Danny Guthrie and the other new players we signed in the summer hardly expected the club being thrown into such upheaval when Kevin Keegan abruptly resigned from the club in early September.
Joe Kinnear – has provided some much needed stability at Newcastle
We then lost five games on the trot, which put us into the relegation zone in the league, and had then bottom of the league Tottenham register their first win of the season against a Premier league side, when they knocked us out of the Carling Cup at St. James’ Park.
It was all a rather brutal introduction to the new players, about how unstable the Newcastle United club can be these days.
But things seem to be stabilizing a bit, and we hope further stabilization is on the way with some good new signings in January, which promises to be an exciting time for Newcastle fans with Joe Kinnear determined to introduce some new faces. Joe also seems to have won the cash backing of current owner Mike Ashley, which is good too.
21-year-old midfielder Danny Guthrie feels the decision to give Joe Kinnear a contract until the end of the season was a good one, because it provides much-needed stability at the club, and of course it gives that to the players too, who after all are only human.
Danny said today:
“It’s nice to know that he (Kinnear) is going to be here until the end of the season, and it’s good for him to know as well. He knows where he stands, so everyone can just get on with things now.”
“Nothing’s going to happen between now and the end of the season, so the uncertainty has gone.” “He knows what we’re about now and it just gives us that bit of closure on everything.”
We feel quite good about Newcastle right now, because with Joe having put some steel into the Newcastle side, if we can add a little bit of creativity in January, we should have a more than decent squad.
Certainly in retrospect, the introduction of Guthrie, Coloccini, Gutierrez and young Sebastien Bassong in the summer certainly added some quality to the squad, and at the same time we got rid of some of our fringe players.
We need the same injection of quality in January, and we’ll be on the right track, again.
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