Kinnear Keeping Tabs On Players For January

Joe Kinnear is still working on some transfer targets and w eknow an approach has openly been made for John Arne Riise, but this morning it appears like joe has also been after a couple of other players who would go straight into the first team.

Joe Kinnear – has players lined up for January

Joe Kinnear talked this morning to the Newcastle journal about the two potential players:

“Discussions will have to be had on those players and will go out nearer the time because so much can change. It very much depends on injuries and the likes of Mark and Alan coming back into the team,”

“Those guys (Mark and Alan) are really experienced players who lift the rest of the lads just by being around. They are good quality players with real experience and that’s the kind of thing that we need.”

As we reported yesterday Newcastle have sold out their allocation of almost 4,000 tickets at Middlesbrough, and Kinnear is more than aware of the terrific support the team gets on the road, and he is determined that the lads have to perform tomorrow, as he continued:

“It really is wonderful support, the enthusiasm is incredible. It’s important that we don’t serve up any half measures when we’ve got that kind of backing.”

There’s not much to be said about the game tomorrow at Middlesbrough – other than three points.

Comments welcome.

31 comments so far

  • indian toon

    Nov 28, 2008 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #1

    cmon the toon!

  • stuart

    Nov 28, 2008 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #2

    I’d much rather Keith Harris targets a billionaire in December to buy the bloody club!

    I’ve bought a season ticket for the next 3 years and I feel like I’ve been mugged!

    No money being spent on the team, an owner who is more interested in making a quick buck and a director of football who doesn’t even know where Newcastle is!

    Wer all mugs!

  • Kash

    Nov 28, 2008 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #3

    Stuart – You have been mugged!!! Unfortunately!!

  • toonmadtom

    Nov 28, 2008 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #4

    we should go for warnock he would come straight into the squad,


    Nov 28, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #5

    warnock and riise really dont appeal to me. I know we need players who can come in and do a job instantly but would rather someone who will still improve – 24/25 year old

  • lesh

    Nov 28, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #6

    You’ve no choice on Riise NUFCFAN


    Nov 28, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #7


  • chappa

    Nov 28, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #8

    i wouldn’t mind seeing riise in th newcastle squad i personally think he plays quite well in EPL a gud attack minded wing back who likes to race up n down the left flank! i think its wot the toon need instead of that donkey enrique!


    Nov 28, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #9

    havent seen him recently in Italy as am away, but he last year at liverpool he was pretty average, and seeing as we need stability at the back, i just dont see him bringing much to the table – but like i said havent seen him play recently

  • keith

    Nov 28, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #10

    I wouldnt mind either riise or warnock and a defensive midfilder and we should be able to push for a top 10 finish

  • UTD111

    Nov 28, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #11

    People to move out in January: Cashley, The Dwarf and Llambiarse

    People to move in: A new owner who doesn’t hoy away £5M a night in a casino and then says he’s got no money for players, Sir Alan or Sir Kevin.

    Result – a happy New Year for Tyneside.


    Nov 28, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #12

    also when he said he was going to get two 10 million pound players on loan from italy – i dont see how Riise can be one if those when hes not worth that?

  • clarenufc

    Nov 28, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #13



  • selly no skill

    Nov 28, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #14

    i wish all you negative toon fans would just stop supporting do my head right spoil the game.go and complain about your job or something.sick of wasting my time reading your crap.

  • Whumpie

    Nov 28, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #15

    UTD111 – couldn’t have put it better meself.

    BUT – back on the acquisitions front: I’d be quite excited to see Riise here, as I think he’s just looking for the right coach and team to get him back to his best. We need a dead ball man, and he can hit them hard enough to get blue shift.

    Warnock would be another good one, but who knows if he’s in the frame?

    Let’s be honest – we were linked with over 150 players in the summer – precisely zero of whom ended up in black and white. Lesson: If JFK doesn’t say it, it’s bowl licks.

  • Nick

    Nov 28, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #16

    Viduka is an overweigtht perma crock on huge wages and Smith is absolutley useless on huge wages. Riise is awful and Warnock distinctly average.
    Kinnear lives in a parallel world !!!!

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 28, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #17

    Riise is poor.

  • Whumpie

    Nov 28, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #18

    Tom_Toon and Nick: are you available for weddings and bah-mitzvahs?

    Viduka and Smith are on the wage bill whether we like it or not. Both have been top-end strikers, and the former has, when fit, performed very well for us. The latter has plenty of years left in him but clearly needs something to change to get him back to his best.

    Neither is worth anything if we sell them now, but a lot if we can get a few months of good play out of them until the end of the season.

    We’re stuck with ’em for now, so what’s wrong with JFK saying he wants to do something useful with them?

    Both Warnock and Riise are proven players with just the experience we need, who are realistic – if challenging – targets.

    So – in your parallel world, instead of just slagging everyone else’s ideas off, would you like to suggest

    a) What else we should do with Smith and Viduka that doesn’t just flush millions down the drain, and

    b) Just who we can realistically bring in come January to may help us through this season until we have new owners?

    (And no, I don’t want some obscure foreigner with no experience that only pops into your heads because your copy of Football Manager says so!)

    Felt like a rant. Better now.

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 28, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #19


    Try watching football outside of England.

  • Desmond -

    Nov 28, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #20

    If Joe can get Viduka + Smith partnership to rise again like they played in Leeds, we got ourself a pair of strong backup strike partners.

    Too bad it ain’t going to happen

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 28, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #21

    Oh and Whumpie one of my so called football manager name drops just signed for Manchester United.


  • Whumpie

    Nov 28, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #22

    All I’m saying is that I can’t stand people who are just negative about everything and don’t offer anything positive as an alternative. If you want to do that, go write for a tabloid.

  • Whumpie

    Nov 28, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #23

    And while you’re firing in the ‘muppet’ and ‘mug’ lines, try answering my questions. Either of them. At all.

  • Whumpie

    Nov 28, 2008 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #24

    …and I was right about the Football Manager thing, then…

  • Whumpie

    Nov 28, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #25

    One more thing: if you dropped a name that ended up at Manure, then it wasn’t a good suggestion, was it? We can all name people who won’t come here – JFK has to find ones who will. Like (at a stretch, if we’re lucky) Riise and Warnock.

    That’s my point, and you just proved it with your example.

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 28, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #26

    When I mentioned him 6 months ago he was very attainable.

    and notice the ‘so called’ infront of football manager.

    Actually try watching football outside the UK and you will realise how good the players I mention are.

  • Whumpie

    Nov 28, 2008 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #27

    Yep, fair enough, Tom. It was really just the double-whammy of comments 16 & 17 that annoyed me, and yours wasn’t really the main offender (hell it was only 3 words!).

    I swear there are some (not necessarily you, of course!) who have at some point slagged off or called for the head of everyone from the owner to the ball boys in the past few months, and all too often there’s either no grasp of the reality dictating peoples’ decisions, or no attempt at offering an alternative. If people hate every component of the club, why do they claim to support it?

    Bugs me.

    Still, it’s Friday and fast approaching beer o clock…

  • nightfall

    Nov 28, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #28

    “If Joe can get Viduka + Smith partnership to rise again like they played in Leeds, we got ourself a pair of strong backup strike partners.”

    ..and owen, martins, shola, xisco, etc. can warm the bench? i wouldn’t risk playing smith for 10 min…especially not in midfield. it’s simple…smith has to got… if xisco would play as smith played for the last couple of season, you’d boo him after only 2 minutes…but ‘cos smith’s english he rocks.. i mean…wtf? 🙂

    i’d play any youngster over him…

  • Nick

    Nov 28, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #29

    Viduka and Smith at Leeds was years and years ago!!! Yes Viduka was good , he is nearly 34 now !! Smith was got rid of by a top manager and has only been going one way ever since – down !! . Smith hasn’t scored or ” assisted ” once for 38 games !!!

    I would be far happier giving Ranger and Lua a go.

  • Prandom

    Nov 28, 2008 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #30

    Does any body Lauren or arsenal. If i remeber correctly he went to portsmouth last year. I havn’t seen him play once for them? Does any one think he could do a job for us? Seeing as he hans’t played I can’t see him costing too much?

  • toon solja in london

    Nov 28, 2008 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #31

    am i the only one who is kind of impressed by belhadje of pompey, he looks a good player.


You must log in to post a comment.