There should be some official announcement today from Newcastle United on the status of Joe Kinnear’s health problems.
Joe Kinnear – may not be able to continue at Newcastle
As we reported earlier today, The Sun is reporting this morning that Joe will need a coronary bypass operation, and if that turns out to be true, Joe will likely have the procedure this week.
This shouldn’t really stop Joe from keeping the manager’s job at Newcastle, but that will depend on the recommendations of his surgeons.
Certainly it’s not a good sign for Joe, given his prior health concerns with his heart.
If Joe does have the operation, then Newcastle will more than likely have it done in the next couple of days, and then the question will be who to bring in to run the club through the end of the season.
These things happen of course, but it’s not good that Newcastle will have yet another manager in charge this season, while we are still fighting against relegation.
The obvious candidate is Terry Venables.
Since there will be a question over whether Joe can ever return to Newcastle, it will be a similar situation to when Joe took over last September, in that the position could turn out to be a longer term job.
It’s a difficult decision for Ashley, but a safe choice would be Terry Venables, but he has already turned Newcastle down once, because he couldn’t be assured he would have the job once the club was sold.
It becomes completely different now that Mike is keeping the club, and if Joe is incapacitated, look for Ashley to try to get Venables in as soon as possible, to work with the players before the home game on 22nd February against Everton.
We also don’t want to jump the gun on this, and we have to wait for official word from the club that Joe does indeed need a heart operation, which is what has been reported, but the story originated in The Sun.
Whatever is decided needs to be what’s best for Joe’s health – and that’s the most important thing right now.