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The Joe Kinnear Press Conference That Never Was

7 years ago

So less than 48 hours to go and we are left reflecting on another revealing episode in the modern history of Newcastle United and the Joe Kinnear press conference that never was.

Mike Ashley’s top man at the club, Joe Kinnear, said about the winter transfer window;

“I will not let any player leave Newcastle United in this transfer window.”

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Yohan Cabaye departs and leaves us with the following, making it clear that it had been agreed he could leave in January;

“I wish to thank everybody at Newcastle for allowing me to make this move, it was difficult to turn down such a huge club.

“Newcastle respected the agreement that we had which allowed me to leave in January.

“I’ve had a wonderful time there and I wish to thank the manager and staff.

“I’ve had two and a half extraordinary years at Newcastle and discovered the Premier League with them.

“I’m proud to have the chance to be a part of the ambitious project here (PSG) and to have the opportunity to win titles and play Champions League football.”

One of the many seriously bad things at Newcastle these days is the total lack of accountability, no press conference with Joe Kinnear where he has to at least try and justify why his comments, and what actually happens, are two totally different things.

The sad thing is that a minority of Newcastle fans now have such low expectations that they will be reading this and saying/thinking ‘why should Kinnear have to tell the fans anything’ etc etc – such bad behaviour has become so common place that they are conditioned not to question and accept this shambolic way of running a football club/business.

The same with the ludicrous programme notes that appear in Joe Kinnear’s name, attempting to justify what happens (and doesn’t!) at Newcastle United. No chance for journalists to question why things are done and what is said, no explanation of anything – just take it or leave it.

Kinnear claimed that he would have been happy to attend a meeting of fans last year but at the last minute ‘business commitments’ intervened, there has already been two fans forums and a third coming up shortly, no sign of the most influential person under Ashley actually turning up.

I would pay good money to be there if he ever did show but that is obviously pure fantasy, a bit like much of what Joe says.

There is no justification for the way the club is being run and so no surprise that nobody of any authority is ever put in a position to try and answer for it.

Although the first Fans Forum was illuminating with the Directors (in name only) of the club admitting that there was no intention of trying to compete in cup competitions and the really bizarre claim that the rest of Mike Ashley’s business empire benefited from all the free promotion at NUFC because nobody else was willing to pay for the space – beamed out to a worldwide audience.

So the top person at Newcastle United, Joe Kinnear, says no players will leave and we end selling our best player, which turns out to have previously agreed between player and club.

What flows from this of course is that if Newcastle have known all along that Yohan Cabaye was on the point of leaving this month, then they have had every opportunity to arrange a replacement…if of course they ever had any intention of doing so.



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