The Evening Chronicle is reporting today that Newcastle’s hierarchy met up with manager Joe Kinnear this week at his Hertfordshire home, and the news is that Joe is making good and steady progress, after his triple heart bypass operation.
Joe Kinnear – this is how many goals I want
That’s good news, and we would really hope that Joe is not getting too involved with the affairs at Newcastle right now – since the team is hardly doing well since he took ill on Saturday, 7th February.
We’re not sure what they talked about but probably discussed some transfer targets for the summer, but hopefully not the bad state of affairs of the team in the league – since Joe needs to get away from stressful situations, at least for another 3 weeks or so.
In fact, because of the rather dire situation at Newcastle, there has to be some concern that when Joe does get back, he will be put right back into the oven at Newcastle, and that just cannot be good for him, after all he’s gone through since early February – not to mention the problems he’s dealt with – mainly on his lonesome – since he joined Newcastle in late September.
We just cannot see how that can be good for Joe’s overall helath.
The lads of course got that wonderful win at WBA the same day Joe took ill, but since then the team has a miserly 2 points from their last 4 league games, and not surprisingly are now joint 3rd bottom, and are in deep trouble, with games against Arsenal and Chelsea upcoming.
Chris Hughton has again been less than successful at the helm, and he seems so much better in a back-up role as assistant coach, but he must now wrestle with at least 3 more senior games before Joe can return.
Newcastle fans will be hoping we can get some points from those games, at home against Arsenal and Chelsea, and an away game at Stoke City, before Joe takes over fully again – otherwise we’ll be in really serious trouble.
Chris is rightly staying calm about the whole thing, and told the Evening Chronicle today:
“It’s only normal and natural in the nine games we’ve got left that you look at games and think you’ve got better possibilities of getting points in some than others.”
“Part of the problem is that if you start going through everybody else and their games, you will end up driving yourself mad.”
“We just have to concentrate on our own games and making sure we win enough of those games.” “You have to be calm and divorce yourself from the position you are in.”
“You have to be aware of where we are and what is needed to get us out of it.” “It’s no good going into games at 100mph – then everything you’ve worked on goes out the window.
“So you have to bring yourself out of it.” “But every player knows the score.”
“Psychologically, it’s already a blow to be where we are now.” “To be in the position we are in now is not very comfortable. We have to get out of it as quick as we can.”
It’s just too easy to put the responsibility for the position we are in, on the shoulders of Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood, and each and every player at the club has to take the responsibility of not living up to how well they can play.
That should be the message sent to the players before Saturday night’s game, against the high flying Gunners. The players should have their own professional pride, that they are so much better players than they have shown the Newcastle fans in these last four games.
Add to that the pride of playing for Newcastle United, and we would expect the lads to come out against Arsenal on Saturday at 5:30 pm, like a steam train at full speed – and keep going for the total game.
We expect nothing less on Saturday, and we then have to rely on a little bit of lady luck, against the usually excellent Arsenal, and we could then get the 3 points we so badly need.
Quite honestly, nothing less is going to be good enough on Saturday, given our points return of the last 4 games.