A win tonight at home to Aston Villa would see Joe Kinnear’s side move up six places and out of the relegation zone, such is the immediate impact the new boss has had at the club, but do the fans think he is the right man to guide the St James’ Park outfit on a permanent basis?
He arrived amid controversy, replacing an unjustly-removed Keegan and then proceeded to vent his anger at journalists with a tirade of swear words you would normally associate with a Roy Chubby Brown show. However, it can’t be denied that on the pitch, the players have started to show more heart and character.
Battling draws against Everton and Man City (with ten men for practically the entire match) were followed by a late defeat in the Tyne and Wear derby, but that was followed by a workmanlike win over West Brom, the like of which typifies their new manager’s determination and overwhelming desire to win.
So the question for the loyal Toon Army following is, should he get the job permanently or should they be looking for a big name boss and if so, who?