The Daily Mirror is reporting that one reason Joe Kinnear has been brought back to Newcastle, is to end a power struggle that’s been going on between manager Alan Pardew and Chief Scout Graham Carr.
Problems between Carr and Pardew?
If you believe this news, it’s that Alan Pardew thinks that some of the players that Graham Carr has brought in over the last year or so have simply not been good enough, and it’s something that Graham Carr doesn’t agree with – and that’s hardly surprising.
Examples are two of last summer’s incoming players, Vurnon Anita from Ajax signed for around £6M, and of course we’ve hardly heard from Romain Amalfitano, who was a free agent from Rennes.
Mike Ashley wants to sign young players who are not all that well known, and can be brought in for good (low) transfer fees, and Newcastle have relied on Graham Carr to find those players – who are coming mostly from France.
But Alan Pardew has said at the end of the season he wants more British players and those with some experience in the Premier League.
If there is an ongoing battle going on between the manager and the chief scout, that’s not good, but it’s hard to imagine that Joe could make peace between the two of them – and he’ll probably just make things worse.
Joe Kinnear starts wars – he doesn’t end them. 😀
But Carr has also signed some star material in some very decent deals, and they include Cheick Tiote, Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse.
The Mirror is reporting the working relationship between Pardew and Carr was not good at the end of last season, and if we are to believe their story – that’s why Joe Kinnear has been brought in – to listen to both men, and then decide which players to go after – and then report to Mike Ashley on his choices.
And it seems he’s already rejected the move for Douglas, the Brazilian center-back, who was backed by both Derek Llambias and Graham Carr.
A Newcastle insider said this to the Mirror:
“Carr and Pardew are at daggers drawn.” “Carr says that the players he has brought in are good enough, Pardew says they are not.” “Kinnear has been brought in as a trouble-shooter, as Ashley does not know what to do – he doesn’t know who is right or who is wrong.”
“Kinnear has been brought in to do Ashley’s dirty work.” “There is a stand-off between Carr and Pardew. There was hardly any communication between them towards the end of last season and there is little now.” “Both are on massive contracts. Carr is stabbing Pardew in the back, and vice versa.”
“It is a horrible situation. The internal wranglings and politics at the club is frightening. I’ve never seen or known a situation as intense or as bad as this.”
It’s hard to believe that Joe Kinnear has been brought in to end a power struggle – and we suppose it’s possible he could end the deadlock between the two men – if it’s true – but he will bring a lot more trouble to Newcastle than has previously existed.
And that’s exactly what he’s done so far, in the short four days he’s been back at Newcastle.
What do you think?
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