Good news today from Newcastle United assistant manager Chris Hughton, who did so well yesterday in the absence of Joe Kinnear, when the lads got the job done and deserved all 3 points against WBA.
Joe Kinnear – anxious to get back to do this
Chris said that Joe Kinnear is already planning when he might return to the club’s training ground, and we cannot say that’s a big surprise because we think it will be hard to keep Joe away, especially when there were so many good things about yesterday performance.
The new lads all played very well, and apart from the back four looking very wobbly in the first half, the lads looked a lot better than of late. Ands it was our first win after 8 games, and only our second away win of the season, so good reason to celebrate.
The other good thing is we gained 3 points on Middlesbrough, Portsmouth, Blackburn, Bolton, West Ham, Stoke and of course WBA, and we gained 2 points on Spurs and Hull City.
So it was a valuable win indeed. The only thing that didn’t go our way was Sunderland won – but they did beat Stoke. 😀
Kinnear was admitted to hospital on Saturday morning in Sutton Coldfield before the game with WBA, which was such an important game for the Magpies.
We expect Joe’s spirits were lifted big time, not only by the result, which was all important, but also because of the overall performance, not to mention the spirit the lads seem to have in the team.
Certainly the Newcastle fans seemed to be in much better spirits today. We’ll not get carried away too much, but it is time to celebrate a little for such an important win.
We were a little surprised to see Mark Viduka at the end look so ecstatic after the win.
Chris Hughton has confirmed that Joe is itching to get back to the training ground, as he talked to Sky Sports today:
“He was in very good form, typical Joe,”
“He was very bullish and doesn’t know what all the fuss is about. He was in good form, very good form.”
“As everybody is aware, he felt ill yesterday morning and the fact that his blood pressure was high was the reason they kept him in, probably because of his past history.”
“But he is expected to be out in the next couple of days. He is in very bullish mood and already talking about when he is going to be back at the training ground, so that’s all very good news.”
“He had someone ringing him and giving him reports at every stage. He would have been very encouraged at the beginning and then disappointed and then encouraged again.”
“In the end it was a good win for us and I think it’s even more pleasing for him.”
We bet Joe’s blood pressure went up when WBA got their second goal, but to be fair Newcastle were the better side in the second half and WBA really did not have too many chances, and Harper was as safe as houses, as usual, in goal.
If Joe can return next week, and he’s OK to do that, according to the doctors, that would be great.
We would suggest the Newcastle players dedicate the next game – at home to Everton in two weeks time – to Joe Kinnear and go out there and win it for him – that will keep Joe’s blood pressure down. 😀
And they need to keep doing that so Joe’s blood pressure keeps at normal levels.
But good news on the manager, who has given everything he has, and more, since he arrived late last September.