If we assume Joe Kinnear will officially become the new Newcastle Director of Football, then he will quickly start to go after players this summer, and also identify players Newcastle will need to sell.
Joe Kinnear – will immediately go after targeted players
It’s not that Newcastle do not already have a list of targets – it’s that Joe will discuss them with Alan Pardew and Graham Carr, and decide who we really go after.
We need a top striker and a top center-back, and our center-back target looks to be Douglas, who becomes a free agent on July 1st, and it seems Newcastle have already been in for the 6’4″ Brazilian.
This is some of what Joe Kinnear told the Shields Gazette today:
“Alan Pardew will tell me how he feels about the squad, and where he thinks it needs to be improved upon.” “Can we get somebody who will score more goals? Can we get players better than we’ve got? That’s the role that I’ve got.”
“What I’m going to do is get my hitlist done as quickly as possible.” “There’s hardly anyone in the business I don’t know.” “I can pick up the phone and ring every single manager in the game to ask them about players, and find out what they’re selling.”
“I’ll look at it carefully, and see if any of those players are good enough for us.”
If Joe Kinnear is officially appointed as Newcastle’s new Director of Football, which to us is no longer certain, then he will need to control himself in interviews, and we doubt if he will be able to keep quiet about the players Newcastle are going after – and that could be damaging to Newcastle’s chances of success in the transfer market.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of St. Etienne is 24 today, and supposed to be our top striker target, but he is wanted by bigger clubs than Newcastle, and we doubt we an get him to Tyneside, although the fee his club wanted in January, when Newcastle made two unsuccessful bids for him, was around £12M, which would seem to be a good deal.
If Joe is as good as he’s telling everybody, maybe we can get the lad in this summer?
Loic Remy us available from relegated QPR, after he turned down Newcastle in January, but we think if he wants to come to Newcastle, most fans would probably now accept him at the club, and at £8M he looks to be a very good buy.
This Kinnear mess needs to be sorted out quickly, and absolutely nothing has been announced by Newcastle, and if they decide to go along with Joe, we expect him to hit the ground running, but he must stop doing these daft and damaging interviews, where he says some hilarious things, and it’s all too embarrassing to Newcastle.
But we don’t think he can help himself – his ego is so huge – and what’s going to happen when he first meets up with the Newcastle press again?
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