Newcastle manager Kinnear will have a meeting with Managing Director Derek Llambias and Director of Football Dennis Wise today, for an update on the club’s progress in the transfer market.
Derek Llambias – Managing Director at Newcastle
Let’s hope this meeting goes well, and that we are making progress with some of our transfer targets, because it’s clear we need to strengthen the squad, if Mike Ashley is to have a Premier League team to sell in the summer, and not a Championship one.
Joe talked to the Newcastle Journal today:
“It’s a meeting I’m looking forward to because I need to know where we stand in terms of finances,” “If I can, I’m going to strengthen in every single area of the team. If the finances are available that is what I want to do because I think Saturday highlighted how badly we need to bring in new players.”
“I won’t need to argue my case, they can see for themselves how badly we need to add to the squad. We are down to the bare bones and, although the spirit is there, and we are fighting every time we go out on the pitch, we can’t afford to have so many players playing out of position.”
Of course, the absence of an experienced central midfielder on the subs bench on Saturday cost us dearly in the second half, and Joe changed the side around with Beye on the right wing, Steven Taylor at right back and Gutierrez asked to play in the center of midfield.
But that was 3 players playing out of position, and Joe took some stick for that, but whatever he did, it wasn’t going to be good.
Joe is happy with the effort he got from his players, and he cannot fault them for that, as he continued:
“I can’t fault the players for their determination and they have given me 110% since I came to the club, but we had center-backs playing all over the pitch and that is far from ideal,” “We didn’t have any option, we haven’t got any midfielders fit other than those who are in the youth team so my hands were tied really.”
“We haven’t had any luck with injuries. I can’t believe that I’ve lost all four of my central midfielders, as well as Damien Duff, Shola Ameobi and Alan Smith, at the same time. It’s not something I’ve ever experienced before, but we just have to get on with it and do the best we can.”
” It was definitely a case of two points dropped against Stoke, but it’s also another point towards safety and, despite all the injuries, we didn’t lose the game.”
Welcome to Newcastle, but that also points to the Newcastle injury problems, and for whatever reason we always seem to have more injuries than other teams, and we’re sure it’s got to have something to do with the training pitches, or else it’s just a spell on the team.
Let’s go with the pitches for now. 😀
We should get to know in detail tomorrow, what happened at the meeting today, because Joe is almost as good at communicating what’s going on as Kevin was.
And we think Joe knows the fans are starved of news on what’s happening at the club, and the Irishman is doing his best to tell the fans at least everything he knows, and probably too much, but we think that’s very good.