We reported earlier today that it was good that Joe Kinnear had not given any interviews for quite a few weeks, but it seems we were tempting fate – and Joe has been interviewed in the Mirror today.
Joe Kinnear - upbeat on Newcastle
Joe made a terrible start on his return to Newcastle in mid-June as we all know, but Joe’s remit is to bring in some good players in, and it looks like Newcastle are going after Bafetimbi Gomis with an increased bid of £6.9M, which is high for a player who is a free agent next June.
Joe says his health is fine, but he’s not going to say anything different, but he wants to get some good players into Newcastle, so we can get back into the top four in the Premier League, but a top four finish will not be easy.
This is what Joe told the Daily Mirror:
“I saw a specialist about six months ago and he said I was fine. I have never felt fitter. I go regularly to the gym and I walk a lot and also jog. I have no doubts that I will be OK.”
“I will be at the club four days a week — minimum,” “I feel fit and good — and I am ready to take on the challenge.” “I have worked at the club before and I know what Newcastle means to the fans.”
“They have a passion for Newcastle and so do I. Last season was a disappointing one but the simple truth was that the squad just wasn’t strong enough.” “The Europa League also took its toll because of injuries and that was felt in the league.”
“My job is simple – to bring in quality players who will give the manager more options.” “What we don’t want to happen again is for the club to be worried about relegation with a couple of games left.”
“What I see in the long term is help to put together a squad to get this club back into the Champions League.” “They have tasted it before and I want that to happen again.”
“We have some talented young players at Newcastle and if there was one benefit from the Europa League, it was that Alan was able to give valuable first-team experience to those players.”
“Like Moussa Sissoko, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Hatem Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye – all excellent. And we have Sammy Ameobi, Shola’s brother. I have spoken with Fabricio Coloccini and I am confident he is staying and Steven Taylor — well, he is a rock.”
“We just need to bring in more talent.”
Joe Kinnear will be working very closely with Graham Carr, the Chief Scout at Newcastle, and they already have a list of matches to attend until January, to check on potential transfer targets for Newcastle.
That’s a decent interview from Joe, he’s done no damage, and it’s good he is looking to get really good players through the door, so we can start to challenge for a top four place, and Joe is always upbeat.
But the proof of the pudding is in the eating – so we hope Joe can bring in two very good strikers this summer.
If we can do that and keep our best players on Tyneside, we will have an excellent squad for the coming season, and then it’s up to Alan Pardew, the coaches and the players after that – and the fans will always do their part.
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