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Joe Kinnear is keen to hang on to his job at Newcastle - whoever owns the club.

The 61-year-old tasted victory for the first time in his four-match reign to date when the Magpies edged past promoted West Brom 2-1 in a game that remained up for grabs until the final whistle.

And Kinnear said: "I go from day to day, to be honest. If the club gets sold, it will be up to the new owner."

He added: "I am only on a month-to-month contract, that was the deal before I took over. I am well aware I took over because lots of people turned that contract down, but as we go on, I live like everyone else, day to day."

Victory lifted Kinnear's men out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone and atoned to a small extent for Saturday's derby defeat at Sunderland. But if things on the pitch are starting to turn, the uncertainty off it remains with owner Mike Ashley still looking to sell.

"I have got no idea who is going to buy the place, but I can throw my hat in the ring whoever buys it," Kinnear said. "I am not going to get another chance like this. But I really don't know, to be honest. I know it is obviously for sale, but who is going to buy it, I have got no idea."

Whatever happens in the weeks and months ahead, Kinnear will at least be able to reflect on a crucial win over the Baggies just when his side needed it most.

His decision to hand controversial midfielder Joey Barton his first start for the club since he was released from jail paid off handsomely when the 26-year-old converted a ninth-minute penalty to give his side a rare lead. And when Obafemi Martins, who had not scored since the opening weekend of the season, headed home Habib Beye's 42nd-minute cross, the victory seemed secure.

But Baggies substitute Ishmael Miller took only 11 minutes to make his mark in the 65th minute, running on to Robert Koren's defence-splitting pass to round Given and fire into the empty net to set up a tense

But Kinnear's men managed to hang on as a tense conclusion unfolded, to bring some welcome relief to a club that has had little to celebrate since they last won in the league on August 23.

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Joey Barton
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Robert Koren
Obafemi Martins
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