Joe Kinnear will not allow anyone to get in his way as he attempts to drag Newcastle up the Barclays Premier League and rekindle his own career.
The 61-year-old takes his side to Wigan on Boxing Day on the back of a six-game unbeaten run which has eased them into 12th place in the table, and reminded the English game of the talent he brought to Wimbledon's improbable rise to top-flight prominence.
Kinnear said: "I have always put 110% into anything I do in my life. I am aware - and it has repeatedly been said to me - that I was never first choice here, but nevertheless, that's behind me now."
Kinnear was drafted in by desperate Magpies owner Mike Ashley in September when, with Kevin Keegan having gone and other candidates reluctant, he agreed to take over as manager on an interim basis.
Two defeats for Newcastle in 12 games shows the job he has done since, and that is a record he hopes has proved he still has what it takes.
"I am only looking forward at how the future pans out for me. I am not really worried who gets in my way," he added.
"I just carry on doing exactly what I am doing. I am going to get the best out of these players and I am going to get Newcastle into the top 10 to stay there permanently.
"Where that takes me at the end of the year is another question, I couldn't answer that.
"But until then, I shall certainly be doing my best - and quite honestly, I have got nothing to lose."
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