Newcastle United Football Club will keep Joe Kinnear as manager, probably for the next two years, as Managing Director Kevin Llambias announced they were more than happy with Joe.
Joe Kinnear – will likely be offered new contract when he returns to work
This is what Derek should have done immediately following Joe’s operation, but it’s good that he’s come out and stopped the speculation surrounding who will be the new manager at Newcastle, because there will not be one. Better late than never.
When you look at what Kinnear’s done, he’s done a more than decent job until the club was hit by injury in December and at one point we had 10 players missing, and that’s when our results went south starting with the Liverpool 5-1 hammering. It was just our luck that we found Liverpool, and Steven Gerrard in particular, in top form.
That was the game that tipped it for goalkeeper Shay Given, and it seems he made his mind up after that game, that he had had just about enough of Newcastle United, after 458 performances for the club. As we know, he took his gloves elsewhere, but life goes on and Newcastle are unbeaten since the three new lads arrived at the club in January.
And things seemed to have even picked up a bit – but we’ll not get over-confident.
Managing Director Derek Llambias told the Daily Telegraph today:
“Joe Kinnear is still Newcastle United manager and he will continue to be going forward,”
“We are not looking to replace Joe, we want him to continue as manager because we feel he is the right man for the job.”
“We have heard people saying we’re after this and that manager in the last couple of weeks, but we want Joe to come back and carry on the job.”
“Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood are in charge of the team in his absence. But when Joe’s well again he will be back in charge.
“I know some of the fans have questioned whether he is the right man for the job, but I hope they give him the time to convince them that he is.”
It’s a bit of a relief quite honestly that we will have the same manager next year, and perhaps the year after that, so we can do some long term planning to build up the squad.
We wouldn’t be at all surprised if when Joe does get back to work, and he needs to take sufficient time off, he will be offered a very nice contract for a couple of years at the club, to take us forward and hopefully into the top eight.
His enthusiasm and management skill saved the club in the dark days of last September and October, and let’s not forget that. If anybody has earned his chance as manager of Newcastle United it’s Joe Kinnear. And by what we hear about Joe, he’s already on the telephone a couple of hours a day to the coaches. 😀
His enthusiasm and fighting spirit have already transcended to the players, and you cannot accuse the current Newcastle team of not giving 100%, and quite honestly it’s great to see their spirit.
Yes we’ll (this blog) get clobbered again by Newcastle fans who want to see another manager at the club, and yes some will still want to get rid of Mike Ashley – but what’s new?
What we need at the club is stability – that’s the biggest thing this club needs right now – period.
And if that means fans need to support Kinnear, Ashley, and Llambias, as well as the players, at what they are trying to do – well so be it.