Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper says today that manager Joe Kinnear’s recent health problems have brought the team closer together.
Steve Harper – Kinnear health problems has brought team together
Joe will undergo triple bypass surgery tomorrow, and will be recuperating for around 2 months, and of course Joe missed the Newcastle win over West Brom at the weekend with high blood pressure, presumably caused by blockage(s) in his arteries.
Coaches Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood are ready to take over first team affairs and Harper said the 3-2 win over WBA, which wasn’t pretty but effective, was dedicated to their boss.
Steve told Sky Sports News today:
“I spoke to him on Monday. I left him a message and he called me back and he was in good spirits,”
“I think he’s a bit frustrated to be in there because he’s the sort of person who is first out on the training field and last off. I think he’s fed up.”
“He missed the game but we managed to get a win which the lads obviously dedicated to him with the job he’s done. We all wish him well.”
And in spite of the squad being told their manager had been taken to hospital on Saturday morning ahead of the crucial game, Harper said that the news had brought the team closer together:
“When Chris Hughton told us on Saturday morning there were a few people in the dressing room who were saying ‘come on he’s (Kinnear) stepped in, in a difficult time, so let’s just give it that little bit extra for him’ and we managed to do that.”
“Apparently he was being informed on the phone how the game was going and we managed to pull it off.”
We suggest the games the lads play while Joe is recovering are dedicated to Joe, starting with our next home game a week on Sunday against Everton. Joe seems to have given more than he had for the Newcastle United cause.
We think it will be hard to keep Joe Kinnear away once he has had his surgery, but we’re sure his doctors will insist on some rest, and his wife and family too.
Of course, once the operation is over, he’ll feel a lot better since the old blood will be flowing more freely to parts of his body he forgot he even had. 😀
We don’t think Joe is finished with the job at Newcastle, and for Joe it is unfinished business.
You may like the guy or hate the guy, but it’s hard to argue with his total commitment to the Newcastle cause.