Harford Turns Down “Fantastic” Newcastle At Eleventh Hour


The Evening Chronicle is reporting that the deal to bring Mick Harford to Newcastle United has fallen through at the last minute, but that Newcastle will continue to increase the number of folks scouting out talent for the Tyneside club.

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Mick Harford – deal called off

There had been some concern yesterday about what Mick would be doing on Tyneside, but news earlier today was that he was going to help Joe ferret out talent, especially in England.

However, it seems that Mick turned down Newcastle at the last moment, and he said this on Sky Sports News:

“After meeting with Mike Ashley and Joe Kinnear, I made the hard decision that it is not the right time for me to take up this role.”

“It was an honor to be asked to work at a fantastic club, and I have the utmost respect for Newcastle United and its fans.”

“I am currently enjoying a role helping out at Millwall, but would like to thank Mike Ashley and Joe Kinnear for the opportunity.”

However, it does look like Joe has been given the go ahead by Mike Ashley to build up his group at Newcastle in the scouting area, and to help him get players through the door.

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62 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 22, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #1

    YYYYEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 22, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #2

    Jails too good for Ashley.

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  • lesh

    Jul 22, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #3

    A six month contract at a tenner a week just didn’t appeal to him!

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  • Moe

    Jul 22, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #4

    Best new this month!

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  • Bring Back Laurent Robert

    Jul 22, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #5

    Gutted.

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  • Moe

    Jul 22, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #6

    news*

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  • rainrix

    Jul 22, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #7

    Lets be honest, being the assistant to Joe Kinnear would’ve basically amounted to wiping saliva off of JKs bumbling gob. This job is much more suited to a care worker or failing that a lobotomist. No wonder he turned us down.

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jul 22, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #8

    Dear me you couldn’t write this script man.

    And the circus rolls on..

    All very professional isn’t it.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jul 22, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #9

    Rainrix….To be fair, wiping saliva off of JK’s bumbling gob seems a fitting job for a mackem….

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  • lesh

    Jul 22, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #10

    Jail for Ashley, I’m sure a few minutes search of the web’d identify a slammer that isn’t too good for Ashley.

    The Bangkok Hilton comes to mind.- seven star rated it is.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 22, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #11

    Looks a cheery chap in that photo!

    Lesh,
    Maybe, but I’m not sure I could put up with the cold weather back in the UK now! I mean, it is a heat wave at the minute for you, and it is only marginally warmer then winter here!

    If they want scouts in Africa, then I am available!

    Well, hopefully, they can actually advertise, interview and appoint someone who is suitable for the job. Although, it will probably end up being Peter Fear, or Neal Ardley knowing Kinnear! Alternatively get Centre parting back, I’d rather have him doing that role then one of Joe’s other mates!

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  • FatmanJoe

    Jul 22, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #12

    lol ibiza

    Repost:

    Jeff, whereabouts in India do you live? I’ve spent a lot of time over there.

    Also, it’s venomous, not poisonous. Australia is fine and there are excellent rescue teams all over the country for just that purpose.

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  • lesh

    Jul 22, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #13

    Jail….. could wiping saliva off of JK’s bumbling gob be too good for Ashley?

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  • richyg01

    Jul 22, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #14

    JFK’s first Striker signing falls through then

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  • Slank

    Jul 22, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #15

    I wonder whether Harford had an interview and I wonder who with.

    As the position was reporting to Kinnear than I would have thought that Kinnear would have conducted the interview. The next person up is Ashley himself, but I can’t see him having the time to do that.

    Looks like it’s a good news day today. Perhaps a signing or two is next, who knows.

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  • thai-mag

    Jul 22, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #16

    joe always thought he was a geordie, somebody has just told him he’s a mackem, even he’s not that stupid

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  • rainrix

    Jul 22, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #17

    Ibiza… Honestly i thought that job would be a bit too high class for a mackem. Changing joe’s diaper however. Niall quinns a frontrunner apparently.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Jul 22, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #18

    If Joe cannot get his best mate over the line what chance does he have with some of the players were supposed to be after.
    Anyway I’m pleased Harford is not coming.

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  • richyg01

    Jul 22, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #19

    Palace hope to tie up Gosling this week.

    More on Gomis offer.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jul 22, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #20

    So…despite a negotiation that should have been going on behind closed doors, we have managed to:
    1 – leak/make up information that Hartford was joining us as JFK’s assistant
    2 – speculate that he’s been recruited to be JFK’s assistant for when he takes over from Pardew
    3 – complain about the lack of information from the club regarding the appointment
    4 – approve speculations about what his actual role would be, scouting the lower leagues
    5 – find out that it’s all a load of rubbish anyway and nothing has been agreed

    And some fans wonder why our club is a media circus…

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  • WWYCD

    Jul 22, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #21

    He rejected us? Haha Christ on a bike JFK can’t even get his best friends to NUFC where’s the hope in him getting players!

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  • Moe

    Jul 22, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #22

    I don’t oppose the idea of having a larger scouting network whatsoever ..

    It’s just like JFK’s appointment himself, he can’t just come and find jobs for the boys

    Some credentials are required .. its the fans money after all isn’t it!?

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  • richyg01

    Jul 22, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #23

    This is just more negative press we do not need right now.

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  • Slank

    Jul 22, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #24

    Lilongwe Geordie

    ‘..Looks a cheery chap in that photo!’

    Doesn’t he just.

    I bet it was taken when he was told he would be playing for Sunderland! I guess we would look like that too.

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  • lesh

    Jul 22, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #25

    Lil, keep your head down, Joe hasn’t thought of Africa yet. Give him a few months to ease himself into his job and he’ll get round to it.

    Although, word has it that Blatter’s feeling a bit shakey now that Joe’s appeared on the world stage!

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  • magicbus

    Jul 22, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #26

    Good news at last now get a couple of forwards through the door

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jul 22, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #27

    That photo was taken just after it was announced he maybe working under JK haha

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  • lesh

    Jul 22, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #28

    Moe… We’re not Newcastle United any more, we’re becoming known as Friends Reunited!

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  • nico

    Jul 22, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #29

    Hahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    JFK……sheer brilliance

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  • richyg01

    Jul 22, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #30

    I don’t really see why he would want to go from being a coach to an office job anyways.

    Just had echos of the Dennis Wise appointment to me.

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  • nico

    Jul 22, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #31

    Wonder which mate JFK will look to bring in next. Actually he probably has none because he’s such a repulsive bloke.

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  • stoonley

    Jul 22, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #32

    Just a confirmation of the kit if anyone needs it:

    http://worldsoccertalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/newcastle-united-home-shirt.jpg

    Seems like Mbabu’s was real! (obviously).

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  • nut meg

    Jul 22, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #33

    We have a list of Ashley’s friends working at the club & now we might be getting Joe’s list of pals.PLEASE,ability comes before cronies !

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  • nico

    Jul 22, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #34

    JFK will you please F_ _ _ Off

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  • Wowhatawhopper

    Jul 22, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #35

    Dedicated reader first time posting! Firstly Jeff you really are a penis, secondly this is the best news as of yet ……….Hopefully get a couple of new faces in sharpish then that will put a smile on my face!!

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  • nico

    Jul 22, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #36

    Why can’t we unlike other clubs, try and appoint staff who are good and have proven that. Everyone knows what eventually happens when you employ your mates. IT DOESN’T WORK.

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  • paul24

    Jul 22, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #37

    I want football, not f*****g soap opera. This s**t is beyond a joke.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 22, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #38

    He turned us down as he had to pay his own compensation to Millwall which they demanded upfront in one installment in line with Mashleys policy.

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  • Average_Contents

    Jul 22, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #39

    Straight from the mackems mouth! He actually met with ashley too!

    http://www.newsnow.co.uk/A/657564394?-11058:809

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  • FatmanJoe

    Jul 22, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #40

    He says he is enjoying the role at Millwall but clearly not if he went to meet with them rather than rejecting them outright.

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