Joe Kinnear is obviously very frustrated at his efforts to improve Newcastle’s squad in the January transfer window, as it is proving very difficult to bring in good new players.
Joe Kinnear – very frustrated with slow or no progress in transfer market
Joe has pointed out in the Sunday Mirror today that the squad he has been given is not his, and it’s something he inherited after the shambles we went though in the transfer market last summer, when we just didn’t bring in enough players – and now we, or Joe should we say, is now paying for that.
“”I’ve inherited this,” “They are not my players, everybody has forgotten that.” “But our biggest problem is a lack of strength in depth. Why wasn’t it addressed by the last manager Keegan or the manager before him Allardyce?”
“I am carrying the can for it. It is as simple as that.” “People think things will turn out okay whatever happens, but I don’t believe they will. We must do something about it.” “The squad has to be strengthened, there are no ifs and buts about it. I have expressed it to (owner) Mike Ashley and he is very open about it.”
“People have said that previous managers maybe didn’t get what they want. I don’t believe that will happen to me. I haven’t got any reason to think he won’t go my way.” “I have probably spent more time spelling it out to him than any other manager.”
“I see him regularly and talk to him regularly. I have spelled out the gravity of the situation.” “I say, ‘we’re not prepared for anything like the disaster we face and you’ve got to realise the importance of that’.”
“I want to be judged on what I bring in, the depth of the first-team squad is not right at the moment.” “What I inherited was potentially a relegation squad. With the injuries, once they came, we were in deep trouble.”
“We must look to stay up this season and have a big clear-out in the summer and address everything completely differently.” “We need to get the squad back in shape and make sure we have appropriate cover in every position. We need to take a leaf out of the book of the other top clubs.”
“They don’t seem to have a problem like we do.”
Of course the Sunday Mirror is trying to say that Joe is criticizing Kevin Keegan but he isn’t, he’s only telling things like they are – that our squad wasn’t big enough to last in the Premier League this season – we all knew that in early September, including Kevin Keegan. Kevin tried mightily to right the situation last summer but the Board let him down, and let him down badly.
Kinnear also blasted Manchester City, who bid only £3M for Newcastle’s brilliant goalkeeper Shay Given, while almost at the same time making their world-record £110m offer for Kaka.
“We got offered £3M” for Shay Given so I went back to Manchester City and said I’ll have Stephen Ireland and Michael Johnson for £1M.”
“If they’re taking the p*** then I might as well.”
Kinnear also admitted he is struggling to agree a deal with French club Rennes for their midfielder Stephane Mbia.
“We’ve made a bid of £5M and according to his agent the player wants to come.““But his club want £10m.”
Why couldn’t we do a deal for £7M, he’ll go for at least that in the summer, with other clubs after him at that time, so let’s get him wrapped up in January, while we still can.
Let’s hope we get some breakthroughs in the transfer market this week – we must get some new good players in, otherwise our Goose may be cooked.