Kinnear Will Do All He Can To Improve Squad In January

Last week’s reports in the Sunday papers suggested Joe Kinnear was getting compensation for every game he managed at Newcastle United, but Joe has said that he is on a monthly wage, and not much at that.

Joe Kinnear – gets paid by the month

Kinnear is on a month-to-month arrangement with Newcastle United, but with some decent football management jobs becoming open, he is a little concerned over his future, because it’s almost odds on that if Newcastle is sold, the new owners will bring in another manager.

Bur news in The People suggest that if he is still here in January, he will do his best to reinvigorate the squad, even if he gets no money from Mike Ashley, and he will let £5.7M Xisco and loan player Ignacio Gonzalez from Valencia, move on.

Both players only arrived at the club on the very last day of the summer transfer market, and may have even caused the rift between Keegan and the Board that has since decimated the Tyneside club.

Andy Carroll could also go out on loan, for his own good, now that Joe seems to have nicely rehabilitated Shola Ameobi, and hopefully Mark Viduka will be available, at some time, to play again for the club.

Joe has also called on the Newcastle Board to open negotiations with our captain Michael Owen, who in January can agree a pre-contract deal with another club, and then leave for nothing in the summer.

Joe said:

“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 about him as Kevin Keegan did.”

But it’s dubious that Michael will agree to stay when he doesn’t know who the new owners and permanent manager will be – and that’s asking a big leap of faith from Michael, but maybe he will stay in any case.

Joe is doing everything right, because someone has to think of the welfare of the club and the players, and how it would be possible to strengthen the team, even if no money is made available. Certainly the Newcastle Board seem to have given up on their responsibilities.

What a way to run a football club.

But Joe is doing the right thing, and quite honestly, we’re pleased we have a man committed to Newcastle United, who is showing a lot of plain common sense, and will do whatever he can, in whatever circumstances he finds himself in come January, to improve the team.

We like to see that.

17 comments so far


    Nov 2, 2008 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #1

    Joe is a 2 faced sob. He was only brought here to calm fans down for the time being so they forget about what ashley has done to keegan, who i must say is a legend and is being let down by fans when they say they dont want keegan back. Yes he walked out on us but we learned more about ashley and what he is going to do to our club only after keegan had walked out.

  • Ageordiedoonsooth

    Nov 2, 2008 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #2

    Ashley won’t/can’t sell the club we are stuck with him & the poisonded dwarf. He will sell our best players in January and bring in sh*t ones. As Fraser would say in Dad’s Army “We’re doomed”

  • Legs

    Nov 2, 2008 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #3

    I think i’d be canny gutted if xisco moved on so quickly.

  • neeraj

    Nov 2, 2008 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #4

    i think the club is being sold…..

    and kinnear is trying to hang on to the club……

  • Bill F (Original)

    Nov 2, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #5

    I think think that you get what you see with Joe. The Toon job is great for him for two reasons, one if he does good he might keep it. Two he is well in the spotlight for any others that become available. Obviously he has to be nice to the management but I do not think he is a total yes man. Whatever happens I doubt if KK will return to St. James Park, even if he is given the chance I have the feeling he may see it now as something of a cursed job. Still that is only an opinion and stranger things have happened, JK as Toon manager for example.

  • craig chisholm

    Nov 2, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #6

    JK is full of crap and i dont buy it one bit. he is fully in with wise and ashley and is doing a very good job for ashley, its plain to see what his main job is. win the fans back over and try to get ashley back in with a chance of keeping the club. the plan is going perfectly. he was seems that while keegan had a gagging order on just about everything that JK can say whatever he wants to win us over. He just says what we want to hear, even if its crap. forthe first few weeks he spent his media time saying what a good egg he was and that he is his own man etc and that he was only here to stable the ship and that the club was nearly sold etc. now he is moving on to the next phase. tell people that that ashley might not sell at the end of the day as he cant sell for the massive profit he wanted. He has also just yesterday started with phase 3 which is to discredit keegan. He also let it slip yesterday that he reports directly to wise too. its all a load of crap lads, he is a player and he is playing us well. nothing has changed and nothing will until we get rid of the shit that own and run newcastle. JK – wise’s and ashley’s puppet.

  • dontoon

    Nov 2, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #7

    I agree craig. This makes me hate ashley even more. This was all a ploy. These guys will rip the team to shreds and eventually we will get relegated either this season or next. At least that idiot will lose his 200 mill he keeps banging on about.

  • Michael12

    Nov 2, 2008 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #8

    All you people can do is surmise. You know nothing about the Keegan saga nor do you know what is going on at the club save match day results.

    Keegan is simply always right regardless of what he does do will find some way to twist and turn so you make him look right.

    I have news for you, Keegan is not coming back and good riddance of bad rubbish.

  • Sav

    Nov 2, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #9

    Michael, when you are 13 I hope you will be blessed with common sense.

  • ToonTex

    Nov 2, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #10

    I think Kinnear is saying all the right things. It’s what any man would do in this position. Walk the line between fans and ownership as long as you can and get yourself a job here or somewhere else.
    All I know is Keegan had this thing on a roll early on and with the players he wanted to bring in we would be at the business end of the table I have no doubt.
    He had to step down to make clear what an awful effing mess Ashley’s poor management had wrought — A championship team with premier league fans and facilities.
    I don’t trust Kinnear. Get a world-class manager and give him the money.

    It kills me that Ashley was so close and then effed it up so badly.

  • billy

    Nov 2, 2008 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #11

    Get Kinnear out, he is part of that lot and i don’t trust him one bit. Keegan is 100% Newcastle and we were doing well under him until the transfer window came up and that mafia lot created mayhem. If only Ashley had given Keegan the chance to manage this club properly. There is nobody more peed off than the fans who have spent good hard earned money to watch and listen to all this shit. \ashley knows what is required to get this club back on track, but he just won’t do it. He won’t get rid of that little cockney git and all the other cronies who have ruined this famous club….our club. So Wise…….just bogoff and take Kinnear and co with you.

  • Barcode

    Nov 2, 2008 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #12

    Joe wants CHAMPIONSHIP players !!!
    What a joke. This track is basically just to try and keep us in the premiership with minimal outlay till we are sold, even if it takes a few years. The premiership is such a poor league now that to survive you only need a lot of grafters with a small sprinkling of very good players to stay up.
    Expect attendances next season to be below 40k.
    What a sorry state of affairs.

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Nov 2, 2008 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #13

    If Xisco moves on, then that was nothing but a waste of time when we could have looked for someone else on deadline day, as was nacho if he moves on too.
    Personally i dont beleive a word of it. Dont think Joe would risk letting xisco go, (even if he does look crap, we need all the numbers we can get with injuries etc)
    And as far as nacho goes, he’s on loan, and we didnt pay a thing for him, so whats the point on trying to ship him off injured? I doubt Kinnear has any idea of how he is on the field, and neither do we!

  • micepie

    Nov 2, 2008 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #14

    It’s a bit pathetic the way some fans are moaning on here about JK. Let him go then and bring back Chris Hughton as caretaker if you like! Some fans will mon no matter what.

    Anyway, as for the squad I hope no-one leaves in January, not Xisco or Nacho either (Xisco hasn’t had much chance yet). And if we don’t let anyone go but could bring in 3 or 4 absolute bargains or frees then that’ll do for now (if we have no owner by then).

    I was contemplating who would be a dream buy or two if we do go the route of a, say, Man City soon. David Villa might not be an impossibility, though very pie-in’t-sky right now…


    Nov 2, 2008 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #15

    Soh ! allready the rightouse faithfull have turned on the most recent manager JK, did`nt give him much time did you.
    How many managers will you lot hound out of toon, I believe if JC himself got the job you would`nt be satisfied.
    Face it Keegan aint coming back, get used to it and if you, as most declare have the best interest`s of the club at heart, give the team and manager the support they deserve.

  • Geordiefan

    Nov 2, 2008 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #16

    Potential buys for January (with money from new owners):

    1) Marek Hamsik (Napoli) – CM – £15m
    2) Joao Moutinho (Sporting) – AM – £16m
    3) John-Joe O’Toole (Wolves) – CM – £1m
    4) Arturo Vidal (Leverkusen) – DM/ LB – £5m
    5) Branislav Ivanovich (Chelsea) – CB – £5m
    6) Amr Zaki – CF – £8m

    Total: £50m

  • 4rm the pearl of Africa

    Nov 3, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #17

    Xisco needs time, a loan move to the championship wouldnt b so bad as he’s still young.

    Geordiefan,Joao moutinho is just what we need and if you remember the toffees almost nickd him b4 the start of th season( he was itching 4 a move to the prem).Would be good replacement for Butt(with Barton taking over in DM). Oh and he’s captain of Sporting Lisbon,plenty of character there.15 m plus pressure from him would force the Lisbon board to let him go.


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