Kinnear Says January Will Be Hectic Month For Newcastle

Newcastle United owner, as we now know for certain, has taken the Newcastle club off the market and after witnessing yesterday’s display by Newcastle’s  injury hit side, he should be very well aware that drastic improvements are needed to the squad.


Mike Ashley – must now know that big improvements needed in squad

In his statement of yesterday one thing Mike said was:

“With the transfer window approaching we will work closely with Joe to see what can be done to strengthen the squad.”

However, Kinnear now believes that only established stars will fit the bill if Newcastle United are indeed to climb to safety this season, which has to be the number one priority.

With new injuries to established players such as Habib Beye, Nicky Butt, Oba Martins and Mark Viduka, and with players like Joey Barton and Alan Smith still on the long-term injury list, Kinnear has admitted, after the Liverpool game, that his list of wanted players may well need to be revised.

Joe told the Evening Chronicle today:

“January will be hectic on and off the field. We need to address that situation immediately.” “And that’s the message I am getting across to Mike Ashley and the board of directors.”

“If we are looking for a team for the future and want to go forward and make a statement against teams like Liverpool, we must strengthen.”

“Against Liverpool you could see how big the gap is.” “The players I am looking at bringing in, are players who can come straight into the team.” “But I will have to make some changes.”

“I was looking at certain areas, assuming that everybody was fit and well. But due to the length of time people are out injured it could change.”

“Now it is a case of finding out exactly how long people are going to be out for.” “Beye’s on crutches and you’d think he’s going to be out at least three weeks.”

“Viduka’s got a torn groin muscle, and I’d think he would be at least three weeks as well.” “Oba Martins will be at least two weeks minimum.”

“We already know Joey Barton is down, and with Nicky Butt going down against Liverpool, who knows what the team will be at Hull?”

“I can’t see any of the injured players coming back.” “If we get our best team out we are fine, but the strength of the squad needs to be much better.”

What we’d like to see is a couple of players arrive at the club quickly, since it is possible the club have already done some work with the pending transfers.

But it seems to take a lot longer these days to tie up transfer moves so we’ll just have to keep a close watch on things, once the window opens on Thursday – in 3 days time.

But Joe is right in that what Newcastle fans want to see now is this situation addressed with the required urgency that will tell the fabulous Newcastle faithful that owner Ashley is indeed serious about improving the squad – and it’s not just talk, which we all know is very cheap.

We already know Joe Kinnear is serious about improving the squad, but he needs Mike’s help.

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • ObaFan2

    Dec 29, 2008 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #1

    Well I’m not gonna hold my breathe, this owner has disappointed me 2 many times in the past for me to get excited about new signings.

    TBH I’m more worried about who wants to leave, whether it is this January or in the summer.

    Fingers crossed everything will be fine but it’s been another wasted season and another relegation fight.

  • sirjasontoon

    Dec 29, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #2

    This is the repercussions of measly spending in the last 3 windows it was clear that we needed more players than we actually bought.

    I think the majority of the squad needs changing and contracts terminated for the parasites currently on our books.

  • craig chisholm

    Dec 29, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #3

    obafan2……….you are dead right man, its all about who will want to leave. the bottom line is that good quality players will not want to stay at a club that is showing zero signs of wanting to compete in anything other than the fizzy league. if i was oba i would be off, as owen is, shay should want to go too. top draw players want to be able to compete, it does not take many 5-1 home drubbings to make them say ‘fuck this, i am off’. ashley will ony get out of the games what he puts in – so far its nothing, zero, zip, in three full windows. he is full of shit and unless he now digs deep and comes up with the real stuff he and our club are going to be relegated. i predict we will plod on through the jan window with perhaps two or three additions from the fizzy league but that we will also sell too. the net result being ashley will have spent nothing again and we will be no stronger, or perhaps even weaker in numbers.

  • Toon Graeme

    Dec 29, 2008 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #4

    This is all sounding too much like the last transfer window with what KK was telling us.

    Lets wait and see until it (transfer window) slams shut and how we have done.

    If MA is serious then its time for him to act.

    We have Hull (FAcup) – West Ham (Home) then its Blackburn and Man Citey away. They will NOT be easy games and we need wins to bank points.

  • Ollylb

    Dec 29, 2008 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #5

    Our squad is comfortably a top half squad if Butt and Guthrie don’t play together in CM. That is the most uncreative CM partnership in the league. Did anyone notice how much further forward Guthrie got when Butt went off. You just can’t rely on butt to have the positioning to stop counter attacks as he certainly no longer has the pace or stamina to do it, and Guthrie senses that and covers him. A manager can’t justify having Butt in a team for maybe 2-3 good tackles a game, Thats all he does other than pass 15 yard passes in the wrong direction, he receives the ball off CB’s then gives it straight back or to a WB. 5 forward passes i counted that he did yesterday and in the 14th min he made is first his first, (hawking it over his shoulder) and it went nowhere near a town player. I feel 1 quality CM either DM or AM would transform our squad as it would give Guthrie clarity on what his role should be. Also providing a link between our defense and Attack which has been so painfully obviously missing. Owen and Martins starting upfront is not ideal for the CB-CM-WB-hoof upfront we seem to be doing far too frequently.

    Please Please Please stop playing Butt!!!!

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 29, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #6

    who i want to sign



    cam=elano or arango

    if zog leaves instead of buying a lw we buy 2 rws and let jonas and duff to fight it out on the left

    rw=marquinhos(though admittadley only know him from fm 09) and kightley(never seen him but people say he is good

  • Partizan

    Dec 29, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #7

    Mourinho is planning a swoop for Diego….if that happens we could try to loan one of the following players:


    I know for sure that Mourinho would let one of these players to go on loan.

  • Partizan

    Dec 29, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #8

    sirjasontoon….I agree with the contract termination part 🙂

  • Bill F (Original)

    Dec 29, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #9

    I would interpret Joes words as being that he is after current EPL players. I would be surprised if there are any foreign imports so I think we can shelve our wish lists.

  • PDiddy

    Dec 29, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #10

    I just heard Gerard has been arrested for assault. Was it becuase of the way he bossed the game yestreday or has he been for a pint with Joey Barton?

  • armchairmag

    Dec 29, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #11

    I got a ticket for yesterday’s match (I mainly watch on TV now ) & it was apparent to me that we MUST SELL OWEN!.
    Firstly he’s not much good in a struggling team – in fact he hardly touched the ball! We need bigger faster stronger players.
    Secondly £5million xfer fee + a saving of £5million a year wages should enable us to get 2 or more good quality playesr of the sort I mention.
    I do hope that JFK’s statement that he’s desperate to hang onto Owen is a ploy to push the transfer price up!.

  • MarkE

    Dec 29, 2008 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #12

    Realistic Newcastle team:




    Bench/extraplayers: Kompany–Guthrie–Smith–Butt–Pandev–Boyd–Krul–Zog–Barton–Beye–Taylor–Camacho–Xisco–Morganella–Lustenberger–Azpilicueta

    That means we sell:

  • bowburnmag

    Dec 29, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #13

    MarkE – with the greatest of respect, if you think we’ll get 12 new players in (of any ilk) anytime soon you are badly misled or nuts. But it cheered me up. I’ll aim for that side on PES2009 that my wife treat me too at Xmas!

  • nightfall

    Dec 29, 2008 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #14

    KK said he’ll break a world record 🙂 that we’ll be surprised…

    Partizan – sounds good..would love to see quaresma here…he sucks at inter, but we all know he’s class…just need a morale booster…who’s better at that then NUFC fans 🙂

  • Simo

    Dec 29, 2008 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #15

    Couldnt agree more with you Bill F.
    Dont get me wrong i’ve got my own wish list (Probly unrealistic) but JK definitly looks like one for proven talent – and really thats what we require.
    Although earlier in the season he did mention about targets coming from Italy or Holland but they’d only be loans.

    My bets would be JK going for;
    Taylor (Wigan)
    And maybe McGeady from Celtic.

  • Timmers

    Dec 29, 2008 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #16

    TBH with all the will in the world from Ashley/Wise who is gonna want to come to us? Answers please?

  • bowburnmag

    Dec 29, 2008 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #17

    We could get Sean Reay from Blyth but he’d be cup-tied for our glory run to Wembley…..

  • Amsick0fthis

    Dec 29, 2008 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #18

    TBH i dont have faith in the board to sign anyone without selling our better players

    a lot of the names being bandied about are unrealistic, i would like to see our scouts looking at the dutch league there are some very good players there


    Dec 29, 2008 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #19

    what we winging about … we will not get anyony close to what we need. we will sell though. no half decent player will come to us we ar a joke…

    but dont fear we have shola

  • Sav

    Dec 29, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #20

    Can’t see the point in Ashley’s statement of intent to stay. The timing, on Bobby Robson day, was thoughtless, if it was intended to convince would-be transfer targets that this is a stable club, it won’t.

    That is why all these appeals ‘let’s welcome him back’ and ‘let’s not bear a grudge and help the club’ don’t do anything for me.

    We need a change of heart to be demonstrated, not spun. Get Mort back, sack Llambias. Let’s have a clear statement that Wise is under the manager’s authority on transfers. Lets see some of the good coaches we lost being replaced. And lets see some financial commitment for transfers now and then built on in the summer.

    Talk is cheap and trust needs to be earned.

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 29, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #21

    completly forgot about the Hull game. our injury list is so extensive just now that we might aswell put out a young team for it. Give them a bit of first team experience and see how they do. if we go out, so be it. rather than than have more first team players injured, im sure its 7 or 8 out so far?

  • roy morten79(norway)

    Dec 29, 2008 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #22

    i think they already got a deal with rosenborg for skjelbred.. just wait,he will come.. just hope he will do well..

  • Ian

    Dec 29, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #23

    Well anyone who thought Owen was our number one striker knows better now, without Martins were are an easy push over, their team can get back, in to line and ready and waiting for the counter, far to slow, only Jonas and Nzogbia had any pace at all.

    If it is true Bellamy is going to be sold we want him here, as our striker after next summer but in attacking midfield role until Owen leaves, then if we dont get a good midfielder we arent high and dry, if Owen injures we also arent left with everything on Martins shoulders either.

    We also could do with a decent swap for some existing strikers, I would like to see Dave Kitson as a back up striker, he hasnt settled at Stoke, they may let him go, Xisco, Carrol and Smith havent done it for us, if we could do a swap it would do us no harm and when Kitson is fit again he could end up being our saviour later in the season or next year.

    It goes without saying we need some defenders too.

  • simon

    Dec 29, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #24

    Im with TT, how can we sell Xisco we aint seen him play? Dukes contract cancelled, certainly not offered a new one, Ameobi sold. He is rubbish, Id rather see Xisco given a chance than shola on the pitch. Keep duff, keep smith, i think smith will give the fight we need. fair do’s he hasnt scored yet but he has to be given a chance. we need investment, but only in certain areas. we also need to pull ourselve down a bit as all these top names spouted around are not going to come to us are they?!

  • oga

    Dec 29, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #25


    There is no way we are getting Veloso.

    Another dissapointing transfer window, like it has been since 04.

    With Joe Kinnear in charge we were always destined for failure. Add a stingy owner to the list and watch the relegation battle.

  • daydeburt

    Dec 29, 2008 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #26

    we will sign 2 shit players
    and let about 3 go.
    probably get a loan signing in aswell.
    i am utterly depressed with all that is Newcastle at the minute, in fact i have been for ages. even when we were doing well a few weeks ago, i was unimpressed. Nothing about the team barring Martins, spiderman or Given excites me.

  • toonray

    Dec 29, 2008 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #27

    Watched my first game in 1948 Have gone through more sadness than joy in those seven decades.Lost a great deal ofhope when Sir Bob was sacked But now I can see no future at all.So I will not protest at the appalling state of my once great club.Ishall protest only with my feet last game 2008 Iwill now put all my support behind my local non league side GOOD LUCK your going to need it.

  • Taiwantoon

    Dec 30, 2008 at 1:50 AM

    Comment #28

    KK was saying somthing very similar at the end of last season and look at what had heppened after that?

    Players released and sold without propoer replacements.

    JK must be backed or we will be playing in the Championsihp next season.


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