Kinnear Says We Should Let Ashley Come To Games!

Last updated : 29 September 2008 By Footy Mad - Editor
The former Wombles boss says knows the knives are already out for him as Newcastle United's temporary manager but is adamant he can deal with whatever is thrown at him during his short stint at St James's Park.

Kinnear: "I've had 10 years of criticism at Wimbledon, I'm used to it.

"Maybe not from my own fans, but I don't care. I've got a thick skin. Every
single part of me is looking forward to this challenge. I know I'm going to get crucified, I'll take it on the chin and get on with the job.

"Life is always the same, it's much easier to throw stones than support, it's never been different in football.

"I've been criticised even before I've started the job, but I'll just get on with it. I think I'm bright, I've had a good career, I've won European medals and international caps. I'm not a mug.

"Because I was associated with Wimbledon for so long and we turned so many people over, that's where the hatred starts. It's the same up here.

"This regime has taken a lot of stick and Mike (Ashley) has taken a lot, it's a bit unfair because some of it is undeserved.

"He paid £200m for a football club and he can't even come to watch them play.

"This is a big club and they want success and someone has to carry the can.

"It would be great to be sitting here saying how wonderful everything is, but it wouldn't be the true story.

"They've got to realise they're playing for a massive club. Once you've put that shirt on, you've got to play with pride. I can educate a few of them, that's for sure, about not doing silly things and being more professional on the pitch.

"People forget about Wimbledon, because of the crazy gang gimmick, that we were a very professional side and even though people cast stones at us because of who we were, nine of them became internationals."