Kinnear rejects drop talk

29 September 2008 10:31
Newly-installed interim manager Joe Kinnear has rubbished claims that Newcastle United could get relegated following their dismal start to the season. Kinnear watched from the stands as the crisis-torn Magpies slumped to a fourth successive defeat against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday to leave them languishing in 19th place in the fledgling table. Their dismal form coupled with the continuing uncertainty off the pitch with owner Mike Ashley seeking to sell up has led to claims that the crisis-torn club could be relegated this season. But a bullish Kinnear, who is expected to be replaced at the helm when a new owner takes over next month, is confident that their on-pitch fortunes will improve. "Big teams have gone down in the past but, no, Newcastle won't go down at all," he claimed. "No danger whatsoever." Meanwhile, Kinnear has hit out at the criticism he has received since he was named in the managerial hot-seat last week. The appointment of the former Wimbledon, Luton Town and Nottingham Forest boss on a short-term basis has been questioned as Kinnear has been out of management for four years. "I know I am going to get crucified but I will take it on the chin and get on with the job," he continued. "I think I am bright. I have had a good football career. I am no mug, you know what I mean? "But because I was associated with Wimbledon for so long, and turned over people for so long, the hatred starts."

Source: ESA

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