Given unsure of Kinnear move
Shay Given admits he has been left underwhelmed by the appointment of Joe Kinnear as Newcastle's new manager.
Last Updated: 27/09/08 10:24am
Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given admits he has been left underwhelmed by the appointment of Joe Kinnear as the club's new manager.
Kinnear was named as Newcastle's interim boss until the end of October on Friday in a shock move by the Magpies hierarchy.
The former Wimbledon boss concedes his appointment will not go down well the club's supporters and long-serving keeper Given admits he is far from impressed by the appointment of Kinnear.
"Am I pleased? No," Given told The Sun. "The club is still up for sale and we haven't got a permanent manager so I wouldn't say pleased.
Unsure"It's going somewhere I suppose but I don't know if it's a good thing or a bad thing.
"I don't know the man. I've met him and said hello but that's about it.
"The most important thing for the players is to concentrate on Blackburn and on Monday we'll probably meet him.
"I don't know what to say but in an ideal world we'd like the club sorted out and a permanent manager.
"Joe Kinnear's here just to oversee things until we get one. It is not an ideal situation.
"No senior players were asked about this as far as I know. I'd class myself as a senior player and no one has told me anything.
"The owner's come out and said he wants to sell the club, so I think the sooner the better so we can move forward.
"There's a lot of uncertainty around the club and it's not helping anyone."
Asked if he would like to see Kevin Keegan return, Given said: "I didn't want to see him leave, so that answers that.
"It doesn't matter if the new manager or owner comes in next week, nothing can be done until January."
Meanwhile, former Wimbledon captain Vinnie Jones says he jump at the chance of helping old pal Kinnear at St James' Park.
Jones is a big fan of Kinnear and he has backed the Irishman to be a success on Tyneside.
"I'd be back in England like a shot if Joe wanted any help," Jones told The Sun.
"I'm sure he will be able to turn the club around and if he feels I'd be able to contribute in any way, I'd get the next plane back from LA.
"I'm not filming for a few weeks so there is absolutely nothing to stop me if I get a call."
Jones added: "Joe will be better than the fans think. He was probably the best man-manager I ever played for because he treated players like adults.
"He will breeze into Newcastle and I can guarantee he will make everyone feel at ease because he won't be overawed by what is in front of him."