Kinnear Delighted With Getting Nolan And Taylor


Despite his obvious frustrations on the final day of the transfer market, Joe Kinnear is delighted to have captured Kevin Nolan and Ryan Taylor, who are both proven experienced players in the Premier League,  and two terrific acquisitions for the Newcastle club.

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Kevin Nolan – big big signing and personality for Newcastle United

Joe talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning about the new players in the club:

“I’m delighted with the three we have brought in and I do think the squad is stronger because of it.”

“We haven’t quite got the number of new players we wanted but I’m particularly happy with Kevin Nolan and Ryan Taylor.”

“They are excellent players who have proven themselves over a long period of time in the Premier League.”

“The great thing is they have the right sort of attitude for the situation we are in.”

“We’ve let two players go who didn’t want to be here for one reason or another.”

“And we’ve brought in three, including Peter Lovenkrands, who will give us something different.”

Joe’s right there, both players didn’t think twice about coming to Newcastle, and don’t believe all the rubbish in the papers about players not wanting to come to Newcastle.

Players know all about the 52,000 fans, and you just had to witness the game on Sunday to see what a fantastic ground St. James’ Park can be to play on.

There were of course countless rumors around yesterday and we were supposed to be signing about 10 players within  3 hours at one stage – what a ball the gossip papers had, making all that up, but you never knew which ones were true.

The news about swapping Darren Bent and Oba Martins was very malicious, and obviously meant to upset Newcastle fans, which it obviously did, for those who initially  took the bait.

And the report in this morning’s Daily Mail, on Mike Ashley wanting to sign Shearer or Steve Bruce as manager, is all done to unsettle the Newcastle club – there’s no doubt about that, and that’s really criminal.

That’s the very last thing we need now, as we have 14 games left to save ourselves this season in the Premier League, starting at bottom of the league  WBA on Saturday.

In that game, a win will put us on our way, and a defeat will bring doom and gloom flooding back to Tyneside.

There are no half measures with the result of this next game.

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85 comments so far

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #1

    Would have liked a couple more but I’m happy with the deals under te circumstances.

    I recon we’ll be much more of a unit with these two, Given was and is egotistical and Zog was unsettling.

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  • cjcox88

    Feb 3, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #2

    guys….there is news for the ticker this morning…..BUTT HAS SIGNED A NEW CONTRACT maybe they spent all day yday doing that!

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  • Toon_Sydney

    Feb 3, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #3

    articles are pretty repetative but good signings

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  • Darling27

    Feb 3, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #4

    I’m happy with the signings but it’s a shame we didn’t bring in another left back.

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  • Toon_Sydney

    Feb 3, 2009 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #5

    http://www.nufc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10278~1543583,00.html

    confirmed : Butt

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  • toonarmyuk

    Feb 3, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #6

    Tom_Toon – I think you’re being a bit harsh on Given. Fair dos, he might have done everything to get out, but egotistical is probably the last word I would use for Given.

    I just hope to God that we get 3 points at WBA. I may cry if we dont.

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  • Toon_Sydney

    Feb 3, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #7

    darling27- ryan can play in left back although right is preferred he was playin their b’fore he came to toon

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #8

    dont get me wrong, im happy with these signings but we are ALL gonna have to realise (even MYSELF) that ashley will NOT spend big, EVER, but it would be nice for him to clarify that, then we all know what the situation is whilst he is at the club!

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  • najikhin86

    Feb 3, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #9

    good job jk and co! hope the money gained from this window can be used during summer..

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  • Dragonera

    Feb 3, 2009 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #10

    TT

    Exactly how i feel.

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  • cjcox88

    Feb 3, 2009 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #11

    there are still a couple of transfers that are yet to go through at the premier league according to brian swanson

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  • NotAGhostToon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #12

    toonarmyuk: to be fair given has often thrown his toys out of the pram when he’s been dropped claiming he’ll look to leave, just to force the hand of the club, whereas harper was always very grateful for any opportunity but understood reason why given might get picked ahead of him. Harpers the new hero!

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  • NotAGhostToon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #13

    cjcox88, that won’t be us, as if kinnear could keep quiet, whats the cutoff for loans? something tells me ashley doesn’t see loans as beneficial like

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  • Dragonera

    Feb 3, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #14

    Ryan

    “ashley will NOT spend big”

    For crying out loud, look at our financial situation. What owner in their right mind would spend big when in our situation. Our wages are ridiculous because we pay mediocre players Henry wages. It is crippling the club and no owner (bar the Arabs) will spend big money whilst they have such a burden on their shoulders.

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  • faustino

    Feb 3, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #15

    They don’t need to spend big they just need to spend. To have 8 mil for a player that we sorely need and end up with no one is a disgrace really. Wise has to go. Simple as.

    The Xisco/Gonzalez debacle coupled with coming up short in this window has really cost us. Anyone getting so much wrong in any job over a long period of time would be asked to leave.

    The signings that have been made have been quality but to not bolster the defence will prove our downfall unless the miraculous happens and we stay injury free til the end of the season.

    If one of Bassong, Coloccini or Taylor go out long term we really are in troube because Edgar is just not good enough [possibley yet but Im not convinced] to deal with the fixtures we have left.

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #16

    dragonera when i say big i dont mean 30m on a player, maybe someone for 5m would be nice!

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  • LooneyToon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #17

    I was watching yesterday when that smug t1t Andy Burton “broke” the news regarding Oba and Bent yesterday after reading a txt from his mobile….what a d1ck….

    it was on the ticker for all of 5 minutes until they realised they had dropped a serious bollock….and he was justifying his “sources” only a hour earlier….

    Dont know it is has already been mentioned but Appiah is still a free agent….anyone got any info if they still can be signed if they are “unattached”

    He would provide some good cover in the middle of the park with Gutrie and Barton out

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  • Yellow Belly

    Feb 3, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #18

    If Kinnear does go in the summer, who does every one want to be the new manager. Assuming they will not have full control over transfers that would rule out the likes of Shearer. Maybe Hughes I can see him getting sacked soon, maybe thats why he did not want to sell Johnson because he does not want him if he comes here!

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  • LooneyToon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #19

    faustino….

    Young Ryan is a right full back first and foremost but can also operate on either flank in defence or midfield….

    Will slot in at right back until Beye is fit and then push further forward….

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  • GlenRay

    Feb 3, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #20

    Steve Bruce all the way.

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  • Dragonera

    Feb 3, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #21

    Fair enough, but we did try to sign a player. We put in a, IMO, generous 8million offer to City for a player who doesn’t play and has some serious issues. We don’t even need Johnson and the bid was clearly made just so MA, JK etc wouldn’t come under harsh criticism again for not being active enough in the transfer window. Apparently we even put in an 8million bid for Richardson out of desperation. It was rejected. What can you do?

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  • LooneyToon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #22

    Mr Belly

    Regarding the managerial situation, I think we will go foreign…..Fatih Terim has already said he would love to come here (Was quoted after Keegan left)…He is a very experienced, passionate, attacking minded manager who is tactically very good….would love it to be him….

    it has also been widely reported about Rijkaard but I cannot see him coming here at the minute….

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  • Dragonera

    Feb 3, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #23

    I doubt either of those players would have made much of a different to our season anyway.

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  • LooneyToon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #24

    Bruce wouldnt be my first choice however if he did come, I would back him 100%…..

    I dont think JK is the answer long term, but we need stability…Whoever comes in next must be given time (at least 3 years to build a side)…It took both Keegan (1st time) and Sir Bobby 2 years to build a quality side….

    I am sick of chopping and changing managers….which inturn means chopping and changing players……

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #25

    ok dragonera but why leave it to the last day mate? you cant say that is right, surely?

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  • cicero

    Feb 3, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #26

    The squad is stronger after this window than it was. Three out field players in and one out. £4m for Nolan was a good deal for us; surprised Bolton let him go especially at that price. He’ll be our next captain IMO, talked all through the Sunderland game. Would have liked Johnson but glad we didn’t panic buy and pay over the odds for him; worth £8m but no more. We could have got Veloso but how long would he have taken to settle in, look at Modric at the spuds £16? Don’t think so. Solid player who can come straight in to a premiership dog fight is exactly what we needed. Keep the money and plan for next season, either pushing for Europe or Championship title.

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  • faustino

    Feb 3, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #27

    LT – Very true but was referring to the centre of the park mate.

    Given the games we have left and the players we have available to play there, losing one of the three remaining ‘top’ defensive choices puts us in a risky situation, given that Beye’s out for the duration.

    Taylor is great going forward but when we’re facing Man U, Chelsea etc. to pick up important points we’re going to need size and strength at the back imo. An out and out defender was a must as cover tbh considering the percentage of games to play where we will be battling for a draw never mind a win. Though Ryan Taylor’s pace will come in handy at the back.

    re: Appiah – wouldn’t be a bad little pick up. As far as I know if you are out of contract you can be brought in at any time.

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  • LooneyToon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #28

    A fully fit Johnson might have Dragon but he obviously aint fully fit or he wouldnt have failed his medical…..

    Would go back for him in the summer…..v good player with bags of potential…

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  • Dragonera

    Feb 3, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #29

    Ryan

    Yes we left it late, but at least MA’s intentions were right this time. Also, we don’t really know how many players the team tried to sign. They could have been knocked back well over 100 times for all we know. Like you said yesterday, it doesn’t matter about Johnson, what we needed was a DM. This is why i am not bothered about missing out on those two players. Butt just signed an extension and we will probably go for a good DM in the summer when more will be available e.g. Mbia

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  • cjcox88

    Feb 3, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #30

    can sign if they are unattached, so he is still a possibility, he may not be totally match fit, but give hiom contract till end of the season, stick him in reserves for 2 weeks sso he can get a coouple of games, 2 weeks as a sub, then he can play in 1st team

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #31

    ryantoon=bottle job

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  • LooneyToon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #32

    Faustino…

    Ah yes…slightly short in the middle of the park….

    Very good point however I am staying positive and not even entertaining the thought of more injuries…. 🙂

    hopefully by the time Everton roll up, we have got everyone fit apart from Beye, Owen, Barton and Guthrie….

    I know Viduka and Smith havnt exactly set the world alite for various reasons however they could play a vital part in keeping us up….If Viduka stays fit (big if) he is going to be playing to put himself in the shop window as his contract is up in the summer…

    Personally I would offer Viduka a pay as you play deal in the summer….quality player

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #33

    bennytoon, you seem to keep going on about it, are you worried lol

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  • LooneyToon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #34

    Yes CJ…

    agree re Appiah…

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  • ashleys wallets cobwebs

    Feb 3, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #35

    dragonera

    remember my coment ” ryan taylor will be the last signing of the transfer window ” that you flagged up and said i was pulling down the quality of the blog,
    well who was correct you ****.

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  • greatnavi

    Feb 3, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #36

    How easily u guyz are forgiving Ashley, wise and jokin err watever his name.look at this
    Why bid for Johnson when he could have bought in exchange for Shay given?
    Bid 6 Mil for Veluso, as good as doing the formality of bidding!
    Left Abil Aboundo whos the next French Internation bcz the price ws not right.
    Getting Bent for Oba???

    guyz they are fooling us. Understand that.

    It has to be someon like fateh terim in the summer and Ashley should loose big time in his Retail business i wish!!

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  • Dragonera

    Feb 3, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #37

    Since MA has arrived the one phrase that has been consistent despite the changes in management is, “the right players”. Big Sam said it, so did KK and so does JK. January is notoriously difficult to get the right players at the right prices as teams exploit the desperation of the struggling teams by adding 15, 20 or even 25% price increases on players. We should not be held to ransom when we have already signed 3 players.

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  • faustino

    Feb 3, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #38

    I’d offer him a [per miles run x pounds lost] = £ contract over the summer cos imo. a lot of the injuries he picks up are as a result of the excess weight he carries, coupled with abject lack of fitness.

    How do you think this season would have gone if, horror of horrors and miracle of miracles, we got 30 odd games of a fit Viduka on the pitch?

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #39

    ryantoon- i could meet you half way. Or is that still to far? Is mummys car snowed in so you cant get a lift? I am embarresed for you.

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  • greatnavi

    Feb 3, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #40

    Well nobody is replying to me.
    All u all Ashley man?

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