A good interview with Joe Kinnear in The Sun today, and an update on how the Newcastle manager is doing in his recovery from serious triple bypass surgery.
Joe Kinnear – recovering well – and as positive as ever
The 62-year-old Dublin-born Newcastle manager suffered a heart attack that forced him to quit as Wimbledon manager back in 1999, and felt unwell just before Newcastle game at WBA, which Newcastle went onto win 3-2 – but that unfortunately was Newcastle’s last win.
Of course Joe was kept in the hospital and operated on the following Friday, and he’s been laid up ever since, recovering from the major operation.
Kinnear told The Sun today:
“It was a serious operation. It has not been easy coming back but I am getting stronger on my feet every day.”
“I’ve still got 80 stitches inside my chest so they have to come out before I can get back to work. Oh, and an amazing scar that goes from my neck down to my toes.”
“They had to saw into my chest, take arteries out of one of my legs and deflate and reflate my lungs.”
“But I don’t feel bitter – just annoyed and frustrated I am sat here watching endless tapes of matches when I would rather be out there helping my club.”
“The doctors say you should have 10 weeks’ rest after the operation and I’ve had to be patient and started with 10-minute walks. But now I’m bombing around the park for half an hour at a time.
‘If all goes to plan and I continue to make the same progress, I’m assuming the specialist will give me the okay and it will be all-clear for the Tottenham game on April 18.”
But Newcastle have unfortunately failed to pull away from the bottom of the Premier League table, and that’s hardly good news for Joe. Wouldn’t it have been better if Newcastle were now near mid-table and Joe could relax a little more, and not be forced to rush himself back this season.
We don’t think Joe will rush back because the doctors will just not allow it, but Joe’s the type of guy who will be wanting to come back tomorrow – if he was allowed to.
Joe will also be well advised to take more care of himself from now on, and losing a little bit of weight would be a good first step. But the Irishman is as confident as ever, and he thinks Newcastle can still survive this season, and he is hoping to be the manager on Tyneside come next season.
“We’ll be safe if we win our home games. It looks like a big name could go down but it’s in our hands.”
Joe can still sign a contract that’s in place for him over the next two seasons, but before he signs, he has to keep himself a lot fitter, with a good diet and an excercise program in place.
If he can do that, that would be great for him, and he could carry on at the club – but we think he has to get fitter physically – because managing Newcastle United is just never easy – and that’s an understatement. Joe certainly has the mental toughness to be Newcastle manager, there’s little doubt about that, since he’s a fighter, and always has been.
Referring to the possibility of signing the new contract in the summer, Joe added:
“The big decision time will be in the summer. First I need to keep Newcastle up and know I am going to be fit enough for the job going forward.”
We (this blog) wishes Joe all the best and once he’s fit again we will welcome him back to the club.
Whatever you think of Joe as a manager, and Newcastle fans have very differing views, the man’s given everything he has (and more) for the Newcastle cause, in one of our worst periods ever, when nobody else was willing to take on the job, and you can hardly ask for anything more than that.
As we said, we wish Joe all the very best.
Comments very welcome.