Two of the players Joe Kinnear failed to bring into the club last month were midfield targets Remy Cabella of Montpellier and Clement Grenier of Lyon, and Joe finally paid the price for his incompetence as Newcastle’s Director of Football, and he was fired on Monday night – and that was a huge relief to Newcastle fans.
Clement Grenier – still interested in Newcastle move
And we have to admit we are just a little concerned that Joe may have damaged Newcastle’s chances of getting those players into the club over the summer, and both players seemed frustrated at Newcastle’s attempts to get them in January.
And it’s not the first time that Newcastle have gone in with a bid that is so low that the club (and even the player) take it as an insult.
That seems to be what happened with Grenier, but in the French press he doesn’t appear to bear any grudges to Newcastle when he was asked about the interest of the Tyneside club in him last month:
“It is always flattering to know that some big clubs are interested in you, you never want that to stop.” “The most important thing for me is to keep up the consistency on the pitch, so that I continue to be worth that kind of attention.”
“Lyon have always been a big club for me, and there is still consistency there despite a change of status compared to some other clubs in the league.”
Of course Arsenal are also said to be tracking Grenier, and they are a really big club, who have huge ambitions, so if they move in for the 23 year-old French International this summer, Newcastle will have no chance.
But there’s absolutely no reason why Newcastle cannot be making moves right now to try to seal the deal for some of our targets in the summer, although that may be difficult at the moment.
Newcastle Secretary Lee Charnley and Finance Director John Irving are the two currently responsible for transfers into and out of the club, so we hope they are aggressively pursuing Newcastle’s targets.
And certainly before June rolls around Mike Ashley should be appointing another Chief Executive at the club, and we have to hope his choice is better than Joe Kinnear was.
In short – Joe was an unmitigated disaster for Newcastle, and that’s putting it mildly.
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