Whether you like Joe Kinnear or not, there’s one thing you can hardly argue with about the man – and that is he is a football man through and through and knows a bit about how to run a football club.
Mike Ashley – Scrooge in disguise? – we hope not
But yesterday was the tipping point for Joe, as three more of his players went down injured in training and Joe now has an amazing 11 senior players out through injury.
And with the squad so fragile, and no players being signed – aprt from those that don’t have up front fees or small ones in the case of loan signings, it looks like we may well have two loan signings and free agent Peter Lovenkrands by the end of the week.
But what Joe is arguing for is more players and to do that he must wheel and deal and sell players first, which looks like it’s very difficult, and just not happening.
To be fair to Ashley his fortune has been cut in half in the last year, and it’s not a good time to shell out money, because of the financial mess around the world, we know that.
But we think Joe Kinnear may well be trying to get some funds out of Mike him because we need now at least 5 new players brought in and probably more to overcome the burgeoning injury crisis, which has reared its ugly head on Tyneside, and not for the first time.
Mike Ashley has to decide whether he can shell out about £10M so Joe can bring in two or three decent players in January, because what we are seeing right now is the nightmare scenario.
Apparently Joe would have liked to have signed the two loan players, but was told no money was available from the owner.
Of course we are njot the only club that has no money available to buy players in January, David Moyes at Everton has been told no money will be available until the summer, but Everton are not in a relegation fight.
Like all Newcastle fans we are completely dedicated to our home town club, and the club’s fortunes probably mean a lot more to us than they should, so when we see out manager having to fight to improve the squad – there’s something wrong somewhere with this sleeping giant of a club.
Joe Kinnear may not be the best manager in the world, and he has his faults like the rest of us, but we’re right behind the feisty Irishman on this one and his total commitment to improve the team.
A question to Mike Ashley – why aren’t you right behind Joe too?