Kinnear On Transfers – Money Doesn’t Come Into It

Joe Kinnear has talked about what he wants to do in the transfer market in January, and he says whichever players he brings in will improve his  squad on Tyneside.


Joe Kinnear – I will improve the squad in January

Joe spoke to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle this morning:

“I want to increase the competition for places.” “We are fishing at the moment.”

“We are throwing a few hooks out to catch a few players.” “At the moment we are waiting to see if the offers are accepted.”

“I have my fingers crossed. But the goalposts get moved when you are negotiating.”

“And at the moment, people are asking far too much for what I would call decent players.”

“And we want a decent price.”

These are wise words from Joe, in an era where massively rich owners seem more concerned about buying trophy players, than actually improving the side.

Just look at Man City and their £32M purchase of Brazil’s Robinho – a complete waste of money from what he’s produced for City so far this season. Our very own Zog has played as well as Robinho this season – at least!

Joe was very good in the transfer market at Wimbledon and picked up some good buys then, and he wants to do the same thing at Newcastle, and will certainly not be paying silly money for players, as some clubs may do next month.

Joe continued:

“Money doesn’t come into it. You have to look at what is happening at Manchester City.”

“You can have millions and millions, but it doesn’t mean you will win matches.” “It’s who you think is the right player to improve the team.”

“All I want to do is improve the team.” “I wouldn’t just throw it around. I wouldn’t buy two Brazilians just for the sake of it.”

“But anyone I buy will improve the team.”

That’s last line is a reference to buying Robinho and Jo, and Jo, who cost £18M,  has been even worse than Robinho this season for City, and cannot even get a starting place.

Joe is an old fashioned manager, thank goodness, and he has wisdom and experience on his side (some may say age), and we are looking forward to whatever players he brings to the club in January.

Joe knows that the future of Newcastle United Football Club, and his own future are at stake in January, and we think he’s going to do very nicely.

We hope so anyway. 😀

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 26, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #1

    Wise words from Kinnear. However, as reported yesterday, every bid we’ve put in has been rejected and people are asking for more. do we have a plan B if the players we firstly want are overpriced

    “Just look at Man City and their £32M purchase of Brazil’s Robinho – a complete waste of money from what he’s produced for City so far this season. Our very own Zog has played as well as Robinho this season”

    Ed, i agree that Man C have thrown cash about and have clearly got it wrong, hence them being in the bottom 3 which i find quite funny. I dont think you can really compare charlies n’zogbia to robinho however. Robinho is a world class player regardless. i’m sure he’s scored something like 10 goals in 14 appearences for man c..think charlie is some way off him to be honest.

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 26, 2008 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #2


    youre last post was1 of the best i have seen on this site

    has any1 heard of ali using the site before?

    he could be a journo

  • darren grech malta

    Dec 26, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #3

    joe kennier is a gift from god to newcastle united.i realy beleave in this maneger that he can put back our lovely club into european football.under joe we are playing the best football since sir bobby robson

  • Ash Hague

    Dec 26, 2008 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #4

    He is our best manager since Bobby Robson and I don’t think it’s a flash in the pan.

    Usually when a manager takes over there’s a honeymoon period where the team plays much better.

    I think we’ve been through that and are looking like a better team generally.

    You’ve got to give Joe a lot of credit for that.

  • geordos

    Dec 26, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #5

    Kinnear has profitted by doing what every other key figure head has failed to do… being honest and communicating with the Geordies.

    However, he needs to be careful in terms of building false hopes when it comes to transfers. He has been very vocal that money is there, he’s bid for 4 players etc etc… early on…

    However if we end up being in a situation like in the summer when we were expecting several “quality signings” and ended up with Xisco and Gonzalez the fans frustrations will soon appear…

    Got to agree with KK FOREVER re: Robinho… he is world class and has impressed me massively since arriving in England.. He came with a big reputation, a huge price tag and has still managed to score 9 goals in a under-performing team…

    Kinnear is being clever, shifting our attentions away from big money signings… lets not kid ourselves… if Ashley announced tomorrow were signing a Robinho for £32m we would be in ecstacy…

    We need a couple of good central midfielders, a left back and quick…

  • bill

    Dec 26, 2008 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #6

    The comments coming out of Joe Kinnear at the moment have a similar tone to those I heard last summer from SJP, firstly, it was that we were after several quality players, then it was, we will not pay over the odds, then it was we will not make any panic buys, though the two they brought in at the last minute were exactly that.

    I won’t hold my breath.

  • Doocey

    Dec 26, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #7

    Yeah, agreed City paid 32m for him but it isin’t a waste of money, far from it.

    He’s scored a few goals already and has yet to settle in.

    Nezt season he’l be in lethal form if he stays and if City stay in teh premier League lol!

  • dave

    Dec 26, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #9

    how on earth can you compare nzogbia with robinho….hes scored once..robinhos scored 8

  • Jezza

    Dec 26, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #10

    This club has a long history of promises of new players that fail to materialise. I’m just getting a bit concerned that we’re being pepared for more of the same. After weeks of Kinnear talking very positively about new signings in January, now the transfer window is almost here, he seems, ominously, to be singing a different tune, with talk of clubs “wanting too much” and Newcastle “not paying over the odds”. I just fear the reality is that after our recent upturn in results, Ashley has decided that we can avoid relegation with the players we’ve got and that he can get away with not spending any money in the Januatry window.

  • azim

    Dec 26, 2008 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #11

    cant disagree from what KK FOREVER (Ross) said.
    Robinho is worth 32m and scored many goals in a underperforming team relative to Zog who scored 1 goal. Robinho is only going to play even better soon.Ed you cant compare Robinho and Zogs

  • Toon1978

    Dec 26, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #12


    Ashley needs to realise he needs to spend money in the EPL or risk being left behind completely then being relegated and losing more money. His club will be worth nothing if he lets it slide to them depths because of the greed. If he has a successful club playing in the CL every season then he would probably get his 300 million. Seems to me Ashley wants the best of all worlds. He wants to sell a club that’s not pushing for Europe of having any chance in any of the domestic cups at the price of a club that succeeds every year. Sorry Mr Ashley but it don’t work like that spend the money get your club in Europe and you will probably make your healthy profit.


    Dec 26, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #13

    any 1 got a link?

  • Charles Ma

    Dec 26, 2008 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #14

    I personally feel Kinnear has done a very good job for Newcastle. The players play with alot more passion,drive and consistency ever since Kinnear took over. And he does not thinker with the backline which is awesome.

    Anyway, I hope we’ll try to sign Matthew Upson and Jermaine Defoe. Although Upson is aging, I like the thought of having four big and strong defenders protecting Shay Given! I also think we should try to sign Tim Cahill! Imagine Cahil and Barton pairing up in the middle of the park.
    2 combative midfielders with an eye for goal!

    Paul Konchesky could be a good backup for Jose Enrique too! good squad player.

    And last but not least, SANTA CRUZ

  • clinta

    Dec 26, 2008 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #15

    Yes gone are the days off big name, big price flops at Newcastle, and I’m chuffed at this.

    Anyone who agrees with this current direction of the club should also agree then that KK and his transfer ideals are also something were doing better off without.

  • Nick

    Dec 27, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #16

    Ed I would kill for a Robinho. 12 goals this season, yeah what a waste of money – not !!
    N’Zogbia only one goal so far I think.

    Also it isn’t particularly good that Kinnear is an old fashioned manager. I would like a progressive, top foreign technical coach, who knows how to change a game and has a plan B with good tactics. Also someone who isn’t afraid to give youngsters a go in midfield and attack..


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