Newcastle United are reported to have appointed Iranian born and English educated businessman Kia Joorabchian, as a football adviser to the famous Tyneside club.
Kia Joorabchian – advising Newcastle on available players
We have no idea of this story is true or made-up nonsense.
But the fact that Alan Pardew has recently joined the club, and he was involved with Joorabchian in the strange transfers of Argentine stars Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano to West Ham, back in the summer of 2006, may give the story some credibility.
It may also have been the source of a made-up story.
But in truth if Newcastle are looking around the world for good young talent, it would serve them well to have somebody on board, who has a wide knowledge of good players coming through and older players who may be available for low fees.
And chief scout Graham Carr, who was apparently responsible for bringing Cheick Tiote to the club will be heavily involved in all of this.
39 year-old Joorabchian is not a licensed football agent, but rather describes his business as advising players on their rights and also advising clubs on transfers and contracts.
The story also suggests that Alan Pardew will under-take a clear-out of players at the Newcastle club, but surely not in January, when our PL survival is still not assured.
The story is that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is using some of Joorabchian’s global contacts as Newcastle are always on the look-out for new players.
And of course Joorabchian was recently involved in Carlos Tevez’s recent comical and rather ill-advised attempt to leave Manchester City.
That proverbial Newcastle insider, has been busy again, and this is what he is said to have told ESPN: 😀
“There is a feeling that the club is being run like Sports Direct, so it would be no surprise if some of the fringe players on big salaries are moved on in this window, if they can find clubs for them.”
It’s true that some fringe players like Alan Smith, Sol Campbell and even Ryan Taylor could be moved on in January – maybe.
But Joey Barton as one example (Jose Enrique is another) who is hardly a fringe player, and we are really hoping that Newcastle can get him on a new contract fairly soon this year, along with Jose too.
But we don’t see much wrong if Newcastle have indeed placed Joorabchian on the Newcastle payroll, if he can get us some very good and reasonably priced players into Newcastle, what’s wrong with that?
Indeed, one of the reasons put forward as to why Alan Pardew got the Newcastle manager job in the first place, was that he had good contacts in football, and former manager Chris Hughton didn’t.
And maybe Joorabchian’s name was mentioned in the discussions leading up to Alan being appointed Newcastle manager.
So the story could even be true, if you look at it that way.
What do you think?