Kinnear – Ashley Wants To Start Rebuilding Newcastle Club


Joe Kinnear has talked to the Mirror today and has we think tested the water by saying he thinks Mike Ashley will stay as the owner of Newcastle United, beyond this season.

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Joe Kinnear – Mike wants to start rebuilding the club

Kinnear told the Sunday Mirror today:

“He wants to get back on the scene and rebuild the club. I get the sense he’s planning to be here a bit longer.”

“His passion for the club has been reinvigorated.”

Joe has revealed that his fairly successful partnership with owner Mike Ashley at Newcastle is likely to continue into next season, with the global economic crisis making the sale of the club increasingly unlikely.

There seems to be little chance of the economic crisis being over any time soon, and Mike will hardly sell the club at a big loss, that’s for sure.

But we think over the last few weeks Mike may have been reassessing his position at the Tyneside club, and with the upbeat in form of the team, and the bringing together of the club as much as he can, by manager Joe Kinnear, we think Mike would like to remain owner, as witnessed by his willingness to fund Kinnear next month to the tune of at least £12M.

There still remains potential problems with those fans who are still absolutely furious that Kevin Keegan was allowed to leave the club in early September, and certainly the club has hardly been run well since Chris Mort left.

It would be terrific if we could get Mike back as Chairman, but he’s a top class lawyer, and it seems that’s where he sees his career, although he looked more than  a good Chairman while he was at the club, and concentrated on the Newcastle community, which was great to see.

Kinnear added:

“He would stay on as owner and I would stay on as manager. I have been told my job is safe as long as he is here.”

“Mike has already mentioned the possibility of staying on if the club is not sold. He said, ‘You will always be with me as long as I’m here’.

“We’ve spoken about the future and he will sell it if someone comes in with the right offer.”

“He said, ‘It looks like I’m not going to be able to sell it, so we have to start talking about next year’.”

“He’s coming to terms with the idea that he ain’t going to be able to sell the club for the money he wants. ”

Kinnear has said that Ashley will get more involved with the club, but only after the Keegan Premier League tribunal into Kevin’s September departure, but still no date has been set for that hearing.

The sooner that gets settled the better it is for our club, whichever way it goes.

Kinnear added:

“I think you’ll see a different Mike when that’s all been put to bed. I know it’s hurting him, the position he is in, and I know he definitely wants to come back.”

“I think once the fans see he’s prepared to invest back in the club, once they see we’re improving, the team’s getting better, a few more players added, it’s all pluses on his side.”

It seems to us that Kinnear has turned out a blessing for Mike, and the owner is not keeping it a secret that he thinks the world of Joe.

Joe has definitely put the pride back on Tyneside.

Kinnear has been the glue since September, that has kept our club together, and as we said earlier this morning, we should not forget that, whatever eventually happens to Mike and Joe.

But it does seem that their tenures at Newcastle are now inexorably linked together.

Let us know what you think about this situation.

We are very aware there are still some raw emotions out there associated with Mike Ashley, so please try to keep the comments clean, but still let us know your views on this – many thanks lads and lasses.



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75 comments so far

  • ELFER

    Dec 21, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #1

    To all them who still are angry about the keegan (walkaway!!!!): WAKE UP!

    We are no more living in those times. Keegin is a hero and will be, but from the past. He’s gone. Let go. We need stability and MA will offer it to us together with JFK, so use your emtions to support them and more important support the team! Our team! We are UNITED!

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  • wigaz

    Dec 21, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #2

    KK wanting £ from the club eh? not sure that qualifies as legend like behaviour for me like! Really hope JK gets some bread to spend in Jan like, players will go for cheaper coz clubs wont be able to rip people off as much as they would do normally. I wouldn’t mind a bid for Ashton prob get hom for £7m. He’s class & especially if owen leaves we need a goal scorer.

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  • jettson

    Dec 21, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #3

    if MA can come out and say what his plans are to the fans, then i think most will back him, he ‘seems’ to be a fan, so put up MA and get us back on track, we always back our club, time for you to dip into your pockets and support JK with funds to gwet us back into top 8!

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  • Sav

    Dec 21, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #4

    “Joe has put the pride back on Tyneside.”
    Remember -it was FatAsh who took it away in the first place.
    “It would be terrific if we could get Mike back as Chairman.” (That should be Mort?)
    Joe is grand and its good that he has some relationship with FatAsh – as manager he has to – but I’d much rather he leave Ashley to do his own schmoozing, preferably in hard cash in January.
    He should remember that he hasn’t been around here long enough to have been disappointed by Ash & Co. yet…..but stick around, Joe and keep your powder dry.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Dec 21, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #5

    Ashton is never fit bad buy.

    On topic the Keegan stuff is dead now..Mike made some bad decisions and has paid the price and it was a heavy price not being able to watch a team he owns.

    We all make mistakes and if he is prepared to invest I would far better have him than some stupid car designer or some bent nigerian consortium.

    Spend and I will forgive and forget : )

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  • KIZZA

    Dec 21, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #6

    ahhh micheal owen finally decides on his contract today….if he sticks to his word. i really hope we find out.

    I WOULD LOVE IT, JUST LOVE IT IF HE SIGNED.

    im pretty sure he will score today

    JK will probs blurt it out on live TV weather he has signed or not. ha

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  • wsq

    Dec 21, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #7

    bullshyt

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  • sirjasontoon

    Dec 21, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #8

    I think Owen will sign as well..fingers crossed.

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  • ELFER

    Dec 21, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #9

    I’m glad (and must admit a bit surprised by the more positive tones here) you feel all that it would be good to see MA returning – of course with opening his pocket!

    The past really is the past and I’m sure everyone of us has doen mistakes…that’s life and as long as we learn from our mistakes it’s the school of life, the school we all must pass!

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  • KIZZA

    Dec 21, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #10

    wsq….what are you saing bullshit for

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  • sirjasontoon

    Dec 21, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #11

    Well said..he won’t double cross the fans again so lets move on.
    If he is tight in the january window things are bound to get nasty again..I for 1 will go mental haha

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  • Alex

    Dec 21, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #12

    Ed you say Keegan was allowed to leave the club , but i also remember Ashley meeting up with KK in London after Keegan walked to try and persuade him to come back . Fact is Keegan walked away Just as ELFER points out on the first post . Lets put the Keegan thing to bed once and for all and get the Club moving onwards .

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  • ToonKing

    Dec 21, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #13

    i personally would have no problem with Ahsley staying, i wouldn’t have any problem with Wise staying either. However Llambias must be changed.

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  • ELFER

    Dec 21, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #14

    Hmm, we all are positive about MA staying…So I’m really wondering where are the past living (not realistic on not yet upgrown kids?) are who constantly try to violate MA or his family?

    Oh, propably they’re gone forever? That would be nice! Violence never takes you somewhere forward in your live…it always throws you at least 2 steps back! But as Joey Barton proved you can indeed come back and behave yourself (I pray that he will now and in the future!) but as said, it throws you back and you have to come from behind again and then go forward again.

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  • ELFER

    Dec 21, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #15

    Maybe we can learn all something out of this and try to help to build the “successfull entertainment” we all want!

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  • k k forever

    Dec 21, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #16

    ELFER FCK OF NUMPTEY FAT ASH IS A USELESS CNT AND WISE IS OF TO LEEDS

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  • beyethegreat

    Dec 21, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #17

    i have no problem with ashley staying aslong as he confirms he is staying and promisses to communicate with the fans better and promissess to be more truthful

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  • spiny Norman

    Dec 21, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #18

    nice to read some sensible and positive stuff on here for a change

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  • extreme

    Dec 21, 2008 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #19

    Spot on Toonking. Llambias is the one to go. Replace him with David Dein

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  • BILLY - B

    Dec 21, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #20

    If Mike Ashley seiously wants to get back in the toon fans good books he must sack Dennis Wise, that one action will go a long way in fans oppinion of his seriousness about coming back to watch our not his (he just owns the club) team

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  • ELFER

    Dec 21, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #21

    Ok here we go – the comment we’ve all been wating for, k k forever 😉

    Ask yourself (and be honest), will KK really be good for us if he comes back? Wouldn’t you much rather want stability and with that seeing us slowly improving?

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  • TOON LAD

    Dec 21, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #22

    any links for the match

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  • ELFER

    Dec 21, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #23

    As always, you find links here:

    http://livefooty.doctor-serv.com/

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  • bill

    Dec 21, 2008 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #24

    If Mike Ashley wanted to make peace with the fans, why didn’t he respond to the letter sent to him by NUSC over a month ago?

    Let’s get real; the only reason he could possibly want to make peace now is because he cannot sell the club, and he is afraid that it will be worth even less if he doesn’t support Joe Kinnear with some finance.

    The situation will become clearer when we see what players are brought in during the January transfer window. If he intends staying he will invest in good players, however, if he invests in anything less then we will know exactly what he is about.
    Look out for some loan deals – that will tell us just about everything.

    There are too many people on here who are either juvenile in years or thinking to understand what has gone on at SJP over the past months. I suggest that they look at deeds and not words.

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  • k k forever

    Dec 21, 2008 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #25

    elfer forget the keegan thing .i just want a decent side and we are not going get that under ashley have u forgot he put the whole team up for sale in the last tranfer window cos i havent

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  • craig chisholm

    Dec 21, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #26

    sirjasontoon, i agree. ashley has made mistakes but i think he knows from what the backlash was that we are very passionate about our football club. this is not about keegan and i am not sure it ever was, for me, it was all about us being run by a bunch of tossers esp lambiarse – i can not stand that man to this day. wise is not trustworthy either – although its now all over the press he is going back to leeds – wow, i bet they are happy. So in conclusion, IF ashley gets shot of those two wank stains and brings in a real chairman (aka Dein) – a football man, i am ok with it all again. we need feedback though and i have followed up on my idea on here earlier this week and written to the club asking for a ‘mike ashley colum’ to be added to our official web site. With the idea being that once a week he gives us a weekly round up of life at newcastle, just a few lines keeping in touch with us all. its nothing to him and it would be a nice touch, instead of him talking through jfk’s lips and the southern media.

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  • ELFER

    Dec 21, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #27

    bill, I think that’s fair! We will see after the january transfer window what MA is all about. We can then judge him on his actions (not on the amount of money he spent, much rather what players JFK was able to get by the money given to him!).

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  • ELFER

    Dec 21, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #28

    k k forever, do we really know that’s the truth? There was in fact so much written (even today it was in the papers, that JFK called the mackems to offer his services…what a bullshit!).

    We have to be carefull in reading and believing the stories they write (especially if they’re not coming out of our 2 local news papers!).

    But I understand you and you share the same feelings as we all have! It’s just a case of forgiving sometimes and get on with the future! But you are all right to demand something from MA! He has to show us his willing to drive us forward.

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  • Dennis Twice

    Dec 21, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #29

    Out!

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  • Toon1978

    Dec 21, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #30

    Ashley to dedicate himself to NUFC by stabilising the club and opening his wallet. I for one do not expect him to spend millions upon million but to strengthen the squad a little by bringing in a left back, a creative midfielder and maybe a striker with Owen supposedly holding out until the end of the season. Also, i hope we do start to bring in these quality youngsters with the likes of Sakho and O’Toole being mentioned of late. I think it is now time to forget signings like the OWENS and SHEARERS of this world and to now look forward to bringing in players for the future in the mould of the Arsenal way and if Ashley succeeds in that then i for one will begin to come round to the M.Ashley ways of running the club. Just look at the kids Arsenal have at the moment granted the first team ain’t doing as well as they normally do but in a few years time Arsenal will be challenging again when these kids are mature enough. That’s what i would love to see at the toon but less not forget we also need to keep the club in the EPL so he needs to spend some cash to get us up to the top six and to build on that by bringing in quality youngsters and by keeping the club up there by continuing to bring in one or two quality signings when each transfer window opens I’m not talking about a 20 million pound player but more in the region of a player who is rated between the 7 to 8 million mark. We have been down the the “spend millions” road and it has done nothing no silverware what so ever so time for a new tactic maybe this will work fingers crossed.

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  • beyethegreat

    Dec 21, 2008 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #31

    imo

    if ashley stays so must wise BUT as a technical director

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  • asprilla11

    Dec 21, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #32

    I really don’t understand where all this hatred for wise comes from, granted the guys a bit of o knob but that should have no bearing on wether the guy keeps his job or not, imo he is doing his job very well indeed just look t the players he has bought to the club, bassong, collochini, guiterrez (possibly the signing of the summer), then the young lads like ranger, aaron spears(if we did actually sign him from plymouth as ssn said??) etc, this is the way forward for newcastle, we are not a big side anymore, we can’t afford big wages on players who are just coming for their pensions!!!. We need to build a good young side with a few old heads and I feel we have a real good starting block with the likes of n’zogbia, bassong, taylor, guthrie, ranger, xisco(if given a chance) enrique, and the blend of older players in given, owen, beye, butt etc. I think we should let wise carry on doing the good job he seems to be doing and get right behind our boys win, lose or draw! I do think we need a creative midfielder to play alongside either butt, guthrie or barton, then some good young players who are versatile and can play in a few positions like zog, and then get rid of duff, geremi, cacapa, dukes and shola buy another top quality striker ( in the same mould as dukes big, strong, good feet and can hold a ball up and have owen and martins as our no 2 strikers with xisco, ranger or carroll on the bench. I think Zog is really underrated for us and think that when we have played well both him and jonas have been immense out wide!!!!, but 2 sum my comments up let Wise continue to do a good job and start looking forward to some good young signings!!!! fingers crossed

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  • Shot Bru!

    Dec 21, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #33

    Ed you should have a vote for Bloggers’ Blogger of the year, a bit like players’ player of the year. You could nominate 11 of your outstanding candidates and we could all have a vote. The winner’s name could appear on the front page of your blog for the rest of the year.

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  • Dan

    Dec 21, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #34

    the club needs stability! Although Kinnear has done that, the team really needs to start winning.

    KK left! (again) he bottles it!

    I have never been a big fan of Wise, however he has got a good eye.. and yes there are some that have not settled yet, but there have been a heap of players in the past who they have paid millions for and have done Jack sh*te!

    Im happy with Kinnear and Ashley staying..

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  • ELFER

    Dec 21, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #35

    Toon1978, everyone always sings prayses of arsenals youth. What does it get you if you are able to field the youngest premierleague team? Nothing.

    Has arsenal ever won the champions league? If you ask me they will never have what it takes to win it, becouse it needs a good balence of youth and experience. Arsenal doesn’t have that and I don’t want to see another arsenal at NUFC!

    This was absolutely no disrespect to arsenal or wenger, but think about my comments! Enought talked about Arsenal back to us, NUFC. To continue to scout youngsters is absolutely fine with me, as long as we keep the balance.

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  • Todd

    Dec 21, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #36

    Elano left out, got to pick him up in Jan.

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  • ELFER

    Dec 21, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #37

    Good idea, Shot Bru! Althought I rate myselfes chance on = zero, becouse I say what I’m thinking and that’s not going well with other users 😉 But good idea!

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  • Lacedaemonian

    Dec 21, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #38

    We need some blood, Mike. Give us Derek and we might let some of the bad PR slide. We need to look at some of the signings made in the Summer and realise how good they actually were. Only the last day’s signings were awful. Couple this with Keegan leaving and the following dramatics.

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  • Darryl

    Dec 21, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #39

    I wouldnt recommend installing Zango, on that liveooty site, instead, go to this, and click newcastle… don’t need to install it then..

    http://livefooty.doctor-serv.com/sun21.12/

    Regards, Daz.

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  • Toon1978

    Dec 21, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #40

    Elfer

    I have said that in my last post mate, i said we must bring in quality youth along with good players that go straight into the first team. I do however see you point on Arsenal not winning the CL but on the other hand we have not won the EPL they have. We need to concentrate on the Premier league at the moment and forget about the champions league as it aint gonna happen for a while yet.

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