It’s been revealed today by Newcastle Managing Director Derek Llambias, that not only has Joe Kinnear been constantly on the phone this last week, but he is regularly discussing summer transfer targets with Llambias.
Joe Kinnear – transfer business is ongoing at Newcastle
We had a piece on Joe yesterday, and Derek and Ashley are trying to ensure Joe got some rest, before he comes back in control at Newcastle.
And Joe of course Kinnear has already tried to return to work, if only via phone, and the Newcastle manager has been in regular contact with Cris Hughton, as well as Llambias. Joe seems the consummate workaholic.
From some of the comments last night on the blog, it’s clear a segment of Newcastle fans are not convinced at all that Joe is the right man for the job, but he’ll get at least two years in the job, so whether we like him or not, let’s try to support the guy and his players.
It’s going to happen, so let’s try to see if we can make him, and therefore the Newcastle club, successful again. That seems a fair request.
One interesting thing that Derek added this morning in the Newcastle Journal, was that Joe has been on the phone with him regularly to discuss summer transfer targets.
We went after a number of decent players in January including Michael Johnson, Nedum Onuoha, Miguel Veloso, Albin Ebondo, Mamadou Sakho and Stephane Mbia amongst them, and it’s good if the club is continuing to work on potential deals.
Llambias has said that transfer negotiations at Newcastle are ongoing in this area.
We hope we can indeed get some deals lined up, which we can then execute in June, and not again leave things until the last moment.
In fact because we see a few players leaving in June, like Owen, Viduka, Geremi, Cacapa and possibly Smith, we will need to get new players in to replace them fairly soon.
“Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood are in charge of the team in his absence and we are happy to have them. But when Joe’s well again he will be back in charge.
“He has targeted the Stoke game for his comeback and I wouldn’t be surprised if he tries to come back sooner than that. We have to reign him in a bit, though. We have to sensible and so does he.”
The Stoke game is Saturday April 11th, and we’ll still have 7 games to play, at that time, and it’s a fair bet that Joe will be back even before then.