Mike Ashley Convinces Graham Carr to Stay Put At Newcastle


News today in the Sunday People that Mike Ashley has persuaded Graham Carr to stay at Newcastle as the Chief Scout.

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Graham Carr – Newcastle’s Chief Scout staying

The relationship between the owner and Chief Scout is very good, so it’s probably not surprising the 68 year top scout has decided to stay, and Graham has told friends this will be his last job in football, and of course he signed an eight year deal only last year.

So did Alan Pardew and his coaches John Carver, Steve Stone and Andy Woodman – but the introduction last week of new Director of Football Joe Kinnear has put a spanner in the world.

Managing Director Derek LLambias resigned within 24 hours of the announcement of Kinnear, but both Alan Pardew and Graham Carr have now decided to stay at the club.

Mike Ashley has apparently convinced Carr that he can continue doing his scouting duties as he’s been doing for the last three and half years at Newcastle, but both Alan and Graham now report into Joe Kinnear.

We’re not sure why Mike Ashley keeps bringing these shocks to the Newcastle fans and the club, but the negative reaction caused by Joe Kinnear’s arrival is not good, and has caused a number of top officials at the club to become unsettled.

But it’s happened now, so we are  hoping that Joe can meld into the club,  and work well with Alan Pardew and Graham Carr.

We’ll  know soon enough if this new organization is going to work,  but we still expect Derek LLambias to be replaced as the top executive running the day-to-day activities at Newcastle.

And there’s a meeting arranged by NUFC Fans United at 6:00 pm at Newcastle Labour Club in the city center where Newcastle officials will be present to answer questions from fans.

You can also email questions you would like put to the Newcastle officials at the meeting – the email ID is nufcfansutd@gmail.com.

It’s a good opportunity to try to get some answers about why Joe was appointed.

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65 comments so far

  • kevymartins

    Jun 23, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #1

    Someone has to ask will they ever renegade the stadium upgrade it add another 10-20k seats.

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  • kevymartins

    Jun 23, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #2

    It’s always been 53k why not have 73k-83k?

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  • numba9

    Jun 23, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #3

    All fake journo talk trying to make Ashley look like he has done something good to right his wrongs. Made up bunkham only thing true is what you see the idiot do every season …… Make huge mistakes and blunders to p1ss us off. He loves it and N so do the journoS

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 23, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #4

    kevy – they cannot developed the area of the ground next to Leazes Terrace as Leazes Terrace is a Grade 1 listed building built by Richard Grainger around 1830 (used to be the old Poplar Side). Further heightening of the stand would not be allowed.

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  • kevymartins

    Jun 23, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #5

    @mister tuff there is bound to be 1 or 2 stands we can build on…

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  • YohanKebabShop

    Jun 23, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Comment #6

    Remy, PEA, Boudebouz, Belhanda and a defender to replace willo please.

    Pwetty please???

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  • YohanKebabShop

    Jun 23, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #7

    Think I read that the biggest we can ever get st James to is 60k

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  • kevymartins

    Jun 23, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #8

    This sure would be nice http://img104.imageshack.us/img104/7842/sjp2004lum2.jpg

    Although the metro is supposed to run underneath the gallowgate so alotta work would be involved but adding around another 10k would be worth it.

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  • headtheball

    Jun 23, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Comment #9

    Graham Carr is wasted at this club as are some of the most passionate supporters in world football.
    “we cannot compete with the elite clubs financially”
    What utter rubbish.
    If we were more successful we would attract better sponsors better players and a MANAGER. Unfortunately for this to happen we need a new owner with a passion for success in football not business and the two are not mutually exclusive.
    Will it happen in my lifetime? I bloody hope so but I’m the same age as Mr Carr so the chances are slim but I live in hope. HWTL

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  • YohanKebabShop

    Jun 23, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    Comment #10

    We are where Tottenham were a few years ago before they became more successful…. A crossroads where if we throw 40-50 million at 5 or 6 top class players and recoup 10-20 million by selling our dead wood we can join the elite. But our owners havnt got the balls for it.

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  • solano

    Jun 23, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Comment #11

    This 5 year plan is going well then, when the chief scout – who signed a longterm deal not so long ago- has to be ‘persuaded’ to stay.
    More Southern hack fabrication or nearer the truth than the NUFC PR chief would have us believe?

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  • paul24

    Jun 23, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    Comment #12

    MisterTurf is right and from what i’ve heard the main restriction is the metro, building an equal level stand just isnt realistic given the weight. Not my calculations so dont hate if you here owt different :P. Theoretically st.james could 70k all seater if built up to level and would be one of the largest stadiums in the country.

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  • headtheball

    Jun 23, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    Comment #13

    If success can be likened to a chicken and egg scenario where the question being asked is will success follow expenditure from the club on players and back room staff which attracts more sponsorship monies and more success, what happens if your egg is from a dinosaur?
    Maybe St James Park should be renamed Jurassic Park?

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  • AndyNUFC

    Jun 23, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    Comment #14

    Bigger stadium – what is the point? We have the most passionate fans in the country but are restrained by pressure and expectation. We unfortunately have a modern history of flirting with success and this has led to bad club decisions, but the fans still clamber for a huge push towards being an elite club. We actually just need more presence in an international brand like Man U have, then maybe we can scour better markets and grow the club.

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  • AndyNUFC

    Jun 23, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    Comment #15

    Headtheball, wonderful analogy and I totally agree. Even when you think back to SBR in charge, sure we had good times, but the owner was concerned about how much to invest after taking out a part for himself.

    Unfortunately for maybe the most passionate fans in the country, we have had 2 decades of seemingly progressive owners with second agendas.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 23, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    Comment #16

    kevy the ground issues were discussed on here a couple of months ago -with 2-3 posters contributing. From post 10 onwards.
    http://www.nufcblog.com/2013/03/27/newcastle-united-expanding-30-new-jobs-created/

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  • paul24

    Jun 23, 2013 at 2:53 AM

    Comment #17

    The size of the stadium means nothing, as it stands we have the 9th largest stadium by capacity in the country. But on top of that we have 1 professional club in the city. Where london has 5 in the top flight, manchester has 2, liverpool has 2. We have no inter city rivalry, a loyal fan base in the uk and abroad. The club is recognised worldwide as a “big” club. So why arent we a big club?. Is NUFC a poison chalice club like Roma or like PSG used to be?. Why with a billionaire owner are we the f*****g laughing stock of world football?. Because we have an owner who has no idea how to run a football club, an owner who doesnt care what his stupid desicions do to the reputation of are club, an owner who is only interested in profit. F**k off Mike Ashley, i’ll dance on your grave.

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  • headtheball

    Jun 23, 2013 at 2:55 AM

    Comment #18

    I love this time on the blog as a lot of our more vociferous contributors are tucked up safely in bed dreaming of new ways to abuse anyone who dares to disagree.
    I wish I knew someone who was ITK.

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  • headtheball

    Jun 23, 2013 at 3:01 AM

    Comment #19

    Andy
    If we are reading from the same page , I wonder if we are in the same time zone?
    HWTL

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  • paul24

    Jun 23, 2013 at 3:07 AM

    Comment #20

    I’m guessing that comment was aimed at me headtheball, in which case i hope you mean you actually enjoy more “vocal” comments as opposed to you saying theres more shit in my comment than fact. If its the latter, i implore you to wake up and realise the situation with are club is more than just a joke to laugh at in the news paper, the situation with Mike Ashley will only get worse.

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  • headtheball

    Jun 23, 2013 at 4:25 AM

    Comment #21

    paul@20
    Why did you think that comment was directed at you?
    I wrote that the vociferous ones would be in bed dreaming.
    Unless you are in bed asleep and writing on this blog at the same time, how can it possibly apply to you?
    Any news from Jurassic about signing Bent or some other dinosaur?

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  • gonufc (not Arf' bad)

    Jun 23, 2013 at 6:13 AM

    Comment #22

    Wow, Ashley really is the master of this pathetic P.R.”good news” which ondescendingly treats all the fans like utter morons.

    The “source” which told the Sports Direct site about a bid for Rooney.

    The ground “kindly” being donated it’s name back by the new sponsor.

    Ditto for the name of a stand.##

    What a hero now for persuading Carr to stay….After the awful mess Ashley himself caused.

    Him prostituting the club for advertising is unsavoury but bearable- him treating us all like clapping monkeys who he believes he can trick with any pathetically manufactured good news is simply insulting.

    The Rooney one really was beyond belief the others were more incredibly cheeky and patronising.

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  • cyprus

    Jun 23, 2013 at 6:47 AM

    Comment #23

    His last job in football? Wonder what new career he’ll follow at … 76. Anyway, glad he’s staying. Didn’t mean this to be an ageist post, still, hope he has young assistants willing to take a trip further from France and toward the other way, Latin America.

    On Bent – Tomkins, hhm. Er… wow 🙁

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  • JAMSHA

    Jun 23, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #24

    feel good today,,, so hopen for sum1 movenment on.transfer targets today 😉

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 23, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #25

    I know it is the Daily Mail, but it isn’t a bad article, sums up quite well what some on here feel, and finishes with Sir Bobby’s thought on Kinnear last time round.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/article-2346440/Is-Mike-Ashley-intent-draining-class-Newcastle-Joe-Kinnear-appointment–Patrick-Collins.html

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 23, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #26

    Lilongwe,
    I know bills feels as though the Southern press are inventing stories to sell papers but from the various papers I’ve read ( all of them as the materials havent arrived for the job and we’re sat around all day ) the journo’s seem to be feeling genuinely sorry for us being saddled with a lunatic like Ashley.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 23, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #27

    Lilongwe,
    Quite an emotive article.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 23, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #28

    Jail,
    As you well know, I am willing to stick up for Ashley when I feel he is getting abuse for no real reason, but this appointment for me is just ludicrous.

    In a way, I agree with Bills that the southern media (and regularly northern as well) do love to stir the pot and cause trouble, but there is no doubting that Ashley and co have aided them by making such horrific blunders on a regular basis.

    At the minute though, I think most journos and NUFC fans are agreed on this appointment. I see sympathy for Pards and the fans in most articles, and utter confusion and bafflement at the way the club is being run.

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  • geordiesteve520

    Jun 23, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #29

    Gus Poyet anyone? Being tipped as Pardew’s successor if he goes. His closeness with Dennis Wise would worry me.

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  • geordiesteve520

    Jun 23, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #30
  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jun 23, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #31

    Why would Pardew go? …or ddo you mean if he gets the sack?

    …you shouldn’t worry about who the media tips or bookies. I know just as little as them 😉

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 23, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #32

    GeordieSteve,
    The fact he is arrogant, not a wonderful manager (Brighton have had a lot of money pumped into the club, and have been among the favourites for promotion which he has been unable to achieve), and has fallen out with virtually all the Brighton players and the fans, not to mention his vocal support for Suarez during the racism row (paraphrase “the English have to adapt to Luis Suarez”) and the fact that again he defended him after the biting incident.

    Wise is purely the tip of the iceberg.

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  • sparky55

    Jun 23, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #33

    For some very strange reason we’re all feeling very sorry for Pardew and the truth of the matter is he shouldn’t even be here.

    Everyone’s saying Kinnears been brought in to lever Pardew out but why not just sack him anyway…it’s bizarre to say the least.

    Pardews performances last year means he should have been sacked and then there wouldn’t be anything for JFK to come in and sort out would there????

    WTF is going on here…if it’s true about Poyet, why not just sack Pardew, bring in Poyet and bring in a less controversial DOF because there would have been no shit to sort out.

    Go figure

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  • Stevenage Magpie

    Jun 23, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #34

    I think Kinnear was brought in to keep the ones who signed long contracts, on their toes. I think Ashley regrets the long contracts and now thinks maybe they are resting on their laurels a bit and not trying as hard as they could be. So bringing Kinnear in just keeps Pards and his staff from becoming too comfortable in their contracts

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  • toon kk

    Jun 23, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #35

    The good way we can look at it is at least Carr is looking for our players. Most that do come in will be who he’s spotted not Jfk.

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  • one Tony Green

    Jun 23, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #36

    Morning Paople

    Interesting article in the Mirror stating Carr and Pardew get on and Ashley has said Pardew will go before Carr ( something I guess we all support ). Talk about Gus Poyet coming which I mentioned last week on here. Worth a read.

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  • one Tony Green

    Jun 23, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #37

    so rry should read Pardew and Carr do not get on der

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 23, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #38

    Sparky,
    An article today, think it was the mirror gave 10.5million reasons as to why Pardew wasn’t sacked. And a further 2.5million as to why the backroom staff haven’t gone either.

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  • one Tony Green

    Jun 23, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #39

    We do not have the most passionate fans in the country we have some of the most. Fans of clubs like Crewe, Hartlepool and Tranmere and Millwall who follow their clubs when the could easily follow one of the big 4 are just as passionate.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 23, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #40

    Any info on the rumours circulating about Cabaye putting a transfer request in yesterday? I think it started on twitter, so it is probably a load of twoddle!

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