It appears that Joe Kinnear will also try to sell in January, if he can get players to move out, and have the receiving clubs pay their high wages.
Ashley – supporting Kinnear fully in transfer market
In his meeting with Mike Ashley last week Joe Kinnear said that he was also in the market to sell, after telling Mike Ashley that his squad was carrying far too much dead wood.
Joe said that Mike talked about some of the fringe players in the Newcastle squad and asked if they could do the job, and Joe told him his opinion on each one of them.
Joe said today:
“He said ‘what about him, him and him?’” “I said ‘not good enough’ and he said ‘OK’.”
“If I can shift three or four of those players out, great. But we’ve got them and it’s difficult for me to shift them.”
“Who’s going to come and take them and their wages?”
That’s always been a difficulty of unloading players from Newcastle – we pay them too much money. And that’s created some classic examples of players not wanting to leave because they don’t want to take a wage cut, with Spaniard Marcelino Elano being the best example of them all.
He was bought by Ruud Gullit for around £6M in the summer of 1999, left three years later, and appeared just 17 times for the club.
We’d love to know who those three or four players are, who Joe thinks are not good enough.
Our guess would be Alan Smith, David Edgar, Caludio Cacapa and Geremi, and we could get some decent money for Smith and Geremi.
What do you think?