The Hull City – Newcastle game tomorrow brings back memories of the sideline altercation beetween Hull manager Phil Brown and Newcastle’s Joe Kinnear at St. James’ Park on 14th January .
Joe Kinnear – still awaiting FA Hearing on Brown altercation
Both managers have since admitted charges of improper conduct, and an FA hearing for Brown will be held on March 19th, while Joe will get his hearing once he has returned to Newcastle and full health.
In the circumstances of Joe’s recent open heart surgery, we had hoped the FA would just let both of them off with a warning, but the FA haven’t chosen that more compassionate way out.
Chris Hughton of course will again be in charge of Newcastle tomorrow, and he talked about the incident:
“That was something both managers regretted at the time, but that’s the emotions that go with football.” “It wasn’t the first time, and it won’t be the last.”
“Sometimes you’ll get involved in things you don’t want to, but it’s all geared towards one thing, and that’s showing enough emotion and desire to want your team to succeed. The emotions and reactions have to come from the type of game that it is.”
“It’s a man’s game. You’ve got to make the tough decisions.” “You’ve got to try and drive people on at times, and you’ve also got to be calm enough to reflect properly and to make the decisions that you need to make.”
“It’s a whole mixture of emotions, and you try and have the right emotions at the right time.”
Chris is right there, and to be a good manager in football (or in anything else for that matter) you just have to be a good leader, and be able to know what it takes to bring out the very best from each indicidual player.
You just have to look at Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, and wonder how he’s managing to get 35 year-old Ryan Giggs still playing as if he was a 25 year-old.
Speaking about the confrontation with Brown at St James’s, Kinnear had said he was trying to protect Chris Hughton whom Phil Brown was screaming at, at the time.
Kinnear said just after the incident:
“He didn’t actually say anything to me, he was having a rant at my assistant Chris Hughton, and he wasn’t saying too many pleasant things to him.”
We don’t expect the prior confrontation to have any bearing on the game tomorrow – well we hope it doesn’t at least.
And Newcastle fans know exactly what they need to see from the Newcastle players tomorrow, and that’s another committed and all-out performance from the lads, just like they gave last time out.
If Newcastle can do that, then the team has every chance of taking all 3 points, which just must be the goal tomorrow, and if we don’t do that, we’ll deserve whatever we get.
It’s as simple as that.