Kinnear is the future for Newcastle United (well for now)
It may not be the news that Newcastle United fans were looking for but at least the future (well until the end of the season) is a little clearer following the full-time appoinment of Joe Kinnear.
Most Newcastle fans don't blame Kinnear for what the mess that has unfolded at St James's Park this season.
And although Mike Ashley tried to get Kevin Keegan to come back just hours before the protest game against Hull City, the longer things dragged on - the less likely a return seemed to be.
Takeover hopes also appear to be fading fast and doubts whether interested parties were really that serious kicked in some time ago.
The club is still for sale.
But the full-time managerial appointment until the end of the season of Kinnear is sensible.
For a start, it stops questions and eases the sense of uncertainty in the dressing room.
On the pitch, it's got to be a plus - after all to leave players feeling uncertain of their futures is surely going to have an adverse affect on what happens on the pitch.
We've already witnessed somewhat of a siege mentality at St James's Park under Kinnear and in many ways he's won the job.
He had to prove he could still cut the cloth in the Premier League after a long absence.
And it would have caused an uproar had Newcastle appointed Kinnear full-time in September wouldn't it?
At that time, the departure of Keegan had left everybody feeling raw and deeply let down.
But with Keegan so reluctant to come back with Dennis Wise at the club and Ashley reluctant to get rid of the former Chelsea man - even though he asked KK to come back - it had turned into an impossible and messy situation.
A mess that Kinnear has at least sorted out to an extent - but the club is still in the bottom three.
Now of course but if the club isn't going to be sold, then surely to preserve the top flight status of United, it's a must to get Michael Owen and other senior stars signed up.
Oh and by the way there is the small matter of Newcastle United's trip to Middlesbrough tomorrow.
Never a better time for Kinnear to celebrate getting the job on a full-time basis than with a victory.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?