Joe has a good meeting with Managing Director Derek Llambias and Owner Mike Ashley, at least in that he will definitely be given some transfer funds, and if some of our players, whose contracts are up in the summer, and they want to leave, look at those going also in part-exchange.
Joe Kinnear – ready to being in fresh blood at Newcastle
And it looks like Newcastle have already started talks with some of the agents of the players we are after. Kinnear, as we mentioned last night, has said that Ashley has pledged to to him to spend around £12m on the pair of them, and presumably that may not be all the transfer funds he gets.
“I have had a positive meeting with him. I put the case for bringing players in and we are talking to some players and their agents and clubs. We have to be ready when the window opens. I would like two to three players.”
“I have given them the prices. I told them two players who cost six million each, which is £12m. He said fine, leave it with me. I will come back to you. There are players available who will help us and we will have to wait and see because I don’t want to say much more.”
“Mike was fine with it. We have got one who is ’humming and aah-ing, but we are still banging on the door and he is still a player we have identified.”
“Instead of cash the club decided they’d come in for one of our players in an exchange. That would leave us stronger in one area and weaker in another.”
“It would be straight swap. I am not sure we would benefit from losing another player.”
And what Joe says in that last sentence is crucial, since we cannot afford to lose players we already have. We need to build up the squad, not weaken it. 🙁
We are assuming that Llambias and Ashley are getting some contract offers ready for Owen, Butt, Harper and other players Joe wants to keep, and that we’ll offer the terms to the players in a timely manner – like before the end of this month.
But the incompetence shown in the running of the club since last summer, suggests this may not be achieved.