With all the furor surrounding the appointment of Alan Shearer as Newcastle manager through the end of the season, we don’t want to forget that today is D-day for Joe Kinnear.
Joe Kinnear – still praying for survival
Joe is scheduled to get a battery of tests with his heart doctors, and until last Wednesday, the results of the tests would have determined whether Joe would be allowed to return to manage Newcastle.
But Mike Ashley quite rightly had a change of heart (excuse the pun), and decided it was not in Joe’s best health interests to have him return to the Newcastle relegation cauldron, after so recently having open heart surgery. Now Joe can go on garden leave until the summer, and try to relax a little.
Of course Joe would have been ready and willing to come back as soon as possible, that’s what Joe is like, a complete workaholic, but the relegation stakes are now out of his hands, and in those of Geordie legend Alan Shearer.
Alan will of course be ably assisted by Iain Dowie, Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood, and it’s all hands to the pumps, as the quartet try to reverse the terrible form of the previous 15 games, in which we have just one win – against bottom of the league WBA.
This is the worst run ever for Newcastle in the Premier league, although we know that will come as no major surprise to anybody.
Derek Llambias has said that Joe will continue the management of Newcastle in the summer, once this season is over, but we find that very hard to believe.
However, we’d love to see Joe still connected to the club in some capacity, perhaps with a reduced role as someone upstairs, because Joe has a wealth of football talent, and seems to have become somewhat attached to the club.
We’d like to see that, but what exactly will happen this summer we’ll all have to wait and see, until job one is successful, and Newcastle are safe from relegation.
We wish Joe the best of luck with the tests today and are certain that Mike Ashley will see him OK, with some role at the club, in the summer.