There are now growing doubts that Mike Ashley will be able to sell the Newcastle club in the next month or so, and it is therefore is becoming important that Joe Kinnear is supported in the January transfer window, so he can bring in at least four good new players to strengthen the Newcastle squad.
Joe Kinnear – no time for rookie manager
Kinnear talked about the situation this morning:
“It would be ideal for an inexperienced manager to go into a top-six club, with everything at their disposal, and become a designer manager,” “But I think experience is needed to do the job where we are. I think it’s a situation where an experienced head is needed.”
“This club will always be associated with big names. That is part and parcel of it. I could say things to some of those big names, such as: ‘What have you done? What experience have you got?”
“It seems nowadays you don’t need that. You are just automatically linked with the job.” “I have always had it the hard way — having to buy and sell to keep a club like Wimbledon up.”
It’s hard to argue with Joe, because he has come in at Newcastle and at least has the lads fighting with all they are worth for the club. Newcastle fans love to see that, and yesterday’s display will go down well with the Newcastle faithful, where the lads played their socks off to get a vital point at Stamford Bridge.
We have a decent squad, when all players are fit, and Joe is now starting to get the lads playing with some good organization at the back and with more confidence. Joe is slowly earning the respect of the Newcastle fans, as what he is trying to do is starting to show through, and we are getting to be a much harder team to beat, anywhere.
Joe also has not doubt at all that Newcastle will stay in the Premier league as he continued:
“Absolutely. I need help in the transfer market, because injuries don’t help, but I can’t see us going down. I fought relegation for 12 years with Wimbledon, and I see enough in this team to think that won’t happen here.”
“But things can change quickly. If we get two more injuries to key players then we would be in trouble.”
Kinnear would seem to welcome the chance of working with Alan Shearer at Newcastle, and certainly Alan could learn from Joe, who has lots of experience in the management ranks, and he certainly proved yesterday the game has not passed him by in the last few years. His preparation of Newcastle for the Chelsea game was par excellent.
“If I was looking at it from Alan’s side, as a legend and great player up here, maybe it would be tough on him if he came into a position where he didn’t have finances.”
“I’m sure the first thing he would say is: ‘I want to build my own team and buy my own players’.” “Would he come in as it is now? I doubt it.”
It’s hard to see Alan joining up with Joe at Tyneside, but the time is now getting close that Joe gets the confidence of being handed the manager job until the summer, and that he is then fully supported in the January transfer market.
We may all be surprised at what Joe can accomplish, in what are undoubtedly some of the toughest conditions for any manager to manage a football team.
But Joe is going week to week, which is the best way to go, and we support Joe fully – simply because he is working his socks off for the Newcastle United Football Club.