A mini crisis has evolved at Newcastle with Joe Kinnear pleading with owner Mike Ashley for some transfer funds in January so he can ensure Newcastle stay in the Premiership this season, and Joe is not kidding – not kidding at all.
Joe Kinnear – Mike – this is how many players I need in January!
Kinnear pleaded his case yesterday at a hastily arranged meeting with managing director Derek Llambias, forced by Joe to actually travel to Newcastle for the meeting, football secretary Lee Charnley and assistant manager Chris Hughton, according to the local Newcastle Journal today, which has done a good job of getting a lot of information out of manager Kinnear about the current situation.
Owner Mike Ashley was in contact by telephone and the message from the manager was that he needs fresh funds to bring in some new players, as he is concerned, apparently very concerned, there is a real danger of the club being relegated in May, if the squad is not vastly improved in both quality and numbers.
The injury mess we are in right now is not helping things either and Joe said:
“We will go through all the ideas we have for players and put the ball in Mike’s court.”
Kinnear has claimed Newcastle have agreed a fee for the sale of one of his players, and that could well be Besiktas target Geremi.
The transfer fee and saved wages through the end of the season amount to £4.5M, but that would mean a fee of around £3M for Geremi which seems a little high, so maybe the player could be Xisco.
“That will go into the pot to get someone else,” “Talks are ongoing and he has to decide with his wife if he wants to go.”“That will suck up one player but we need two or three. If we get the loans and get Peter on Friday that will be three new faces.”
“I will then have to bite the bullet until the rest are fit.”
“I am aware of the situation. We are just three points ahead of Spurs.”
Of the prospective loan signings, Kinnear said:
“They’re central midfielders. One Argentine, one Italian. They’re both internationals but not playing in the Premier League. They are fringe players but have experience, which we need.”“They’re on the bench for their current clubs and I will know about those in 48 hours. If they are okay we should be in better shape for Blackburn.”
“But the club may have offered the same deals elsewhere and others may be prepared to pay more.”
Out-of-contract former Rangers winger Lovenkrands is on a week-long trial and Joe said:.
“It looks okay,” “He has accepted an offer until the end of the season.”
“Hopefully we can make something permanent at the end of the week.”
So Joe has nicely laid out the situation and we just hope the two central midfielders, who we need badly, will come to Newcastle, along with Lovenkrands, and then we’ll be in much better shape by the end of the week.
But Joe seemingly wants to press in for maybe another two or three players to get the team over our injury crisis, and up the league, and he also knows if he can do that his chances to continue as manager will be high, and it’s an opportunity he seems absolutely committed to make the very most of – a dream job for him which came completely out of the blue.
Joe will know the Newcastle fans, as well as the players are right behind him, and he’s done absolutely the right and responsible actions in letting Mike Ashley and the Board know what he thinks, and if they don’t improve the squad in January the onus will be on completely on the shoulders of Mike Ashley and the Board.
It will also show players like Given and Owen, that Joe is committed to building a strong side at Newcastle, maybe in spite of owner Ashley, because he still wants both players at the club come next September.
If Mike Ashley doesn’t end up come early February with a vastly improved squad for Kinnear there will no doubt be more calls for him to sell the club in the summer, to someone who has the ambition for Newcastle United that matches that of the fans.
But this also a great opportunity for Mike to show he is indeed committed to making Newcastle United great again, and it’s a chance he seemingly must take.
We need a club as good as the fans , and then we’d really be on our way.