The Mirror is reporting today that Joe Kinnear will pick up a £1M bonus, if Newcastle stay in the Premier League this season.
Joe Kinnear with Michael Owen
The Mirror is saying this is part of a complex wage deal agreed when Joe took over the ailing club last September, in a caretaker capacity.
Apparently the bonus will be paid whether or not Joe returns to duty following the triple bypass surgery last Friday.
While this is the Mirror, and we have no idea if this is something they have just made up, it wouldn’t surprise us if Joe does get a bonus if Newcastle stay in the Premier League, because this would save the club many many millions, compared to being relegated.
Joe’s operation went well on Friday, and it seemed very routine, anf he will leave the hospital in about 7 days, and then recuperate at home for a couple of months, if the doctors can get their way with Joe.
Kinnear has said he would like to return to the Newcastle helm for the game against Stoke City on April 11th, which is 8 weeks away, and that would seem reasonable to us.
However, if the results go well at the club before then, maybe he could have more time off and resume his duties in the summer, when there will be lots of work to do to reformulate the squad at Newcastle, with players both moving in and leaving.