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Martins calls for Kinnear to get Toon job full-time

November 21, 2008
By Soccernet staff

Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins has called for Joe Kinnear to be handed the managerial reins at St James' Park on a full-time basis.

GettyImagesKinnear insists he is now "fit and well"

Kinnear has presided over just two defeats in seven games since being brought in by club owner Mike Ashley on an interim basis at the end of September.

''Joe should get the job permanently because stability and support are what the club needs,'' Martins told The Sun.

''We have a manager who does not seek the glamour of handling a Premier League club, he does his own thing the best way he can and so far we are just having fun. 'The club should stick with him.''

Meanwhile, Kinnear has revealed a planned meeting with Ashley to discuss his future, scheduled for after Saturday's game at Chelsea, has been postponed due to issues with the attempted sale of the club.

''Every time the club gets nearer to being sold a problem pops up, the credit crunch, or whatever else,'' Kinnear said. ''When I walked in they said the club would be sold around about the Chelsea game.

''They keep saying we are getting close but obviously we have not seen any finances coming up from the American group interested. That is all they tell me.''

He also revealed he has targeted two players, believed to be John Arne Riise and Denilson for the January transfer window.

Kinnear has made no secret of his belief that the current squad needs significant strengthening if relegation from the Premier League is to be avoided, and if the club remains in his hands, Ashley faces a big decision over any further investment.

The interim boss did not identify his targets by name, but has hinted at making loan moves for Riise and Denilson.

Kinnear said: ''I have already got my shortlist ready and I will be giving it to Mike. We need two players in as soon as possible, and I have them in mind.

''One is with Roma and he is not in the team at the moment. The other is a player who has already scored against us this season. I know their agents and what they would be is loan deals from January until the end of the season. I already know the player in Rome would cost us £2million to bring over here.

''We need to strengthen the team and the squad, and if we can get them, they would be a big boost because both are top-class players.''