As the uncertainty over the Newcastle club’s future continues, the Newcastle Board will need to make some tough decisions before January comes around, and the winter transfer window opens.
Steven Taylor – give Kinnear job until end of season
We have already lost one of our good players, James Milner, because of the turmoil at the club, and if we don’t move quickly we will probably lose others, and maybe even captain Michael Owen, if things don’t get sorted out quickly.
There are reports today that Aston Villa, who took Milner in August, may try to take advantage again of the uncertainty at the club, and try to sign Michael Owen in January.
Joe Kinnear remains in the hot seat and has done a terrific job so far, and if there are no firm developments on the sale of Newcastle soon, it may be best to install Joe as manager through the end of the season, and then allow him some room in the January transfer window to wheel and deal.
Ashley would then need to try to sell the club in the summer.
We’re very disappointed at Sunday’s result and performance, but it’s clear Joe went all out for the 3 points, but in this case his players didn’t deliver, and let both Joe and the Newcastle fans down.
Certainly Joe is very popular with both the Newcastle players and our fans, for the courage and skill he has shown at Newcastle’s helm so far, under extremely difficult circumstances, to say the least.
Steven Taylor, who we missed badly against Fulham, thinks Joe is the right man for the job right now, and should at least get the job through the end of the season:
“Joe doesn’t get the credit he deserves. I think he’s been fantastic since he’s come in,” “I think he gave a Press conference when he came in and some people didn’t like what they heard but he’s an honest guy.”
“He’s a man’s man. I don’t think he can win no matter what – even when we win games he doesn’t get the credit he deserves and that’s disappointing.”
“Of course I’d like to see him get until the end of the season at least. I think all the players would because we’re all behind him.”
The Newcastle players didn’t enhance Kinnear’s job prospects last Sunday, that’s for sure, when a victory at Fulham would have given us 3 wins in a row and 10th place in the league,
But they can correct that on Saturday if we can get back to our winning ways against Wigan at St. James’ Park.
And of course our chances will be greatly improved if Taylor, as expected, returns from injury to play alongside the great Fabricio Coloccini, in the center of our defense.
“It’s a game we need to win – we need to get back to winning ways, it’s as simple as that. There’s nothing else to it – we know what we have to do and that’s get the points.”
A win on Saturday is what we need, before we go to Stamford Bridge the following Saturday, although Burnley have proved it is possible to actually win there, as they showed last night, when they won on penalties in the Carling Cup, after extra time and a 1-1 final score.
Is it possible we could get a result at Chelsea? Whoops – dreaming again.