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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23 comments
toon tony
toon tony

After selling Tiote, Krul, and Collocini where will the other £59m come from. ???

tino o
tino o

This time next year we will be in the same situation listening to the same old shite!!sorry I won't be taken in under Ashley this is us a mediocre team with no direction wanting mclaren spells out the intentions for me.

magpie9
magpie9

The only money fatty will spend is on bigger billboards for advertising S.D.

waddla
waddla

A joke of an article,cashley not interested in us full stop but big hitters leaving will no doubt happen,the man is destroying us.

DownUnderMag
DownUnderMag

The sales I believe, and I think it is actually quite optimistic that Sissoko and Janmaat aren't included in that speculation. But £60m to spend??  Not likely, even WITH those sales.

Hez
Hez

60 million is fantasy land; sell Krul, Collocini, Tiote and probably Sissoko (he will want out) and invest 6 million is Ashley land

IntravenusMP
IntravenusMP

Not sure where the claimed have "tens of millions of profits" are, NUFC made 1.3m & 9m in the last 2 years (although 2014 accounts are due to be filed in the next day or so)


Krul is likely to be sold to Man U as they will be losing their keeper to Madrid. With Karl Darlow due to join, we have an excellent replacement. 


Collo may well go, he's showing his age and on daft wages but will need replacing, Steete is a year off being ready,  Lascelles has done well at Forest since being strangely out of favour. 


Tiote may well go, he must fancy a big move although if McClaren is to be the coach, were they not together at Twente?  Although De Jong will be back, we need a midfielder or two. 


We do need a proper goalscorer, Cisse isn't going to do it. 

mactoon
mactoon

Of course he wont allow £60 million to leave the club! Past history dictates a first team player will be sold to generate profit some of which MAY be used to bring in a 'development' player with the hope they will break into the first team. The players coming back from injury just at the right time such as de jong and Aarons will be wheeled out as giving us a strong enough squad. Carver has already said this is the case. "Take all those injuries away and we have got 26 professionals. Now that is a decent sized squad" even though we could only name 23 players of the required 25!

Phildene
Phildene

Carver contradicts himself too as has said we'll be really surprised at who is coming in but we take all carvers saying with pinch of salt as he's a liar too.

You're right though that ashley won't spend any money.

Pulse33
Pulse33

I have my doubts this is true but we can hope right? Assuming it has some truth to it I don't think they should sell Krul, he's a top keeper and world class when on his day, just a bit injury prone I suppose. Tiote and Coloccini I would have no problem with going if they are replaced with better younger players. McClaren wouldn't be my first choice but would certainly be an improvement on Pardew and Carver and supposedly has a decent record. Apparently Derby have hit a bad spell and are down to 5th and no sure thing of promotion. Heres hoping Ashley has realised without investment we are screwed next season.

Andy Gray
Andy Gray

With the TV money & profit made last year (yet to be confirmed, but estimated at £50m) surely there's no need for any further sales to fund the £60m 'spree' - we're down to the bare bones as it is, and losing another 3 would simply mean the £60m would initially spent on replacing them.

Hughie
Hughie

More unadulterated rubbish.

terriertwo
terriertwo

They have named three players they want to sell to boost the funds to buy players. What they haven't mentioned is the players that want to leave or the ones that other clubs have been eyeing up. Sissoko,Perez,Aarons come to mind. Another season coming up with little to look forward to. Ashley out.   

RexN
RexN

The Mirror wouldn't have needed to dig too far to get those figures and speculation about player movement - it has been done on this site.


The money is certainly there, and more besides unless Ashley has been paying himself back.


If he is not careful, he will have to start paying Corporation Tax on NUFC profits.

Phildene
Phildene

Ashley has been taking ALL the revenue from every thing and pocketing it,that's how he's gone up from £900m to a staggering £.4.5 BILLION in 8 years!

GeordieBri
GeordieBri

I've also heard the rumours of McLaren being a done deal... this came from one of NUFC's current professional player's agent having been told by Lee Charnley! ... Reasons I can think of for it being untrue are...

1. Charnley is a bare faced liar

2. Derby gain promotion

3. Why would any self-respecting coach/manager ever consider working for these charlatans?

4. Ashley will never sanction that level of spending... although the Mirror article also states that the £60m spend includes wages... I still don't believe it!!!

I'm sure you can all add more to this list

From the noises coming out of SJP and the yes man Charver ... I'm convinced that he has already been told that he will be head coach next season, for no other reason than the regime know that it will be impossible for them to attract any credible coach/manager to take the job under the conditions which they have stipulated!!!

v0ices
v0ices

@GeordieBri they will sign 3 players no one has heard of for reported fees of 15 million each with the rest of the money supposedly covering wages for the length of the contract. In reality total spend 12 million and who includes a running cost in the transfer budget. So in the black on transfer spending and a cut in the wage bill again.

Toonbadger
Toonbadger

"Talk of a potential £60m transfer pot isn’t totally out of the question, all it needs is Mike Ashley to allow it to happen."

That is the question, do you believe he will allow 60m beer tokens to vacate his wallet?

I dont