It seems that Joe Kinnear is not all that happy with the way the transfers have been handled at Newcastle United in January, and has decided to take a hands-on approach.
Joe Kinnear – getting fully involved in the transfers
After the Sunderland match yesterday Kinnear spoke of getting league points on the board as quickly as possible:
“I want to get 16 or 17 points as quickly as possible and then forget about this season,”
“I want to start again with a different attitude and a different team. “
“This has been a struggle from day one.” “We’ve been torn to shreds by turmoil.”
But Kinnear also mentioned that just trying in the transfer market is not enough, which is why we think Joe will be taking a more hands-on approach today until 5:00 pm.
Joe was asked if he had talked to Mike Ashley, just after the game yesterday:
“I haven’t spoken to him today, but we spoke last night,”
“We’re trying to get the finances right and we’re trying to get players.” “
Trying is not enough.”
That last sentence is significant.
We’re not saying that the transfer market these days is at all easy to do business in, but we also think that Newcastle either don’t have the talent, or don’t have enough people involved in doing the deals.
That was proved in the summer, and it’s also been proved in January, and it looks to us that if Joe hadn’t got involved so much lately, we would have been in the same mess with not enough players brought in.
Joe is a doer, and he wants things done.
There are two kinds of people – those who get the work done – and those who talk about getting the work done – and it seems to us we have too many of the latter doing our transfer business.
Whether it’s his job or not to get players in – it’s not as he’s only supposed to identify the players – Joe will be on the phones today trying to make the deals.
That’s fine with us, because at least we know the job will get done, and Joe doesn’t seem to see Dennis Wise as a threat or anything – just someone who can help him get the deals done.
Joe said last night he’d like to get 4 deals done today – so we are hoping they are all incoming deals.
And we’ll know within 9 hours. 😀