Derek Llambias – who unveiled plans for new season ticket prices today – has revealed to the Evening Chronicle today that Joe Kinnear has already been on the phone for hours since he was discharged from hospital.
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And Derek will be happy to welcome Joe back, but for his own good Derek tells Joe he must rest a little and chill out first. For heaven’s sake the man had just had open heart surgery.
And LLambias also had praise for assistant manager Chris Hughton, who is well respected in the coaching world,. and did really well to rally the troops at half time last Sunday.
“Chris is doing a good job. He’s full of confidence.” “Colin is in there helping us and Joe is still in the background.”
“We’re happy with that situation and that will take us through until the end of the season.”
“Chris is a thorough football man and a highly respected coach.” “The players are full of respect for him and Colin Calderwood.”
However, Llambias has rightly come out boldly, and told Joe Kinnear he must rest and chill out a bit, at least for a few weeks before getting fully involved again. Of course it hasn’t helped Joe with the prepares being full of just who will replace him in the summer, even though neither Joe nor the Newcastle Board have any intention of replacing Joe.
We hardly need a 5th Newcastle manager in the last 21 months, although some Newcastle fans think we do – maybe we should get two managers a season and try that – it will hardly be much better than what we’ve done these last couple of years.
Stability is not replacing your manager every time the team goes on a bad run, but that’s almost exactly what Newcastle have done since Bobby Robson left the club.
“Joe was on the phone for about an hour and a half to Chris on Saturday.” “Chris and Colin will talk to him on a regular basis. Unless they cut the phone lines around his house there is no way he won’t communicate.”
“He phoned me at 11pm on Saturday night because he needed some information.” “The next morning he was back on the phone to Chris for two hours.” “He then rang me again. I have had to tell him he is meant to be resting.”
“It’s the way Joe is.” “He is always on the phone, looking at stats and talking to the team.” “He has to learn that for two or three weeks he has to calm down and take it easy.”
“He’s passionate and he cares – he gets what Newcastle is all about.” “I hope he grows on everybody. He’s an honest fella and he loves the club.” “The thing with the manager is we’re backing him. He’s back on board.”
“He’s got to make a good recovery and he’s got to take it easy. He needs to chill out.” “But I will see him on Saturday.”
Joe is like a dedicated Newcastle fan who is suddenly given the job of managing the famous Tyneside club, and one thing he is determined to do, is absolutely everything he possibly can to make Newcastle successful again. And Joe was already a passionate and committed football man – we’d love to have seen his reaction when Mike Ashley said he had the job.
But Joe MUST take some time off, and relax – take wife Bonnie for a couple of weeks in Sunny Spain for instance.
However Joe is Joe, and it’s going to be really hard to stop him working far too hard, when he’s supposed to be in rehabilition and resting. But mayube this is resting in the Joe Kinnear dictionary. 😀