Joe Kinnear has told Sky Sports today that he has been offered a lucrative contract to stay on as Newcastle manager, by owner Mike Ashley, which he is at the moment mulling over.
Joe Kinnear – offered lucrative contract by Ashley
Joe told Sky Sports today:
“I am just mulling things over in my head at the moment.”
“I have been offered a very lucrative contract.”
“Mike and the Chairman and I have sat down and talked about taking the club forward and investing in the the club in the summer.”
Joe has also given a longer interview to some newspapers and here’s what he said to them this afternoon:
“I have been offered a very lucrative contract (at Newcastle). I’ve now got a really strong foothold in the club and things are turning back my way. “
“Mike Ashley, Derek Llambias and I sat down and talked about taking the club forward and about reinvesting in the club in the summer.”
“But I said to them first and foremost, we have to work hard and establish ourselves as a Premier League side and get away from the relegation fight. ” ‘I really don’t need anymore distractions than that.”
“What I suggested to the club was that we all sit down in the summer and look at each other and say what direction do we want to take the club in, refinancing it, letting players go and bringing in my own players.”
‘I’ll also see what my wife and family have to say about the situation of moving up here permanently.”
‘The more I do, the more I realised how much I missed it. Every time I come in and do the training work with the players I start telling myself it’s fantastic that this is part of my life, I really enjoy this.”
“This is the good part of the game, working with the talented players.”
This has come as a surprise since we had thought that Ashley would only give Joe another contract depending on how Joe did through the rest of the season.
But it seems that during their transfer discussions and talk about how best to move this club forward, Mike may have been impressed with some of Joe’s ideas, and the good news is at least we’ll have some continuity now in terms of players coming into the club in January, since if Joe accepts, the same manager will be in place in the summer and next season.
Also Michael Owen and Shay Given will now know who the manager is going to be longer term, which is either good or bad news for them, depending on what they think of Kinnear. 😀
But Joe has made it clear at every turning, that he wants to keep both of Newcastle’s very best players.
The good news is that this will further help to stabilize the club, and presumably Mike will give Joe a lot more money to spend in the summer. But it also seems Joe may not sign a contract until the summer.
During the next transfer window, there should be a lot more of our target players available.
While we have gone after quite a few players in January, there are lots not available, if only because it’s right in the middle of the season, and there will be more chance of getting them in the summer.