Some news on Joe Kinnear today, as he will ha a battery of tests a week on Monday, the results of which will determine if he can return to Newcastle United’ training ground that week in preparation for the Stoke City game.
Joe Kinnear – could return if results of tests on April 6th go well
Managing Director Derek Llambias, who has been a little quiet these last few weeks, told the Newcastle Journal today:
“Joe is desperate to come back, but we have to be sensible with him,” “If anything, we are going to have to hold him back at times because he’s so enthusiastic. We can’t have him leaping around on the touchline.”
“The good news, though, is he’s looking good and is feeling a lot stronger. I’ve been to see him this week and he was back to his old self really.”
“He goes for a load of tests on April 6 which is the big one for him. As long as the results come back ok he will be back at the training ground for a couple of days before the Stoke game and we’ll take it from there.”
“That might have to be how we do it for the first three games when he is back at work, a few days at the training ground in the build up to the game and then a little involvement on the matchday itself.”
“We’ll have to wait and see, it will all depend on how he feels and what the doctors say to him after the tests. He’ll have everything he needs at his disposal though.”
As we’ve said repeatedly since Joe had his operation, it’s really asking a lot of Joe to come back, after such a serious operation, and then have the task of trying to get the Newcastle side out of the big trouble they are in. It’s hard to question this man’s courage and commitment to Newcastle this season. We just wish the players had shown us more of that.
If Joe can save Newcastle, which is starting to look difficult at best, it would be a tremendous job, whatever you think of his management abilities.
While we think its’ a big mistake not to bring somebody experienced in to manage the side in Joe’s absence, the NUSC put out the right message out yesterday, that now is the time for all Newcastle fans, and everybody associated with the club, to stick together and support Newcastle, as we try our utmost to stay in the Premier League.
Our home games will be vital, but the Geordie crowd are legendary in their support, and we expect them to give 100% support to the lads – as they have always done – in the last 4 home games of the season. Who knows, they may even be able to inspire the lads into beating Chelsea, and that is exactly what the club needs.
As we’ve suggested, the miracle this season, after everything terrible that’s happened at the club, is that the the team can actually survive in the Premier League.
That could only be possible at Newcastle United. 😀
Howay The Lads!!