It says a lot for how low the morale has got at St.James’ Park this summer when many fans have just been grateful that Joe Kinnear has kept his thoughts to himself after a number of spectacularly bad interviews, when he embarrassed himself and everybody who cares about Newcastle.

Joe_Kinnear_Newcastle_United_NUFC_05 (2)The fact not a single player has been recruited and the Premier League begins in less than three weeks time, almost became an afterthought where the name of Joe Kinnear was concerned. The fact JFK himself said he was in charge of player recruitment has at least given the likes of Alan Pardew some breathing space and indeed the manager has no doubt taken great pleasure in his much repeated recent comments, urging Joe Kinnear to get some players ‘over the line’.

Joe is back though and while we still don’t have any signings he has given another interview. Thankfully he has managed not to insult the fans when speaking exclusively to The Mirror and rewriting history has also been given a rest.

However, you may or may not still take what he is saying with a pinch of salt.

“My job is simple, bring in quality players who will give the manager more options.

I have worked at the club before and I know what Newcastle means to the fans, they have a passion for Newcastle and so do I.

Last season was a disappointing one but the simple truth was that the squad just wasn’t strong enough.

What we don’t want to happen again is for the club to be worried about relegation with a couple of games left.

What I see in the long-term is help to put together a squad to get this club back into the Champions League.

We just need to bring in more talent.”

It all reminds me of sitting in the pub and chatting to friends about starting a new fitness regime and healthy diet, then getting more beer and crisps in.

281_silver_anniversary_special_grandeWhat I mean is that I agree with almost everything Joe has said; the squad clearly wasn’t strong enough last season, it was a shocking year, the club need to bring in more talent, a club like Newcastle should aim long-term for Champions League and no we shouldn’t be relying on Swansea winning at Wigan to save us from relegation.

The only thing we are missing so far is something actually been done to put the above right!

As it stands, Newcastle have a weaker squad than that which finished last season, with Simpson, Harper and Perch leaving and no new signings.

Why an interview such as this is taking place at this point must be open to question.

Surely you should be making the extravagant claims above on the back of some actual action, then JFK could well say something along these lines and I’d happily slap him on the back;

“We feel the quality centre-back, goalscoring winger and two strikers will make a massive difference next season, they will massively strengthen last season’s squad that was clearly too weak, ensure no relegation battle and help us move towards our long-term aim of competing in the Champions League again.”

I must admit it also winds me up when somebody like Kinnear talks about being like us (Newcastle fans), it is a hideous and fatally flawed attempt to try and butter us up.

We don’t expect he or any other manager or Director of Football, or anybody else at the club, to be just like us.

All we ask of them is to do the best professional job possible on our behalf, here’s hoping.

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16 comments
CMRowley
CMRowley

I don't see any problem with this? It would be stupid not to. The only downside I see is if the lad signs it.

TonnekToon
TonnekToon

Looks like he may be getting the chance to break his brother's longevity record , it must be something to do with the name Ameobi

toon tony
toon tony

Great news. !!!! It'll be more money in the FCB ' s war chest when he goes on his spending spree. !!!

Roberts Grey Pants
Roberts Grey Pants

You make it sound like wanting to get money for him rather than nothing is a bad thing?? What makes that even funnier is the people criticising this are the ones who probably want to see Sammy out of the door anyway.


I actually think he gets a lot of unfair stick and whilst I won't lose much sleep if he goes I think he is certainly worth having as a squad player.


He is contributed more to the club this season than the likes of Cabella for starters.

wor monga
wor monga

So what if money is the reason…they offer him a contract, and it’s up to him if he wants to stay or go…why give him away for nowt?… 


...when he’s already shown he has some good football ability, and is young enough to improve somewhere.

nufcslf
nufcslf

@wor monga You seem to like watching overpaid Cashley arse licking headless chickens. Good for you!!!

Kevin Halliday
Kevin Halliday

Surely he will cost more in wages than we will recoup because we won't play him enough to put him in the shop window.

TimBoddy
TimBoddy

I don't think there is anything massively controversial about giving a relatively young player a couple of extra years, nor do I think it's overly cynical to do that just to ensure that the club gets some form of return from a player they have spent money developing. Just reasonable business sense to me.  If he comes good in his first few games next season, great. If not, sell him on for as close to break even as possible.

JLawls91
JLawls91

Does that principle not go out the window if he signs for a club abroad though?

toonterrier
toonterrier

If he is being offered a deal no matter how poor it is he will snap it up as I cant see any other half decent club will want to take him on. Don't they watch him on the pitch running for ten yards then stopping for a rest. He's not a kid but a twenty three year old who should have proven his worth by now. What will the club say next, He's a late developer and should come good over the next few years. Worse player than Obertan and as much use as his brother. If we keep him it will show us how much ambition the club has. Get shot of him and the other dozen players who aren't up to the job.

Porciestreet
Porciestreet

@toonterrier He will always be needing a breather because he is asthmatic and can only work in short bursts anyway. It's a great shame. He went to school with my Godson and was always a standout player but alas, was never going to go much further than he has . A pity also because he has enormous talent but circustances won't allow him to release it.

toonterrier
toonterrier

@Porciestreet @toonterrier I know he has medical problems but unfortunately it doesn't mean we have to take it into account when he's playing premiership football.

I also realise he comes from a decent family but again we need players to work their socks off for ninety plus minutes and the lad isn't up to it.