Kinnear And Wise Will Handle Transfers In January


Joe Kinnear has revealed that he’s been working closely with Dennis Wise on a list of possible targets for the January transfer window.

Joe Kinnear – will work with Dennis Wise on transfers

That’s good news and bad news. Good news because it may indicate we will participate in the January transfer window, and bad news because it means Ashley may still own the club at that time.

Apparently Joe, according to the Newcastle Journal, has added three French Under-21 internationals and two Bundesliga players to a list that also includes home-grown players recommended to Kinnear by his own scouting contacts.

Joe would like to bring in 4 players for the first team squad in January, to ensure we can survive the season and of course Joe would be just delighted if he was still here in January and involved with the transfers.

Joe said today:

“I’ve got a (transfer) hit-list. Whether I’m here or not, I’ve got to be prepared. I’ve compiled a list of players up and down the country who I would like to be here and if it is a case where Mike Ashley says: ‘Yeah, you’re here’, I want to be prepared,”

“Dennis is still a part of that too – he’s still here and he’s still involved. I’m here until 6pm every day, and mainly it’s about ringing round clubs saying, ‘I want a world class so and so’. ““I’ve got massive connections from my Wimbledon days – all the scouts are still working in the game and they’re advising me.”

Dennis Wise is also continuing his mission to bring in the best up-and-coming talent from the continent, and that’s one thing the club has been very good at since January, and seems to have been a big favorite with fans too.

Joe continued:

“Me and Dennis have traded names. We saw the French Under-21s – we put three players down from that game – we put two players down at a German club. I think he’s shooting around looking at various teams,”

“We’re looking at it two-fold – he’s looking for ones for the future, although I’d like ones for the first team, because I’m selfish.”

It seems that if Mike cannot sell the club, he will provide funds to Joe, and look to Joe and Dennis to do the transfer work, with the help of Technical Coordinator, Jeff Vetere, who as far as we know is still at the club. It also would appear that Joe would be manager through the end of the season, if that happens.

That makes good business sense because it will help retain Mike’s investment in the club, which would plummet if we were relegated.

But we’ll just have to wait and see, because there’s still a reasonable chance the club will be sold before that.

Comments welcome.



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16 comments so far

  • Ausgeordie

    Nov 1, 2008 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #1

    The scary thing is if we are safe he might not invest thinking it is not needed. Hope we can sell.

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  • Ausgeordie

    Nov 1, 2008 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #2

    sweet first

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  • adam

    Nov 1, 2008 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #3

    o lord mercy on us if we let joe and dennis buy us some players…
    the new manager will be thrilled!

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  • p

    Nov 1, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #4

    Just a thought but maybe Joe is just what we need for a season…. ?!?

    Okay, his tactics and substitutions are still a bit suspect but he’s at least doing lots of the right things:

    The team seem a hell of a lot more motivated,
    He’s trying to be realistic about where Newcastle are,
    The players all seem to get on with him and those behind-the-scenes too,
    He tries to take a lot of the flak for/from the players,
    He’s happy speaking to fans and press alike,
    He seems pretty honest and down-to-earth….

    I reckon he might just do a job for us til the end of the season, hopefully drilling a wee bit of realism into those fans who still reckon we’re a Champions League team….

    Having said all of that he’ll be judged on whatever signings he makes – maybe he’ll harden up our team a bit and get a LEFT BACK in???

    Main thing is the fans get behind him and the team until whenever something changes….

    Good luck Joe – you may need it!!!

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  • UTD111

    Nov 1, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #5

    I’m starting to believe this is one big trick being played on the fans. Ashley doesnt want to sell the club, so he puts in Kinnear to be “Mr Honest Nice Man” to win over the fickle fans amongst us, this way he buys time for the furore over Sir Kevin to subside and he doesnt have to sack the dwarf and his other cronies.
    Well it won’t work with me Cashley and I suspect I’m not the only one……

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  • Sav

    Nov 1, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #6

    Problem with JFK is he’s in no position to argue or negotiate. He may not be any happier having the poison dwarf buying his players than Keegan was. But he is in no position to walk out having never been promised any different.

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  • Sav

    Nov 1, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #7

    Wait until Ashley decides to cash in on players Joe feels he needs to keep or irresponsibly offering the whole squad up for sale like he did at the end of August.

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  • lee

    Nov 1, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #8

    ye he mighht think he needs 4 players now but by jan when duff zog martins barton have been sold how many will he need then….. they will say that they bought aurops best you talent so use them….. dont be a fool jk. they are just using you

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  • skin d

    Nov 1, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #9

    i can see that working aswell joe hands dennis a list and ends up with non of his targets.

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  • ObaFan2

    Nov 1, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #10

    UTD111 , no, you’re not the only one.

    The situation imo is getting worse as we close in on the winter transfer window……. I believe it will not neccesarily be a transfer window for us but the January sale and can see many of our better players wanting away after such a joke of a season so far.

    Who in their right minds would want to stay after our owner and his recruitment staff have shown that they obviously don’t give a toss about any player from Owen down.

    A worrying time indeed.

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  • Big Dave

    Nov 1, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #11

    UTD111 and Obafan2, I really am starting to believe that this has all been planned and that MA wants to wait till all the sh*t dies down then comeback in. and im sure that JK has been part of the plan all along

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  • ObaFan2

    Nov 1, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #12

    Big Dave, we haven’t filled SJP this season and averaged 46,919 attendance, this speaks volumes and watch the figures, they will keep dropping.

    We are not alone in thinking Ashley is rotten, infact 75% of bloggers here believe so too.

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  • Daniel

    Nov 1, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #13

    That is utter rubbish. Ashley planned to be turned down by Venables, amongst others, so he could get ‘Mr Nice Guy’ Joe Kinnear in and bring some confidence back? It’s moronic cynicalism like that thats ripping the club apart. I suppose MA with all his shares in companies has contributed to the worldwide financial crisis too, just to get one over on us!

    If he’s so intelligent to be able to pull something like that, then it can’t be bad having a genious at the very top of the club.

    He gets hated by ‘supporters’ who make a ‘supporters’ group to try and dismantle the club, and then people spouting utter nonsense like this. What can he do? Sell us to some dodgey Nigerians who’ll end up ripping the club even further apart once they’ve had a little PR? Newcastle AREN’T the best team available at the present time, and certainly aren’t best value for money.

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  • AndyNUFC

    Nov 1, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #14

    If Kinnear is here in January to buy players then he may aswell be here for the season so he can be responsible for those players he bought.

    What also scares me is that Dennis Wise is the person looking for the ‘youth policy’ and no it has not went down a favourite with me, sorry Ed. It would be fair enough if we were buying truly good prospects like Dos Santos, but we’re buying nobodys like Xisco and Bassong.

    Seriously though why can’t we sign some quality? We need a big burly centre back, or in their prime, with experience, Taylor and Coloccini just certainly are not cutting it for me anymore, and I could not care less about Taylor’s “potential”. We need a midfield enforcer, Butt is just making stupid tackles and giving uneccesary fouls away, not to mention his passing is f*cking shocking. We need a Viduka replacement, Xisco and Ameobi aren’t fit to lace his boots at all, and Heskey would be the perfect target man. Then i’d buy a young right back, some GOOD young cover for the right wing, Geremi is pathetic.

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  • JARRA LAD who is hurt

    Nov 1, 2008 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #15

    why are we delibrately punnished every season by lack of confedence of our team ? why our team is cursed by cokney witches ? the reason is mike ashley and his twat dwarf . oh god if you exist can you sell this club to someone that can take us high in top position and protect us from the evil management s that turned our beloved club in hell!

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  • Martin

    Nov 2, 2008 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #16

    Is this a bad thing?

    Gutierrez is a Wise signing as are a fair few of the youngsters…

    Forget the bitterness and hatred for Wise and look at the facts – he can pick out a good player for a good price!

    We’ll be bargain basement shopping looking for another Gutierrez or our own Geovani or Santa Cruz…

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