Is Kia Joorabchian Really On Newcastle’s Payroll?

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?

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Brutooon

    Jan 12, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #1

    no idea why. every day must be a new strange news happen to us

    Every Single Day

  • G

    Jan 12, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #2

    Would seemingly be an absolutely pointless and maybe ill-advised apointment… its probably true then?

  • Brutooon

    Jan 12, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #3

    if he can bring good player then YES.

    if he can transfer out Perch, Smith, Xisco and Ameobi then YES

  • Markaccus

    Jan 12, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #4

    Just ran his name through translate program, apparently joorabchian means ‘wise man called dennis, with the bong-eyed stare’ in ancient persian

  • G

    Jan 12, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #5

    Ha ha, classic Markaccus

  • Chris F

    Jan 12, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #6

    i’m not convinced he is, only source that says he is was the sunday people and harry harris, both of whom are hardly reknowned for quality journalism.

    if it came from george caulkin at the times, or henry winter i may believe it, but doesn’t seem to be any proof behind it at all, just a wild claim.

  • jarra geordie

    Jan 12, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #7

    Correct me if im wrong but:
    1. Didnt the aquisition of Tevez and Mascherano go on behind Pardews back?
    2. Didnt it lead to the Hammers having to compensate Sheff United for the cost of relegation due to a last day goal that kept the hammers up and sent Sheffield down.
    3. Did West Ham truly benefit from those players being at the club …my opinion NO. Reason being they got bugger all in tearms of transfers…a massive payout to Sheff United and for what? So Jooarabchim can put his clients or whatever you want to call them into the european shop window and make himself a tidy profit.

  • slazberger

    Jan 12, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #8

    stayed in the prem because of tevez’s goals jarra. but agree with all the points you make

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 12, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #9

    Stayed in the prem beause they sacked Pardew in time and the hammers appointed Curbishley who put Tevez back in the team, instead of Pardew’s preferred Harewood !!! Tells you all you need to know about the calibre of our manager – spectacularly upstaged by never won anything Curbishley.

  • slazberger

    Jan 12, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #10

    most managers havent won anything rotonda. with arsenal, man u and chelsea dominating english football for a long time. he is our manager why cant you support him or give him a bit of time at least?

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 12, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #11

    Because with a crowd of 52000 a week we deserve so much much better than one of Pardew’s gambling mates whose failed everywhere he’s been.

    What the the point of having players costing millions on huge wages when the most important thing is having a proper manager.

    Re – stevenage playing long ball and playing everyone out of position, remind you of anyone – like Souness, Kinnear, Allardyce and the rest ofthe dross we’ve had in charge of this great club. we deserve a top manager.

  • wynsleap

    Jan 12, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #12

    Anyone who can get rid of underperformers like Ameobi, Xisco, R. Taylor, Best, Campbell, SAmith, Guthrie, Routledge and Perch in the summer and replace them in one go with cheaper, better players from around the world will get my vote.
    We have too much deadwood at this club and not enough good young hungry players.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 12, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #13

    * Ashley’s mates, even !

  • jwheelie12

    Jan 12, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #14

    I agree wynsleap, but Besty and Guthrie deserve final chances to prove they can be squad players for us, I agree with the rest.

    I hate to say it but Ashley is actually doing a very good job of running this club (in financial terms), but he needs to know that he cant take it to extremes and that a few contracts of around 60k are imperative for our key players like Barton, Enrique, Ben Arfa and Colo

  • m.0001

    Jan 12, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #15

    as a brazilian and as a witness to everything that this guy have done whilist making his moves into our game, I can properly tell: Abramovich, Ashley, Wise and co. are saints, angels, the best people you can ever imagine to make moves at football compared to him. he’s a f****ing iranian criminal, thug, mafiahood, money-washing prick.

  • m.0001

    Jan 12, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #16

    Geordies, you’d rather having Souness, Bellamy and Wise back at once into Newcastle than Kia, believe me.

  • GAZ09

    Jan 12, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #17

    I say if this guy can ship out the deadwood then bring him in, also Guthrie wont ever be good enough for the Toon, very average player who has a good game once in a while. As for Best i would keep him!

  • belfastgeordie87

    Jan 12, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #18

    this guy is not a friend of pardews,tevez and mascharano were brung in behind pardews back,and i think i remember this guy slagging of pardew for playing mascharano in the reserves,just more bullshit from the press,as usual!!

  • mwiller85uk

    Jan 12, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #19

    In my eyes Graham Carr’s done nothing wrong if he can find more gems like tiote let the man do his job if you ask me the age old saying if it’s not broke don’t fix it

  • roe997

    Jan 12, 2011 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #20

    kia has strong links with qatar royal family also other arabic familys,av heard he is being brought in to make sure the transfer activity in and out is suitable for qatar family so they are happy before they take over later this season.they are wanting to have a say before anything goes tru,and see kia as the man to have a say on there behalf.kinda like saying,if you tie these players down,get him and get rid of him,then the qatar family will give you xxx amount for nufc

  • Brutooon

    Jan 12, 2011 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #21

    Qatar, please buy our club!!!

    And a 100 billion dollar money for players and wages

  • dunzer1990

    Jan 15, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #22

    Well if he can bring in quality players with his contacts, and facilitate a move where Fat Cashely sells the club to Qatari billionaires AND get rid of the drivel that currently saps our wage bill i.e Perch, Xisco R.Taylor then the guy has my vote, but we gotta keep our eye on him, he’s a shady character.


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