There’s still no official announcement about Joe Kinnear coming from Newcastle, but that hasn’t stopped Steven Taylor from coming out and expressing his delight that Joe is returning to the club.
“I am really happy to see Joe back at the club and I think his return can only be positive for everyone connected to the club.” “Welcome back: Steven Taylor is pleased to see Kinnear back at Newcastle.”
“Joe was great for me when he was manager and I really enjoyed playing for him.” ‘We were in a great position under Joe in the league, until he got ill and it was after that that things went wrong.” ‘
“Joe wears his heart on his sleeve and he tells it as it is and I think he is someone that Newcastle exactly need.” “Joe has lots of experience and he is very knowledgeable and I for one am really excited to see him back at Newcastle.”
We’re not too surprised to hear that from Steven, and looking back at some of our reports when Joe was manager at the club, the players loved him, because he got them into that bunker type of mentality that everybody was against them.
So we think Joe will be welcomed back by the likes of Coloccini, Gutierrez, and the two Taylors, and others who were at the club when Joe was managing back in late 2008 and early 2009, but exactly what our new foreign players will make of him – we have our doubts – and he’ll have to learn how to pronounce their names correctly – as job one.
Joe brought in Kevin Nolan, Ryan Taylor and Mike Williamson in January of 2009, and all three of those deals were good ones for the club, and he sold Shay Given and Charles N’Zogbia (sometimes known as Charles Insomnia) for around £14M for the two – so that was good business, although Joe didn’t want to lose Shay.
And when Joe took sick in February of 2009, just before the game at WBA (we won 3-2), the plan was to put Kinnear as the long term manager, with Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood as the two assistants – but as it turned out, Chris and Colin got the job done brilliantly, when they got us promoted from the Championship at our very first attempt.
And then Chris was fired – but that’s another story.
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