The Sun is reporting today that Joe Kinnear has been told by doctors that he needs an emergency heart bypass operation.
Joe Kinnear – The Sun is reporting he needs heart bypass surgery.
The 62-year-old had a heart attack ten years ago while managing Wimbledon, and there are reports this morning he needs major heart surgery.
It would appear that assistant boss Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood are set to take temporary control of the side, but Newcastle lost 5 games on the trot earlier this season, when Chris Hughton was in charge.
This comes at a bad time for the Newcastle team – if indeed this news is true – as the club are in the middle of a huge relegation battle.
Joe is still in the hospital in Sutton Coldfield, and has not been discharged, and if the operation is necessary, it is likely to take place this week, and it will take some time for him to recuperate from it.
At 62 years old Joe is not particularly young to have this type of operation.
Kinnear joined Newcastle in late September, after Kevin Keegan left the club in circumstances which have still not been fully revealed. Keegan says he was sacked and the Newcastle Board says he walked out, but was is clear is that Kevin is suing the club for £8M, and that case is still pending.
Neither side is allowed to talk about the case until it is settled in court.
Newcastle had a great win last Saturday when they beat bottom side WBA 3-2 at The Hawthorns, to gain 3 valuable points, but are still just 4 points above the drop zone and relegation to the Championship would certainly be a disaster for the club.
We should know later today if Joe will indeed have his heart bypass operation this week.