Joe Kinnear Dampens Transfer Hopes For January


Joe Kinnear did his best in the program notes for yesterday’s game to dampen any hopes Newcastle fans have of the club adding players in January, and Joe Kinnear said the squad was now stronger than it was two years ago when we finished in 5th place and qualified for Europe.

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Joe Kinnear – we have a stronger squad than two years ago

This is what the Director of Football had to say in yesterday’s program notes:

“Given the business we did last January and with the loan addition of Loic Remy in the summer, it is our belief that we now have a squad that, in terms of quality and quantity, is stronger than we had in the season we finished fifth, and should enable the manager to deal with every reasonable eventuality.” 

“For obvious reasons, in January 2013 we did significant business, but this year we can afford to take a more calculated and considered approach – if the right player becomes available for the right price and we are sure he can improve on what we have in the squad, then we may do business.”

“If not, then we won’t. That’s how it should be. We will not be rushed or forced into making knee-jerk decisions, which experience tells us more often than not turn out to be costly mistakes.”

“Now that we have strength and depth in most areas, as well as players within our ideal age range in most positions, our intention for the first team going forward is to sign one or two players per year to improve the squad.”

“This will be done within strict financial parameters – the club will only spend what it can afford.”

We assume that if we lose top players in the summer – like Yohan Cabaye for instance as just one example –  then they will be immediately replaced.

And it seems that Newcastle may have a striker problem looming in the summer.

Shola Ameobi’s contract will end in June and it will not be renewed, and we’ll be hard pressed to get Loic Remy to sign permanently for the club.

And add to that the fact clubs are already coming in for Papiss Cisse, and a  Qatar club was apparently in Newcastle last week and had their £9M bid for the Senegal strike turned down.

So it would be good if we can get at least one striker through the door in January, otherwise we will need to bring in at least two top strikers in the summer.

What do you think?

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259 comments so far

  • jazzyp

    Jan 13, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #1

    TS
    I feel that for some reason or another the players don’t seem up for the fight against so called lesser teams this term. I don’t know if they feel kike they have more to prove against the big boys…….who knows.
    Last week against Cardiff my wife and I had left before the final whistle because at times it was like watching paint dry,But yesterday the ground was rocking from start to finish.My concern is we desperately need a CF as Cisse looks like he’s already left us and to be fair Remy seems to have his mind else where as well

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  • Abbott

    Jan 13, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #2

    “Judge me by my signings” JK

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 13, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #3

    Repost:

    Ed…it is not about the money for us fans and it is not about the money for most players – it’s about prestige and about visibility.

    …most footballers want to represent their country and even attract attention from the big clubs. This would even be good for the club – it’s free PR!

    In other words of course we want European Football!

    PS: Joke in ear is a wast of salary – that money would have been better spend as binary lateral payments for some third world country! Would even have been better PR as well 😉

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  • Alems1983

    Jan 13, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #4

    Sign Ba! Say no more! I was impressed with Anita yesterday! Top pro! I think our weak spot is central defence we need a real mean no nonsense commander! Possibly lesscott on a short deal!

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  • jimmysmith

    Jan 13, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #5

    That Mbiwa tackle was really poor. Nasri was in tears. I understand it was emotional because of the circumstances surrounding the disallowed goal and also that we were pushing hard for some time for the equalizer when the player burst clear, but even so, Mbiwa appeared to willfully and malignantly kick a fellow pro, possibly endangering his season and perhaps his World Cup hopes. Wouldn’t object to some retrospective punishment for that. Poor form. Although I’m sure Mbiwa himself now feels quite sick about it and I sincerely hope Nasri is not badly hurt.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 13, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #6

    jazzy

    i don’t know what the reason for it is, whether tactical, the players themselves or what….but the manager is the one who needs to sort this out and find a solution to the problem, even if it’s not him causing it.

    jimmy

    they can’t take action as the ref saw it and gave a yellow

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  • jazzyp

    Jan 13, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #7

    I personally do not feel we are in a better place as a lot of worries up front could come to haunt us.
    Come june we will have 1 recognised first team cf in the form of Cisse
    Cabs I think will be gone if not in this transfer window.
    Colo could be gone.
    Gutti-Obertan-Marvs I expect to be moved on. So in principle how does this constitute to having a stronger squad !!

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 13, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #8

    jesper

    exactly…we want european football, even europa league, get some big teams from past and present in it and it’s brilliant to see.

    if the club want to get champions league you need to accept you have a good chance of europa as other big teams pushing for top 4….the only alternative is to be happy sat in mid table…which no fan or player wants.

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  • stuart no9

    Jan 13, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #9

    But he (jk) is just an idiot who knows actually f@k all about what is needed where . If he had his own way he would buy players who we ” already ” own . He said they have covered every eventuality , hmm , what about injuries , nugget , or are we going to stay injury free for the rest of the season . You can’t cover for every eventuality unless you are a clairvoyant , but maybe he thinks he one of those as well . Some guy this JFK.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 13, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #10

    jazzy

    exactly….if we don’t do some business now for 2/3 players then in the summer we may need 4/5 in just to stand still.

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  • Alems1983

    Jan 13, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #11

    They need to jazz up the Europe league! Best way for this – champions league teams DON’T enter after dropping out of the group stage! AND most importantly the winners should qualify for champions league outright!

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  • BuckLuck

    Jan 13, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #12

    That is how it should be if we were a top 5 team. We are in no mans land – a top 8-10 team and we must invest to be able to just “sign one or two players per year to improve our squad…”.

    Improving our squad means nothing. It’s how it’s improved compared to other teams that matters.

    Idiots!

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 13, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #13

    stuart

    I don’t get the JFK role at all….he is a football man but not modern day. Pardew can say what he needs and Carr can fin them, we need a business man to go out and then negotiate the deals.

    Pardew should identify weak areas as manager and persuade players we are the right club for them. And then Ashley/chairman should be doing deals with other clubs chairmen and agents.

    The only other i’d like involved is a shearer type, somebody with respect in the game, fairly recently retired and having a passion for football/our goals to be used to speak with possible signings.

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  • martoon

    Jan 13, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #14

    Yesterday’s no goal has been discussed to death but the only comment I would make is it seemed to take an age before they decided to disallow it.
    I have to say being at the match the way Man City break with pace and power and their running off the ball is a joy to behold. However we started to push them back in the second half and definitely deserved a draw but had no luck – I think we used it al up against Stoke :).
    Also the foul on Nasri looked a deliberate trip to stop him so a yellow card but certainly didn’t look very bad at the time – I think catching him on the knee was accidental.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 13, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #15

    alems1983

    Somebody also made a good suggestion before on here. As the champs league is only on every other week in the week where there is no footy they could play europa league on w tues a wednesday, get more TV time so more money and also stop this thursday nights managers dont like

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  • bobby mango

    Jan 13, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #16

    If they turned down 9m for Cisse they are lunatics.

    Get the money in, get him off the books. Would be easy to spend less than that on someone who can do something/anything.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 13, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #17

    Could someone remind me again why Joke in ear is employed at this club?

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  • Ancientcoptic

    Jan 13, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #18

    Winning the Europa league is possibly our best chance at qualifying for the Champions League.

    This notion that the Europa league is a distraction will be no more next season.

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  • shearer and the duchess

    Jan 13, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #19

    My goodness grief. There’s no chance of qualifying for Europe.
    We’ve reached our rightful position. That’s where Mr Ashley wants NUFC.
    A top 10 side.

    That Mr Kinnear has the easiest job going. It’s quite remarkable that he pays his employees at Sports Direct zero hour contracts and a minimum wage, yet most will know more about the Premiership and modern day football than Mr Kinnear who will earn more in a week than they will in a year.

    That Mr Ashley is a real bubba!

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 13, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #20

    ancient

    i doubt it, as the winners dont get champs league

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  • Rainrix

    Jan 13, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #21

    Mbiwas challenge was bad but i do laugh at the man city fans crying their eyes out at it. At least they got the free kick, we didn’t even get given the foul when de jong broke ben arfas leg. Very short memories.

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  • runheed

    Jan 13, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #22

    Jesper, ‘kin ear is earning himself a few quid for his retirement. What a brilliant job! He doesn

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 13, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #23

    Yeah
    A lot of people on here want us to qualify for the Europa League/cup
    But how many will get up off their fat arses and go and watch the TOON in the competition

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 13, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #24

    I told everybody this last week that we won’t sign anybody, I just hope we don’t get any injuries to key players.

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 13, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #25

    Didn’t they change the rule on retrospective punnishment after the Haidara incident? I am sure they can retro-ban yanga now even though in game action was taken. We could be a victim of our own insistance.

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  • runheed

    Jan 13, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #26

    (Sh*t) .. as I was saying, he doesn’t have to do anything.
    I think Ashley is definitely Aspergers…. Knows lots about business but nothing about anything else.

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  • jazzyp

    Jan 13, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #27

    According to RMC, Arsenal are set to make a €36m offer for Yohan Cabaye in the coming days. More to follow. #AFC #NUFC
    +£9 million for cisse would make around £38 million pound to fund the squad for new incoming players.
    Now I know Cabs is an important squad member for nufc but I think we all know that his time with us is coming to an end. So do we take this deal now and strengthen for next season as we have nothing to play for except Europa qualification or just keep floating mid table hoping one day we may win a cup??
    Cabella
    Siem de jong
    Luuk de jong
    Ba
    Vermalaen could all be purchased for the sale of these two players with no outlay from the hierarchy, Yet significantly building the team for a push up the table come next season

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 13, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #28

    charlie

    whether people go to the game or not is irrelevant, many reasons people can’t attend games

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  • Alems1983

    Jan 13, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #29

    To be honest I think we should beef our squad right up now! And really have a go! Have a gamble just once! Aim for the stars!!!!

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 13, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #30

    jazzy

    one article said it was 36mil for cabaye and santon from arsenal

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Jan 13, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #31

    Markaacus

    did they do anything about Lee cattermole’s tackle on Javi Garcia.

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  • martoon

    Jan 13, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #32

    TS @20 – I’m pretty sure they changed the rules recently although I’m not sure if it starts from this years competition or next season.
    I’m starting to wonder if Kinnear is simply a patsy to take the heat off Ashley and co. when we don’t sign anybody. As mentioned previously we will have a striker crisis in the summer and need to be planning and looking now.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 13, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #33

    I though Ashley was a tight ass so I have a hard time understanding why he is throwing money away at Joke in ear.

    …maybe that should be a question at the next meeting? 😉 lol

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  • Ancientcoptic

    Jan 13, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #34

    Transfer Sage – from next season the winners of the Europa League will qualify for the Champions League.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/22640095

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  • runheed

    Jan 13, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #35

    Alums, Ashley doesn’t aim for the stars, he aims for the bottom line

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  • jayphoto

    Jan 13, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #36

    At markkacus – yea they changed it and they csn now take action even if the referee sees it aslong as he admits he was wrong and would have sent the player off given a second chance.
    Pretty sure the yellow card still protects the player tho?

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Jan 13, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #37

    Reading Joe’s comments

    Its very distasteful.

    Hopefully a case of Promising less and delivering more.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 13, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #38

    ancient

    that’s brilliant, as it should be really.

    martoon

    it’s something that needs looking into now, and even if we have enough cover where is the harm in upgrading that cover or even upgrading the first team? i hate this standing still we have done for a year now

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 13, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #39

    Transfer
    Yes
    Many cannot attend, but a lot cannot be bothered ‘is it on the box’ blah di blah
    European games in the past were a privilege to go and watch not chore
    Me for one love the night time games – the colour the atmosphere

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  • jazzyp

    Jan 13, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #40

    Ts
    2015/16 Europa winners qualify for champions league pal. Interesting mate didn’t see the santon connection as well,Maybe we have a ready made replacement in Hadaira already !!

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