Earlier this week Newcastle Managing Director Derek Llambias had said he hoped that manager Kinnear would return from heart bypass surgery for the trip to Stoke City on April 11th.
Joe Kinnear – doctors will decide when he’s fit enough to return to the hot oven
Caretaker manager Chris Hughton does not expect Kinnear to return and take charge of the club’s activities quite so soon, and today stressed that the decision on just when Joe will come back is more in his doctors’ hands than in Joe’s. That’s probably good, for Joe’s sake.
Kinnear underwent open heart surgery on Friday, February 13, and doctors at that time said he would need to rest up for 8 weeks (at least).
So that would take us to April 10th, but today Chris Hughton thought that may be a little early, as he spoke to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle, and was asked if he expected Joe back then:
No, I don’t.” “I haven’t spoken to him about when he’s coming back because I know that is a decision he can make solely on medical advice.”
“What I do know is that as soon as the opportunity arises, he will come back.” “Most of the conversations I have with Joe are regarding the most important thing ie how is he?”
“Then, of course, we talk about the game, how training has gone and all of that.” “He’s still the manager. He may not be here right now, but he’s still the manager.”
So Joe is still having input into things at St. James’ Park, even though it would probably be a lot better for Kinnear to take a complete break from things, as he recovers.
But tell that to a guy like Joe, who is a workaholic if ever we saw one, and of course he is more than keen to keep Newcastle United in the Premier League for next season.
But Joe’s health is more important then how Newcastle are doing right now, but we know he’d rather manage a Premier League side, than a Championship side looking to be promoted, come September.
Of course the lads can ease any anxiety on Joe’s part, by starting to actually win games, which would be a welcome change for Newcastle fans.