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.