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.
“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.