We’ve already been linked with players for the transfer window that will open up in January, but one good question right now is who controls the transfer dealings at the club, if anybody?
Joe Kinnear - with help from Chris and others – seems to be running club
When these reports say Newcastle are interested in a player, who is it at our club who may be interested?
Is it new boss Joe Kinnear, or Dennis Wise perhaps? We don’t have a permanent manager, and the Newcastle Board hardly seems to even exist in that capacity, so we’re not sure who the “who” is.
The better question is who puts a list together on players we should go after? We assume Dennis Wise has a list, (that’s his job), and we assume he is still working for Newcastle, but there is even mystery about what the Newcastle Board are doing right now, while the club is being sold.
The answer is probably - not much - and Joe seems to be running the club on his own, and doing a decent job too, bless his heart. Joe has reportedly also put a list together, so if the club is not sold before January, we assume Dennis and Joe will look at their lists and decide who they go after – given how much money Ashley will allocate.
Another good question of course is who has final say on which players we go after – but then we’re back to September 1st and why the club imploded.
If Mike Ashley is still trying to sell the club in January, it’s hard to see him giving any transfer funds in the January window.
Before January comes something will need to be sorted out, if the club is not sold, and if we still don’t have a buyer by January 1st, we need to do something. One thing would be to appoint Joe for the remainder of the season, but whether Ashley will give Joe any money to spend is extremely doubtful.
If the sale becomes bogged down Joe has earned a stay, and personally we think he could do very well in these adverse and tough circumstances – because if nothing else – he’s a fighter, and Joe seems so proud to be Newcastle manager. Not to mention he’s building up a decent relationship with both the players and the fans.
We suppose Joe could look for players who are free agents – like Lance Davids – but what a way to run a football club.
Oh well, let’s just hope we have a new owner soon, but we are starting to get a wee bit worried, with no word at all from Keith Harris for over two weeks now.