Newcastle fans were told by Joe Kinnear that he would get rid of the players who were not good enough for Newcastle, and then get in some players who were good enough. Well he did the first thing, but failed in his job to bring in reinforcements that Newcastle desperately needed.
Mick Quinn – it’s a massive disappointment
We lost Steve Harper and Danny Simpson when their contracts were not renewed and then sold James Perch to Wigan, and Joe in his wisdom stopped the transfer of the Brazilian center-back Douglas from going through – after it all been arranged by Derek LLambias, who resigned in protest.
So Joe did more damage than good this summer.
This is what Mick told the Evening Chronicle today:
“It’s a massive disappointment.” “You have to ask if you are a fan, what was the point of all of the talk of new faces coming in?” “Is it time for somebody with some ambition to come in and have their chance to own the club?
“If you can’t challenge in the Premier League then you could end up in trouble.” “You have to ask where the money has gone.” “Financially I thought Newcastle should have had enough about them to spice things up.”
“The win over Fulham was a timely one – but it shouldn’t paper over the cracks. There’s still a long season ahead and Newcastle don’t seem fully equipped if injuries do kick in like last year.”
“I’m not going to say we’ll get relegated or go over the top.” “But for me I wanted to see some ambition and see Newcastle challenge for the top eight or further on.” “That’s going to be tough now.”
“I just feel sorry for the fans – again. They are knowledgeable fans up there.” “There were 6,000 empty seats against Fulham, and I can’t say that’s a surprise.” “If you don’t invest while others around you are spending left, right and centre, there’s always likely to be trouble ahead.”
“I hope I’m wrong but if injuries do cut into the squad, we could be in for a long winter.”
Yes, we hope Mick is wrong too, but he makes some good points there, and there’s simply no ambition from Mike Ashley - and anybody who comes in and buys Newcastle should be wanting to have our famous club be in the top four in the Premier League – that’s where we should be.
And of all the Billionaires that have bought football clubs over the last 10 years, we got one who didn’t want to spend any money.
Just our luck.
Joe Kinnear’s job was to build up the squad for Alan Pardew – and hid didn’t do that – so he failed miserably and will he now be fired?
Probably not – and Alan Pardew’s job is to to get the best out of the squad he has, and Alan is professional to know that once he gets over the disappointment of yesterday, it’s up to him to get the very best out of the squad he has – which he did the season before last.
We hope he can do it again, but the odds are against that, although we are very willing to be wrong about that.
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