but that’s not how I feel on the inside,” “I’m anything but. It’s tough. The pressure is on me.”
“It’s make-or-break time for me. We’re under-strength. They’ll fancy their chances.”
“This is the one game I really want to win. It could do my future the world of good. This is the most turmoil I have worked in.”
“I won’t deny that, but I want to be a winner. Whatever comes, I have to take it.”
Presumably a win today would lift the spirits on Tyneside, and maybe he could get Ashley drunk and promise to bring in more players before tomorrow’s deadline.
On the other hand, if we lose today maybe he could get Ashley drunk and promise to bring in more players before tomorrow’s deadline
In short, we still need more players before Monday’s deadline at 5:00 pm whatever happens today.
Joe says Ashley will make his second St James’ Park appearance since August for today’s derby with Sunderland, but he may still be persuaded that it would not be safe by the local police, who must be on guard against possible demonstrations today, if things do not go well in today’s game.
But the fact that he turns up at all to face the music, will at least show the fans Mike has a little bit of bravery in him.
Joe Kinnear will give very late fitness tests to both Obafemi Martins and Alan Smith this morning.
We hope Oba can start today, after his groin operation to partner the quickly improving Andy Carroll up front.
And we trust that Alan can be on the bench and potentially called on to use his experience given whatever the game situation is if he gets on today.
This is more than an important game for Newcastle today – it’s almost a water-shed event.