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Newcastle After Manchester United Central Midfielder

5:15 pm, Friday, April 4th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 12 Comments

Michael Carrick played at Wallsend Boys Club and for the England Boys Club side, and was even on Newcastle’s books, before joining the West Ham United Youth Academy when he was 16 years old in 1997, and he went on to help West Ham win the FA Youth Cup in 1999, when they beat Coventry City 9-0 in the two-legged final.

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Michael Carrick – available this summer

And Newcastle were even interested in Michael when West Ham were relegated in 2003 with 42 points – the most any club has amassed and still been relegated from the Premier League, and Glenn Roeder was  the manager, and Glenn went on to manage Newcastle United for 15 months from February of 2006, after Graeme Souness was fired.

Michael is a top player – like Alan Shearer before him – who got away – and now of course Newcastle hope to get most of the top talent from the Newcastle area, and we’ll have to see just how well that works.

And the reason we are bringing this up is that Michael may be moving on from Manchester United in the summer, as manager Davide Moyes tries to mold his own team at Old Trafford.

The  32-year-old Geordie could be allowed to leave the club this summer, as Moyes tries to bring down the average age of the squad and bring some much needed new blood into the team, after what has been a disastrous season for the club.

His former club West Ham United would definitely be interested in Carrick, as Sam Allardyce is known for taking older players and getting the best out of them, and Newcastle United are also said to be interested.

Michael is better than what we have at the moment in central midfield, and could certainly do a job on Tyneside for at least a couple of years.

But under Mike Ashley Newcastle have shied away from signing players who are older and past their best, but also have very high wages, and when Ashley has tried it – Sol Campbell is the example – it turned out to be a complete disaster.

Aston Villa are the other club said to be interested in Carrick, who has played very well for the Red Devils this season, in what has been one of their worst seasons for over 25 years.

A Manchester United insider had this to say:

“If the boss manages to bring someone else in, I think Carrick could go, and he’d have plenty of offers.” “West Ham, Newcastle and Villa are the main ones at the moment.”

There would be nothing wrong with signing Michael Carrick, even through we would be about 10 years late on that, because Michael is still a very good player.

But that’s not what the current Newcastle club do these days, and we usually want to sign players who are 26 years old or younger, and mostly we still recruit from France, because there seems be better value there.

But Michael is not only English but also a local lad, so if Alan Pardew really wants more Englishmen in his squad – maybe Newcastle would be interested in signing the talented midfielder.

But we’d still be surprised if Newcastle want to sign Michael this summer.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target



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12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mike's Iron Curtain // Apr 4, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Nobody should be discussing transfers until we’ve got rid of Pardew. Another comprehensively inept performance tomorrow and I hope a raucous atmosphere and a swell of boos at full-time ring out.

    Transfers are immaterial under Pardew. We’ll have to buy 5/6 top players before any leave to offset against Pardew’s incapabilities, just to have a similar season to this, then after another middling/good season based on the unsustainable feel good factor of those signings, his debilitating traits will strangle the morale, ideas and enthusiasm out of those new recruits and we”ll be back in this scenario – the club will have further crumbled in reputation in that passing of time.

    That’s the forecast if we had a good window, which is highly unlikely. The more likely scenario is another frugal window and a relegation scrap next season. Anyone fancy Pardew leading us into that, given how the players seem completely apathetic to all his rambling rallying cries recently?

    Is Ashley going to be present tomorrow?

  • 2 Mike's Iron Curtain // Apr 4, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Nobody should be discussing transfers until we’ve got rid of Pardew. Another comprehensively inept performance tomorrow and I hope a raucous atmosphere and a swell of boos at full-time ring out.

    Transfers are immaterial under Pardew. We’ll have to buy 5/6 top players before any leave to offset against Pardew’s incapabilities, just to have a similar season to this, then after another middling/good season based on the unsustainable feel good factor of those signings, his debilitating traits will strangle the morale, ideas and enthusiasm out of those new recruits and we”ll be back in this scenario – the club will have further crumbled in reputation in that passing of time.

    That’s the forecast if we had a good window, which is highly unlikely. The more likely scenario is another frugal window and a relegation scrap next season. Anyone fancy Pardew leading us into that, given how the players seem completely apathetic to all his rambling rallying cries recently?

    Ashley going to be present tomorrow?

  • 3 Ian Toon // Apr 4, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    ilovetoon8788- incidentally, Tomkins would be a good buy. Vastly superior to Saylor.

  • 4 Mister Tuff // Apr 4, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    apologies repost
    Ian Toon – an admirable attempt to lift the spirits of Toon supporters. In other times it might have worked. Your list of future goodies surely has to be put into the “manyana” category – as we’ve heard a lot of them before.
    I think a lot of fans would love to be convinced of goodies tomorrow but we’ve fallen for that one before and I think folk now adopt a seeing is believing attitude. Whilst you are attempting encourage a “positive” attitude I get a feeling of desperation in your tone. Have you finally decided to leave the Blind Faith Brigade, also known as the Legion of Dishonour or more recently labelled the “Flat Earth Society”. Embrace forward
    thinking and take that step from the darkside. You know it makes sense.

  • 5 veto // Apr 4, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    pardew out this pardew out that , armchair pundits without a match under their belt , this blog is poison .

  • 6 Laurent Robert 32 // Apr 4, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    Ian, I wouldn’t be bigging up the academy status too much as we failed to receive it to start with. We weren’t up to standard. I was told months before it was revealed on here. Sunderland and I think it was Boro got theirs first time round.

    So, our standards weren’t actually up to scratch as the ‘norm’ and only through failure have we tried to adjust our capability and to improve to reach the standard that the clubs were already at.

    There needs to be a certain number of coaches per players I think I was told amongst other relevant things and we were quite a way short of the mark.

    Having less than the top status affects your ability to bring in certain top young players I’m sure they said.

    There were a couple more things around the stadium that we were pulled up for as well.

  • 7 The next Mike Williamson // Apr 4, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    Pardew is lucky to so far got away from the wrath of the fans. Possibly because MA & JFK have deflected the anger. All booing this weekend should be firmly directed at Pardew to let him know that its HIM and not the players that are the problem.

    We need a manager who plays attacking, passing football; can work well with foreign & flair players; and gives young players a chance to come through. If he was still at Southampton Luke Shaw would still be in reserves getting 10 minutes a season.

    I dread to think how awful we’d be if Pardew had been allowed to sign more players than just Obertan

  • 8 Average_Contents // Apr 4, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    Ian toon

    Did you write that yourself! Sorry but by not disclosing the fact that it’s from an actual article from newsnow newcastle you seem to be trying to pass it off as your own! Although you might not of been, just my opinion of course

    Can’t kid a kidder mate ;)

  • 9 Mister Tuff // Apr 4, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    veto -are you the poster who said at the beginning of the season that we had a “cracking squad” and that Sir Bobby would have loved Percy Parsnip. I think you might be wrong on all counts there mate. If the blog is poison do not come onto it.

  • 10 Bambams // Apr 4, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    Last summer I was with my nephew in our local The Pavilion when he spotted Carrick and a young lady sitting in the corner. My nephew was wearing his toon top and went over to get his autograph.
    He was told tongue in cheek that he should be playing for Newcastle not Mancs.
    He was straight faced and replied ‘Why the hell would I play for Newcastle, I want to win things. No chance’…..
    He actually said a few more unsavoury comments about our club so much so my nephew was gutted he had now signed his toon top.
    Might have been a one off bad moment, annoyed his privacy was disturbed or he may just not want to play for the toon.
    My nephew was 14 .

  • 11 anthc // Apr 4, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Too old now imo and they’d probably still want top dollar. No thanks next target please!

  • 12 Sav // Apr 5, 2014 at 1:15 AM

    Just what you want when you are out for a quiet pint with a ‘young lady’ – some 14 year-old in a toon top coming across to disturb your peace. After asking for and getting an autograph, your nephew should have had the wit to just say thanks and leave, not chance any wisecracks. And then Carrick gets slagged off for it and we are to feel sorry for the ‘gutted’ nephew! Try standing in the other man’s shoes for a minute before posting




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