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?