It’s a Sunday and we know there are a lot of stories in the Sunday papers that are probably lacking in accuracy, and we saw the story from Alan Oliver, the former Chief Sports journalist of the Evening Chronicle, in the Sunday People last night, and it’s hard to believe and it seems a story of dubious accuracy.
Mike Ashley and Joe Kinnear
The story is that Joe Kinnear went on a scouting trip to Birmingham to watch a Capital One Cup game against Swansea in which Shane Ferguson, who is on loan there for the season from Newcastle, had a particularly good game, and Joe asked Birmingham officials about the youngster, and was told he was already a Newcastle player.
This is what a Birmingham City source told Sunday People Sport:
“Ferguson had a particularly good game that night and Joe Kinnear told one of our officials he was interested in signing him.” “At first our guy thought he was joking but then he realised Kinnear did not know Ferguson was already a Newcastle player.”
The 22-year-old is a good young player, although he’s been on the bench for the last few games, but since Joe Kinnear’s job is to bring on the younger players at all levels, like sending them out on loan, and bringing good players into the club, it really is hard to believe this actually happened.
And there’s the backdrop to the story of the local Chronicle, Journal and Sunday Sun reporters still being banned by Mike Ashley, which is ridiculous, so maybe there’s a move afoot in the press to further embarrass Joe Kinnear and Mike Ashley.
Maybe the story is true, but there’s as much chance of it being true as Newcastle had of beating Chelsea 2-0 yesterday, so there’s a chance, a small chance of it being true we suppose. 😀
But the sooner this particular standoff between the Newcastle owner and the local papers is brought to an end, the better it will be for everybody connected with the Newcastle club, especially after the stellar performance of the team yesterday, in beating a very good in-form Chelsea side and to deserve the win too.
But that move must come from Mike Ashley, since he started this standoff.
What do yo think?