Joe Kinnear Disappointed During Frustrating Tough Day


Joe Kinnear was like many Newcastle fans yesterday, as he expressed disappointment at not being able to add any new players in yesterday, on the last day of the transfer window.

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Joe Kinnear – disappointed yesterday – but we’re still better off than January 1st

This is what Joe Kinnear told the Newcastle Journal this morning:

“I’m a little bit disappointed to be honest because we haven’t managed to bring more in. It’s been a tough day and an annoying one in many respects.”

“We have tried really hard to get something done but it hasn’t come off.”

“We offered £8M for Michael Johnson, but Manchester City rejected it and we made another offer for another midfielder which was also turned down. It was frustrating.”

“Johnson was a player we had identified and we were excited about him coming because he is a talented young player, the right age, with an all-action style and a real box-to-box type.”

“We felt it was a good offer as well for him, but City turned us down late in the day. It’s not something we have given up on long term but obviously time has run out in terms of this window.”

“I’d left things in the hands of others. We had a list of four players at the end and we got two of them.”

“I know people have been working incredibly hard and we’ve had calls in all over the place this month.”

“We have tried and tried to persuade clubs to sell, but it’s very hard at this time of year because clubs are reluctant to lose anyone.”

We were a little surprised we weren’t able to bring in Daniel Fox from Coventry for a reported £1.6M, since the news was all over the Coventry web sites.

So we now don’t even know if that story is true. Certainly in the summer we already have our targets set, and maybe the good nerws is some deals can already be set up.

Since we didn’t bring in a center-back and we need an experienced one, why wouldn’t we try to get Liverpool’s Sami Hyypia tied up right now?

He can agree terms at Newcastle and sign a pre-contract agreement so the deal can then go through in the summer. But from the player’s viewpoint we suppose he wouldn’t want to sign yet in case Newcastle end up in the Championship.

But that could be put into the contract too. Sami would be great for a number of reasons, not least of which would be to mentor some of our up and coming central defenders like Bassong, Taylor and Tamas Kadar.

We are very disappointed at not getting more good players through the door, but on the other hand Ryan Taylor and Kevin Nolan are two tremendous signings for our club, so perhaps we shouldn’t be too down in the mouth.

And Peter Lovenkrands looked very decent at the end of the Sunderland game.  It’s a pity his shot at the end was just over the bar, he could have been an immediate hero on Tyneside. 😀

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135 comments so far

  • miloflembo

    Feb 3, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #1

    DONT WANT APOLOGIES,wanted action!

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  • nightfall

    Feb 3, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #2

    wtf? why didn’t you swap him with given? why sell given for 8, and a day later bid 8 mil for johnson?

    don’t buy it..Joe..learn to lie.. 🙂

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Feb 3, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #3

    3 players in a 30 days opened transferwindow. Thats 1 per 10 days – Great work! Or maybe not..

    Why Johnson wasnt included in the Given deal is beyond me but that is it for now. Go on and save the rest of the season. Keep us from relegation and see what the summer might bring in. At least the transfer-kitty should be good.

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  • Stardust

    Feb 3, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #4

    I shall post this on every blog today.

    An ode to Mike Ashley – courtesy of Theodore Roosevelt

    “It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

    Ignore the Mob Mike for they are cowards of the highest order.

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #5

    http://images.mirror.co.uk/upl/m4/sep2008/5/9/83B1BA5B-B9F4-5FE3-1C6E19D642718566.jpg

    Pictured yesterday celebrating another 10 mill in his bank account.

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  • toonarmyuk

    Feb 3, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #6

    Ed, we say this at the end of every window – “maybe we can get some players sorted before the next window even opens” – our recruitment team are OBVIOUSLY not good enough to do this.

    And as for Hyppia – will he not be 36 by then?? He was a brilliant player, but surely there are other experienced CBs we could look at who might have more than 1 season left in them! We took that risk with Cacapa and he’s a bag of cack!

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  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #7

    “We have tried and tried to persuade clubs to sell, but it’s very hard at this time of year because clubs are reluctant to lose anyone.”

    Well explain to me JK why 157m pounds was spent in this window if nobody is selling or relucytant to let players go?utter bollocks JK you puppet.

    He constantly strung us along whilst openly stripping the clubs assets.

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  • toonarmyuk

    Feb 3, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #8

    Anyways, it onwards and upwards from here on in. We got what we got and I suppose we just have to plough on.

    I will be first in line come the last day of the season to be calling for change though. Whether it be new owner, new director, new recruitment team, new manager. Something has to give!

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  • robbbov

    Feb 3, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #9

    We are in this situation because F.Shepperd put us in this situation not M.Ashley. Stop pointing fingers in order to find a culprit. We’ve changed managers, owners, players and we are still in trouble. We need to think strategically instead of emotionally.

    Ashley is in for the long run as long as he doesn’t see that he can make a profit on the club. He will not tarnish the Newcastle Brand because it will be the value of his earnings he would be decreasing. We need to back to boys all the way independent on who’s on the pitch.

    Stop naging guys! Big buys in January has never helped Newcastle and it wouldn’t had done this year either.

    Support what we have!

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  • ginkoh

    Feb 3, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #10

    I still annoy with Given/Johnson case. I will not surprise if City don’t sell Johnson to us, but in the case of they signed Given from us. I cannot see why we don’t try to exchange players?

    Tell them let Johnson go or you will not get Given !! it’s hard enough for them — –” Stupidly decision.

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  • toptoon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #11

    pathetic,

    johnson deal just seems crazy when Given has gone the other way for the same price as we were bidding!!! come on, what sort of negotiators have we got???

    and why would you even consider bidding after that for one of there top english prospects, 8 million, or 18 million, it wouldnt make a difference because man city dont need the money!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

    A transfer window profit for Master Ashley.

    See you in Blackpool and Doncaster………………

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  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #12

    That doesn’t include loan signings as well,where’s the 440k argie and brazilian loan players??

    Look at all the loan deals we missed out on as well…Jo for example would have been worth a punt and would have least gave us an option as carrol and ameobi are miles from premiership quality.

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  • Mongo

    Feb 3, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #13

    Who’s going to Burnley away next season?

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  • Didnt know we are staying up Mongo 😉 Burnley will probably be promoted lol

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #15

    sirjasontoon- wanting Jo just shows up tour complete lack of football knowledge. The bloke has scored once all season. You do come out with some right waffle.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #16

    Any Ashley sympathizers on here want there heads examined they really do…he can’t afford to build an entertaining newcastle side and this has been proven continually in every window under his sick penny pinching regime.

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  • faustino

    Feb 3, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #17

    The frequency that people accept that one of the problems we may be facing signing talent is no f*ck*r wants to come to a club where half the fans hate the owner, the manager is clueless and we haven’t been out of the bottom half of the table in about 40 odd months.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #18

    Benny Toon…as a loan I was simply saying he would have been worth a punt…lovenkrands has played 9mins all season before we got him and we where prepared to take a punt.

    So keep your silly remarks to yourself I was using Jo simply as an example…Moyes is no Mug so if you are saying you know more about football than him..get a grip..you don’t.

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #19

    I heard Ashley has commisioned a bronze statue of himself to be erected outside sjp. Made by the same people who did the matt busby one at old trafford. Should be good.

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  • UTD111

    Feb 3, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #20

    Fat Ask, Jokin and the dwarf have failed miserably yet again! They knew what was needed, they had a month to deliver, they didn’t deliver. In any other job they’d be out on their ear.
    The geordie nation deserves better than these tight, thick, useless cretins.
    Get out of town you failures.

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  • Mongo

    Feb 3, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #21

    This was Fat Ashley’s chance to put all the drama behind him and show his commitment and try to win back the fans. All he has done is let his true colours shine through, and shown how much of a inept muppet he really is!

    What the hell is Wise’s job? Shouldn’t he have been sounding out clubs weeks/months before the windown opened so we could get right to it? Surely that would have been a bit better than waiting until the last minute.

    Another question – Do you honestly think we would have signed Nolan if Barton didn’t get injured the other night?! I think not!

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  • GlenRay

    Feb 3, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #22
  • batty

    Feb 3, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #23

    robbbov and stardust fck off and go suck ashleys c ock you pair ov arse lickin fckers

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  • Dragonera

    Feb 3, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #24

    We tried to get a few in, we didn’t get them, stop crying about it. We got three in decent players in and got rid of a player who unsettled the team every transfer window. Look at our relegation rivals. Who did Pompy, Boro, Blackburn, Mackems, Stoke and West Brom sign that we should be worried about?…No one! We did some of the best business down at the bottom.

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #25

    sirjasontoon- Just what a struggling team need a striker low on confidence who cant score. Stick to your vintage bikes as you dont know anything about footie.

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  • UTD111

    Feb 3, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #26

    “Ignore the Mob Mike for they are cowards of the highest order”

    Your loving son
    Starprick

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  • ToonFaith

    Feb 3, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #27

    The worrying thing is we could have been worse, if Barton hadn’t got injured would we have bought Nolan? No. If the N’Zogbia deal hadn’t gone through would we have got Taylor? No. So all we would have had was Lovenkrands on a free. Why wait until the last day of the window and then say your frustrated, there should have been a plan A list of players, Plan B and Plan C before the end of December. Not good enough.

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  • Dragonera

    Feb 3, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #28

    By the way, the Coventry chairman came out and said that the 1.6million we bid for Fox “couldn’t pay for his big toe”. They clearly wanted around triple that and what is the point if we have Enrique and Taylor that can play LB.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #29

    bennytoon // Feb 3, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    I heard Ashley has commisioned a bronze statue of himself to be erected outside sjp. Made by the same people who did the matt busby one at old trafford. Should be good.

    Benny you sound like a right prick mate give it a rest.

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  • GazzaToon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #30

    city probabley wud not have even sold johnson for £15mil your forgetting they dont need money so they will just want to keep their better players

    as for people talking about the given swap, given wanted to go so we couldnt exactley haggle as they wud have just said no and we would have had to sale given for whatever they wanted to pay. plus we sold given for 6 not 8mil. and i cannot see how why would have signed johnson dont get me wrong he’d walk into our team anyday but centre midfield is not an area we really needed to strenghten.

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  • Danish_Magpie

    Feb 3, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #31

    OK I can’t resist. All we need in the summer is:

    Daniel Fox: 3m (15k a week?)
    Kyle Naughton: 3m (15k a week?)
    Stephen McManus: 4m (25k a week?)
    McGeady: Duff + 3m (35k a week?)
    James Harper: 4m (30k a week?)
    Reo-Coker: 8.5m (50k a week?)
    Darrent Bent: 9m (50k a week?)

    = 34.5m
    Added wages: 220k

    Out:
    Cacapa: Free (save wages of approx 30k)
    Edgar: Free (save wages of 5k)
    Barton: 5.5m (save approx 60k)
    Butt: Free (save approx 40k)
    Smith: 3.5m (save approx 55k)
    Viduka: Free (save approx 60k)
    Owen: Free (save approx 110k)
    Shola: 1m (save approx 30k)

    =10m
    Wages saved 390k

    Net Spending: 24.5m
    Net Wages: -170k (Saving 2 million a year!)

    Squad:
    GK: Harper, Krul, (Foster)
    RB: Beye, Naughton
    LB: Enrique, Fox
    LCB: Bassong, McManus
    RCB: Coloccini, Taylor

    DM: Reo-Coker, Harper
    CM: Nolan, Guthrie
    LW: Jonas, McGeady
    RW: Ryan Taylor, LuaLua

    ST: Oba, Bent, Carroll, Xisco, (Ranger)

    Formidable squad, right ages, right attitudes, right wages, and we are ready to push for top 6 again!

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  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #32

    Benny I mean AO/NANDO = prick

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  • Stardust

    Feb 3, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #33

    Batty- I guess with comments like that your father wasnt around you much as a child – thats if you know who he is.

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  • Dragonera

    Feb 3, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #34

    Jo will come good in the prem if he is given time, but he is not a January signing as he will not hit thre ground running. He is going to take a while to adapt and just needs a bit of patience. However, he is a quality young player.

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #35

    dragonera- Disagree with that. Lovenkrands is poor. Bolton hardly tried to keep nolan which says it all. He used to be ok . Taylor was just a make weight that wigan werent bothered about losing. The team has been weakened this window. Any injuries between now and the end of the season to key players and its curtains for the club.

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  • Yellow Belly

    Feb 3, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #36

    poor poor old Joe

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #37

    nick butt signed a one year extentsion

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  • camdengeordie

    Feb 3, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #38

    Why didn’t we just try and loan Johnson after they rejected the bid? Surely we could have got him until the end of the season.

    I hate Joe Kinnear so much that its unreal.

    (Not blaming him for the lack of transfers though, I just despise him)

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  • neeraj

    Feb 3, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #39

    bennytoon

    what abt chimbonda, keane and cudicine not getting games at their palce and defoe out

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  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #40

    I bet Ashley laughed himself to sleep last night…Kerching Kerching !!

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