Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Kinnear Confident He's Back for Good

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Kinnear Confident He's Back for Good

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Byline: Stuart Rayner

JOE Kinnear hopes his temporary spell in charge of Newcastle United could provide him with a more permanent route back into football and, with Mike Ashley apparently struggling to sell the club, he may get his wish sooner than expected.

Last month Kinnear (pictured left) was appointed United's interim manager but after only one game in official charge, it has already been suggested that the former Republic of Ireland international could be given the job until the end of the season.

Kinnear did an impressive job while manager of Wimbledon in the 1990s but has been out of management since leaving Nottingham Forest in 2004, with chairmen seemingly scared off by the two heart attacks he suffered.

But even aged 61, Kinnear sees his temporary appointment as an opportunity to return to the game full-time.

"After leaving Forest I was driven mad, hearing that people were saying, 'He's got a dodgy ticker, he's got to take it easy'," he said. "It's rubbish. I'm feeling great. I don't mind being judged on results, but let's forget the medical thing.

"Whatever happens, it's a great chance for me to put my name back in the frame and, if I do a good job, who knows what might be around the corner?" When Kinnear arrived at St James's Park he was bullish about Ashley selling the club quickly but, with the global economic crisis worsening by the day, that optimism seems to have evaporated.

The deadline for firm bids for United has been put back until Friday but last week Keith Harris, the man charged with finding a new buyer for the Magpies, told The Journal even that may not be met.

Quite apart from the cash-flow problems hitting would-be buyers, there are a number of alternatives on the market.

Unconfirmed newspaper reports yesterday had West Ham United's asking price at pounds 50m because of the financial problems which have enveloped owner Bjorgulfur Gudmundsson. …

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