Walter Smith Mystified At Kinnear Statement on Ferguson


Joe Kinnear said yesterday that Newcastle United were interested in Ranger’s captain Barry Ferguson, but the Glasgow Rangers manager today said he had received no bid or even an enquiry from the Tyneside club.

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Walter Smith – no interest from Newcastle in Barry Ferguson

The Rangers manager said today:

“If the comments are accurate then it is strange,” “As far as my chairman, my chief executive and myself are concerned, there’s been no contact with Newcastle or any other club regarding Barry.”

“I have no influence over who wants to bid for any of the players at Rangers,”

“But what football manager can say that if somebody comes along and makes a bid for one of their players that they won’t consider it.”

“You have to and that is what we did with Alan Hutton and if anybody comes in then we will give them an answer, but so far the only offer we have had is for Alan Gow from Wolverhampton.”

“The players that are looking to move on are the ones who are outside of the group and are unhappy about not playing,”

“However, all I keep reading about is speculation regarding players who are playing.”

The Rangers boss admitted that if a club were to make a substantial bid for Ferguson then they would have to consider it – and it seems that Rangers need to sell some of their players in the January transfer market, perhaps top reduce the wage bill at the Scottish club.

Rangers will have certain players they would like to offload, but would presumably be tempted with any good offer for any of their players.

Newcastle have been linked with interest in both Barry Ferguson and Algerian and Rangers’ center-back Madjid Bougherra.

The 26 year old 6’2” defender only moved to Rangers last summer from Charlton Athletic for a £2M fee, but Rangers are said to want around £5M, or as much as they can get probably.   😀

It seems strange if Newcastle have not made an enquiry, although Ferguson may be further down the transfer list Newcastle have and the club may not have received answers back from their initial enquiries for players further up the list.

That’s at least one reason that would explain this.

Comments welcome.



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424 comments so far

  • buddy

    Jan 4, 2009 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #1

    god help us

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  • BT9MAG

    Jan 4, 2009 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #2

    JK: Alright Dennis did you put in that bid for Ferguson?
    DW: Errr…yes….they won’t sell him…
    JK: Gutted, oh well, let’s buy Leroy Lita instead…
    DW: Good choice mucker… (phew, that was close)

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  • murphy

    Jan 4, 2009 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #3

    my guess is joe hasn’t got a clue what’s going on. he’s given the little runt a list of positions that need strengthening and the runt will be making the enquiries. This statement has topped off newcastles year, nobody know’s what the hell is going on, not even the manager. It makes me laugh at times.

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  • murphy

    Jan 4, 2009 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #4

    haha, just what i was thinking bt9mag! nice one.

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  • NE1

    Jan 4, 2009 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #5

    jfk constantly contradicts himself and talkd a lot of sheeeite that never comes off.

    i don’t believe a word of what he says…

    and if decent bids come in for the likes of given, owen, n’zogbia – ashley will flog ’em – he doesn’t give two tits about nufc

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 4, 2009 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #6

    I am a staunch atheist but thank the ****ing lord, Barry Ferguson is ****ing shyt!

    Lita for 350k would be a great deal.

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  • Alex

    Jan 4, 2009 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #7

    Maybe it was a different Ferguson at a different club 😉 Lol
    what the hell is really happening at our club ,its seems as if no one knows .

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  • Little Willie

    Jan 4, 2009 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #8

    Kinnear hasn’t got a say in the matter.

    If anyone comes in it will be nothing to do with him as he won’t be at the club past the Summer.

    I’ve heard Spurs are interested in Ranger but I can’t see the club letting him go.

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  • dontoon

    Jan 4, 2009 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #9

    its the same situation over and over again, jfk given list to menace and he said but instead looks at his targets which are prob under a mill or just finished primary school

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  • Ross

    Jan 4, 2009 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #10

    One of a few possibilities.

    1. Smith is merely taking his fans for a ride. Ferguson is a hero to them, Rangers through and through and none of them want to see him go. (doubt many of us want to see him arrive either!). He’s merely putting off revealing the truth to keep morale high/fans happy.

    2. Wise has told Kinnear we’ve enquired about Ferguson after JK asked him to, when really we havent enquired at all. Wise doesnt think the signing is a good one, and JK is being taken for a ride.

    3. We’re all being taken for a ride. Kinnear has either been told enquiries have been made, or he’s well aware enquiries havent been made, and we have no plans on buying ferguson, if anyone, at all.

    4. It’s just a smokescreen. Linking us with these random players to give the press something to chew on as we go in search of our genuine targets.

    I have to say i’d love the fourth option to be the one that turns out to be correct, but sadly none of the previous 3 would surprise me should one of them turn out to true.

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  • BT9MAG

    Jan 4, 2009 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #11

    aii but Tom – why would Reading sell him for that? That’s pittance!

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  • Dan157

    Jan 4, 2009 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #12

    Doesn’t this just prove that Kinnear hasnt got clue what is going on regardingtransfers, just like Keegan didnt. Kinnear even went as far as saying that we put a bid in for Ferguson which by accident has revealed who really is running the show regarding transfers. Not that we didnt have our suspicions.

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  • workyticket

    Jan 4, 2009 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #13

    Aye your right NE1. People often invest quarter of a billion pounds in things thay don’t give “two tits” about. He’s deliberately trying to get us relegated so he can watch the value of his club nosedive.

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  • geordie jock

    Jan 4, 2009 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #14

    Either nobody says anything or they spout a load of F**king shite. Welcome to the wonderful world of NUFC.

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  • Dan157

    Jan 4, 2009 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #15

    Alex

    Maybe it was big Duncan Ferguson that Kinnear was talking about.

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  • Alex

    Jan 4, 2009 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #16

    Ross your 4th option would be the one that everybody wants to be true . i think though it is more likely to be option 2 . Whatever happens i do not want Ferguson at the toon .He is just not good enough .

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 4, 2009 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #17

    BT9 – He is out of favour and out of contract at the end of the season and wont sign a new one.

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  • Little Willie

    Jan 4, 2009 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #18

    dontoon // Jan 4, 2009 at 18:42

    its the same situation over and over again, jfk given list to menace and he said but instead looks at his targets which are prob under a mill or just finished primary school

    ——–

    I’d rather have Wise signing the players than Kinnear.

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  • Doocey

    Jan 4, 2009 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #19

    He hasn’t made enquiries yet for ferguson obviously,

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  • Ross

    Jan 4, 2009 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #20

    dan157-your theory has got me thinking, really hope you’re wrong if im honest!

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  • workyticket

    Jan 4, 2009 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #21

    “Kinnear even went as far as saying that we put a bid in for Ferguson”

    Where’s the quote for that Dan?

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  • Waddle's mullet

    Jan 4, 2009 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #22

    Little willie

    Your right and ashley knows that!!!

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  • toonoholic

    Jan 4, 2009 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #23

    mike – we shld get fergusson.

    joe – oh yes barry is a good idea.

    mike- (hears gary) oh well him too, he can defend a bit cant he ?

    joe -oh yes, he protects the back 4 well
    doesnt he denis

    denis – (sitting with ericksons videos of kids who were 18 , 10 yrs ago) yes yes , he looks good too in this video

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  • ginkoh

    Jan 4, 2009 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #24

    God bless the Toon, Plz noooo for Bary Ferguson.

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  • Dan157

    Jan 4, 2009 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #25

    This really is a frightning story. We have a manager who has been proved he is clueless as to what is going on, despite how we rate Kinnear as a manager he needs players who he is capable of working with. You can just tell that Dennis Wise is goin to dump a load of players who he nor any of us has ever heard of, probably from Spain. But it doesnt matter so long as Dennis Wise thinks that they are all ‘top geezers’ like Gonzalez we will be fine. I say a load, i meant 2 loan deals.

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  • Stuart

    Jan 4, 2009 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #26

    Come on guys!

    Did you actually believe him when he said we’d enquired about him?

    He does have a history of talking bullsh*t!

    Everything he’s said since Sept has been BULL!

    Kinnear out!

    Shearer IN!

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    Jan 4, 2009 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #27

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  • bill

    Jan 4, 2009 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #28

    Is big Dunc making a comeback?

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  • Doocey

    Jan 4, 2009 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #29

    Kinnear is now permanent if you haven’t noticed.
    Hopefully Ashley has established or should I say Kinnear, some stability in the club.

    The rumours just keeper circulating though don’t they.

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  • CHUCK

    Jan 4, 2009 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #30

    I see the PR department are upto their usual standards (crap).
    All this bull***t about secrecy during the window has a detrimental effect on the relationship between owner/management and the fans and is the (besides the KK fiasco) main reason for the ill feeling between both sides.
    Will someone at the club address this, put the PR people to work, or fire them.
    Does management understand that an organization like a Football club is in the entertainment business and requires a healthy PR and a constant flow of information.
    Apparently no one informed MA.
    Or is this his way of putting it to the fans for rejecting him in favor of KK.
    I remember him in the stands with his (chucle) Alan Smith jersey.
    Ah! where did it all turn brown ?

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  • Listie

    Jan 4, 2009 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #31

    I’m with the smoke and mirrors theory, press jump on the right hand, while the left hand gets down to business

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  • Stuart

    Jan 4, 2009 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #32

    Kinnear /Ashley OUT!

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  • workyticket

    Jan 4, 2009 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #33

    Dan157, I guess you couldn’t find that quote to say that Kinnear actually made a bid. Perhaps that was because he only said that he was “interested”, and you thought that you’d just embroider things a little to make Kinnear look bad? This is a non-story.

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  • Ross

    Jan 4, 2009 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #34

    Doocey-i noticed nothing has really been said about the fact Kinnear is now permanent, (i’d came to the same conclusion as you)

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  • workyticket

    Jan 4, 2009 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #35

    Stuart, if Kinnear goes then there’s no one left who would be willing to take on we Geordie ingrates.

    SACK EVERYBODY NOW!

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  • Dan157

    Jan 4, 2009 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #36

    Workyticket

    You are right my mistake, he said enquired. JK has said though that he has already put bids in for a few players. The fact is it still proves that Kinnear believes we have made contact about a player when in truth we havent.

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  • Stuart

    Jan 4, 2009 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #37

    WorkyTicket –

    I’ll do the job!

    Kinnear/Ashley OUT!

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  • ed_speed

    Jan 4, 2009 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #38

    I (ed speed) have the right to comment on my oppinion, on these forums.

    regards,(common greeting)
    ed (me)

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  • Talking Head

    Jan 4, 2009 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #39

    “I have enquired about Ferguson…”, is what JFK said.

    If he’d said, “I’ve tabled a bid for Ferguson…”, this might be interesting.

    Negative illiterates OUT!

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  • Stuart

    Jan 4, 2009 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #40

    Talking heads –

    Smith said he hasn’t had any contact from NCL!

    Kinnear said he has enquired!

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