This Will Be Harford’s Role At Newcastle


More news today on what Mick Harford’s new job will be at Newcastle, and Mick will be tasked to find some talent in the lower leagues, as presumably Joe Kinnear looks to expand the scouting network at Newcastle.

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Mick Harford – assistant to Joe Kinnear

Mick will become an assistant to Director of Football Joe Kinnear.

Harford will be attending scouting missions with Joe Kinnear, but it seems like they will be in England with Graham Carr still leading that charge in France and on the continent.

There was some concern yesterday about Hartford’s appointment, since Mick is a coach and former manager, and Alan Pardew handles the coaching side of things, but the Shields Gazette is reporting he will be used on the scouting side, and that’s a bit of a relief quite honestly.

Mick will also monitoring the progress being made by the youngsters at the club, and that’s part of Joe’s remit at Newcastle too, and Mick will be monitoring the progress of the youngsters at the club, and presumably leave the coaching to the current Academy staff at Newcastle.

Harford has managed Rotherham United and Luton Town – and he’s been caretaker manager at Nottingham Forest, QPR and only joined Millwall as a coach last month, and it looks like he will be leaving that position.

One area that Mike Ashley has invested in well over the last six years is the scouting side of things, and if Joe Kinnear can build up that area of the club, with more scouts in South America and Asia as an example, that would be good.

As long as Alan Pardew is allowed full freedom to coach the side at Newcastle as he sees fit, and is then fully responsible for the results of the side, things could still work at Newcastle, even though we are not big fans of Joe Kinnear.

But of course we still want the club to be successful, very successful in fact, and soon too, and we’ll be happy enough if that is achieved with Joe Kinnear at the club.

That has to be Joe’s challenge, keep the stability at Newcastle and find us some top players – that will work.

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43 comments so far

  • cestriasteve

    Jul 22, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #1

    Why would someone leave as coach at Milwall to be a scout for us. I smell a rat and it’s a Mackem rat.

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  • gazza85

    Jul 22, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #2

    Someone stated this on the previous topic and I have to say I agree with them. Scouting the lower leagues is a good move but surely there’s better personnel available than Harford?

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 22, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #3

    His role
    assistant manager

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  • Ben3arfa

    Jul 22, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #4

    in the lower leagues????????????? Who the hell do these morons want to sign from the lower leagues?

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  • Schwefelberg

    Jul 22, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #5

    What a mess. Who runs what? A group of gamblers and credit vultures with some boys from the old days. Ashley would fire the executive that did this in his shoe and shirt business.

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  • jimmysmith

    Jul 22, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #6

    Cos we offered him more money a better position and Millwall is a pile a’ shite football club by comparison.

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  • jimmysmith

    Jul 22, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #7

    Cos we offered him more money, a better position and Millwall is a pile a’ shite football club by comparison.

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  • lesh

    Jul 22, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #8

    If and when this appointment is confirmed, Harford’s job title needs to be clearly spelled out and understood.

    There is one helluva difference in authorities and scope between an Assistant TO the Director of Football and an Assistant Director of Football.

    The former is potentially a gofor (tea maker, sandwich getter etc) and the latter generally authorised to stand in in the DoF’s absence.

    It’s essential that ALL concerned in the club understand that – particularly Harford!

    Kinnear is a dangerous man to have around – it’s not too late to bladder him Mr Ashley!

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  • toon22

    Jul 22, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #9

    JK doesnt have the health to get us religated again,who better to help him this time?

    MH wont ever be accepted and wont be able to show his face at the ground.

    Its all about MA thinking he is clever and getting AP to quit.The fat man doesnt see its not going to happen.He must be the dumbest billionaire on earth.

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  • gazza85

    Jul 22, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #10

    There is always gems available in the lower leagues, there’s a wealth of talent in the Championship alone. Hopefully though the main objective will be to poach teenage British talent.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 22, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #11

    And
    It’s all a smokescreen for not signing anyone this summer.
    a lot of talk – feed the media with who we want/like to sign – get everyone excited – Nowt happens.

    We will only sign anyone if someone goes for big money – which will be in the last week of the transfer window and – guess what – to late to sign anyone – seen it all before

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  • Jamiemac

    Jul 22, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #12

    Good news

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  • yo-yo

    Jul 22, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #13

    This will not end well

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 22, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #14

    Macas,
    I’ve been at coaching sessions where Stone has been ‘coaching’. He is generally the man in the background doing the menial tasks, rather than any actual coaching.

    As for this appointment, like I said on the previous thread, it is a good idea for the club to have someone filling this role. Just like it was a good idea to have someone at board room level who was a knowledgeable person. However, once again, I find myself questioning the credentials and suitability to the role of the candidate.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 22, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #15

    Knowledgeable on football*

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jul 22, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #16

    We barely escape relegation.

    We keep the same manager.
    Get in JFK and now Mackem Mick Harford.

    No signings … Wonga causing problems … the situation at the club is toxic.

    If we avoid relegation this season it will be down to the players playing for WC2014 and nothing else.

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  • Santon03

    Jul 22, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #17

    It’s good that we are now pay more attentions to our youngsters.

    Why is it that people always assume the worse or conspiracy at everything the club does?

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  • WWYCD

    Jul 22, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #18

    We have a bid on the table for Gomis what’s the betting OM offer 500k more and we feel he’s not worth that much this missing out on him

    Also planned talks with Remy apparently again more chance of him going to West Ham or Fulham imo

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  • toon22

    Jul 22, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #19

    Look at MHs record,done nowt anywhere ever.
    There are people like Stuart Pearce ,who have been mentioned on this blog before.

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jul 22, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #20

    Santon03

    Because we have memories and the club is run by idiots …

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jul 22, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #21

    santon

    because a lot of people think that the footballing interests of the clubs come second under this regime.

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  • WWYCD

    Jul 22, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #22

    Santon
    Past experience?

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  • paul24

    Jul 22, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #23

    @santon03

    We assume the worst because thats usually what we get.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 22, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #24

    It’s getting worse and the worst thing is, that we can’t stop it. Disgusting. Jobs for y’ mates. Rubbish when the mugs are AP, JFK and MF. Simply ‘yes’ men who know they need to take the wages.

    Awful.

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  • Santon03

    Jul 22, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #25

    sounds like trauma lol

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 22, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #26

    santon 03

    funny that, i wonder. Probably for the reasons Hatem’s better than Messi just spelt out !!

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  • Santon03

    Jul 22, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #27

    sounds like cheated by girlfriend and will never fall in love again hahahahaha

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  • blew

    Jul 22, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #28

    Gazza85 @10
    Name some.

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  • numba9

    Jul 22, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #29

    I f##£ing hate mike skint penny pinching jobs for relics Ashley I hope his reconciliation with his missus is a disaster and she goes down with jfk just like he does to our club out out out

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 22, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #30

    AP, JK and MH are blatant lower league material. Not good enough for a club which gets over 50,000 in the stadium.

    The contrast in some of our players’ ability, to what these guys has to offer is so different, it’s really lowers morale.

    Not good enough.

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  • toonincheek

    Jul 22, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #31

    un-effing-believable

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 22, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #32

    Part of me thinks the lack of investment and shocking cheap staffing appointments is clearing the decks for a sale, before grim reality sets back in.

    Carlos slim, Ambani, the Russian guy, the sultan of Brunei, anybody???

    Trouble is there will still be 52000 in SJP so nothing will change.

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  • toonincheek

    Jul 22, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #33

    I blame JoeK’er for the bad language on this blog.

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  • WWYCD

    Jul 22, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #34

    Santon
    Well not with the same lass and last I check Ashley hasn’t sold up

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  • Wandering Geordie

    Jul 22, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #35

    I remember when Harford first signed for us pulling up in his Vauxhall Viva direct from lower league Lincoln A self confessed Mackem….Now he is back dredging the lowers leagues for that shining star…..Kinnear is a joke and I can see something in the pipeline that will make us more of a laughing stock in the next few days.

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  • lesh

    Jul 22, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #36

    Santon03, observers’ perceptions of conspiricy and suspicion is the result of the lack of communication and information from the club!

    Lilongwe, you’re surely not questioning the credentials of Harford in isolation? We should also and particularly question the suitability of his boss, Kinnear, for a key and senior role in a big and heavily scrutinised business such as Newcastle United.

    Where’s his credibility? Where’s his air of authority and dignity? Would you employ him?

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 22, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #37

    call me cynical
    Do the toon put it about – show an interest in a player, put in a bid to alert other teams to sign him cos they did not really want the player in the first place but keep the fans happy – look who we are after blah blah blah.
    It has happened with Pea now looks like Gomis, Remy and Bent that other clubs are now in

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  • giimps

    Jul 22, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #38

    sounds like Newcastle United since Cashley came in
    Started off poorly……faded a bit towards the middle …..and the less said about the ending the better……
    I still have hope about this season though….basing it on nothing at all other than pur optimism, and our players having a decent rest and pre season fitness coaching.
    Im trying not to think of Jokineer and Mick the mackem, or the Cisse scenario or the fact that we seem to be so slow at getting players in.
    I also hate the feeling of sand in my ears after burying my head in the sand for so long but its better than worrying what will happen.
    At the moment, we have some very good players who if they want to (and are allowed to) can play very good football and all our midfield and our striker can score goals.
    Thats what im hoping for
    HWTL

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  • numba9

    Jul 22, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #39

    Charlie of gallowgate I think you have nailed it there

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  • Macas

    Jul 22, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #40

    Lilongwe Geordie – Thanks, it’s just I know there are plenty on the blog who criticize without any reason or facts. It’s possible he may have more ability than his job duties suggest, here’s hoping anyway.

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