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Joe Kinnear Admits ‘I Do Not Understand’

8 years ago

Joe Kinnear has at last admitted he is baffled and doesn’t understand, unfortunately he is still clinging to the line that it is all of us who have got it wrong and just aren’t capable of seeing how brilliant his and Mike Ashley’s master plan is.

After 180 minutes of football where Newcastle’s only shot on target was a 30 yard Tiote effort at City, Kinnear has enlightened us as to what is going on, at least in his head.

Speaking to the Mirror (the newspaper, not the one in his hotel room), this is what Joe had to say after the feeble West Ham performance;

“I do not understand where the negativity has come from, we are 2 games into a 38 game season and already the doom and gloom merchants are looking for a scapegoat.

Alan Pardew has signed 16 players costing £60m in the last two years, Newcastle United’s wage bill is now comfortably in the top ten in the country, and he’ll continue to get all the support the club can reasonably provide

Last week we flew to Nice and we were met by a private helicopter to Mike Ashley’s yacht off St.Tropez, and we spent 7 hours thrashing out every idea, and how we plan to take the club forward.

I listened to every word Alan and the owner had to say along, along with Graham Carr, we talked about the next stage for Newcastle United and where we wanted to go.

Before the season started we sat down and agreed the squad was big enough, and strong enough, to finish in the top half of the table. We are working together, not plotting against each other.

There seems to be a perception from outside the club, that we are at loggerheads, but I don’t know why people are jumping on the bandwagon because it is a false picture.”

Talk about the same old same old.

We’re having meetings, working hard, working together, look at how good our squad is and how much has been spent on it previously.

The reality of course is that along with every other sane person, even Alan Pardew is repeatedly saying we need extra signings.

As for players brought in, the figure is actually £51m spent in the last 2 years (source – respected website and not £60m.

Interesting that Kinnear makes the point that ‘Pardew has signed 16 players‘, especially when we are repeatedly told the manager has anything but the final say on players.

Even the odd fan who was hoping for the best in the summer must now accept that the squad needs strengthening, unless they’ve managed to somehow avoid the two dismal performances so far.

The fact is that Newcastle look to be in desperate trouble based on what I’ve seen, in our games and elsewhere, and yes things can always improve and players find better form.

What is obvious though is that no matter what JFK wants to think, this Newcastle squad will not score enough goals, whether that is not enough for the top ten or not enough to stay up is the real question up for discussion the next time they spend 7 hours thrashing things out.


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