Graham Carr To Stay On.

Here to stay- Graham Carr.
Here to stay- Graham Carr.
I was saying in my last article that seemingly all I was producing was negative posts as of late. With all the recent events it’s been difficult to focus on much else than the bad things, it’s been fast for news but none of it has been particularly positive this last week.

The Chronicle has finally given us a shred of light today though, and have reported that despite the speculation surrounding his future that chief scout Graham Carr is set to stay at the club. This news will be most welcome to United supporters who feared that Carr would soon be packing his bags and moving on. The Mirror newspaper added extra fuel to the fire by reporting that Carr has had an ongoing dispute with Alan Pardew. Apparently the pair have been feuding and really not seeing eye to eye.

It is believed that Carr met owner Mike Ashley for talks on Wednesday. The talks were said to be ‘positive’ and ‘constructive’. Graham was given the reassurance he needed by Ashley and was told he is important to the club going forward. Carr will be asked to work along side Kinnear and unearth a few more gems in the mold of Hatem Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye. Although his role is integral and his job will entail recommending talent to Manager and Director, essentially Kinnear will still get the final say on new arrivals as well as departures.

Joe Kinnear spoke briefly to The Chronicle about Carr’s future:

“Graham is a Geordie boy and he will work with me and the manager.



“It will be my job to identify the areas we need to improve.”

It is believed that a new striker is high on the agenda for the recruitment team. Which is hardly surprising given our sad lack of fire power up top. The Chronicle are however reporting that following the club’s decision to ditch the Douglas deal, we may now scrap the idea of bringing in another center half during the summer. Rather strange considering Alan Pardew has been very vocal about needing to bring a new defender to the club during the next transfer window. Maybe Big Joe has put him in his place early on.

Carr agreeing to stay on can only be a positive thing and the first bit of good news in a while to be honest. What do you think?

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57 thoughts on “Graham Carr To Stay On.

  1. sorry lads really brief and a bit rushed. Run off my feet with work and back in now until midnight. Followed by a lovely 08.30am start tomorrow. NEED SLEEP!

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  2. Without Europa I don’t think we need another CB either now that Collo’s staying.

    We need to or three attack minded players far more than we need CBs.

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  3. Marktoon ,keep up the good work ,thanks.

    Yes great news about Carr ,now then what about that striker 😉

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  4. MARK your doing a top job mate,we would normally be talking about whos coming and going for wks but par for the coarse the toon always have a bombshell round the corner

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  5. Well with all the reports of Williamson maybe heading too Cardiff City i would say thats at least 1 new CB needed and i honestly don’t think 4 Cb’s is enough to get us through a whole season . As for CF’s we need imo 2 new ones and let Shola go but hey , obviously Kinnear is more intelligent than us fans ,so what do i know .

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  6. Mark – thanks for the regular articles mate, spot on buddy 😉

    This is good news indeed, but as I posted yesterday, of everyone threatening or at risk of leaving Carr was the one I felt most confident of staying. I do feel that this whole new set up least affected him and the job he and his scouting team do. I think he just wanted a bit of clarity as to who he takes direction from.

    From JFKs statement above it leaves him and me in very little doubt 🙄 😆

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  7. “Graham is a Geordie boy “….. I hate this patronizing pillock. Man what a shambles…

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  8. Well maybe they can all get there thumbs out of there arses now and sign some bloody players! We are being left behind big time

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  9. Thanks for all your hard work Mark. The articles are very much appreciated. The club is obviously in a lot of turmoil right now, most of it thanks to the owner but at least it appears Carr is staying with us. Talk of disputes between Carr and Pardew are disturbing as well. Might some of this be a case of sour grapes from Pardew? He does seem to look for scapegoats when things go bad. To blame Carr for bringing in weak players is ridiculous I would say. Almost everyone in football acknowledges we have a very strong group of players who should never have finished in 16th when compared with other teams near the bottom. Time for Carr and Pardew to make up and get back to work to make sure we have a better season to come.

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  10. Cheers Mark, good luck for 100!

    Pretty expected news I felt, all this talk of him leaving sounded total shite to me

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  11. Kinnear’s first signing for us will be a huge measure of how this will work out. If he brings in a clanger from a lower division who only looks to be a shin cracker or worse it could be a disaster. All his focus must be on getting a very good striker in as far as I can tell. The 5 most recent incoming must get settled in their best positions and we have to find a way to give Cisse better service. We can’t just have a 1 dimensional attack through Cisse though, that’s where the second striker comes in. If we can manage to get a settled back 4 in place as well it would be huge for our confidence. Get to work Kinnear.

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  12. Glad to hear Carr is staying, but like MM im sick of the patronizing fuking idiot, and again he likes to undermine the manager by stating it will be his job to identify what areas need strengtheningb 😯 I thought that would have been the managers job as he will be the one that will be judged.

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  13. ANDYMAG a while back it was rumored in the dutch press that we had interest in him ,cant believe he has gone too the SPL Ajax and PSV wanted him and so too did a couple of other premiership teams . I think Villa was one that was mentioned ,i think it was worth a risk going for him would have been an improvement on Williamson and a much better player than Douglas .

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  14. MDS
    June 21, 2013 at 15:43
    Without Europa I don’t think we need another CB either now that Collo’s staying.
    We need to or three attack minded players far more than we need CBs.

    We had the 4th worst defence in the league last year, conceded 3 at home against Sunderland, 6 against Liverpool, 4 against Manchester Utd away and how many at Arsenal, 7 or 8?

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  15. G2 – if his first signing was Darren Bent as is looking quite likely, what would that tell you mate?
    Would you be happy enough with Bent for around £6m?

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  16. As Premandup has stated there was no one reason for our terrible season. We couldn’t field our best starting 11 very often at all due to injuries, we needed strengthening for the increased number of games last summer and didn’t do it (courtesy of Llambeezee), and to be honest Pardew’s tactics were poor in many games. Still we brought in 5 good players in January, and we’ll have this summer to prepare. I don’t think anyone wants any more excuses from Pardew or bizarre rants from Kinnear. Let’s get back to improving the football club.

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  17. Thought so Axel. Was disappointed we didn’t get him when I heard he’d signed on BBC reporting Scotland.

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  18. Sharpy I’m not sure about Bent mate. He doesn’t really fit our plan of bringing in young up and coming players. On the other hand he has a track record of being able to score in the Prem. Could he work with Cisse? I’m not sure about that either. Hmmm. A very tough call even for 6M pounds. I would try for someone better first but it will probably have to happen quickly once the window opens. Sorry to sit on the fence like this but I would rather see a better, younger striker being brought in to be honest.

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  19. Thinking more about it, we actually need at least 2 more strikers Sharpy. At least 1 of them should be 24 or under with good credentials and Carr having looked him over. As for the other we could take a chance on Bent but so much depends on how he might work with Cisse. The Ba/Cisse pairing was a flop as both wanted to be our true CF. I think Bent might want the same at this stage of his career. Without Europe we couldn’t really bench Cisse in favour of Bent or the other way round. We need 2 strikers who can complement each other. This is where the manager and DoF must earn their money.

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  20. I’m still unimpressed by the sounds of our pre-season. Now talk of a training camp in Portugal with some suggestion we may play Estoril, Setubal, and FC Arouca. This is the best we can manage??? What a shambles. Was this in Llambeezee’s purview? Can anything be done to improve it?

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  21. Supposedly talks are underway with Ben Arfa right now. I wonder what he makes of the recent news? I hope he just puts his head down and ignores it all. If he can keep fit he can make a huge difference if used properly by Pardew. Without him we are far too 1 dimensional in attack. He adds flair, pace and has a great shot. Surely we can unshackle him from defensive duties which really reduce his effectiveness. Come on Pardew do some planning this summer.

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  22. G2 – I agree with both posts. Bent at £6m is worth a punt but it wouldn’t blow me away – though I think he could do us a job. However I’d like to see us get a Charlie Austin or someone like that. I’d love us to get 2 wide men as well coz I think most of our midfielders prefer to play through the middle and it would be great to get a bit of quality out wide as well.

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  23. Well I would certainly agree with you about needing at least 1 new wide man Sharpy. As we’ve discussed before I think, Obertan has been hopeless and will probably leave this summer. Ben Arfa can be a useful winger but I’m not so sure Gouffran is as effective on the wing. I hope someone is thinking about our attack as much as our defense this summer (heads up Pardew) as both need a lot of work. We have to define Sissoko’s role properly as well. Decisions need to be made about Jonas. I think he’s near the end personally. We must move the ball more quickly through the midfield and he just doesn’t do that. Lots to think about and a huge job for both Pardew and Kinnear ahead.

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  24. I would hope we could get Benny to re sign is we are trying to get him to do so now.
    As for Bent he might sound like a brill option as the window drags on

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  25. G2 – I said earlier today that I think we pulled out of the Douglas deal to focus on improving out attack and I really hope I’m right. Goals win games not clean sheets.
    As for Benny, I think wages may be the stumbling block there mate. I don’t imagine this carry on will stop him signing if the contract he’s offered is right mate.

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  26. Sharpy… One big difference, Willo was/is seemingly happy to be 4th choice without complaining, Douglas wants to be first choice, guaranteed 1st choice “if” reports are to be believed.

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  27. I would really like to see us act quickly once the window opens Big Dave. And we definitely don’t want to see it go by and then hear “will we tried but.” To be honest I don’t think that will happen with Kinnear. He will do something. Whether we like it or not is another question altogether. If we had to take Bent it wouldn’t be terrible in any way but he’ll want a very decent wage I would think. They may hesitate over his age and the wage he wants if past history tells us anything.

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  28. I hope you’re not right about Benny and his wages Big Dave. To be honest is he really in a strong bargaining position after missing most of last season? I just want to see one full season of him at his best being used properly by the manager. Then we can decide how good he can really be. He has tremendous talent but must stay fit for much longer periods of time. Have we become a sleeping giant again? If so let’s wake up now.

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  29. Is Vuckic going to be fit for the pre-season? I hope so. I would love to see what he can do from an AM position. He does have talent and size but he seems to be made of glass. This must be his season to shine for me. He should be able to compete for a position since we have some holes to fill. I’m interested to see what Kinnear makes of Anita as well. Will he side with Carr or Pardew if the rumours are true and those two are arguing about him? Will Kinnear like what he sees from Santon defensively as a LB? Many questions to ask.

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  30. G2… I reckon it’s bollocks, remember this from last season?
    However, the 23-year-old is beginning to look like the player who helped Ajax become Dutch champions last term.
    Pardew told the Chronicle: “He understands the pace now. Yaya Toure and Anita were the best two players on Saturday.
    “In that company, it just shows he can play at the top level and that is why we brought him to the club.

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  31. Totally off topic question.
    My mother-in-law looks set to move to London. If that’s the case we’ll be visiting from Dec 20 – Jan 2nd or 3rd.
    We were thinking of trying to get to the Stoke City game on Boxing Day. Are the train schedules completely messed up for that day, or is that a possibility…knowing we’d need a very early start.
    Cheers.
    May even try to catch Crystal Palace away, but not sure yet.

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  32. That sounds good to me Richie @39. I would love to see Anita excel next season. He looks like a player to me but just needed time to adjust mate.

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  33. G2 ,I really like Anita ,he’s a proper player and I think his gym workouts are starting to pay off too as he seemed to be handling the physicality of the PL better the more he played. Will be sad if it’s true Pards don’t rate him and wants rid.

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  34. NorCal… You’d probably have to check online, generally the further in advance you book them the cheaper it will be, I’d even check flights as sometimes you can get them at a decent price(maybe not boxing day though), might even be worth trying any branch of NUFC London supporters as they may have a bus laid on, failing that there’s the good old car hire companies, though again they’ll be pricey over Xmas unless you book well in advance.

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  35. Some Good news:
    Australia defender Curtis Good will captain the Young Socceroos against Colombia in their opening 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup match on Sunday (AEST).

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  36. Brisvegas – if Axel is right and Williamson is a better option than Douglas, and Good seems to be developing well then maybe our defence is healthier than we credit it – subject to everyone staying fit like.
    I’d rather keep Willo for another year to allow Good time to develop that bit more then he can take over.

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  37. Sharpy
    Staying fit is the problem our defence has had problems with for a while now. Even in the season before last, when we finished fifth, Taylor was out for a while and at one point we used Perch and Simpson at CB. A question then needs to be asked, is it a problem with the players or with the fitness staff?

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  38. Sharpy, if I can be bothered to stay up long enough to watch the game (quarter to one am) I’ll report back on how he played. It’d be interesting to see how much he’s changed over this last year or so.

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  39. ” if Axel is right and Williamson is a better option than Douglas, and Good seems to be developing well then maybe our defence is healthier than we credit” or Axel rates Douglas so poorly that he’d prefer anyone in there instead, so it doesn’t mean that our other options are great 😉 … I don’t believe our defenders are as bad as last seasons form suggest, we never had a settled back 4 which was a major problem, plus dare I say it? the coaching may have had something to do with it too. Tayl’s injury record for me, I don’t believe we’ll ever see him complete a full season or even close to it….hope I’m wrong.

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