Newcastle United manager Joe Kinnear still believes the club are capable of a good finish in the Premier League’s top six.
Joe Kinnear – will probably be losing Given and Owen
But wherever we finish this season, it looks like the two defeats over the holiday period, 2-1 at Wigan and 5-1 at home to Liverpool, may have cost the club big time.
Because not only do we look to be losing Michael Owen in the summer, but it could well be that Shay Given leaves the club in January.
Shay’s lawyer Michael Kennedy, has come out today and said his player is considering his future at the club, after serious interest has been expressed by Arsenal, Manchester City and Spurs.
This will encourage all 3 clubs to bid for the player in January, and Manchester City may come in with a large bid, given their tendency to overpay for players.
It looks like the Eastlands club will sign Wayne Bridge today from Chelsea for £12M, but who in their right mind believes he’s worth that much? Only Manchester City we think.
Joe Kinnear has a contract until the end of the season and the only way to keep Given and Owen at the club is to get Newcastle up the league quickly with a decent run of wins, and get some stability back at the club.
The appointment of Chris Mort as Chairman will go a long way towards that, although the club look to be losing some of their best players because of the catastrophic way the club has been run over the last 6 months.
But it may be all too late for Given, who we now expect to be transferred, probably to Arsenal, before the end of the month, which will end eleven and a half years at the club for Shay.
Joe Kinnear is in a difficult position but that’s nothing knew to Joe at Newcastle and he is still upbeat as he told the Daily Mirror today:
“What price a flutter on us reaching the top six?”
“I am proud of what we have achieved so far and I feel we can build on it.”
“I am only looking ahead and only looking upwards, and I think we can get a respectable finish because this division is so close.”
Joe has yet to comment on the sad news today regarding Shay Given, and only yesterday Joe assured Newcastle fans that Given did not want to leave Newcastle.
We think Joe will need to comment on the situation relating to Shay sometime today – because the Irishman could be out of the door very quickly, because Manchester City, Arsenal and Spurs will all be in a frenzy to get him, that’s for sure.