Following yet another demoralising loss, this time at the hands of Man City, in addition to the loss of two key but oft-out-of-commission players, Michael Owen and Joey Barton, Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear told it exactly how it was:
"It's devastating when you look at a club like Tottenham offering £16m for this player, £14m for that player. I would love to go and spend millions like that and I wish I was in the position to do so. But you can see why a lot of big [managerial] names out there didn't have the arsehole to take this job. You can see why so many people bottled it."