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Graham Carr Leaving – It Will Greatly Simplify Things At Newcastle

We read with some interest the local reports today about what really happened in the January transfer window that left manager Rafa Benitez less than pleased – and that caused some (considerable) worry among Newcastle fans.

But it seems that half way through the January window in meetings with Mike Ashley, Graham Carr and others had differing views on who should be brought in (if anybody) during January window and there was even supposed to be some negative criticism of Rafa’s signing of players like Matz Sels, Jesus Gamez and Ashraf Lazaar.

It seemed to us it was a min-power play by those who used to be in charge of transfers and the result was deadlock in January and Mike Ashley seemed to be swayed to pull the plug on what Rafa wanted.

That was not good.

The triumvirate at Newcastle Mike Ashley, Rafa Benitez and Lee Charnley

So with Graham Carr leaving the club by mutual consent yesterday it seems there will be few arguments now about who our transfer targets are  – but of course good discussion on various players never hurt anybody.

But we have to give Mike Ashley some credit (sorry if you were eating your dinner while reading that!) because he has moved to consolidate Rafa’s power at the club.

We somehow got Rafa to stay when we were relegated and remember Mike wanted to come and meet immediately with Benitez to try to persuade him to stay – once we were relegated and before the final home game at Tottenham .

But Rafa put him off because he was busy doing his job and preparing the side for the final game of the season – 3 points were at stake for Rafa Benitez.

Mike was at the game and we won it 5-1 so Rafa certainly did his job (as usual) and it was a perfect display and result going into the four hour meetings between Mike and Rafa in the St. James’ Park Boardroom that Sunday evening.

Reports of that meeting were the two men got on very well and in fact Mike liked Rafa a lot and said yes to everything Rafa asked for – Rafa held all the cards of course – and Mike knew it.


Similar statements were made at their meeting two days after last season ended when Mike came out and said he would give Rafa every last penny after their meeting with Lee Charnley at an undisclosed location..

It seems to us the penny may have finally dropped with Mike Ashley and he now wants to get more investment into the club so we can soon go head to head with the top six clubs in the Premier League.

That’s one of the next steps needed at Newcastle and Ashley seems to be taking it.

So most fans are very happy that Rafa now has control of all transfers and control of all football matters at the club – so there should be less hiccups like we unfortunately had in January.

You have to remember that Alan Pardew and Graham Carr never exactly saw eye to eye on transfers and some of the players Graham brought in over the last few years were not wanted by Pardew, but he was in a weak position and had to take what he was given.

As we said most fans are happy with Rafa is in full charge of all football matters at the club.

It seems Rafa with the executive help of Lee Charnley will be running the club for Mike Ashley in the next few years when we hope Newcastle United will once again become a club to be reckoned with.


Howay The Lads!!

67 comments so far

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 22, 2017 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #1

    I will take that back in what i said earlier, it meant to be a joke but I only said it be because I haven’t got the best of patience in waiting for something to happen, I’m like that will all things, not the smartest of comments I’ve ever made, hope Rafa do get the players he want.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 22, 2017 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #2

    Wish they get a move on though.

  • Markaccus

    Jun 22, 2017 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #3


    Haha, quite good actually. I am getting some practice at grumping on here ?

  • Markaccus

    Jun 22, 2017 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #4


  • willowdalerez

    Jun 22, 2017 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #5

    Carr gone is good news. Now to see who Rafa really wants and who he sign!

    For anyone who wants to revel in past glories take this Quiz by the Guardian and whenever you tick-off Shearer think of what Rafa might do to bring back The Entertainers if Ashley gives him a free hand!


  • AncientC

    Jun 22, 2017 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #6

    OldGit1 “Disappointed with welshies comment, I know he gets a fair amount of abuse, but have stuck up for him against the times he got ganged up against. Always thought he had NUFC in his heart. Ah well life goes on”

    That’s your first warning, Welshie. Third strike and Jib comes out from under his Proxy account hiding to tell you in person.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 22, 2017 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #7


    I would like to apologise for that comment, of course I want Rafa to do well, certain people p me off on here, so perhaps I said it out of spite, anyway I’m not apologising again, very rare i do it.

  • toontaff2

    Jun 22, 2017 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #8

    WelshGeordie9, it sounds like you had a hissy fit! 😆 😆

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 22, 2017 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #9

    Call it what you like.

  • magspuggy

    Jun 22, 2017 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #10

    Sorry from a wum
    A s##t that knows it stinks.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 22, 2017 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #11

    Whatever boy.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 22, 2017 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #12

    Germany vs Chile has been great to watch so far.

  • Novocastrian66

    Jun 22, 2017 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #13

    U21’s playing well tonight. Much better than the other night.


    Jun 22, 2017 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #14

    We are now linked adama traore from boro… apparently we have made an offer…from news now so probs bollicks but another one the list!!Lol

  • Rafabomb

    Jun 22, 2017 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #15

    I’m really positive that rafa will get the right players through the door and get them up to speed with his vision/idea/project he has in mind.
    so all these speculations about so n so players, ill just say what ever till i see who we get, I’m sure who ever he gets will be upto his standards and quality needed. Just keep the faith and believe in Rafa ?

  • andrew84

    Jun 22, 2017 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #16


    Of course you weren’t joking, you’re not a Newcastle supporter and never have been, you’re just a (poor) wind-up merchant who is as welcome here as a fart in an astronaut’s suit, as the philosopher Big Willy Osbourne once said.

    Don’t feel you have to apologise though, the regular posters (and readers such as myself) will just sidestep your playground-level comments as we usually do.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 22, 2017 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #17

    Grow up.

  • doofa the loofa

    Jun 22, 2017 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #18

    Bedtime now lads… 😉

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 22, 2017 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #19

    You know sweet fa about me boy.

  • andrew84

    Jun 22, 2017 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #20

    And my life is infinitely richer because of it boyo 🙂

  • Jib

    Jun 22, 2017 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #21

    Well done manning up to apologise
    I see the stain on the underwear that is AncientC was his usual snidey self
    Ah the impatience of youth – I remember it so well
    Twas ever thus
    However Rafa knows exactly what’s required and we are his “project”

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jun 22, 2017 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #22

    Carr and Rafa must of had a blistering argument for him to walk out the way he has as the time ing is awful
    Or Rafa has gave Ashley an ultimatum
    We are less than 2 weeks from pre season training
    To me it’s looking like a disaster already
    I don’t know how we have not planned or had agreements in place for players
    This should of been happening months ago
    Fergie at Man Utd never scrapped around in transfer windows all plans where in place ready for the window opening
    We are obviously struggling to get the calibre of player we need or they would of signed already
    Clubs will now hold us to ransom over players valuations because they know we are desperate for signing s
    It’s a complete shambles
    I can see Rafa walking before the season starts due to a lack of activity
    Rafa needs to communicate with us and give us some feed back on what the feck is going on
    This is not normal activity of a club willing to spend big in this window
    Look at Everton shit is happening
    We will be left with the dregs unless we put up with money and move very quickly this week

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jun 22, 2017 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #23

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 22, 2017 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #24

    Aye Welsh – you’ve revealed your true credentials. Along with you bigging up King Percy all the time – your goose is cooked on here.
    Get back where you belong as my link suggests:-


  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jun 22, 2017 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #25

    This site is now rubbish
    Spent 20 min writing a post that is not bee published

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jun 22, 2017 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #26

    There is something wrong at Newcastle in this window
    We are been left behind again
    Everton are showing us how it supposed to happen

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jun 22, 2017 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #27

    What do they do behind the scenes all season
    Players should have already been in place ready for this window
    Fergie style
    Once again it’s a shambles
    The timing of car leaving is dreadful
    And shows me we are struggling

  • Jib

    Jun 22, 2017 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #28

    You have clearly used foul language
    in your post.
    If you need to abuse someone a certain amount of subtlety is required

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jun 22, 2017 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #29

    Am sick a reading all these bull shi t stories about this person and that person
    Time for us to put up (money )
    Or accept a season of mediocrity
    We obviously won’t pay the going rate or we would at least have a couple a players in

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 22, 2017 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #30

    Jib – you posted this earlier on :-
    “Why a 30 year old HbA
    Mocked at PSG by David Luis as the worst at training he’d ever seen
    It says a lot about some folks knowledge of football.”

    Must say I’ve not heard of David Luis before.I do know of a footballer called David Luiz
    who made comments about Benny.
    Other than that I agree with your last sentence.

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jun 22, 2017 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #31

    Maybe it is censored and it didn’t like the truth

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 22, 2017 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #32

    Cheers Jib, surprise surprise it’s the same clowns trying to have a pop.

    Ah bless them.

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jun 22, 2017 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #33

    We need to move this week in window or there is no chance of 8 signings
    I can see disappointment ahead
    I can see Rafa walking before a ball is kicked
    Carr has this week so something is up

  • Jib

    Jun 22, 2017 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #34

    Mr Tuff
    Keep picking up on those typos
    The 13 year olds on here will think you are so clever

  • andrew84

    Jun 22, 2017 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #35

    Tuff, you know as well as I do that Wikipedia contains spelling errors at times, Jib’s always liable to trip up using that site for all his ‘knowledge’ 😀

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jun 22, 2017 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #36

    You can’t have a welsh geordie
    A geordie is a geordie lol

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jun 22, 2017 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #37

    We not got the pull we once had
    Smaller clubs are even ahead of us now

  • andrew84

    Jun 22, 2017 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #38

    Welsh accusing others of being clowns. He’s either a master of irony or he genuinely believes he adds some kind of value to the blog.

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jun 22, 2017 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #39

    When is anyone gonna sign
    It’s getting really boring listening to the dross spouted on this site

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 22, 2017 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #40

    Andrew – indeed but the difference is that most folk who have followed football would spot the mistakes and then correct it.
    Unfortunately ~Jib Jibberish is a “johnny come lately rugby man turned Toon fan” so he has limited knowledge about the Toon and football in general. He does try though.
    I am awaiting all the signings that Jib previously referred to in his posts about Karanka tipping off Rafa about decent players.


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