Rather amazing events going on today with the Newcastle Football club, as news breaks that Joe Kinnear has said he has turned down a two year contract to manage the club.
Joe Kinnear – tuned down offer because of health
Joe, who underwent triple heart bypass operation in February, is quoted as saying he turned down an offer from Newcastle owner Mike Ashley:
“I have been offered a two-year contract and it is something I am mulling over at the present time.”
“I have told Mike (Ashley) I am not going to go back to football for at least another three months and we will look at the situation then.”
“I told him I would refuse to go back for pre-season friendlies as I was not up to it for medical reasons. I needed to take time out and re-assess the situation and take it from there.”
“But obviously in another three months the picture might be completely different.” “In the meantime if Newcastle feel the need to go and get another manager then so be it.”
“But should that happen I will be on the look-out elsewhere and as we all know the only time you do get asked to take these positions is when someone else loses their job.”
“I was definitely offered the job a couple of weeks ago. I sat down and spoke in depth to Derek Llambias and the offer was a two-year contract.
“It is an on-going situation. They are trying their hardest to sell it and anyone who has suggested they are buying it have not come up with the goods. The first consortium that does then Mike will sell, but it has got to be at the price he wants.”
So it’s interesting that he was offered the deal a couple of weeks ago, and probably at the time he came out on that Sunday to say he may be coming back to Newcastle. That was certainly a bolt from the blue.
But it seems that Joe is not sure in his own mind, if coming back into the Newcastle boiling cauldron, is a sensible thing for him to do, given his past health problems.
So now who does Ashley turn to?