Newcastle United have today angrily denied reports yesterday that manager Joe Kinnear has had a setback in his recovery from major heart surgery.
Joe Kinnear – no relapse in his recovery
Let’s be straight here, it was The People who reported this yesterday, and it looks like it was another made up story – no class from these English Sunday papers – that’s for sure – but what’s new?
It’s good to hear that Joe is still doing OK, but the other news that was reported in the Sunday Express yesterday, was that Venables would be brought in for the rest of the season – and it seems that is also not true.
That piece of news was even on Sky Sports News, and Derek Llambias last night said:
“This report over the weekend is absolute rubbish, we are very angry about it and we will be taking issue with the newspaper concerned.”
The Newcastle Journal is reporting that Kinnear did have a chest infection last week, but apparently that will not inpact his overall recovery at all.
Although Kinnear will not be allowed to take charge of the side at Stoke City, he is expected to visit the training ground in the build-up to the vital trip to the Britannia Stadium on April 11th, and will watch the game from the stands. That game is 3 weeks come Saturday.
The Journal is also reporting that if Kinnear was told by doctors to delay his comeback, Newcastle would not look to appoint Terry Venables.
Although owner Mike Ashley did approach the former Barcelona, Tottenham and England manager shortly after Kevin Keegan’s exit back in September, the Newcastle Board were unimpressed by Venables’ attitude at the time.
So it does seem that Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood will be in charge for at least another 3 games, and that’s getting to be worrisome, to be honest.
In the 9 games Chris has been in charge this season, we have just two draws, and if this continues against Arsenal and Chelsea, we will be in deep trouble by the time Joe does return. Time is running out.
That’s our major concern right now, and it ‘s hardly what you want – to have your manager come back in charge of the side after major heart surgery – if relegation is looking so ominous for the team.
But that looks like what will be awaiting Joe when he does return.
That’s unless the players can shake themselves out of their comatose condition and get a win under their belts before then – they were just not good enough against Hull on Saturday, and that’s the sad truth. in what was a must-win match.
We now have 2 points from our last 4 league games, and just 7 points in the last 11 games – and it’s just not good enough.