Chis Hughton has today revealed, what most Newcastle fans already know, that Joe Kinnear will continue to have input to the team before he officially comes back to work, as Joe is supposed to be resting down south at his Hertfordshire home, after his triple heart bypass operation two weeks ago today.
Joe Kinnear – cannot resist being on telephone and involved at the Toon
Joe is down south so his family can be around him, while he recovers from his serious open heart surgery, but we have to think his telephone bill will be huge because we are being told he is one the phone a lot to his coaches, and presumably his players too. 😀
Certainly the lads seemed to be in great spirits last Sunday, and their second half performance won the hearts of most Newcastle fans, because of their fighting spirit. The back four in particular were fabulous, with Spanish Under-21 International Jose Enrique, and Frenchman Sebastien Bassong, both having excellent games.
Hughton will again be in charge of Newcastle on Sunday when the team visit Bolton Wanderers, and will at least be hoping to keep the unbeaten run of 3 games going, and a win would lift the spirits of everybody at the Newcastle club, including Joe himself.
Speaking about the boss man, Joe Kinnear, who expects to make his return for the Stoke game in April – Hughton said today:
“Joe in his way will always have an input.” “The important thing is he’s on the mend.” “We’re all looking forward to him coming back.”
“In the next few days I’m sure we’ll hear it’s before Stoke.” “But he has to listen to medical people.”
“I’m sure he’ll be back as soon as he’s ready.”
Hughton and Colin Calderwood are currently in charge of the lads, in Joe’s absence, and there are some bright signs showing with the team, but we’ll not get too carried away – in case we put a curse on the lads for Sunday.
“We’re starting to get some consistency.”
“And we’re getting players back from injury.” “Some aren’t too far away.”
“If we don’t pick up any more the squad will be as strong as it has been all season.”
Maybe it’s because we have 5 points from our last 3 games, or maybe it’s the fact that Derek Llambias is starting to speak to the fans again, but there’s a sense that things may be starting to look up, a little, at the club.
3 points on Sunday afternoon will be a huge victory for Newcastle, if we can achieve that, and because that will aid in Joe’s recovery, we know the lads will all be giving 100%. There’s no doubt about that.
Howay The Lads!!