You can only go on what you see but it is interesting to see how the transfer market is playing out for Newcastle United, though it would become extra exciting if anything actually happened.
The main interest is the relationship between Alan Pardew and his new boss Joe Kinnear.
While the manager is clearly desperate for much needed extra players, he does seem to be enjoying the fact that Joe Kinnear has made absolutely clear to everybody that it is he (JFK) who is totally in charge of transfers and that he himself has none.
So you get comments like Alan Pardew made yesterday, where he makes it abundantly clear that he needs players and that it is Joe Kinnear’s responsibility to bring them in, or not as the case may be. This is what the manager said yesterday on the subject;
“Graham Carr and myself have given Joe (Kinnear) our targets…but they’re difficult to get over the line and I’m sure Joe’s trying to be very patient in trying to get the right player for us.
That has been no problem. Joe’s job is to make sure that I get the support I need and he is trying to do everything he can in order to do that.”
It is obvious that we need a player or two and hopefully he can do that that. We are in good shape and we have a strong squad, we just need a little tip over the edge to give us that depth we need.”
Despite making it clear last summer that he desperately needed a number of players, Alan Pardew was then happy to waffle on after the transfer window closed about how it was actually a good thing players weren’t brought in because it gave the young players more opportunities.
This time I just don’t see how that can happen again, with James Perch sold against his wishes it will surely put Alan Pardew in a very strange position if at least ‘one or two’ aren’t hauled ‘over the line’, with the help of Joe Kinnear’s ‘patience’.