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.
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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