Joe Kinnear is to meet with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley after the Chelsea game on Saturday.
Joe Kinnear – wants job through the end of the season
The fate of the Tyneside club is still unknown, and while most Newcastle fans would not object to Joe being given the manager’s job through the end of the season, that would mean that Ashley is still the owner of the club, and that would not sit well with many of our fans.
Joe talked to the Newcastle Journal today:
“I’m looking forward to the meeting because I think everyone would like some clarification regarding the takeover situation,” “Hopefully I’ll hear how far down the line the sale of the club is and if there is going to be any significant progress in the next couple of weeks.”
“As far as I know due diligence has started, or is about to start, but I’m not in contact with Keith Harris directly so I don’t know. This meeting will give me the chance to find out what is going on and what my situation is going to be.”
“If the sale isn’t as far down the line as we thought then I think it’s only right I ask for a contract until the end of the season. “I know why Mike doesn’t want to give me a two or a three-year contract, and I understand that. If I’m on a long-term contract it could jeopardize the sale and I don’t want to do that.
“The most important thing is the club, not my personal situation, but I think it is in the best interests of the team if I am given some long-term authority with a contract until June or something like that. It will clear up a bit of the uncertainty.”
“If the club isn’t going to be sold before the end of the year – and it’s not certain that it is – then I’m also going to give the board a list of players I want to sign and list of players I’m willing to sell in January.”
It’s surprising that Joe is still so much in the dark about what is happening, but there aagan we don’t expect Mike or the Board are saying much to him either – certainly they are telling the fans nothing – about anything.
It’s good that Joe is making up a list of players he wants to sign in the January transfer window, and those he is willing to let go, because at least somebody is thinking a little longer term for the Newcastle club.
But we’re still a little surprised that nobody really knows for sure whether the club will be sold or not, at this late stage.
If Mike Ashley is going to announce he will retain ownership of the club through the summer, he had better be willing to say that he will invest in the January transfer window, and be willing to communicate with fans exactly what the position of the club sale is.
Communicating with the Newcastle faithful is something he’s never been willing to do in the 18 months he’s owned our club.