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.
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.
“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.
“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.