The Express have noted that despite the poor summer transfer window for Newcastle United, the club and manager have defended director of football Joe Kinnear.
The appointment of the man who claimed to be able to call any manager he wished on speed dial has been rather underwhelming to say the very least this summer.
The Magpies may have managed to keep prized asset Yohan Cabaye (pictured) at the club, but did not bring in anyone else permanently, and have only witnessed former target Loic Remy arrive at St. James’ Park on loan from QPR.
Despite rumours of a last gasp loan swoop for former player Demba Ba, Kinnear’s lack of activity did not impress long suffering fans one bit. Now Magpies boss Alan Pardew has – somewhat surprisingly – jumped to the defence of Kinnear, praising him and noting:
“We are delighted to have brought Loic Remy to the club in this window and we believe he will form an exciting and effective partnership with Papiss Cisse.
“Joe has worked hard on numerous targets, particularly an additional offensive player. However some of the options that were available within our financial means were not as good as the players we already had and there is no point bringing in new players unless they can improve us and take us forward.
“We did the majority of our business in the January window, signing five excellent first team players.”
With a host of teams around them strengthening, and the Premier League looking stronger and tougher than ever, there are a number of worried looks about the prospects of the side, who were drawn into the battle against the drop last season.
Magpies fans in the tavern are starting to get worried that a similar situation could be on the cards this term.