As we now know Joe Kinnear was taken to hospital before yesterday’s Newcastle game at WBA, and from what we are being told in the press today, it looks like the symptoms were those that usually precede a heart attack.
Joe Kinnear – pins and needles down left arm
The Newcastle manager, who is 62 and had a heart attack 10 years ago while on the sidelines at Wimbledon, was apparently admitted with pains down his left arm before Newcastle’s crucial 3-2 win at West Brom.
A Newcastle spokesman said:
“Joe reported feeling unwell at the team hotel. He was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.”
After the game, Chris Hughton and some of the Newcastle Directors (Owner Mike Ashley and Managing Director Derek Llambias were at the game), visited Joe in Sutton Coldfield’s Good Hope Hospital last night.
Yesterday’s win, which was Newcastle first in 9 games, lifted the Magpies 3 places to 13th position on 27 points, just one point less than they had last season after the same 25 games. and Newcastle are now four points clear of the relegation zone.
Chris Hughton said:
“The players are aware of what happened and I am sure it was in their minds. They acquitted themselves very well. ”
“But the simple thing is that Joe is okay. The players are very fond of Joe and appreciate the job he has done as a manager.”
West Brom manager Tony Mowbray, whose team remain bottom of the league on 22 points said:
“We wish Joe a speedy recovery. We are all in this industry together and it can be a stressful job at times.”
“We hope he gets back to work as soon as he can.”
And to be complete in a message issued by the club, Kinnear said:
“I’d like to thank everyone who has been asking how I have been feeling.
“Although I missed the game, I had my grandson giving me a full commentary.”
“I told Chris Hughton to pass on my congratulations to the players.”
Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias, who visited him in hospital, presumably with Mike Ashley said:
“Joe was in good spirits. And in typical Joe fashion, he was more concerned about the team’s win than himself.”
“He was relaxed and, hopefully, will be back home in a couple of days.”
Joe Kinnear’s wife Bonnie was at the hospital with her husband last night, and Newcastle owner Mike Ashley told friends last night, that Joe Kinnear was “comfortable.”
Joe was fine when the team traveled down on Friday, and apparently it was only when he awoke yesterday morning that he complained of pins and needles down his left arm. He was sent to hospital where a series of tests was carried out.
That kind of symptom is of course indicative of a pending heart attack – so these are certainly warning signs for Joe, since he has already had one heart attack, and the heart is always weakened when an attack occurs.
A club spokesman said:
“Joe will remain in hospital for observation for a couple of days and will then be discharged.”
However, it will up to the doctors to decide when he can return to work, and many fans had commented on how poorly Joe looked at last Sunday’s game against Sunderland.
Joe looked to have gained some pounds. and ny the bags under his eyes it seemed he hadn’t slept in a week.
A club source said:
“Knowing how tough Joe is, he’ll want to be back at the coalface as soon as possible, but we’ll have to wait and see.”
The doctors’ decision will really be a deciding factor in how long Joe will be out, but pains in the left arm are a serious sign, and generally the last thing people in that condition need is more stress.
We’ll have to wait and see how Joe does, and of course his health is the most important thing.
If Newcastle fans want to wish Joe well – he’s at Good Hope Hospital NHS Trust, Rectory Rd, Sutton Coldfield, B75 7RR.
We wish Joe the very very best, and we know he’s given his all since last September, to try to turn Newcastle United around.