Joe Kinnear Reassures The Fans…
In some cases it can be justifiable to ignore warning signs, or stick with blind optimism. In other cases it does nothing except exacerbate an already dangerous situation.
People will accept some white lies if they have faith that the end result will be a positive outcome. What they won’t accept are inaccuracies, half-truths and blatant lies when they have no faith in the person who is delivering them.
Sunday’s Mirror newspaper has two quotes of particular interest attributed to Mr Kinnear.
The first – “I don’t know where the negativity has come from” – obviously stems from having no grasp of the current situation the club finds themselves in. Let me help you, Mr Kinnear, by spelling everything out in very simple terms. Last season Newcastle United was very nearly relegated. This was a direct result of both losing our best striker in the January transfer window and not having the depth of squad to cope with the number of games played. This wasn’t your fault as it was before your time, but as Director of Football, it is your job to resolve the issue and ensure it doesn’t happen again this season.
Newcastle survived relegation and the fans (these are those people in the stands that support the club, buy the shirts, buy the pies and pay your wages) assumed that because we had a weak squad last season, you would place particular effort on bringing in several first-team signings to even things up. Sadly, the opposite has happened in that three first-team squad players (Harper, Simpson and Perch – in case you didn’t know who they were) have left. Your sole contribution so far has been to sign an injured player who turned us down in January and has legal baggage, that if convicted, would see him imprisoned. Signings like this do not impress the fans and will not endear you them.
The second quote is more worrying than the first. “Last week we flew to Nice, and we were met by a private helicopter transfer to Mike Ashley’s yacht off St Tropez, and we spent seven hours thrashing out every idea, and how we plan to take the club forward.” So what you are saying Mr Kinnear, is that despite being in your job for approximately nine weeks, you only decided to make a plan last week? What exactly were you doing in those previous weeks?
It seems every comment you make only contributes to the ever-increasing lack of faith in your abilities. Newcastle fans aren’t stupid nor are they complacent. Newcastle fans don’t have copious amounts of over-ambition either. They know the Newcastle squad does not have the ability or leadership to win any trophies and they do accept that. What they don’t accept is your regular utterings of absolute nonsense. You do not have the ability, charisma or proven track-record for Newcastle fans to listen in anticipation and then follow you blindly into the breach.
In short Mr Kinnear, Newcastle fans need to see some player signings that will strengthen the squad and provide some proof that you are capable of taking Newcastle United forward. If you fail to do this and only succeed in allowing the existing squad to be depleted, expect the negativity to grow exponentially.
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