It seems like Joe Kinnear is floating a trial balloon, to see how fans would react if Mike Ashley decides to retain ownership of the club, and of course presumably Kinnear would be permanent manager, at least for a while.
Mike Ashley – is he having second thoughts on selling the club?
It seems like Joe gets a message from Mike after every game, and he must have been impressed with the spirit and fight Joe has instilled back into the team. Mike seems to want to watch the Newcastle games again, with his children apparently very keen on still supporting the Tyneside club.
We should know by November 22nd, but if Ashley does come out and shock everybody, by saying he will retain the Tyneside club, he should come out with what he will do in the short term.
Here are some things he could do to appease Newcastle fans:
- Replace Derek Llambias with some one else, who knows about football, and who will talk to the Newcastle fans and keep them well informed of what’s happening, much like Chris Mort did so well initially
- Either sack Dennis Wise or redefine his role as concentrating on getting young players to the club, and further validate that the Newcastle manager will have the final say on all comings and goings of players at the club
- Allow Joe to strengthen his training squad, which is very small, since Keegan, McDermott and Sadler left with Joe being the only new coach coming in. The coaching staff have done a stellar job at the club at all levels with the Reserves and Under -18 teams starting to play very well too.
- Give Joe Kinnear some money to spend in January. It seems like Joe wants to bring in four new players during the January transfer window, and he may also want to move some players out, who are not performing or who arte continually injured – like Alan Smith and Mark Viduka as two examples.
Giving Joe a minimum of £10M to £20M to help accomplish this, with money Joe can also spend from outgoing transfers would give us a more solid squad for the remainder of the season.
That would be well accepted by the fans – and it seems like Joe could be a good negotiator on the transfer market
However, if this happens, there will no doubt be some fury from a section of the Newcastle fan base, who don’t want Ashley back at any time. We hope something gets settled, one way or the other, because the very last thing we want right now is more upheaval at the club.
We’ve had far more than enough for one season. But we’ll just have to wait and see what comes of all of this, but something needs to be sorted out before the end of the year, so we will be ready for the transfer window, not to mention what we’re going to do with Michael Owen.
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