Like him or not - Joe Kinnear has played his part in Toon survival battle
You couldn't have written a script for Newcastle United's season so far but the scary thing is for many Toon fans is that there is still 13 games and the best part of four months before we'll finally know just where this nightmare campaign is going to end.
With Joe Kinnear out for the foreseeable future as United manager due to a heart bypass operation it leaves Newcastle without anybody they can really call boss going into the crucial final few fixtures.
Everybody sends Kinnear their best wishes but his haul of 23 points since taking over the hotseat will go a long way to securing Newcastle's Premier League safety.
When he arrived he got the job because nobody else wanted it.
Kinnear was desperate for a job and Newcastle were desperate for a manager.
In the circumstances, Kinnear did a half decent job given that the dressing room was in complete disarray, United were second bottom in the Premier League and the current regime had shut shop in terms of communication to the fans.
Kinnear was actually the only United official to go public with issues that left fans wondering what the hell was going on at St James's Park - even if some of his comments could be deemed as PR own goals.
His tirade on the national Press only antagonised the media circus and probably attracted even more negative publicity.
But many Toon fans loved it, finally somebody was fighting back on their behalf.
And if anything for a short while it created what one player described to me as a "siege mentality" at SJP.
Players also went from mourning over the departure of Keegan to breaking back into a smile which eventually turned into a laugh, albeit an enforced one.
As one now departed star claimed on the announcement of his arrival in the dressing room: "Joe effin Kinnear - somebody is having a laugh at this club", which was followed by an outburst of laughter - something players hadn't done for a while during Keegangate.
Now with Kinnear preparing for his heart op, fans will have mixed feelings over his input but while it was never straight forward and the fact that some of his decisions proved unpopular with certain players, his arrival - while not spectacular and far from Messiah like - did something.
It could turn out to be laying the foundations for the less animated Chris Hughton, who along with Colin Calderwood, must finish off the great escape.
Next season is next season.
But whether Kinnear returns back to St James's Park is up in the air.
For now though, while we all wish JK a speedy recovery, it will be a long and anxious countdown until the four wins Newcastle need from the final 13 games
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