Kinnear Creates Confusion Over Alan Smith Future

Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear has today denied a report which claimed that Bolton Wanderers had made a £2M bid for midfielder Joey Barton.


Joe Kinnear – Barton and Smith going nowhere?
Joey is set to return to training next week,ow recovered from his right knee injury, and we knowJjoe thinks very highly of the player, and Joey looked good when he played earlier in the season for the team.

Kinnear said today:

“We’ve identified the players we want, and it’s in Dennis Wise’s hands.”“As for bids for our players, we’ve never heard from anybody.”

“I spoke to Alan Smith (linked with a more to Middlesbrough), and he’s bitterly disappointed that his name’s been banded around for no reason at all.”

“He’s two weeks away from full fitness, and I don’t know how we can transfer someone who has been out for six months.”

“It’s the same with Joey Barton. He’s back in full training next week.”

We understands Joe’s comments on Joey Barton, but not on Alan Smith.

We understood that deal was true because Mido said that he had talked to Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate yesterday, and he was told negotiations for a swap deal between him and Smith were nearing completion.

So we don’t understand that one, and in retrospect it may have veen a good deal for Newcastle. We would get rid of Smith, who is on £60K/week on Tyneside, and in addition Mark Viduka will leave in the summer, when his contract will not be extended. So for those two we replace them with Mido, who is younger, and although a risk could be more than decent for the club.

Mido would fight it out with Owen, if he stays, Martins, Ameobi and Carroll to fight it out for striker positions next season – and we also save £120K/week wages on Viduka and Smith who are now fringe players at Newcastle. Seemed a decent deal for Newcastle, so Joe may have to think again about that one.

It would be good if Kinnear can keep giving periodic statements on what is true and what is rubbish in the transfer market.

That would be helpful to Newcastle fans who only want to know who may be arriving at Newcastle before early February. He will not have time of course to deny every rubbish article – that’s a full time job for anybody, and Joe has better things to do getting Newcastle ready to avoid relegation.    😀

Comments welcome.

34 comments so far

  • Brettoon

    Jan 9, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #1

    Bloody bollooooxxxxxx!

  • gorskino10

    Jan 9, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #2

    100% agree with you there Mido is better than Smith and the wages should be a key fact in that a bit naive words from Joe but then at the end of the day our clubs in a mess.

  • RyanToon

    Jan 9, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #3

    is this from jk press conference today, if it is then did he mention any incoming transfers

  • Brettoon

    Jan 9, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #4

    Just at work.. pressing F5 on nufcblog and nothing ever happens. Bored and no good Toon news to help me out!


  • M.Stockley

    Jan 9, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #5

    sky sports say joey barton is happy at newcastle untill told different hes happy to stay

  • RyanToon

    Jan 9, 2009 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #6

    mstockley , id be happy getting 50,000 a week aswell fir doing jack

  • I am starting to think JK is out of his depth at newcastle united.

    Any good news I am sick to the back teeth of all the bull,lies and lack of transfer ambition.

  • Ericles

    Jan 9, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #8

    We are still the target for the shenanigins of agents and cannabee agents (the press). Now it is Zog the central issue again. Will he? Won’t he? It is time some of these profiteering gangster agents behaved with some responsibility – we know the press cannot and will not. A sensible player would get his representative from the PFA anyway.

  • Bill F (Original)

    Jan 9, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #9

    Confusion with a capital K! Does Joe have any idea what Ashleys intentions are cos we certainly don’t. My take on it is that MA had intended for some funds to be available to Joe (and still might) but I reckon the credit crunch is hitting him harder than first thought and he is now struggling to keep his business viable. Even to to point where he is using the club to help bail himself out. If this is the case then swaps, loans and sales are the only movement we are likely to see. On this basis the Mido/Smith deal looks good to me if it happens.

  • lesh

    Jan 9, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #10

    Great innit! Ashley, Llambias and Wise sy nowt and Joe, well…..

  • scottishmag

    Jan 9, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #11

    were these quotes taken from today’s press conference?

    if not where abouts

  • AO

    Jan 9, 2009 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #12

    sirjasontoon- the way you rant and rave you would think that your life revolves around newcastle. When i was in my early teens i was the same but as you get older and you start going down the pub with mates , get a girlfriend and have kids , you tend to get less wound up. At the age of 34 i would suggest you step outside your front door and interact with other adults. May i suggest speed dating or maybe church bell ringing as an oppurtunity to make friends.

    Good luck sirjasontool. I wouldnt want to see you die of high blood pressure.

  • RyanToon

    Jan 9, 2009 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #13

    thers a b it on that we could be close to signing riise

  • Anne Casson

    Jan 9, 2009 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #14

    I agree with other comments made on this page. JFK does not know whats in Ashley’s mind. Something new every day. Please sell Viduka (lazy) Smith (no skill) Barton (Thug) for starters. Oh! what a joke Shola gets a contract. He’s useless and at this time in his life should have achieved something. This is the man who was gonna take over from Shearer (his words not mine). Just shows our lack of ambition as a club and what we might (or might not if season tickets aren’t renewed) have to put up with. We’re sick of this Mr Ashley.

  • ObaFan2

    Jan 9, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #15

    Nearly as sad as coming onto opposing teams blogs in a weak attempt to wind people up tbh.

    Ur boring and much prefer fans opinions like sirjasontoon’s over yours anyday.

  • Toon_Ksk

    Jan 9, 2009 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #16

    AO, you might want to have a look at yourself first. You are clearly addicted to this blog for the wrong reasons. Constantly stalking tom toon and spyro do not make your life fruitful.

    I don’t think many would mind having you, with an alternative view on nufc matters, here in this blog. But you are clearly being childish for trolling around here. By the way, you are representing your beloved spurs on this blog and you are not earning any respect with your behaviour unless you are supporting Arsenal actually.

    Well, never mind. Since you are supporting spurs, i guess i can understand why you behave this way.

  • Whumpie

    Jan 9, 2009 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #17

    AO – don’t you ever get bored of your wumming? We do.

  • AO

    Jan 9, 2009 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #18

    p.s. my comments are steeped in irony

  • Nick

    Jan 9, 2009 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #19


    finally someone talking sense. Well said.

  • ObaFan2

    Jan 9, 2009 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #20

    Weird, there’s me thinking your comments were steeped in sh**e

  • A.L 9

    Jan 9, 2009 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #21

    To be fair I think I would rather my life revolved around supporting Newcastle than my life rovoving around been a twat on the internet.

  • A.L 9

    Jan 9, 2009 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #22

    Anyone know how on earth I can get rid of this daft advert thats covering the box that I type in? Starting to do my tre in now like.

  • ObaFan2

    Jan 9, 2009 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #23

    A.L 9, I think it is ur screen resolution is too high for this site as I do not have any problems with this advert however I think Ed could find a solution on his side…. don’t know what though.

  • A.L 9

    Jan 9, 2009 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #24

    Thanks Oa mate, the screen i’m on is pretty small so that is probas why, i’ll have to have a fiddle about with the resolution then, cheers.

    ED I would try and sort this out because if I hadn’t already had my name details ect saved on the site I wouldn’t have been able to post, other people may have the same problem.

  • Steven R

    Jan 9, 2009 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #25

    A cash deal for Smith should be our main priority. Mido is too fat and lazy to stay fit. One thing is for sure that we are spending less than both of our North-East rivals (this season).

    The really sad thing is that it is not a case of not having any money to spend, but a case of Ashley trying to strip the team done even further to make back some of the 400mil(or more) he has lost in the eco. downturn.

    If Ashley does this without giving Kinnear the money from players that may leave…ah, i don’t wanna say it!

  • ObaFan2

    Jan 9, 2009 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #26

    I meant ur screen resolution is making the page too big so you would need to make it smaller….. if that makes sense! By raising ur settings.

  • ObaFan2

    Jan 9, 2009 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #27


  • Micky Toon

    Jan 9, 2009 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #28

    Stop using IE and user firefox. You’ll no longer have any problems with adverts.

    Anyway as with everything NUFC related I won’t believe what is said until it happens. Nothing ever goes as people think.

  • valle

    Jan 9, 2009 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #29

    So you reckon we will get Mido to play for free Ed?… Since you say that we will save 120k on wages.

    Just kiddin, it would save us around 80k a week and thats almost 4m a year

  • StevieA

    Jan 9, 2009 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #30

    Mido is better than Alan Smith. Fact.

  • canada willie

    Jan 9, 2009 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #31

    Ashley may have an idea of what he intends to do with the club but so far he has not communicated this to the fans who are his clients and customers.

    What sort of business manager gets his custmers so riled up and then thumbs his nose at them, which is what he continues to do.

    Ashley may be used to running a small business when he is not in the public eye but when it comes to running a public company (Sports Direct) and a high profile football club like Newcastle, he is way out of his depth. In fact he’s totally useless.

    Nobody in the club seems to be accountable execept the fall guy, Kinnear, who one minute spouts the company line and then is found lying when the truth comes out.

    Someone should write a comedy based on this story, no one would believe its true.

  • pancho

    Jan 9, 2009 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #32

    I reckon Barton and Guthrie would give us a decent central midfield but am losing the will to live reading the sh..te splashing about.
    I wish our management would stop talking it.

    What has it come to when we can’t buy someone for 6m! I reckon we will be lucky to get to feb with the players we have now! never mind additions.
    Fat man, Jokin, dwarf and lambast out

  • chuck

    Jan 9, 2009 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #33

    Ones a thug on the pitch the other off the pitch and niether would make the bench of any decent team, sell them if there is a market and include Guthrie, Viduka and Cacapa.
    Maybe Enrique and N`Zogbia if he does`nt shut his mouth about leaving.

  • Sydney_Toon

    Jan 10, 2009 at 5:31 AM

    Comment #34

    i would be over the moon if we signed mido he is a brilliant player wen fit and i have wached him play for many years . Smith for Mido plzz i think kinnears comments are bs and i thought dennis wise has nothin to with this


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