Joe Kinnear has started to talk about the January transfer window, and says first of all, that captain Michael Owen should be offered a new deal at St James’ Park.
Joe talked today about players, starting with captain Michael Owen:
“I think the club has to keep Michael Owen and players like him. This is a big club and Michael is a big player.” “It will cost a lot of money to replace him. I would keep him here. I feel the same way as Kevin Keegan about him.”
“I don’t know the economics of what is happening — I think that will be addressed — but I would keep Michael here.”
As we reported earlier today, Kinnear has begun drawing up his own recommended list of January transfer targets.”
However, Kinnear would need a little bit of stability himself, and can hardly be expected to keep the job on a month-by-month basis for much longer.
Joe said today:
“To do it that way until the end of the season would be a bit harsh on me. I’d certainly do it until Christmas, then look at it again.”
But the slow nature of Mike Ashley’s search for a buyer has raised the likely prospect of Joe being in the job maybe through the end of this season. But that all goes out the window if Mike manages to sell the club, which we understand is still his intention.
Kinnear talked about the transfer window:
“I’d look to put one out in Spain and invest that money wisely, then put another out somewhere else, and invest that money wisely.”
“I’d maybe get three or four players out and two back in. The two might be better than the three or four.” “All I could do then is put a list to Mike (Ashley), and say: ‘Look, I’ve generated funds, but we need two more players in.’”
“You pay too much money abroad. But if you go the Championship way . . . well, look at Aston Villa, they’re fourth in the league. There are plenty of decent players in the Championship.”
“I am here until 6pm every day and speak four hours on the phone to everybody I know in the game — lots of chief scouts,” “Around 20 or 30 of them used to play for me” “I speak to them all the time and pick their brains, asking: ‘Who have you seen?’”
“We are getting a tidy list of players together — a mixed bag, with quite a few youngsters and other, more proven ones, more or less all playing in the Championship.”
“Obviously, we are in trouble if we have injuries, and in trouble if we lose our full-backs. The underbelly of the club at the minute needs to be slightly stronger.”
We think Joe is talking a lot of sense because there are some good players in the Championship, it’s just scouting the right ones.
But Kinnear also seems to have the frugal approach of owner Mike Ashley, and if Mike doesn’t sell, then Joe might just surprise us this season, because he’ll get more money than he ever got at Wimbledon, and he put together a few good sides there.
If Joe can do the job, it wouldn’t worry us one little bit, because the bottom line for us is to make our club successful again, and whoever can do that would be OK by us.