Newcastle United manager Joe Kinnear will undergo heart bypass surgery on Friday which will sideline him for at least eight weeks, the Premier League club confirmed on Thursday. Kinnear, 62, who had a heart attack 10 years ago while the manager of Wimbledon, was taken ill at the team's hotel before last Saturday's 3-2 win at West Bromwich Albion and has remained in hospital since. In a statement on their website, the club also confirmed that assistant manager Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood would take charge of the side in their battle against relegation until Kinnear is well enough to return. Kinnear took over as Newcastle's interim manager at the end of September following the departure of Kevin Keegan and was originally appointed on a short-term contract which was later extended to the end of the season. Last week's win at West Bromich Albion took Newcastle to 13th in the Premier League but they remain just four points clear of the drop zone.
12 February 2009
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