Kinnear cautious over future prospects

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Joe Kinnear does not accept he is in a no-lose situation at Newcastle.

The 61-year-old former Wimbledon boss jumped at the chance to relaunch his career at St James' Park almost four years after last working as a manager, and freely admits he took on a job no-one else wanted when he answered Magpies owner Mike Ashley's SOS call.

However, he does not subscribe to the theory that he had nothing to lose by doing so, claiming: "I always look at the other side of it. If I'm not successful, where would it lead to? If I'm successful, I know where it would lead to."

He added: "I don't know about a no-lose situation. I want to be successful because even if I'm not the man who will be here with the new consortium, I can carry whatever I do here to my next job, and that might have a big influence on me getting another big job.

"That's my way of thinking. I'm not going to lose the opportunity for that reason."

Kinnear was in the stands at St James' Park last Saturday as his new charges slipped to a 2-1 defeat by Blackburn, their fifth in succession and four of them in the league.

Kinnear is determined to stop the rot at the earliest opportunity, and that comes on Sunday against an Everton side which slipped out of the UEFA Cup in Liege on Thursday night.

With the break for international matches coming up, he knows just how valuable a positive result on Merseyside could be.

He said: "You want to get off to a winning start. This is my first game and there's nothing I want more than to kick-start my reign here with a victory.

"The next game is always the most important one. It's a big game. We lost 3-1 there in the final game of last season, and we need to address that and put it right. It would have a feelgood factor for the following two weeks if we were to go there and get a decent result."

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