Joe Kinnear is getting worried about the lack of progress in the January transfer window, just like Kevin Keegan was in the summer, and Joe has called an urgent meeting with the Newcastle Board – and he wants it to take place in Newcastle – where the team is.
Joe Kinnear – worried about lack of transfer progress
With 11 players looking to miss tomorrow night’s FA Cup 3rd round replay, the injury situation at Newcastl;e is becoming more than critical, and believes that both owner Mike Ashley and Managing Director Derek Llambias, who are both not football men, don’t understand the gravity of the situation.
Newcastle are up to to 11th place, but 4 of those places are on goal difference, and we’re still just 3 points off the bottom three.
Kinnear was asked whether this was the worst case scenario and he said:
“That’s why we have the meeting. It was called very hastily after I explained on Monday the difficult position we are in. I said that we need to act and act quickly.”
“I will make that argument. I have brought it forward because of the urgency of the situation.”
“The chairman [Llambias] was at home and I said, ‘No, you need to come in. Come up tonight, we need to talk and get cracking.”
“In the position we’re in, if you lose two or three games you can suddenly find yourself in the bottom three. I am not sure if they [the board] understand that already but I will make them aware of it.”
We seem to have tied up Danish winger Peter Lovenkrands through the end of the season, and that deal should be signed and sealed on Friday.
We’re also close to bringing in two loan signings, one Argentine and one Italian according to reports – and Joe believes both of these signings could be in place by the end of the week.
Kinnear is also hoping to sell one player – probably Spanish striker Xisco – so he can bring in another defender, which we would hope will be a left back. It will be interesting if Joe plays Xisco tomorrow night, and risk him being injured.
Newcastle have successive home games against Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United in March, and that will be tough, especially if we play anything like we did against Liverpool.
“There are some stiff games coming up and we would like to be in the safety zone when they come up,”
This is a very good move by Joe, and it shows he’s taking control of things, which someone needs to do at the club, and if it’s Dennis Wise’s job to arrange the transfers, both incoming and outgoing, it could well be Dennis who is dragging his feet.