Kinnear accepts fans' anger

Toon boss understands fans' frustrations after poor run of form

By Richard Bailey.   Last Updated: 20/01/09 1:47pm

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Kinnear: Understands fans frustration

Kinnear: Understands fans frustration

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Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear has said that he understands why fans have begun to vent their frustration on the club.

Travelling Toon supporters protested vigorously after a second-half collapse saw their side lose 3-0 against fellow strugglers Blackburn on Saturday.

The fans focused their attention on owner Mike Ashley but even taunted Kinnear himself chanting 'Joe Kinnear you're having a laugh'.

The defeat leaves the Magpies in 14th place in the Premier League just two points off the drop zone and no win in their last four league games.

To make matters worse their current points tally of 23 is the lowest total at this stage of the season in the club's time in the Premier League.

"The fans must vent their anger, I understand that," Kinnear told the Evening Chronicle.

"In the first half at Blackburn the fans were as good as gold. They were chanting, singing and enjoying themselves.

"But my hands are tied with what I can do for them. It was a disappointing day for everybody.


"It would be different if I had every single player at the club available to me. But I haven't, so what else can I do but battle on.

"I have been criticised since I arrived here. But I have broad shoulders, and I know I am more than capable of keeping the club up.

"Whatever happens, if I do stay I don't want to be in this position in 12 months' time."

Kinnear has gone public with the news that the club have offered him a two-year contract extension despite only winning four times out of 18 games since taking over as interim manager in November.

The former Wimbledon manager has revealed what his plans would entail should he stay on beyond the current season.

"I need to have my own players and put my own stamp on the team," he added.

"Providing we stay up, we will rebuild. It's crying out to be rebuilt. That's what is needed.

"At the moment I have to get the best out of what I've got because this is a patched up team and people have been played out of position."

Calderwood denial

Meanwhile Colin Calderwood has rejected claims that he has taken a coaching role at the club.

Calderwood was sacked as manager of Nottingham Forest in late December and is thought to want to remain in management.

"I don't know anything about this," the former Tottenham defender stated.

"If I have been appointed as coach as Newcastle United then that is certainly news to me."

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