Joe Kinnear has talked to the local Evening Chronicle today, and says that he fully expects Newcastle to stay up this season, and he also mentioned that April 6th, (two weeks come Monday), is when he has lots of tests, the results of which will determine just when he can return at Newcastle.
Joe Kinnear – confident Newcastle will stay up this season
Kinnear told the Evening Chronicle today:
“We’ve got the five home games, starting with Arsenal tonight.” “And then Chelsea, Portsmouth, Boro and Fulham – if we do OK in them we’ll be fine.”
“If we get nine or 10 points from those five games, I am sure we will not be relegated.” “Away from home we can pick points up too.”
“I think if we get 38 or 39 points we’ll be safe, but we can get more.” “But it’s down to the key players being back.”
“I’d back us against any team when everybody is back and match fit. It would be a massive boost and give us more optimism.”
The thing that worries us is that Joe is still a good few weeks from returning full time, and we have games against Arsenal, Chelsea and Stoke before that. If we continue our awful form of late, we could be in big trouble, and it’s asking a bit much of Joe to come in and rescue the side.
It’s hard to think the doctors will be too happy with Joe going right back into the thick of things at Newcastle, especially if we become even worse off than we are now.
But one thing we’ve always liked about Joe is his ability to motivate players, and his Irish fighting character seems to rub off on them. However, when he’s not around, like last week as just one example, the lads don’t seem have enough fight, when it matters.
Joe has said he is on schedule to return, as expected, at either Stoke or Tottenham.
“I might not be on the sidelines at Stoke but I hope to be at Tottenham.” “I didn’t have a setback – I went for a routine check.”
“D-day for me will be on April 6. I’m going back to Birmingham for various tests that that will take about four hours.”
“If I pass all the tests, then I will be OK. I will have the green light.” “I am feeling very positive. I am always positive about life, as I am in football.”
“I’m just desperate to get back – it’s been so frustrating, especially when you look at the position we’re in.”
Monday, April 6th will be 7 weeks and 3 days since Joe had his open heart surgery, so by then presumably the doctors will know if everything looks OK.
We don’t question Joe Kinnear’s spirit one little bit, and that’s what he can offer, but we don’t seem to have too much of that with Chris and Colin right now.
But of course, the players have to take their fair share of criticism too, and there’s not too many players who that can be proud of their displays of late – maybe only the back four have played well these last few games.
We need some wins, and quickly, before the games start to run out.