The initial plan was for Director of Football Joe Kinnear to accompany the Newcastle squad to Motherwell on Tuesday night, but Joe didn’t make the trip, and instead was watching some of the Newcastle youngsters as they went down 3-0 to Hamilton Academicals at Benton.
Joe Kinnear keeping low profile – so far so good
Joe Kinnear’s remit includes bringing in players at all levels to Newcastle, and the youngsters are important, because it seems that when they were given their big chance in the first team last season, they were found wanting, and owner Mike Ashley was not too pleased about that.
In a way Joe is responsible for who’s in the Newcastle squad, and Alan Pardew is responsible for getting the best out of who’s in the Newcastle squad – that’s one simple way to look at their two jobs.
Joe will be measured on how the teams do at all levels at Newcastle, although of course the first team is by far the most important, and he will be heavily judged on how successful the players are he brings into the club.
And as we mentioned yesterday, we haven’t heard from Joe Kinnear at all this week, and that’s good and it will be important for Kinnear in his new job to keep a low profile.
We assume the reason Joe didn’t attend the Motherwell game is that he is also working around the clock to bring in two strikers at Newcastle, and indeed Alan Pardew said earlier this week he hoped Newcastle would have a new player on Tyneside in the next week.
Newcastle fans are not too happy that there’s just 46 days left in this summer’s transfer window (we assume it ends on Monday 2nd September) and we haven’t got one senior player through the door yet, and only one youngster in 16 year-old Olivier Kemen from Metz.
Things are not great at Newcastle at the moment, so we’ll have to keep winning our pre-season games to keep the mood of the fans positive.
But we must get two top strikers through the door before September rolls around, and the earlier the better, and three if we are forced to sell Papiss Cisse, with the Wonga impasse as it stands right now not looking too good.
But surely that’s not going to happen?
What do you think?
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