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This Powerful Partnership Can Work For Newcastle

8:03 am, Saturday, June 13th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 26 Comments

Graham Carr and Steve McClaren used to talk a lot when Graham was scouting players on the continent, esepcially in Holland,  and it’s not surprising we captured Cheick Tiote from FC Twente five years ago when FC Twente were Dutch Champions,  and we also got Luuk de Jong here on loan over a year ago – although that loan spell didn’t work out on either side.

Newcastle United's chief scout Graham Carr

Graham Carr – Newcastle’s Chief Scout

It turns out that Graham and Steve already have a good working relationship through Graham’s scouting activities , and now with noth of them at Newcastle they will be able to work together even more closely – and that will be good for the club.

Graham Carr and Steve McClaren are both on Newcastle’s new four man Board of Directors along with Club Ambassador Bob Moncur and Managing Director Lee Charnley.

This is what McClaren has said today:

“Everyone knows everyone in football.” “He used to be in Holland a lot so I did used to talk to him.”

“The most important relationships at the club now are between myself, Graham and Lee Charnley.”

“That’s the triangle and to have Graham on that, with his experience and his eye for a player, is fantastic.” “He reminds me of Jim Smith and those great football types, people like David Pleat.”

“They’re great characters who embrace the modern game and innovations as well, which is a perfect combination.” “I’m not sure how far the club is with targets we’ve been chasing for quite a while.”

“The next few days will be pretty full on.”

Graham Carr worked closel with David Pleat when both were at Tottenham, and McClaren’s words begs the question of what is Bob Moncur’s role on the Board?

Steve is hoping to get his backroom staff in place by Monday, and that comment about him not being sure where the club are with some of the transfer targets, validates that we are going after the same players targeted before Steve’s appointment.

A good relationship between Graham Carr and Steve McClaren should be able to help Newcastle big time in the transfer market from now on.

Maybe Steve would be interested in bringing Luuk de Jong back – since he got the very best out of the player while he was at FC Twente.

We don’t think Newcastle will be too interested though and Luuk had his chance on Tyneside, but didn’t take it.

Another question is whether McClaren will want to keep Cheick Tiote at  the club, but the Ivorian wasn’t been in good form last season and hardly played for us because of injury.

Steve said he wanted to speak to some of Newcastle’s senior players before they reported back and Cheick should be one of them.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Board of Directors · Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Premier League · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours

26 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ron Knee // Jun 13, 2015 at 8:07 AM

    Yes. Exactly what is the point of Moncur?

  • 2 Tsunki // Jun 13, 2015 at 8:09 AM

    What does bob do if he’s not in this triangle?

  • 3 Tsunki // Jun 13, 2015 at 8:09 AM

    Bobs going up be the theme 🙂

  • 4 Average_Contents // Jun 13, 2015 at 8:10 AM

    Which triangle is that then shteve? The Bermuda? Players disappearing along with the clubs ambition and the fans hope and pride 😉

  • 5 STB // Jun 13, 2015 at 8:10 AM

    Carroll basically had injuries as bad as woodgate’s and will never recover fully.
    Woodgate’s fitness demise was a crying shame. On his day the best CB I’ve seen in a toon top.
    Carroll could have been a very good typical English centre forward although I never considered him to be a natural finisher like Shearer or even Micky Quinn. Carroll was too boozy and not committed enough to look after himself & become a real athlete.
    Move on…

  • 6 mickalfas // Jun 13, 2015 at 8:14 AM

    Time to get the check book out fatty,or is it not up to you anymore
    We need players not bullshit ffs
    Ashley and charnley OUT !!!

  • 7 Average_Contents // Jun 13, 2015 at 8:15 AM


    Nobody knows. Not even “taken the silver” bob.

    Arselick extraordinaire?

    Chief bumripener?

    Sounds harsh I know for the last club captain to lift a trophy but have you read his recent comments since being club ambassador? Cringe.

  • 8 brklyngeordie // Jun 13, 2015 at 8:16 AM

    Can’t wait to see what full on means lol…

    Are we who laugh at these words being cynics or those who have any hope of Ashley spending delusional??? Idk but this club is really spinning my head round

    Hey we to get a trophy for being the balance book champions so Ashley can f$!k off

  • 9 sparky55 // Jun 13, 2015 at 8:20 AM

    Being on the board is Moncurs reward for sucking up to Mashley at every given moment and on demand for the last 5 years…just another fall guy in the making.

  • 10 mickalfas // Jun 13, 2015 at 8:20 AM

    Is the treatment room big enough to take another sick note,or do we extend it,put in a nice lounge
    Moncur is the clubs ambassador, wtf does that mean?

  • 11 sparky55 // Jun 13, 2015 at 8:22 AM

    and no to Carroll…he forces the rest of the team to play 80’s style football which doesn’t work any more…and he’s always injured so whats the point

  • 12 Jib // Jun 13, 2015 at 8:24 AM

    Nutmeg@132 previous blog
    Good effort
    Frank Clarke
    Terry Hibbit
    Frank Casper

    Hibbit killed Burnley with his long balls for Malcolm to run onto . Supermac scored his second while giving Henry Newton a piggy back lol.

  • 13 jazzyp // Jun 13, 2015 at 8:26 AM

    On Carroll, Still have a soft spot for the lad. But agree injuries have ruined his potential.
    Carroll injury free is an handful for any Cb but is to bigger risk to take on especially for the fee he would bring.
    better targets out there and Austin would be a cracking start to this summers transfer merry go round

  • 14 Ron Knee // Jun 13, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    I’d bet most supporters are disgusted with Moncur these days. By “promoting” Bob it shows the club are – as usual- out of touch with fans’ feelings.

  • 15 Tsunki // Jun 13, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    The Mike Ashley club ambassador is a former great with seemingly unassailable legend status, his credibility is bought as a Weapon of Mass Distraction. Wheel him out occasionally to launch a propaganda shell into the crowd and disperse them even if momentarily.

    You couldn’t imagine the likes of Quinn, Shearer or Mac doing it could you? Shame.

  • 16 ScoopSouthAfrica // Jun 13, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    Hi Jib @12…
    Definitely Colin Waldren on his back, as you say was there.

  • 17 jazzyp // Jun 13, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    When you consider Loic remy looks like he’s off to west ham for 8 mill. 15 mill for Austin is quite an expensive ask again just because he is English.
    West ham could end up with Remy and Ba for there frontline partnership, Something we could have had not long back if only the fat controller had shown ambition

  • 18 Jib // Jun 13, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    Don’t get this anti Moncur and Beardsley thing.
    Bobby nearly 300 games for the Toon captained Newcastle Sunlan and Scotland one of the best sweepers (when they were fashionable) I’ve seen.
    Beat colon cancer in 2007 currently fighting cancer of the oesophagus .
    The pair of them are portrayed by some bloggers (who couldn’t clean their boots btw) as lickspittles .
    Strange place Blogland , where the mean spirited and downright rude can spout their nastiness unchallenged.

  • 19 mickalfas // Jun 13, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    Ashley wants the best pound for pound value players, does that rule out Austin at£15m then
    I mean we got Riviere for £6m ,bargain !!,if the goalposts were on the cornerflags ffs
    Sign him up,seems to me that no one wants to sign here anymore,joke of a club
    Carr and Sm finds the players,penfold goes to fatty with names ,price etc
    Ashley says lower,lower,we’ll be getting 3rd division players shortly
    I despair
    Prove me wrong fatty ,Austin in now !!

  • 20 Average_Contents // Jun 13, 2015 at 8:39 AM


    Sounds about right. He’s been doing that for awhile now. Cringe.

  • 21 Tsunki // Jun 13, 2015 at 8:45 AM

    Job strange place alright. Who did you used to be again? I remember a troublemaker quizmaster some time back.

    And a lifetime of achievements can be undone swiftly by just one unwise choice.

  • 22 will die for the toon army // Jun 13, 2015 at 8:45 AM

    We have had good players come and leave. Carr z signings have been amazing in e past. If we had a good coach who understood them then we wld have got a good team.

    But e club was sold to them like a stepping stone hence no motivation there.

    Hatem Cisse Ba Remy Mbiwa Sisoko Debuchy Csbaye Ssisoko Santon…..

    That was a team and all had long term contracts. Opportunity lost. Was Pardew wrong or e administration.

  • 23 nut meg // Jun 13, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    I always thought it was Geof Nulty on Macs back. Now it’s Newton,Waldren or Nulty. I’v just decided to look it up & watch it on you tube & the answer is……..No 6 Thompson. lol

  • 24 geordieboy83 // Jun 13, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    Tell you what, de jong was a “flop” but id have him back no bother. With the right coach and players around him and his brother being fit, he could be a shrewd signing

  • 25 MidlandsMag // Jun 13, 2015 at 11:09 AM

    Jib @ 18

    People need to be judged on merit. It is tempting to look at them through rose tinted glasses because of their past, but we have to go forward. We need to look at what they can do now.

  • 26 Sav // Jun 13, 2015 at 11:13 AM

    The only man at the club to actually lift a pot for the Toon and he finds himself on a board of 4 and he’s not part of some notional ‘triangle’. What an insult to Bobby Moncur.

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