Kinnear: 'I'm No Fool!'

Last updated : 27 September 2008 By Footy Mad - Editor
Joe Kinnear: "I'm not scared of a fight. I'm going in with my eyes open and if I do have a successful spell, then you don't know where it will lead.

"I'm not daft enough not to know that they have tried everyone else and everybody else has turned their back on it.

"What I intend to do is make an instant improvement at the club. After that, of course, I know that I won't be there.

"He [Ashley] made it quite clear that he hopes to have the club sold by the beginning of October.

"I worked it out that I would be in charge for between six and eight games.

"But he assures me that they have a buyer and the consortium coming in have Kevin Keegan lined up, and possibly Alan Shearer.

"I'm well aware of the situation. Good luck to Kevin if he's coming back in. He's the fans' choice and you know what the fans are like, they call the tune in many respects.

"I just hope they realise I'm in there doing the best I can.

"I have good experience of the game and I have never been one to back down from a challenge - and this is a big one.

"The worrying thing for me is that there are nine players injured long-term, and all nine would be in the side."