Another Kinnear convert
As the plaudits roll in from all corners and comers following the Villa victory on Monday night, late sub Michael Owen has joined the growing ranks of Friends of Joe. Having seen the team jump from bottom to 14th in the space of a week, Owen is the latest after Duff, Shola, Shay and Steven Taylor to speak out at the impact the former Wimbledon man has had since taking the reigns. Owen told Sky Sports News:
'He has steadied the ship so to speak. I think in every form of life you need to answer to one person. We have got a cracking staff at Newcastle, medical staff, coaching staff, Chris Hughton who took on responsibility, all great people and all good people to work with as well.
Everyone clubbed together when we didn't have a manager, but as I say you always need one man to answer to and just to get a focal figure, where the buck stops with him, he makes the decisions and all the rest of it. That is always important for any club and now we have got that. We have had some good results as well, obviously back-to-back wins is always big in the Premiership and always difficult to do but thankfully we managed to do that.
Obviously we would like stability but what can we do. No matter what I say or what anyone else says it will take time. I don't know how long rumours say it might be, sooner rather than later, but we just get on with it as players as it would be foolish and unprofessional if we did stop playing and throw our toys out of the pram. We just get on with playing and that will take care of itself.
If you can get a couple of good results more than the rest of the teams then you can finish eighth, seventh, sixth whatever you want really. Granted the top four are the top four and you have got the odd team just below that are quite strong.
By and large you know how the Premiership is going to form, but at the bottom one or two good results and you can be seventh or sixth in the league by the end of the season and that has got to be our aim. If we have just a decent run until the end of the season and you expect that with the quality of players we have got, then sixth, fifth, seventh place is by no means impossible.'