Joe Kinnear hits out at negativity at Newcastle United

GOOD TO BE BACK ... Newcastle United's Yohan Cabaye
GOOD TO BE BACK ... Newcastle United's Yohan Cabaye

JOE Kinnear has hit out at the “negativity” among Newcastle United fans.

And the controversial director of football claimed the club’s squad IS strong enough for a top-10 finish.

Newcastle have spent a net £1.25m so far on loan signing Loic Remy.

And supporters voiced their frustration during Saturday’s goalless draw against West Ham United.

A banner labelled the club’s controversial director of football the “clown of the Premier League”, and fans chanted “where’s the signings, Joe Kinnear?”.

But Kinnear - who held transfer talks with manager Alan Pardew and chief scout Graham Carr on Ashley’s yacht off St Tropez last week - is adamant the club’s squad is already “big and strong enough” to finish in the top half of the Premier League.

“I don’t understand where the negativity has come from,” said Kinnear.

“We are two 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’s wage bill is now comfortably in the top 10 in the country, and he will 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 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.

“I listened to every word Alan and the owner had to say – along with chief scout Graham Carr, who was also there – and we talked about the next stage for Newcastle United and where we wanted to go.

“Before the season started, we had sat down and agreed the squad was big enough, and strong enough, to finish in the top half of the table.

“But we are working together – not plotting against each other.”

Kinnear, 66, last week rejected a £10m bid from Arsenal for Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye.

The 27-year-old is valued at more than twice that figure by the club.

Kinnear told today’s Mirror: “We’ve told Arsenal our terms – the ball is in their court.”