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‘Clock Is Ticking For Joe Kinnear’ – Alan Shearer

8 years ago
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To say Joe Kinnear’s comeback on Tyneside was a surprise, or should that be shock, is understatement of the year/decade/century.

There again, like many people, once the news had sunk in I wasn’t that surprised considering the way the club lurches from one bad decision to another.

With JFK in the job for two months now and not one player bought ‘over the line’, questions are naturally being asked.

Alan Shearer has now commented on Kinnear’s position but I think he is very much mistaken in thinking that things have ‘settled down’;

“I was surprised, like everyone, with the way Joe Kinnear’s appointment was announced and the clock is ticking for transfers, as it is every club.

It has actually seemed to settle down at Newcastle but if they start badly and there haven’t been any more signings then people will start to ask questions again.

Nobody knows what the relationship is between the manager and Kinnear, and which players they have tried to sign and not got, but if they are winning games it will be forgotten. If they make a difficult start then it could become an issue again.

The appointment (of Kinnear) took everybody by surprise but if Newcastle win games, everything gets pushed aside and obviously that is what every supporter hopes will happen.”

My take on it is that most fans are so disappointed and demoralised and are really fearful for the season with not one player bought by Ashley/Kinnear to help avoid another relegation struggle.

Like most of you I am going to be inside St.James’ Park as per usual but once the whistle blows at that West Ham match in less than a week’s time, it is a pressure cooker situation, with the paying fans hoping against hope that our current players can overcome this massive no signings handicap. If things go badly though then quite rightly the fingers will be pointed at Mike Ashley and Joe Kinnear.

As for Alan Pardew, it will be interesting to see how much he is blamed if things go badly, what with Kinnear making clear that it is he who controls transfers.

The criticism of Pardew’s tactics I’m guessing haven’t gone away either and are also simply simmering beneath the surface.

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