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Pardew: Kinnear’s only here for the financial side of transfers

August 6th, 2013 | 72 Comments |

Joe Kinnear and Loic Remy.
Joe Kinnear welcoming new signing Loic Remy to the club.
Speaking in another ‘exclusive’ interview with Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct News, Alan Pardew was repeating his protestations that Joe Kinnear was only brought into the club to work on the financial side of transfers like Derek Llambias before him.

Anxious to reassure worried fans that he is still in charge of all football matters (please kill us), and that Kinnear was only brought in to make life easier for himself and Mike, Pardew explained:

“It’s quite simple really, it’s not too different to what we had before with Derek Llambias. Mike and Joe work the finances of the football club. Therefore I have to make sure, with Joe, that we’re approaching players in the right financial bracket for us and that we’re doing the right amount of scouting.

“Joe’s job is to co-ordinate that and put it all together. So he has my input, he has Graham Carr’s views and also Mike’s opinion as well in terms of the finance.

“Basically, he gives me a ballpark figure of the sort of player we can perhaps afford and me and Graham give him the targets we think it works for. Joe then works towards finding a solution and it’s as simple as that. (more…)


Remy in Toon for medical today

August 5th, 2013 | 34 Comments |

Loic Remy.
Remy – On his way to Newcastle, apparently.
QPR forward Loic Remy is undergoing a medical on Tyneside today (Monday) after terms have been agreed for him to spend a season on loan at Newcastle United.

Speaking after a charity cricket match at Totteridge yesterday, Newcastle United’s Director of football, Joe Kinnear, had this to say about the pursuit of Remy:

“I would think that we are very close to agreeing that. By maybe Monday or Tuesday, we would be in a position to say yes or no.

“I’m very happy with how that deal is going at the moment. I’m very happy with the conversations we’ve had. I’ve been to QPR and spoken to the people who represent him (Remy), and in my opinion there is every chance that the deal could take place.” (full interview here)

Though the the exact terms are uncertain, QPR manager Harry Redknapp had the following to say a couple of days ago on what they would be looking for out of a loan deal for the 26 year old hitman: (more…)


Joe Kinnear’s latest interview video on Gomis, Bent, Remi etc…

August 4th, 2013 | 13 Comments |

Joe Kinnear gives his latest interview to Sky Sports after his latest charity cricket match with a Bunbury 11.

In it he gives the latest news on his quests for Loic Remy, Bafetimbi Gomis and Darren Bent, along with a bit of insight into his general thinking towards the end.

He wasn’t brave enough to have a crack at saying “Bafetimbi” yet, but he’s still referring to Newcastle United’s top striker as “See-See.” (more…)


Gomis deal agreed for several days apart from agent’s fees

August 2nd, 2013 | 51 Comments |

Bafetimbi Gomis.
Gomis: It’s all agent’s fault claims Lyonnais President.
Whilst the recent narrative in the English media has been that Olympique Lyonnais turned down Newcastle United’s last bid for Bafétimbi Gomis, and also that Newcastle walked away from the table on one occaision, Lyonnais Chairman Jean-Michel Aulas actually confirmed several days ago on his Twitter and elsewhere that a deal had been struck.

On the 31st July he tweeted:

It must be set on the unfortunate problem with Bafe (Gomis) that it boils down to a problem of money. “We are in agreement with Newcastle…

However that part was mysteriously removed. What remains on there now is this (once again with my rusty translation):

“Then it is Pierrot (Pierre Frelot – Gomis’s agant) who stopped Newcastle since the transfer is 8m euros? This would be the commission of the agent? Do you know this also?”

The French media have also been providing a rather different narrative more along these lines too. However, Aula’s how now made things slightly less cryptic with a further statement today which reads: (more…)


Newcastle United now the only Premiership club to have signed no players

July 12th, 2013 | 29 Comments |

Jeroen Zoet.
Jeroen Zoet – Possibly the strongest link so far?
Well, it’s been a very busy transfer window so far with all that extra TV money swelling the coffers of Premier League clubs around the country.

No fewer than 61 players have been signed to Premier League clubs at the time of writing, with almost every club signing at least one new player. Sunderland have even signed seven. However there is one rether predictable exception, and there are no prizes for guessing who it is. Of course it’s Newcastle United, who have recently lost Danny Simpson, Steve Harper and James Perch, with Dan Gosling possibly on the way too. Another important issue is that this further English exodus could cause problems with the 8 “home grown” players in the 25 man squads teams have to hand in at the start of the season.

Having written that, there are currently high hopes for the signing of a younger flying Dutchman called Jeroen Zoet to keep existing flying Dutchman, Tim Krul, on his toes more than Robbie Elliot can. If so it would be good move and not just for the mere fact that it’s a body “over the line” as our Silver Supremo is so fond of saying. (more…)