Is it time to let Kinnear do what he does best?
Interesting times certainly lie ahead for Newcastle United with the transfer window now just a couple of weeks away from swinging back open and after comments from owner Mike Ashley today, it would appear that the black and whites are set to let Joe Kinnear strut his stuff.
One of Kinnear's greatest qualities in football is his ability to wheel and deal and while he has been unable to do it due to the closure of the transfer window, United seem likely to benefit from the man who has proved he can pluck players from the basements of football and make them into Premier League stars.
United fans could never have guessed that Kinnear would be in charge going into Christmas but despite the turmoil at the club many supporters have not directed anger at the former Wimbledon boss.
And speaking on Kinnear's hopes of bringing in new stars, Ashley has said today: "It is up to Joe, we have signed him, it's up to him. I've definitely got some money although whether I will give it to him or not is another question! Joe realises that Newcastle don't have a bottomless pit of money so he will be very careful with what he does.
"If it's a player that costs ÃÂ£30m then I can absolutely say 'I don't think so'.
"But will he able to get the players he wants to tinker with the team and change the balance? The answer's yes."
The Toon tycoon has kept a low profile since Kevin Keegan left Toon but also revealed he was delighted by Kinnear's work.
He said: "Joe's the man to do the job. He's my hero. Is he better than Capello? Definitely. We are going to be in Europe by the end of the season!"
Ashley also feels United will stay up this season but insisted the club is still for sale.