Kinnear Brought In To End Existing Power Struggle At Newcastle


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.

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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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22 comments so far

  • Pugwash

    Jun 20, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #1

    I hope I am right but this sounds like a total load of bollox.

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Jun 20, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #2

    Right well we should come to a compromise with this then lets bring in 6 players 3 of Carrs and 3 of Pardew’s JOB DONE!!

    Just spend some money already!

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  • Goodfella

    Jun 21, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #3

    Yet another story why carnt these so called insiders be named is it because its made up, because if the press really knew where it came from they would love to print the name to make more trouble.

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  • RonVanDam

    Jun 21, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #4

    Watch out for Liverpool this season. They have been very thrift this transfer window

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  • naptoon

    Jun 21, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #5

    im the opposite to you pugwash for me it would explain somethings power struggle between pards/lambeeze and carr … according to reports ash values carr, llambeeze gone and so ash brought in the only person he knew in football, however unsuitable, as moderator. at least there seems to be some sort of reasoning behind the madness …. if the reports true … which is doubtful.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jun 21, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #6

    If there was ever a soap to be created about a football club you can guarentee it would be us. The best script writer in the world couldn’t come up with this stuff.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 21, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #7

    munstermag – previous thread – you state Percy is a man of dignity. This is not true – over his time in football -he is renowned for certain activities and it’s got nothing to do with football.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jun 21, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #8

    I must admit if I was Carr bringing in these technically gifted players only to watch Pardew have them play the most long balls in the league I would probably be pi**ed too. It is more than likeley someone just putting 2 & 2 together at the end of the day.

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  • blew

    Jun 21, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #9

    It looks like JFK has been employed as a hatchet man, he has got rid of DL, who is next?
    Carr has apparently brought in several top players, mostly internationals, who people have praised him for. Why then did we fight a relegation battle and end up 5th bottom? Either the players were not as good as made out, or they have been misused. I go for the second-poor manager and coaches. Playing some out of position and having favourites, such as the terrible Jonas. Ashley is rightly annoyed at the failure of his investments and is using JFK to sort it out, if successful we will be happy. Time will tell. The proof will be who comes in and who goes. I believe the Mirror report has substance.

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  • Dondatta13

    Jun 21, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #10

    I hope this isn’t the case BUT…

    It would explain Anita’s bench role and the strange way Pardew has played people out of position?

    Who knows.

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  • p

    Jun 21, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #11

    blew, maybe but bringing in a foul mouthed, confused has-been is not the right person.

    just sack Pardew and Dekka, pay them what they are due and bring in some proper professional people

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jun 21, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #12

    I find that article very hard to believe if im honest. That there is some rift between Carr and Pardew. I’d love to know who this”Toon insider” is in all honesty. The reasing being:

    Because as I see it, no one had any idea about the events which has just unfolded. Not even the manager, Carr and managing director and that is pretty high up the ladder in all honesty. In fact, it dosn’t get any higher.

    So this Toon insider to me at least, is a non-starter. Unless it’s Joe himself diverting the attention away from himself haha.

    Why on earth would you bring Joe Kinnear in and make make him DOF to sort an argument out?

    I am supposed to believe that two professional grown men need Joe Kinnear to sort an argument out? I can’t believe this for a second. And Joe of all people. And then he introduces himself like he has since Sunday, hardly has a nack of people skills has he? Pathetic story.

    Pardew and Carr cannot even see much of each other.

    For god sake leave it out Simon.

    Mister Tuff,

    I agree.

    What director of football have you seen who introduces himself like that? I’d expect that sort of level of exclusives if someone had bought the club from Ashley?

    The bloke is a lunitic.

    In my own opinion, the man is poorly.

    He is not fit for such a high pressure role lilke that.

    I can’t see him being here long.

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  • LeedsMag

    Jun 21, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #13

    Who knows where the truth lies in this.One thing is clear , though, Pardew was making loads of excuses for poor individual and collective performances last season.Good players seemed to be made worse and tactics were awful

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jun 21, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #14

    I still think Kinnear has been brought in to play the bad cop. Pardew is to friendly with his players and this more often than not clouds his judgement. Perfect example being Jonas, nice guy but plays poorly and never gets dropped.

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jun 21, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #15

    Big Papa,

    I hear what your saying.

    Who else could of played there though?

    Marv was poor out on the left, Ferguson not upto standard, was found wanting many times.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jun 21, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #16

    @ Prodigy

    I wouldn’t have bothered playing wingers to be honest because we don’t have anyone that can cross. My team would have been similar to what Chelsea play :

    ————Sissoko————Anita————

    ——HBA———–Cabaye—–Marveaux—-

    ————————–Cisse————————–

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Jun 21, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #17

    Dont agree that Ferguson was poor out on the left was never properly given a chance provided good chances when he was played there

    Santon was really guilty of not passing to him as was a few other players

    There was no reason why Ferguson could not have been given a good run in the team because Jonas never done anything and we lost lots of games

    Could have even played Campbell at wide left forward for a game or 2 just to try something anything different but we stuck with the same old this has to change next season if it does not work stop playing the same players and trying the same shite!!!

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jun 21, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #18

    Lads there is another article copy and paste these plz

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  • lesh

    Jun 21, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #19

    have all of the qualities needed for that role.

    Best of luck Michael.

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  • lesh

    Jun 21, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #20

    @19….. Lost most of what was meant to be there. Mickey Mouse phone!!

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  • Vitorbarbosa

    Jun 21, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    Comment #21

    All the players brought in were good and a class above initially,but all become worse after a year.

    So,i have to put the responsible on Pardew.

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  • Roger

    Jun 21, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #22

    What is to do against KINNEAR?
    As a german member of this club I can say to only
    thing and this is, please don`t go to the first
    home clash against West Ham United.
    When our stadium is empty and only the fans from
    London are in the stadium this stupid owner will
    remember that this is our club and not the club of
    an absolute idiot. He has no idea how to organize or
    to manage a club like our`s.
    Send them away, give him 1 million and he sell
    his grandmother.
    I´m so angry about this stupid man.
    Don`t buy your clothes at sportsdirect again, he must
    learn this is the club of the people and not the club
    of a stupid and crazy man.
    Howay the lads
    Roger

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