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.
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.
What 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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