News in the Newcastle Journal today that Joe Kinnear is itching to get back at Newcastle, and he may now be back for the Stoke City game at the Britannia Stadium on 11th April, but will not be allowed in the dug-out until he’s fully fit again.
Joe Kinnear – probably will return for Stoke game now
Managing Director Derek Llambias has insisted today that Joe will not be allowed to sit in the dug-out during the Stoke game, and will instead take a seat in the directors’ box, for his own good.
Derek said today:
“I spoke to Joe yesterday and he is doing really well,” “He has made excellent progress and is already doing a lot of walking.”
“He says he is feeling strong and the doctors are happy with him and how things are going in his recovery. We’re happy as well and it all seems to be going to schedule.”
“If it was up to Joe he would come back tomorrow, but realistically we are looking at the Stoke game.”
“He’ll probably go into the training ground for a couple of days before that game to help the coaching staff prepare the team, although it won’t be anything too strenuous.”
“But we won’t let him go in the dugout at Stoke, we can’t have him jumping around and getting excited on the touchline.”
“He’ll have to take a seat with Mike (Ashley) and I in the stand and watch the game from there. We have to make sure he doesn’t do too much.”
Kinnear has been resting in bed for much of the last three weeks, but Joe has continued to stay involved at Newcastle over the telephone, as Newcastle struggle mightily against a real relegation threat.
The Journal is reporting today that in addition to talking to Hughton and analyzing tapes of Newcastle’s games against West Bromwich Albion, Everton, Bolton and Manchester United, he has also been considering potential summer transfer targets.
Apparently Newcastle have been contacted by other agents on the availability of some of their players, and Kinnear is said to be considering some of these, as he will need to have a clear-out in the summer, whether we survive in the Premier League or not.
As we reported yesterday, we assume Sebastien Basssong is not one of these, and will stay on Tyneside in the summer, come hell or high water.