Joe Kinnear – We Want To Keep All Our Top Players


We just put out a poll on whether Newcastle fans want Joe Kinnear back at Newcastle as the Director of Football, and with 800 initial votes in after an hour (at 9:50 am), 90% say no – so Joe has some work to do to convince Newcastle fans he’s the right man for the job.

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Joe Kinnear – we want to keep our top stars

As we have reported today Yohan Cabaye has told the Sun that Monaco might interest everyone – so it doesn’t seem that our French play-maker is averse to a move to Monaco, where there is no income tax, and players can make a ton of money.

The 27-year-old is under contract at St James’s Park for another three years, after signing a five-year deal two years ago, when he arrived from Lille for around £4.3M.

Joe Kinnear, in his first full day as Newcastle’s new Director of Football, has said Newcastle want to keep Cabaye, and all our other top stars.

This is what Joe told the local press today:

“He will stay,” “We’ve got him under contract, and we want to keep all of our top players here.” “We don’t feel we have to sell our top stars.”

So that’s a good answer from Joe – but the proof of the pudding is in the eating — so w’ell see what happens.

Kinnear said yesterday in his first interview after his appointment, that he will make the final decision on who comes and who goes at the club, and that’s how the Director of Football position works on the continent – the coach’s job is to get the players to give their very best for the team.

The Director of Football’s responsibility is to recruit players – both for the Youth sides and for the first team – and Joe will be working very closely with our top Chief Scout Graham Carr, and hopefully with manager Pardew, on both incoming and outgoing players this summer.

Monaco’s Sporting Director Vadim Vasilyev,  came out openly last week, when asked about Newcastle’s top play-maker  and he said this to L’Equipe.

“Yohan Cabaye? He is an exciting player.”

And various comments by Cabaye, including today’s comment in The Sun, suggest he is open to a move away from Newcastle this summer, so we suppose it’s Joe Kinnear’s job to make sure he stays or else get an Andy Carroll like deal for the 27 year-old French International.

But it’s a good test to see if Newcastle are willing to keep our top players, so we can build up a side to play in Europe every season – that’s what we want to see.

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43 comments so far

  • Schwefelberg

    Jun 17, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #1

    Ashley is chloroforming the club!

    Can you feel it over your face???

    What next??

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  • TorqToon

    Jun 17, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #2

    Tads – Olivier Kemen.

    Terrific talent. I would say he is an attacking midfielder / striker, but not out and out forward as some suggest. Probably the modern day No.10 role.

    He is thought of very highly over here, and is considered as one of France biggest young talents. Obviously its very early days for the lad, and he is going into our development squad, but it’s a good sign of intent if we are looking to this calibre of youth player.

    Not sure what the compensation we are paying amounts too, but it could be anything up to or around the million pound Mark.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 17, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #3

    TalkSport should be quite interesting the next hour – The Mighty Micky Quinn talkin’ about the Kinnear appointment.

    Some say Pardew won’t be there after Today!!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 17, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #4

    Indian/Torq
    Cheers lads he sounds an exciting prospect, let’s hope Ashley gets the academy sorted sharpish eh!

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jun 17, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #5

    Interesting points made by Luke Edwards talking to TalkSport.

    With Joe saying, if I see someone who isn’t good enough, i’ll move them on. What happens if pards says well hold on he is in my plans? We bought him?

    Strange appointment, how can this work? Fair enough bringing in players to recruit as a job role, but shifting players on is madness. Pardew is no more than a first team coach really.

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  • 9

    Jun 17, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #6

    Speaking of young players, am I right in thinking we failed to make it into the top Academy category?

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jun 17, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #7

    why do people come out and say we are keeping our players?

    if somebody offers 40mil for cabaye ashley will let cabaye ride him like a donkey all the way to monaco.

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  • Markaccus

    Jun 17, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #8

    Cue East enders drum solo.

    Dumph dumph-dumph dumph-dumph du-du-du-du.

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  • TorqToon

    Jun 17, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #9

    Yo – I’m sure between you and Ibiza you could get it trending the blog. 🙂

    Carter – Yeah don’t be surprised. I can see kinnear as the John Terry of our backroom staff, everybody else does the work, and he takes the acclaim!

    He would win a few people around though if he did manage to keep all our purples, add quality players and ship Out some fringe and bring money in.

    Naptoon – You’d be surprised mate! Took some all of 2mins to turn on me! 🙂

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  • Markaccus

    Jun 17, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #10

    Intersting picture u just painted there, Sage

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  • dannyhunt

    Jun 17, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #11

    Can anyone tell me which players, if any, JFK brought in during his 5 month spell last time?
    Im holding out commenting on this til i hear anything concrete from the club as to what his ACTUAL job will be. until then i dont think anyone shouldn’t slate anything!

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  • TorqToon

    Jun 17, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #12

    Sage – Spot on mate.

    AC type offers could see any of our players leave. JK prob just pre warning buyers they will have to dig deep.

    I reckon he is the type of person to turn his phone off on deadline day! 🙂

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Jun 17, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #13

    Torq…How we doing and what is it Yo and I could get trending? 🙂

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  • naptoon

    Jun 17, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #14

    have the club announced any press conferences or anything yet … sage get on the phone to your friend in admin and get us the scoop.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 17, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #15

    Danny,
    Don’t expect to hear anything from the club, it will be all quiet. Kinnear has announced himself.

    He bought Nolan, Raylor(part of the deal for Zog), did he also bring in Lovenkrands? He had said that 2 argentinians playing in Seria A were to join in Jan, but nothing happened.

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  • NUFCarter

    Jun 17, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #16

    Haha ‘even though he will’ I can see it now. NUFC announce siem de Jong, Douglas and PEA signing. Kinnear will be all over that in the media stating how he completed the final steps to make sure these transfers were completed and that he agreed on signing them.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 17, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #17

    http://www.sportsdirectnews.com/premier-league/26539-kinnear-aims-to-nail-down-bent.php

    From the ever reliable Sports Direct News that brought us scoops such as Rooney to NUFC.

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  • NUFCarter

    Jun 17, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #18

    I wonder what joe thinks of guiterez? What if he wants to move him on because he’s not up to standard? Pardew would really kick up sh*t then! Oh god it doesn’t look good…..

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  • rainrix

    Jun 17, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #19

    Cant wait to see what pardew has to say about this. He’s probably delighted someone else can share the flak. JKs likely just a glorified shield so pardew and ashley dont get hung when we end up selling cabaye. He’ll be especially effective when he inevitably ends up calling cabaye “yohan cabbage.”

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  • NUFCarter

    Jun 17, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #20

    ‘Kinnear wants to nail down bent’ sounds so wrong.

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  • fog on the tyne

    Jun 17, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #21

    Steve wraith has a new job role for del boy…. The plot thickens. Also rumours pardew has tendered his resignation which i believe to be a load of bull

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  • Average_Contents

    Jun 17, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #22

    Newcastle United’s new director of football Joe Kinnear’s first job is to convince £6 million target Darren Bent to put pen to paper and lower his wage demands.
    Speculation has arisen on Monday that the 30-year-old has again become a target for former boss Steve Bruce at Hull City.
    Newly promoted City would grab a proven goalscorer and Bruce wants to be reunited with the front man who scored 38 goals in 52 games for him at the Stadium of Light.
    Newcastle have agreed a fee of around £6m with Aston Villa but SportsDirect News undersands Kinnear will be bidding to bring down the £55,000 wage demands.

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  • NUFCarter

    Jun 17, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #23

    Pardew wont resign he believes he was sent to NUFC from god.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 17, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #24

    Danny
    He bought in Nolan, but couldn’t get him performing
    Lovenkrands
    And Wigan offered Ryan Taylor as part of the Nzogbia deal

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  • naptoon

    Jun 17, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #25

    jfk says hes been working with carr over … was it last 2 or 3 weeks … i dont see how carrs job role is being undermined or affected … he is chief scout hes never had any say in final transfers or has he? surely he will just carry on scouting and recommending forming lists for others to choose.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 17, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #26

    JFK has had a pop at pardews selection choices and tactics “when you have a top top CF like Carlton krul you don’t play him as c**ting goalie”

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  • Average_Contents

    Jun 17, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #27

    bring down the 55,000 wage demands! I can see it now! JFK: come on benty, 55,000 thats a bit steep mate. Bent: I’ve already brought it down from 75,000 joe what more do you want? JFK: In my day we were lucky to get 55 pounds so come on give me a break please! Bent: No. JFK: Well go **** yourself you selfish ******* we don’t ******* need you ya **** go **** yourself

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  • naptoon

    Jun 17, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #28

    aj 27
    lol
    hed be right to say it aswell

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 17, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #29

    I remember 2009 jan 31

    We were hoping Miguel veloso was going to join. RAUL miereles was alos strongly linked

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 17, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #30

    Kinnear on Pardew: “I saw Alan as a player – he was a hell of a player.”

    And he claims to be able to spot talent? God help us…..

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  • Average_Contents

    Jun 17, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #31

    I reckon, No I know that is how the majority of discussions will go! He has his fingers in pie’s all around europe I bet you do you fat waste of spunk, I said to pardew at the manager awards youve still got 2 to catch up to me! wtf is this guy on! seriously! manager of the month or second division is not the same as manager of the YEAR at a PREMIERSHIP team U IDIOT! This ruined my fathers day n wen i told the misses i had ha headache over it she laughed! good morning or should I say please don’t kill yourselves

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  • Peter Reid Monkey Heed

    Jun 17, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #32

    Morning Gents,

    Little bit of news i found out this morning to bite your teeth into. Friend of mine at work gave me a bit of ribbing this morning as to the strange appointment and to why we appoint so many people from South. Then went on to tell me an interesting story.

    Turns out this lad from works brother worked in a Garden Centre in a small village called Totteridge in North London, he went on to tell me that Joe Kinnear used to live in this area following his Heart Attack and was here for quite a few years. My friend told me that Joe was VERY open about what went on at the club and his life behind it, went on to say that none other than Mr Ashley lived in Totteridge aswell and it was as if he was handing out jobs to his neighbours, was a bit skeptical at first until he then mentioned that none other than Dennis Wise also has a property in this exact same area.

    I asked him how long ago and he said that his brother stopped working their roughly 2 years ago, Joe Kinnear ALWAYS stated to him following his heart attack that he had the intention or returning to NUFC and that he only left on medical grounds and nothing more.

    You couldnt make it up, if any of you lads have any questions that i can ask this lad from work i shall try and ask!

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  • geordiefromthemidlands

    Jun 17, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #33

    So we announce fixtures against Braga but still no confirmation

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  • Average_Contents

    Jun 17, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #34

    @ 30 I forgot that bit in my little rant mate so thankyou for making me laugh again! the guy is a joke

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 17, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #35

    Lilongwe
    I don’t know mate there’s no denying that pards has talent……

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VomkssQel8g

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  • Slank

    Jun 17, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #36

    Something must have happened behind the scenes at the club for them to bring in a Director of Football and for that position to be occupied by Joe Kinnear.

    I wonder whether the last minute two fingers by Loïc Rémy highlighted a major problem in how the club closes a deal. Carr had definately spotted a great forward talent in Remy if Remy’s performances with QPR are to be judged. I doubt whether we would have been in such a bad state if he had joined the club.

    I also wonder whether Ashley feels that the Academy is not good enough and it too needs a shakeup. Players like Ferguson, Sammy and Tavernier did not make the grade when they stepped up to the first team. Only Bigirimana and Elliot made the grade in MHO.

    Interesting times

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  • brighter

    Jun 17, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #37

    What do we need him for?????????????????????
    I know that we cant going forward unless Asley go out of Newcastle owners seat.

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  • Slank

    Jun 17, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #38

    Peter Reid Monkey Heed @ 32

    Totteridge is an exclusive and therefore extremely expensive area of North London. If Wise and Kinnear are living there it must be on the other side of the tracks to where Mike Ashley lives as the area was called Millionaires Row when I lived nearby in Mill Hill back in the 70s.

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  • numba9

    Jun 17, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #39

    These millionaires want to be respected and left alone . Why don’t they respect up and leave us alone?

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  • DevonToon

    Jun 17, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #40

    Kinnear “On the other side, if we see things that we believe are not Newcastle, and not good enough for Newcastle, then I will shift them” so ul be resigning with immediate effect?

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