News today in the Sunday Sun, that former manager Joe Kinnear would love to return to St. James’ Park and Newcastle United, a club he still raves about.
Joe Kinnear – wants a return to Newcastle
Former Newcastle and Sunderland player Mick Harford played in a charity cricket match with Kinnear at Lord’s two weeks ago, and had the opportunity to get into a long conversation with the former Newcastle and Wimbledon manager.
This is what Mick told the Sunday Sun today:
“I was with Joe just last week with the Bunburys charity cricket club,” “I think one day he would love to go back to Newcastle – he absolutely loved his time there and holds the club, the fans and the city in the highest regard.”“He certainly made his mark there! I’m not sure it would be popular with certain people, but I think he did a good job there.”
“Chris Hughton, who has done a smashing job there, worked under Joe for a spell, and I think if you asked him he would say he learned from a very experienced manager during his time.” “Joe is absolutely certain – and I fully agree with him – that he would have kept the club up if he hadn’t had his heart condition when he had it.”
“When you look back at it his results were good, and I think it really harmed the club to keep chopping and changing managers that season.” “Every club needs to have its foundations and if you have a manager there who knows what they’re doing, it certainly helps.” “They had a bit of that stability there with Joe.”
“Joe looked all right to me with a bottle of red wine in front of him!” “He is in great shape, his health is fine and he’s in superb spirits. After the Bunbury game we were in the pavilion at Lord’s and he was setting the world to rights as ever.”
“It’s impossible to get a word in edgeways with him and he’s got plenty to say about Newcastle. He was talking about Mike Ashley, the club itself, Alan Shearer, the full works – Joe’s not one to bite his tongue and that’s why he’s always excellent company.”
While Joe had his enemies at Newcastle, we think he did a really good job at the club, under the terrible circumstances in which he was brought in, and we are certain if he hadn’t had his heart problems, he would have saved Newcastle from relegation – we’re quite sure of that.
The deal was for Joe, Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood to lead Newcastle in the future if they could survive in the Premier League last year, but it never happened because of Joe’s health problems a year last February, just before the game at WBA.
And there’s little – let’s make that no – chance Joe will return as Newcastle manager, even though he was well liked by both Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias, and was very willing to work within the strict transfer budget Mike imposed.
And of course Joe certainly brightened things up at St. James’ Park during his time at the club, which he raved about while he was on Tyneside.
Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood have now taken over the Newcastle club and done quite famously so far, as manager and assistant manager.
What we liked about Joe is that he was a straight talker, and could get the players to play for him, and Joe gave everything he had (and seemingly more than he had because of his heart problems), while he was on Tyneside, and we like to see that from anybody who takes the on the tough Newcastle manager’s job.
But it may not be the best thing for Joe to come back into management at all – his health has to come first, after all.