Joe Kinnear will in all likelihood be released from hospital today, and make his way back up to Newcastle with his wife Bonnie.
Joe Kinnear – should be released today
We’ll have to wait and see what the prognosis is on Joe from the doctors, and in particular how long he will need to recuperate, but it appears the manager is all set to resume his duties, if the doctors say that’s OK.
And replacing Joe as manager appears to be far from the minds of owner Mike Ashley and Managing Director Derek Llambias, who of course both visited Kinnear on Saturday night, after watching the team get the vital win at the Hawthorns, against bottom placed WBA.
Chris Hughton said today:
“I think Joe was particularly happy with the three points at West Brom, as we all were,”
“We are all aware of the games that we have to play, and we’ve got some difficult teams to play in the next few weeks, so this was a game we really had to win.”
“Looking at the results of the teams around us, this gives us a huge opportunity to build and get away from the relegation zone.”
“It was hugely important – we all knew that.”
Seems like Joe was as delighted as the fans at the fantastic win, and we could have done ourselves a lot of good last Saturday as we gained 3 points on most of the teams below us in the league.
It would appear the news on Kinnear’s condition suggests that it is not a serious problem, and although there were reports in yesterday’s papers that Joe has pins and needles down his left arm, we don’t know if that’s the truth, because that’s the sign of a pending heart attack, and the papers could well have just put that bit in themselves, given Joe’s previous medical history.
So maybe things are not as bad as we first thought – we certainly hope that’s the case.
A Newcastle club spokesman said today:
“He underwent a series of tests during the day and the subsequent results have shown he is okay.”
“As a precaution, Joe will remain in hospital for observation for a couple of days and will then be discharged.”
It seems that Joe is no less committed to getting the job done this season, and keep the Newcastle club in the Premier League.
If he can do that then it’s mission accomplished, in what has been a terrible season for Newcastle fans and the club in general. Then we just must start rehabilitating the image of the club, and certainly it would seem the summer will be very busy as Joe wheels and deals to further improve the Newcastle squad.
With the good form shown from our 3 new players, Ryan Taylor, Kevin Nolan and Peter Lovenkrands, and Viduka, Smith and Martins fit again and all ready to go against Everton, at home, in a couple of weeks, a good result then could lift the mood of the fans even further.
There will always be those that moan and groan about things, and if we were second in the league those would be the ones moaning about not being top.
But that’s life, and it seems that most fans are behind Joe as he tries to save Newcastle United this season.