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Ashley – Joe Kinnear Will Take Us Into Europe

11:07 am, Thursday, December 18th, 2008 by Ed Harrison · 47 Comments

Newcastle’s owner Mike Ashley has again insisted that manager Joe Kinnear will have the freedom, in next month’s transfer window, to bring in whatever players he wants.

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Mike Ashley -  Joe will get money and it’s up to him who he brings in

That’s the good news today, and Kevin Keegan claimed he was never afforded that opportunity during the summer, so this may signal a change in direction by Newcastle, and it’s the right one.

The anger to Keegan’s second resignation at Newcastle United caused an almighty fan backlash against Ashley, who was literally forced to put the club up for sale.

Of course, Joe will not be given a lot of money to spend in January (not many clubs will spend much because of the world financial crisis), and Ashley says there will definitely be some news faces coming in before February rolls around.

Ashley still intends to sell Newcastle, but in these difficult economic times, he cannot find a buyer prepared to pay the £250M Newcastle will cost, at least not yet. He’ll be trying again in the summer, but the club is still up for sale right now.

Ashley told The Sun today when asked about which players would be coming in next month:

“It is up to Joe, we have signed him, it’s up to him,” “I’ve definitely got some money, although whether I will give it to him or not is another question.”

“Joe realizes that Newcastle don’t have a bottomless pit of money so he will be very careful with what he does.”

“If it’s a player that costs £30m then I can absolutely say, ‘I don’t think so’.”

“But will he able to get the players he wants to tinker with the team and change the balance? The answer’s yes.”

And Mike seems to gone daft, as he not only thinks we will stay up in the Premier League but the owner thinks Joe will take Newcastle into Europe next season.

Mike continued:

“We will stay up. Yes, definitely.” “Joe’s the man to do the job.”

“He’s my hero. Is he better than Capello? Definitely.”

“We are going to be in Europe by the end of the season!”

Well Fabio is a world class manager, so that statement is a little over the top, to say the least, but we like Joe Kinnear a lot, and we think he’s a good manager, and a real fighter that Newcastle fans are starting to take to, as he starts to win more games.  Certainly the players seem to love the guy.   :D

In Ashley’s eyes, Kinnear has done a great job, since he plucked him from the management wilderness in late September, and it’s proved an excellent move, in retrospect. Certainly Joe is starting to get the accolades in the popular press for the job he’s done under the most difficult of circumstances at Newcastle.

Joe has 15 points from 11 games, but any reasonable person will admit we could and probably should have had more points than that, with our performances. We have 3 wins, 2 defeats and 6 draws in those 11 games, but the team has been getting better, and the defense has vastly improved under Joe’s direction.

Add to that four of the players we brought in during the summer, Coloccini, Bassong, Guthrie and Guteirrez have all done great, and are first team starters. And we got the four of them for around £14M – not too shabby at all.

But we must not get carried away, like Mike, but the win on Sunday seems to have convinced many Geordie fans than we really have more than a decent team, now that Joe seems to be getting the very best out of all the players.

Let’s put some cold reality into this.   We have 19 points from 17 games right now, and are in 14th position, but just 6 points out of 7th place (Everton) and 8 points out of 6th place (Hull City). So what Mike says certainly isn’t impossible.

We need a win streak to get up that league, (over Christmas would be very nice) and then anything is possible.

Comments welcome.



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47 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Phillipe Alberrrrrrt!!! // Dec 18, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    He’s lost the plot completely!! If we escape with 17th position this season I’ll breathe a huge sigh of relief

  • 2 broon ale // Dec 18, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    calm down Mike

  • 3 Toon Graeme // Dec 18, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Cant see it happening to be honest. Hope and optimism shines but if we continue how we are going then we will stay up but not in the top 5 I dont think so.

    The Sun isnt exactly a reliable source. If you beleive half the crap they write they would have us believe all sorts.

    Take it on face value but it doesnt read like a man who wants to sell the club. MA is here to stay.

  • 4 Mike Ashley // Dec 18, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    TBF 2 wins and the right results puts us in a European position

  • 5 AO // Dec 18, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    well i suppose you can qualify for europe via the fair play league. That would mean not playing barton again this season.

  • 6 craig chisholm // Dec 18, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    ashely is an arsehole.

  • 7 geordie jock // Dec 18, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    For gods sake were fighting relegation. The only way we will get into europe is by easyjet.

  • 8 Thelongshanks // Dec 18, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Mike ashley u are offically smoking crack! At least we know what u are keeping your money for cuz it aint players.

  • 9 craig chisholm // Dec 18, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    ashely is prob right one one thing though, joe k will have free reign of the transfer money – all 1 million of it knowing ashley!

  • 10 Jimmie // Dec 18, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Well if Mike belive that were going to qualify for Europe this season must mean that he will give JFK a lot of money to spend in Januari ..

  • 11 G // Dec 18, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    It isn’t entirely unrealistic for us to reach a European slot, but it is very unlikely, yes two wins could in theory put us up there, but one defeat could also see us back in the clarts!

  • 12 Mike Ashley // Dec 18, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Craig don’t get me wrong I’ve pulled a real number on the club

    but if you look at the teams around us and look at the fixtures coming up for them and for us – and we play like we did against stoke (1st half injuries screwed us in the second) and against Portsmouth we shouldn’t really write off the prospect of European football next year.

    Sometimes people are a little too hasty to get their pitch forks out of the shed

  • 13 Chris H // Dec 18, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    We all know that’s not going to happen Jimmie mate.

  • 14 Toon Chicken // Dec 18, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Well said Mike.

    Nice to see you on here.

    Any chance you could lend me a monkey for xmas?

  • 15 Thelongshanks // Dec 18, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Does ne1 else think allar-roll-the-dyce will make a bid for smith in january?wud be great if we got 4m.

  • 16 geordie jock // Dec 18, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    One win in how many games? and suddenly we are world beaters and everything bad is forgotten. Come on lads and lasses get a grip.

  • 17 ObaMartins // Dec 18, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Is this Ashley for real , Ashley on Joke Kinnear >>>“He’s my hero. Is he better than Capello? Definitely.”>>>>it get worse by the day

  • 18 Marty-TOON RISING // Dec 18, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    He could be right you know.
    IF WE WIN 3GAMES IN A ROW WE WILL BE IN 7TH PLACE I THINK.
    That`s if results go our way.
    Nothing wrong with what he says really but we will have to play out of skins.
    If we get a good run going and think if one of the big four win Europe then that will free up a place in Europe too.
    Tis possible i say

  • 19 Ausgeordie // Dec 18, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Well know a lot more after xmas I think. What we need is to win two or three in a row to climb the table. Winning one in 6 aint going to move us up the ladder

  • 20 Xisco Is A Pirate // Dec 18, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    I was almost be inclined to believe him before he said Kinnear was better than Capello and we’d be in Europe THIS season. I live in hope though

  • 21 Toon_Ksk // Dec 18, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    He is clearly deluded. He should just hand JK the Milner’s transfer fund and top up another £8m on that if he wants JK to take us to Europe. He is a businessman and you can’t believe the words he said.

  • 22 Spyro // Dec 18, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    If teams like Bolton and Blackburn can get into Europe by making themselves hard to beat then so can we.

  • 23 Toon Chicken // Dec 18, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    geordie jock – life’s much better when you focus on the positives :)

    Try just 2 defeats in his 11 games in charge and 3 clean sheets in a row away from home.

    Much better, don’t you agree?

  • 24 Spyro // Dec 18, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Toon Ksk

    There is no “Milner funds”. We spent around 27million euros in the summer and recieved around 24million euros. MA owes no money for Milner.

  • 25 Jimmie // Dec 18, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Of course not Chris H.. Just hope that Mike realize that if you dont spend, you wont have quality enough to challange for the European spots..

  • 26 BT9MAG // Dec 18, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Oh Mike, what have you done…stupid comments – THIS is the reason toon fans get called deluded!

  • 27 HeronMag // Dec 18, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    I don’t know what Mike’s been smoking, but I want to try some!

  • 28 Shot Bru! // Dec 18, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Owen offered 3 year deal and he is very impressed, kinnear very optimistic and reckons an answer will be given in the next 2 or 3 days. SSN.

  • 29 Partizan // Dec 18, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    10 days ago i said that we’ll qualify for Europe….i still stand on my word.

    It doesnt matter how,but trust me….WE WILL

  • 30 neeraj // Dec 18, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    this is just to show his support to his manager……

  • 31 Taiwantoon // Dec 18, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    “He’s my hero. Is he better than Capello? Definitely.”

    What does he think he was talking about? Guard! Take him away.

  • 32 KK FOREVER (Ross) // Dec 18, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    our shock signings of puyol messi and drogba must be signed and sealed for jan then.

  • 33 Partizan // Dec 18, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Despite early-season losses and ensuing criticism in 2006–07, including a 3–0 loss at home to Nuremberg, Veh managed to turn the collection of new players like Mexicans Pavel Pardo, and Ricardo Osorio, and Brazilian Antônio da Silva and fresh local talents, including Mario Gomez, Serdar Tasci and Sami Khedira, into a strong contender that led the league on 12 November 2006 for the first time in two years. Stuttgart established themselves among the top five and delivered a strong challenge for the Bundesliga title by winning their final eight games. In the penultimate week on 12 May 2007, Stuttgart beat Bochum 3–2 away from home, took the Bundesliga lead from FC Schalke 04 and secured a spot in the 2007-08 UEFA Champions League. After trailing 0–1 in the final match of the season against Energie Cottbus, Stuttgart came back to win 2–1 and claim their first Bundesliga title in 15 years

    I remember that before the winter break Stutgart was 10th…..in the second half of the season they became champions.

    Now i know we can’t win the premiership this season,there’s no way we could do that….but 4-5 wins in a row,we have a strong chance to qualify for Uefa Cup.We just have to have faith.

    Bring it on Mike ;-)

    We’ll finish 7th

  • 34 Kinnear Is Ashley's Rent Boy (DanToon) // Dec 18, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Ashley mussed be pissed again!

  • 35 The Entertainers // Dec 18, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    I hadnt realised Kinnear had a get together planned in the Canaries!

    Europe here we come!

  • 36 Mike Ashley // Dec 18, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    well said Partizan

  • 37 wsq // Dec 18, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    desperate to come to a match is it? hahahahahahahahahhhahahahahahahahahahhahaha what was that europe? europe!? premiership status is not yet guaranteed.

  • 38 Partizan // Dec 18, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    wsq…..Remember last season’s match against Pompey on SJP……i bet you were crying like a little child.

    We thrashed them on Fratton Park last weekend…..i bet that put a huge smile on you face.

    Even AC Milan was 2-0 down overthere.
    3 clean sheets out of 4……doesn’t that tell you anything.When was the last time we achieved that.JK is the man with guts,passion,tactical ability,and no hair on his tongue.

    Sometimes i wonder if he’s from Italy by the way he dictates the game.

  • 39 Stardust // Dec 18, 2008 at 1:15 PM

    When Ashley was being attacked by everyone in the world, when no manager would look at taking the job – even though nobody knew the facts.

    Joe Kinnear jumped in the trench with Mike Ashley and decided to fight with him. No wonder Mike respects the man – says a load about both of their characters.

  • 40 LP_6 // Dec 18, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    Some people are so synical. Ok europe is probably a bit optomistic at the moment but from 6th down to 19th its tight and everyone has a chance (apart from the mackems and smoggies hopefully) but realisticly the team has been performing a lot better and had we held onto leads when we had them this season i.e. wigan and stoke we could be in a far better position. nobody in the national press are saying man city are in a relegation scrap and we’re above them with more points. i think we desperatly need to get a couple of players in, and maybe then we could make a realistic claim for finishin high enough for europe even if its the intertoto, but even with the players we have now we could reach a top half finish.

    Have faith, I think some of you aren’t even fans. your just moaners in life!!

  • 41 samthecat // Dec 18, 2008 at 2:17 PM

    I dont get the quote-money is available but whether i give it to Joe?
    If money is available then just give it to Joe and let him get on with it-how many times do we have to say that-Ashley has learned nothing.
    What is he going to say-sorry Joe but i think that player is only worth 2m not 3m so you cant have the money and where would he be getting that advice from?
    Also how can Joe target players if he doesnt know what the transfer budget is?
    As for Europe very unlikely-more likely mid table and then the same old problems pre-season, will the club be sold wont the club be sold, will Joe get another contract etc.

  • 42 Guinea Mag // Dec 18, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    We are going to have MA around for quite a while as he’s not going to get £250M for the sale of Newcastle in today’s finacial crisis.

    MA realizes he has to spend “some” money, say £10M to £12M on say two or three players to protect his investment; i.e. our team!

    We are not to far off being a half decent team but desperately need new blood in midfield.

    The current back four is looking good; we have two decent wingers; and in Owen, Martins, Viduka, Ameobi, and maybe Xisco (given a chance) have potential going forward.

    We need two classy central midfield players and several squad players as back-up if we are to move into the top half of the PL.

    Europe would be nice but maybes a “bridge too far” this season….

  • 43 John // Dec 18, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    I find Ashley’s statements embarrassing!! The club is a complete mess thanks to him and his sidekicks. However, we all recognise the good work that Jow Kinnear has done with the present squad but it is clear for all to see that there will be very little in the way of funds to improve the squad this January. Nothing in Ashley’s statement suggests there will be, so poor old Joe will have to search through the crumbs this Xmas. A bit like the Christmas Carol novel but Scrooge is not going to change for our story.

  • 44 Newckie // Dec 18, 2008 at 2:33 PM

    Well said Stardust!
    I could not agree more of have put it better myself.
    Spot On!

  • 45 Newckie // Dec 18, 2008 at 2:35 PM

    lol delete of and substitute or…DOH!

  • 46 Piers // Dec 18, 2008 at 3:38 PM

    Good to hear the support from MA……And AO, you better not come on this blog after we dismantle you guys for the second year in a row.

  • 47 Kayazirie // Dec 18, 2008 at 10:58 PM

    Im stunned, I just spent the last five minutes laughing. I live in the US, so granted I dont have the same access to information as those of you that live across the pond. But I read the postings and comments on this site religiously daily, and to my knowledge, this man hasnt breathed a word to the public since…I actually dont remember about anything. Its got to be said, this man has massive balls to come out and say know that were going to be in Europe by the end of the season. Not because I dont fancy our chances of being successful, but what a statement to make after being an absolute craven hermit since Keegan left. What audacity. I would imagine to own a company, being a multi-millionaire, and owning an EPL team that one would have acquired a single drop of customer service or some sort of PR experience. Thats sort of 101 for the b.s. jobs I apply and work at here. Whatever, Im rambling, but I swear, this lit up my day. Can somebody please tell me how this man has gotten to the level of “success” that he has by being clueless with simple communication. Thats it, vent done for now. What a win against Pompey though, highlight of the season obviously. Finally nice to shut up all the critics that watch games at the same pub as me. Side note, do you all hate, and I mean hate, Spurs fans over there as much as I hate them here!!!




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