NUFC secure the signing of the summer?

Graham Carr's future secured
Who would’ve thought the father of TV’s own Alan Carr would be held in such high esteem by the Geordie nation?

Today we saw the most important member of the Carr family sign a new contract which will tie him to the club for probably the rest of his working life.

He clearly loves his job, and who wouldn’t when you are able to recommend players for the club you love to sign. And then after relatively very little is spent, see the players flourish and have their values double and triple in some cases.

Put your hands up if you would like that job?! Yes please. Don’t get me wrong I would love to be involved with the coaching of players, and I envy Steve Stone and John Carver massively BUT having the role Graham Carr has would be fantastic. To be able to watch a player, bring him into the club then see him nurtured by coaches and staff must be fantastic to see.

The only question I have would be can he work until the ripe (old) age of 75? I think the stigma associated with people being able to work at such an old age has started to disappear and you only have to look down the road to see an example of someone who worked until well after the usual retirement age.



Jack Watson is the man in question and he worked for his good friend Tony Mowbray at Boro until he died earlier this year. Jack was 90 when he died in March and worked as the recruitment co-ordinator for Mowbray. He clearly loved his job and was dedicated to building the next generation of stars at the Boro.

What pleases me most about Graham Carr signing a new long term deal is the continuity that it brings. The example used above works in a similar fashion has Jack was employed by Tony Mowbray at Hibs, West Brom, Celtic and now Boro. He knew what the man could do and knew he could use him in recruitment.

For me this is exactly what the long term deal with Carr does. It ties him to the club (naturally contracts mean nowt these days I know) and should mean that he can work away in the background scouting future talent, without the disruption bringing new people to the club would cause.

What the deal should also do is mean that Alan Pardew can feel reassured in his post where recruitment is concerned and should allow him to concentrate on moulding excellent players with great potential into a team. However on the flip side this does mean that Pards could be under slightly more pressure if he cant mould the players, but lets look on the bright side eh…. Pards already has a team ready, lets home Graham et al can find the players to fit. I have the faith.

Graham Carr signs new deal…..best signing of the summer by a street. Onwards, Upwards.

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59 thoughts on “NUFC secure the signing of the summer?

  1. a top signing keeps wolves from the door.this is a strange one too

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  2. i expected 1 of the big clubs to come in for mr carr so iam realy glad hes signed so when we sell him we will get aboot 50 mill 😆

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  3. I’m not too worried about Carrs age as I think it will keep him young mixing with youth on a daily basis.You only have to look at sir Alex keeping on top of things at Manure and our own Sir Bobby for that matter.If it hadn’t been for that damn cancer I reckon sir Bob would still be in football in some Capacity even now. My own father worked until 75 he just couldn’t sit around and at 92 and 5 years after a massive stroke he still complains he can’t do all he wants 😉 . As you say watching and spotting the next Gazza ,Shearer at el must be a dream job and it’s that excitement that keeps you young in mind .body and spirit. In Carr we trust. 😀

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  4. Shows commitment to the long term security of the club by the owner. Don’t expect any changes in recruitment policy in the near future either. Good move congrats to all concerned.

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  5. So Mike Ashely gonna stay for another 8yrs?? Gosh,i want to be the next newcastle manager,but not under him. : 😈 😡

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  6. This is excellent news as PREMANDUP commented it gives us a long term commitment and security not only to our scouting apparatus but also underlines Ashley is now in for the long haul . Many of us slagged him and wanted him out but since relegation both Ashley and the club have turned a corner and give us fans something to be proud of and happy about , a healthy club on the up and a feeling their is more to come .

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  7. I get the feeling that the board may well have went to Carr and said, name your terms on this one like coz 8 yrs is a bit of a random contract to offer. Id have thought this board would have said 5 yrs then see how ya getting on.
    Either way, I think this is a really significant signing for our club. He has been instrumental in our success and the players will be pleased to know he’s still there bringing in quality young players.
    It must also mean that MA isn’t that bad to work for if Carr is prepared to do it for the next 8 yrs.

    I fully deserved contract and well done to the board for keeping this important part in place.

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  8. Good job getting him signed up 😉
    Sharpy I really cant see the board telling anyone to name their Terms just cant see it happen 😕

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  9. Never seen him play….doesn’t even get a mention on footy manager, so I can’t comment 😯

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  10. Some good info in that Carr interview. More evidence that the club is being run rather well at the moment.

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  11. just picked my on up from football trials and G. Carr was on talksport doing an interview, he was saying that he met ashley and Llbambias in majorca yesterday for talks about his contract, and before he signed, he asked ashley how long he was going to be at the Toon? ashley replied – “for the long term”
    also, all players that we are trying to sign this summer were in talks or about to start talking to the club!! also saying he loves his job and how , when scouting in london for arsenal (g.graham)they never took his word for it on players and got agents involved before looking themselves, but at newcastle, everyone from ashley down to the tea lady , via pardew, has full faith in him, and they make contact with the player first, before getting the agents involved, just thought id pass this on.

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  12. Yep, @20 and @11 thanks!
    The initial news was great, but the details are making it even better 😀

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  13. Thanks for the insider info ToonSoldier.

    Great news about Carr, really pleased for him and the club

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  14. carrs interview,only 7min like wanted more 😉

    .talksport.co.uk/radio/kickoff/120607/carr-mike-ashley-it-long-haul-newcastle-173891?

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  15. Dave/Witters

    I get that it takes him up to 75, it just seems weird the board would offer him an 8yr contract as a first option. Most contracts in football aren’t longer than 5yrs normally I would have thought and particularly at Carrs advancing time of life.
    It just seems to go against the grain for this board to offer such a long term contract.
    I’m not complaining like, think its a great move and really pleased for Carr.

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  16. BATTY get in to see jabba while hes in a good mood,you might get a better deal on those 2nds than you got last year 😀 😀

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  17. DAVE he hasnt got time to talk owr busy counting his money
    hes not like me and you we dont worry about money,cannot worry about something we dont have 😀 😀

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  18. BD – When it comes to money and women, you have to hand it to them 😀

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  19. Typical Aussie, can’t drink it so he throws it 🙄 😆

    Testicle biting dog?….sounds like my ex wife 😯 😆

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  20. Aussie…I think he always used to use Fosters if I remember right, must have sponsored him or something…..mind he is an Aussie, they love it there apparently 😆

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  21. Like 99% of newspaper stories, then if he signs for 1 of the 36 clubs they name then they’ll claim “we said it first” 🙄

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  22. spot on Rich, if you throw enough shit against the wall, some of it will stick 😕
    I have a couple of ice cold fosters cans in the fridge at the moment… looking forward to throwing em at some coppers 😆 😆

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  23. Go to Secret Harbour, if ya see a copper with a North West pommie accent chuck it at him and say that’s from “Geordie” from 1RHA LAD 😆

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  24. Now let me get this right, If he is a mate is he A. Likely to beat me more as a result or B. Likely to beat me more as a result 😆

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  25. Morning lads ‘n’ lasses, I see we have the racist problems already at the Euros befor a competitive match has even kicked off!. Apparently when the Dutch were training yesterday De Jong was subjected to monkey chants and there is real worry when England train today that our black players will suffer the same racism. Shame on UEFA for awarding these backward nations the tournament and not sorting out the issues that exist over there. To add insult to injury any player that walks off the pitch due to racist abuse will be yellow carded according to Platini .” It’s for the referee to control the situation ” he said. Well ,they are in safe hands there then as we know how good refs are at makeing decisions ,and good calls. 🙄

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  26. 😆 To be fair, I don’t think I met a more placid lad in the 12 years I was in the Army for……mind living amongst cricket yobbos for a few years may have changed all that 😆

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  27. Kim says: Morning lads ‘n’ lasses, I see we have the racist problems already..

    Don’t stress Kim, Richie is just joking with the Aussie stuff.. he is a good lad 😆 😆 😆

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  28. Morning Kim..aye said it before, owt that happens over there is completely on Uefa’s head, they knew about all this before they even awarded the tournament 👿

    Apparently British government ministers are boycotting the Euros in protest at some Ukrainian opposition leader being jailed….but they may only boycott the group games…..way to make a stand for your principles! 🙄 🙄

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  29. Was watching that Football Focus special last night, thought it was good that Hodgeson mentions HBA as a threat, shows he recognises that Newcastle players exist 🙄 . Saying that it would hard to forget him after he scored that goal v WBA.

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  30. Richie
    Theres also the fact that no one would give a f-ck if British politicians don’t go. The rest of Europe hates us cus we’re a cool nation 😎 .

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  31. [email protected] 😆

    [email protected], Yeh ,it’s a pretty toothless attempt to make a point. It’s the Platini statement that irks me ,saying ,it’s a yellow for players who walk off the pitch. Thing is what directives have the refs been given.Have they actually been told to take players from the pitch if the abuse starts and how bad does it have to get ,one person or two or a whole group befor they walk off.End of the day abuse is abuse wether it be one or a whole crowd imo. Whats the betting certain refs will be saying they didn’t hear it .

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  32. Police cordoned off Liverpool City Centre this morning when a suspicious object was discovered in a car.

    It later turned out to be a tax disc.

    😉

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  33. This is probably going to be a little politically incorrect but I think the players should harden up a bit… The best way to fight back is to ignore the morons… If you rise to their bait they will move in for the kill.. I know this is not the answer but racism exists and it will not go away if you boycott, tell them to stop or ban them. I don’t agree with it for an instance but the players in question need to start by not reacting when taunted.. I’ve never been in their shoes so I can’t say I know how they are feeling but if you let some brainless moron wind you up….. it doesn’t help…

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  34. [email protected] ,I see what you are saying ,but it’s got to be incredibly hard to keep your composure when 500 or more are all monkey chanting as were in training for the Dutch yesterday.

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  35. There is a phone in ,on now on radio 5live about it . Got to go ,hosp app for the lad this morning ,going to be fun pushing a wheelchair in these bloody gale force winds 🙄 👿 Cya .

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  36. Kim, I see your point…but if you ban those 500, another 500 will fill their places. :???
    What the answer is is anybodies guess..

    A couple of years back Australian cricketer Andrew Symond’s was harassed by fans in India with monkey chants etc… I don’t blame the guy for being pissed off but the more he reacted the more the crowd went at him..

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  37. UEFA’s fault for giving the tournament to a country that has such an inherent problem with this. Mind you I wouldn’t have expected any less as they have their heeds stuck up their own arse anyway.

    I can see it being a real bad tournament. It’s a shame my neighbours don’t go back home to Poland for it 😉

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  38. At the end of the day the host countries being chosen for the euros need to be regularly rotated, so that the same old countries don’t end up getting the games. I still think that Poland / Ukraine was a good move politically, aside from this racist issue, which is going to prove to cast a huge shadow on a major sporting event…

    Just out of interest, here are the previous hosts…
    1960 France
    1964 Spain
    1968 Italy
    1972 Belgium
    1976 Yugoslavia
    1980 Italy
    1984 France
    1988 West Germany
    1992 Sweden
    1996 England
    2000 Belgium / Netherlands
    2004 Portugal
    2008 Austria / Switzerland
    2012 Poland / Ukraine

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  39. Thanks so much for enlightening me about the male mind. Collectively, my habnusd and I have 6 children and for some reason my habnusd cannot fathom why I am so exhausted at the end of the day. We both work outside the home. I, also, work a business from home. Admittedly, his profession is much more stenuous physically, but that doesn’t equate to a life of leisure for me. My week in short Mon. is baseball practice for 2 hours after work, home, homework, showers, and the list goes on and repeats thru Thurs. Tues. golf practice and choir. Wed. golf practice, art club, & builders club. Thurs. golf & chess club. Fri. Choir & then who needs to be where & by what time? Sat. Baseball games, team mom duties, pick up & deliver kids to respective friends who just called Sun. Church & hopefully catching up on housework and laundry. Husbands weekly schedule Mon. Work, home, insert & remove frozen lasagna while we’re @ baseball practice. Tues. Work, come home, nap, TV, take one to golf, return home, load up and go fishing. Wed. Work, home, nap fishing or watch fishing on TV. Thurs. & Fri. Same Sat. & Sun. Mow (if not too hot!) and don’t forget fishing, napping, and asking what’s for dinner. I must extend my sincere gratitude to Mr. Carr for the much needed push to say, “It’s your turn. Mom is going to take a nap!”

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