Joe Kinnear will be having a triple bypass operation today, and of course the most important thing is the operation is a complete success, and Joe Kinnear is put on his way back to good health.
Kinnear – triple bypass surgery today – best wishes Joe!
Joe Kinnear has been in his dream job since late last September, and there’s not many Geordie fans who would say he hasn’t given everything he’s had to the cause to keep Newcastle in the Premier League this season.
That’s independent of whether you like Joe or not.
The last 8 games have been tough, caused in the main by yet another injury crisis at the club, but with the new players brought in during January and injured players like Smith, Viduka and Martins fit again, things are starting to look up again at Newcastle.
Joe has been offered a two year deal at the club, but has so far declined to sign the contract, and while it’s still possible that his health may prevent him from accepting what for Joe is a miracle job – we doubt it.
Earlier yesterday, in a club statement issued by the Newcastle Board, who have gone out of their way to better communicate with the loyal Newcastle fans this week, Kinnear, who has been in hospital since last Saturday, was quioted as saying:
“I’ve really appreciated all the get-well messages I’ve received from people over the last week and I’d like to thank everyone who has been in touch.”
The news is that the hospital at Sutton Coldfield has been inundated with get well messages this week for the Newcastle United manager.
Newcastle’s Managing Director Derek Llambias, who last night visited Kinnear in hospital with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley said:
“I’m sure the whole football community will join Newcastle United in wishing Joe a speedy recovery.”
Steve Harper, the Newcastle goalkeeper, added:
“It’s not the same not having Joe about the place. Hopefully we’ll see him back soon.”
“I spoke to him on Monday and he’s in really good spirits.”
“He’s frustrated, being in hospital, because he’s the sort of person who’s at the training ground before everybody else and the last one off it.”
First things first, and we are hoping that Joe comes through the operation with flying colors today, and hopefully there are many Newcastle fans who will welcome him back at the club he’s given so much to, over the last 4 months.
Best of luck – Joe Kinnear – we truly wish you well.