Joe Kinnear is trying to take things easy, as he recovers form his triple bypass surgery which took place on Friday, 13th February (unlucky for some).
Joe Kinnear – big input on transfers and contracts
Time is what Joe needs right now for his body to recover from the stress of the operation, but he will also be feeling a lot better already with the blockages having been removed form his heart arteries.
But there’s a big danger that he may try to do too much too soon, and that will be a risk for Joe, who seems like he cannot wait to assume control again at Newcastle United.
Assistant manager Chris Hughton continues to say that Joe will return to St James’ to resume control from himself and Colin Calderwood, when he’s ready, and Joe have a major say in the club’s transfer dealings this summer.
Chris said today:
“Things like contracts and signings – that is very much Joe’s department,” “The only thing that I was involved in – and that was part of working with Joe – I did help with transfers.”
“But Joe will make the decision on players that will come in, the players that we would chase in the window.” “Joe would discuss it with me and I was aware of it, but it was Joe’s decision and I see that being very much the case from the end of the season. He will make the decisions.”
“The most important thing from the club’s point of view is that we now have a united front. Mine and Colin’s focus is solely on the team – from our point of view the least amount of issues outside of that, the better it is for us as a team and a group of players.”
Good words from Chris Hughton, who seems to be a really good bloke, and he’s done well since arriving on Tyneside, as assistant manager from Spurs.
Not sure how the club structure really works these days, because Dennis Wise was responsible for the contracts, but maybe Joe has persuaded Ashley that he needs to get involved with the contracts, as well as the transfers.
That seems fine, although it still seems that’s the area where Kevin Keegan was unhappy with things at Newcastle, and finally caused him to walk out on Newcastle, for a second time.
Joe is targeting Saturday, April 11th at Stoke (5:30 pm KO), for his first game back in charge, which means being ready for the previous Monday, 6th April, to take training. That’s 5 weeks come Monday.
It may well be that Joe will be back even a week before that, as long as he eases slowly back into things, but that may be an impossibility for a guy like Joe.