Plan B For Newcastle Has Kinnear On One Year Contract


There is news being reported today in the Daily Mirror that Joe Kinnear will be handed a one-year contract as Newcastle’s manager if Mike Ashley fails to sell the club.

Joe Kinnear – one year contract if Ashley cannot sell soon

We are also being told that a US investor is going through the Tyneside club’s books, with a view to completing a deal before January, and hopefully we’ll know the outcome of that very soon.

But as we have suggested lately, Mike needs to have a plan B, in case he cannot sell the club, or even if the sale gets delayed any further. The global economy has actually worsened over the last few weeks, so it’s hardly a good time for investors to be buying football clubs.

And it would appear that Ashley is starting to realize he may not be able to sell the club, maybe until the summer, and unpopular Board members Dennis Wise and Derek Llambias have both been re-appearing this last week. We hope they’ve had a nice vacation, especially Llambias.

At least Dennis has wisely continued his scouting work (sorry about that one), but we’re not sure what Llambias has been doing – probably not much at all.

Dennis Wise could be important in January, because it seems he can work with Joe in strengthening the squad, somehow, and even though he is not pupular, Dennis has brought in some great young players to Newcastle, since last January.

Joe Kinnear has hinted that talks over his future will take place after the trip to Chelsea a week tomorrow, so we hope something will be sorted out by then, but the Newcastle club must have some clarity very quickly, on what is going to happen, because we could well lose some players in January. The uncertainty has gone on too long.

The situation at Newcastle is still very fluid, but we expect Ashley to give Joe Kinnear a one year deal.

That will at least allow him to wheel and deal in the January transfer window, and if things are still not sorted out in the summer do some transfer business then as well.  But of course if that happens, the future of the Newcastle club will remain uncertain, and it will hardly auger well for Michael Owen wanting to stay on Tyneside.

Michael will have no idea at all, just like the rest of us, what will eventually happen to Newcastle.

What a way to run a football club.

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23 comments so far

  • Scot Lithgow

    Nov 14, 2008 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #1

    “US Investor” sound more like a share holder than a buyer to me

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  • DanToon

    Nov 14, 2008 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #2

    Seen Mike Ashley yesterday in Mansfield, guess he was goin’ to Sports Direct HQ, i pulled up next to him in his Range Rover. He was using his phone n’ stuffin’ his face lol!! Arn’t they both illegal behind the wheel now lol!!?? Just goes to show he really is a fat bast**d.

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  • selly no skill

    Nov 14, 2008 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #3

    although owen has scored when played.can you honestly say he has given value for money.think not.if he was honest he would admit that and signed the contract that was offered to him about 2-3 months ago.the blokes always injured and he is hindering martins progress when fit,cos oba gets dropped.and while i’m at it we could save 100 grand a week by gettin rid of smith and the fat lazy ozzy who only plays at the start and end of a contract.

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  • The Alchemist

    Nov 14, 2008 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #4

    If this is the case Ashley should sack LLambias, get mort back. He also needs to make sure he gives JFK say 20 million (Milner money + 11 mil of his own). If not we are in big trouble. Only concern is if Owen sign a contract extension in such circumstances!

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  • listie

    Nov 14, 2008 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #5

    I have no issue with JK being in charge longer, I also think he can handle Wise better than KK could.
    Still holding out for a takeover, but as far as plan b’s go not too bad, one thing thought MA has to make some cash available in Jan

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  • Vitorbarbosa

    Nov 14, 2008 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #6

    Don’t think plan B is an option.

    Joe Kinnear’s time here hasn’t always been great. He put on a great squad against Aston Villa but that was it.

    We were poor in the other 2 matches which we drew. (vs Sunderland and Fulham)

    He tried to be positive looking up the table but we will not end up in mid table if we can’t get anything away from home, from clubs which expected to finish below us comes the end of the season.

    I think Mike Ashley must sell well before mid December, which it turns up difficult to happen at this moment.

    I’m really afraid that we need to fight for our survival. Given that we had almost full team suqad against Fulham the other day, I think a loss is very hard to take.

    I’m not sure what he has done in the past, maybe he is great manager but I can’t see us playing much football to my liking or getting results I wanted.

    Sorry mates, I think we need better coach/manager to lift us back to the top half.

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  • mark stafford

    Nov 14, 2008 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #7

    I am not going to give up, until KK comes back to finish what he was trying to start. King Kev will always be in my heart.

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  • Pete

    Nov 14, 2008 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #8

    We’re screwed either way if Ashely stays on to be honest, until that happens we’re in limbo… Worst case scenario is Owen and others leaving in January, JFK signed on permanent contract and possible relegation come the end of the season. Right now I’d actually say this could likely happen

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  • mark stafford

    Nov 14, 2008 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #9

    “Pete” I can only agree with what you say. I have also have to pick fault with “listie”. JK has not yet been in a transfer window looking to bring players in and has not had players working for him, sold without his blessing. JK is only playing two out of the five players brought in during Wise’s time – so I would hardly say it is working!

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  • lesh

    Nov 14, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #10

    A plan B’s always been a must and if MA want’s to make sure the club is saleable, he must ensure he’s got a strategy to prevent going down.

    If that means some ADDITIONS to the squad, not a sale of good players, then so be it.

    We saw what happened in the summer, more sales than experienced incomers and the result of that is more than evident!

    We need a strong squad of talented and hungry players to get us out of this mess and maintain top-flight status. Kids for the future? Of course but iver and above the clubs’s short and medium term needs.

    As far as Joe’s concerned, he’s done a fair job under difficult circumstances and believe me, living and trying to work well in a state of uncertainty aint easy. If Joe’s relaxed and confident, that’ll pass to the players who should feel less pressure and dare we say it, enjoy their game. They enjoy, we enjoy.

    They win? We win.

    They win?

    They win, we enjoy – the club win and the club sell. Everybody win!!!

    Stick at it Joe, cos I’m sure the fans are with you.

    Gawd, I’ve just re-read pre posting and what utter tripe. Back to bed I guess!!!!

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  • eaststander

    Nov 14, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #11

    come on lads there is no way Ashley will get us relegated that would seriously damage his pocket and as we all know thats his greatest love. If due diligence has started lets hope a deal is done and we can all move on. If not i am sure he will do enough to protect is wallet. Ashley out!!

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  • mark stafford

    Nov 14, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #12

    “eaststander” Ashley would not see us relegated, he isnt doing a bad job now is he? If Wise brings in players that dont suit JK then there is every chance we will. As for being relegated it would reduce the price so maybe that is why we wont be sold!

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  • AO

    Nov 14, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #13

    If newcastle are still down the bottom in january i think they will be in serious trouble. Most teams will have cash to strengthen there teams but i cant see ashley putting his hand in his after all the abuse he took off fans. I cant see many top players wanting to join a team battling relegation. So you will be looking at average players on loan who will be playing for themselves.

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  • ObaFan2

    Nov 14, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #14

    What a way to run a football club indeed.

    Ashley has and continues to ruin this club. If the club isn’t sold we are in deep trouble, plenty of players will want to leave and not just Owen. JFK is nice guy but he isn’t right to manage this club for a season IMO.

    Only good thing atm is the exchange rate, the $ has improved against the £ in recent weeks so any American buyer will already be quids in…… Lets hope it’s an owner like Villa’s and not L’pools.

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  • Alex

    Nov 14, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #15

    If after due diligence the US investors don’t buy i think Ashely will invest in players in January . Owen will be sold and the money from that sale and the milner money together will be used . Lets be honest if Owen was sold would we really miss him ? considering his injury record i doubt it . His reported wages could be used to bring in 2 good premiership players then a replacement midfielder from the milner money and things will look a little brighter . Ashely i am convinced will not just sit back and let us fall into the championship , he has to much to loose he wont want to write off the 250 odd million that he has invested in NUFC.

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  • Guinea Mag

    Nov 14, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #16

    MA would be a fool if he doesnt invest to protect his asset, and that he is not! He’s made mistakes, “yes” but his overal strategy of bringing in the best youngsters from around the world and offloading the deadwood is excellent in my opinion. He now needs to offload Smith and Viduka if any one will buy them…..

    We need minimum 3~4 players in January if we are to avoid relegation and move up the PL.

    JFK has done an OK job so far although his use (or non-use) of substitutes leaves something to be desired! The subs bench has looked strong these last few games and important JFK use the full squad even if its to give youngsters PL experience.

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  • Ageordiedoonsooth

    Nov 14, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #17

    As I keep on saying we are stuck with Ashley & co for the foreseeable future so we might as well get used to it. JFK hasn’t done a bad job under the circumstances so why not give him to the end of the season. Ashley needs to spend £20+m in January to ensure we don’t go down because we would be worth a lot less as a championship club.
    Get Owen on a longer contract & buy 3 or 4 class players in January & we should be just about okay.

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  • Bill B

    Nov 14, 2008 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #18

    3 or 4 class players in January is going to cost more than £20m do we think Ashley will spend that kind of money in January to ensure we don’t go down Lets hope so

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  • THE BEAT.

    Nov 14, 2008 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #19

    i honestly think it,s a done deal,has been from day one.
    i cannot help thinking the club is not up for sale,and everything since has been a pr exercise to try and get the fans back onside,hope i,m wrong.

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  • NUFutureCowboy

    Nov 14, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #20

    the beat…. ya spot on mate. exactly what ive been thinking. its all bollox

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  • NUFutureCowboy

    Nov 14, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #21

    as much as AO winds me up i’m afraid he could be right.

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  • CHUCK

    Nov 14, 2008 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #22

    Of all the clubs presently looking for new ownership, Everton, Pompey,West Ham and of course NUFC., the one that stands out is of course Newcastle.
    Its apparently debt free, (Admit to not knowing where the others stand debtwise) owns a 52k. seater state of the art stadium, thats almost allways filled for home games, the bare bones of a decent team, that needs filling out (an opportunity for any new manager to put his stamp on the team)
    The other three teams, though not competing
    for top spots should survive.
    Problem is they all need new stadia , W.Ham`s
    ground is too small, Everton just plain old and needs expansion, Pompey ancient plus small.
    Which begs the question, who would you buy if given the choice ?
    Well depends on the price of course, personally
    I believe it would take almost the (mentioned)asking price of NUFC in order to build a 50,60k seater new stadium at this time, plus who will lend you the money.
    Seems W. Ham may have the opportunity to take over the Olympic stadium being built for 2012, not unlike Man. C. but thats 4 yr. away.
    Evertons only hope is to share a stadium with L`pool. niether club having the finances to build seperate stadiums.
    We are in the dark (as usual) concerning the asking price for our club, but as in life every thing is negotiable.
    Guess we will just have to hope for the best and
    see what happens.

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  • Geordie Jayne

    Nov 14, 2008 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #23

    My god for those who have no issue for Joking staying longer at NUFC do you not know what this means.

    We are not going to get sold, players are leaving and no big bucks being spent.

    How the bloody hell have we come to this people happy with Joking in charge.

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