Newcastle delay decision on manager
Thursday 12 February 2009
Newcastle United are expected to await the outcome of their next two matches – Everton at home and Bolton Wanderers away – before deciding whether to bring in a new temporary manager to replace Joe Kinnear until the end of the season. Kinnear is to undergo heart bypass surgery tomorrow, and will definitely miss the next two months, but if those two games bring Newcastle points the stand-in partnership of Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood may stay on until May without fresh assistance.
It is a high-risk strategy. Should Newcastle lose to Everton and Bolton and sink into the relegation zone then someone else may be approached on a short-term basis.
One of those asked to take over in September before Kinnear was Terry Venables. Gus Poyet, close to Newcastle director of football Dennis Wise from time together at Chelsea, Swindon Town and Leeds United, is another coach out of work.
There was no official comment from Newcastle yesterday but a statement may come today regarding Kinnear. The 62 year-old is thoughtm to have had a minor stroke or heart failure to have suffered a minor stroke on Saturday morning at the team hotel prior to the game at West Bromwich Albion.
Kinnear was taken to hospital in Sutton Coldfield and missed the match. Newcastle referred afterwards only to "high blood pressure". He was kept in hospital but was sufficiently optimistic to say on Monday morning that he hoped to be released on Tuesday. But the cardiologist whom Kinnear said he was due to meet has apparently concluded his situation is most serious.
A heart bypass is a significant operation and recovery time depends on the general health of the individual, but it is usually between eight and 12 weeks. For Kinnear it is likely that medical advice will be against him returning to a highly pressurised job this season.
Kinnear's 1999 heart attack, suffered while managing Wimbledon, will also be taken into account by doctors.
Meanwhile the club's managing director Derek Llambias stressed yesterday that, contrary to ongoing rumour, Wise would be staying. "Dennis is our director of football," Llambias said. "He is out there looking for players. He is still part of our management structure. He will remain part of our management structure."
Diving in at the deep end is no excuse for shirking the style stakes
Latest in Sport
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Best memes and Tweets, including Lukas Podolski selfie with Angela Merkel
Germany 1 Argentina 0 player ratings
World Cup 2014 final - Shakira performs at the closing ceremony at the Maracana
World Cup 2014 final: Vladimir Putin takes seat next to Sepp Blatter at the Maracana
World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi suffers humiliation of walking past World Cup trophy TWICE after being crowned player of the tournament with Golden Ball
- 1 Fry ‘criticises Operation Yewtree in dinner party rant’ calling for tougher laws to deter false sex abuse allegations
- 2 Belgium fan Axelle Despiegelaere lands L'Oreal campaign after World Cup viral photo
- 3 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 5 Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
War is war: Why I stand with Israel
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
Emergency data law: David Cameron plots to bring back snoopers’ charter
NUT strike: David Cameron announces crackdown on strike action ahead of mass industrial action