There is news this morning that the Newcastle United manager Joe Kinnear is hoping to return to management as early as the middle of next month, after recovering from open heart surgery.
Joe Kinnear – coming back for Spurs game on 18th April
Knowing Joe Kinnear, this should come as no surprise to Newcastle fans, and as long as it’s OK with the doctors, he’s probably better getting involved than stewing on the couch watching the Newcastle games, which is never easy. However it is still a full 6 weeks before he hopes to return.
Joe Kinnear is committed to keeping Newcastle in the Premier league this season, and there are rumors he will be paid £1M if he can keep Newcastle up this season. Certainly that £1M is worth it to Mike Ashley, because relegation would be the nightmare scenario for the club.
The 62-year-old former Wimbledon manager was taken ill before Newcastle’s Premier League game with West Bromwich Albion last month, and Newcastle went onto win that game 3-2, but haven’t won since, and are currently on a terrible streak of results.
Joe Kinnear of course ended up undergoing a triple heart bypass on Friday, 13th February, which was a routine operation, as bypass surgery seems to be these days.
But Joe himself has now admitted he is hoping to return to his management role in April and hopes the trip to White Hart Lane to play Spurs on April 18th is his comeback game.
Newcastle play Stoke City the week before at Stoke, another relegation 6 pointer, and some had thought Joe would try to make that game. But Joe’s health comes first, and it will be about two months since he had his operation, which is the time-frame his doctors had wanted him to rest up.
Joe said today in the Sunday Mirror:
“I am feeling really good and am desperate to get back. I’m hoping I will return for the Spurs game,”
There will be 6 league games left in the season including the Spurs game, and we face tough games against Hull, Arsenal, Chelsea and Stoke City before then – so let’s hope we can pick up some points before Joe returns.
If we are in the bottom three when Joe returns, that cannot be something the doctors would like to see, after Joe has just had open heart surgery. We hope the Newcastle players realize this.
Assistant manager Chris Hughton has taken responsibility of the team since Joe has been away, but Newcastle are in a terrible run of form and have managed just one win in their last 12 games.
Vast improvement will be needed in that record in the final 10 games of the season if Newcastle are to survive in the Premier League this season.