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The assurances Anita will seek from Pardew in Silver Supremo summit…

August 13th, 2012 | 19 Comments |

Vurnon Anita.
Anita: No deal without reassurances from Silver Supremo.
Whilst it has been widely reported that Ajax and Newcastle United have now agreed a fee for Toon target, Vurnon Anita, allegedly around €8.5 million (around £6.7 million), There is still some way to go.

It has also been reported that Anita’s next move (besides thrashing out personal terms) will be to seek a summit meeting with Newcastle’s Silver Supremo, Alan Pardew, to seek certain reassurances on the football side of things. Speaking in an interview for “Ajax Showtime,” the player’s father has outlined some of the reassurances Anita will be seeking from the Grey Gaffer.

Before I begin though, it has also been reported by some sloppier sites that Anita’s wage demands are above Newcastle United’s wage ceiling. Whilst this may indeed happen when Anita’s agent, Derek Llambias and Lee Charnley get around to talking turkey, the Dutch reports it was referring to meant that Anita’s demands for a new, improved contract at Ajax were above THEIR wage ceiling, not Newcastle United’s.

So now I’ve got that out of the way, I’ll begin. Anita Snr told Ajax Showtime: (more…)


Fatty Man – The full Graham Carr Talksport interview transcribed.

April 3rd, 2012 | 10 Comments |

Graham Carr.
Carr (circled) in his Telford United heyday.
Newcastle United chief scout, Graham “Fatty Man” Carr, the less than svelte father of Alan, has, of course, built something of a reputation amongst Magpies fans for his player spotting abilties.

Carr, a Northumbrian who was born in Corbridge like Steve Bruce, was brought into the club in February of 2010 by previous manager, Chris Hughton, renewing a working relationship they had at Tottenham, where Carr was brought in as a scout by Tottenham’s then Director of Football, David Pleat. Since then of course, his reputation has gone from strength to strength on Tyneside with the quality of players signed since he took control of Newcastle United’s scouting department. This interview for Talksport was conducted by Adrian Durham and ex Yorkshire and England cricket legend, Darren Gough, for the station’s “Drivetime” slot yesterday evening.

Below is a written transcription of the whole interview, well, minus a tiny “chatty” bit at the end about Alan Carr’s lack of football skills as a bairn.

Adrian Durham: “So describe exacly what your job is, Graham.” (more…)


Surprise, surprise! No striker for Newcastle United

September 1st, 2011 | 85 Comments |

'Trying is the first step towards failure'
'Trying is the first step towards failure'
Seven months after the sale of Andy Carroll, Newcastle United have, to the surprise of no one, failed to sign a suitable replacement to fill the void up front.

A day of deadline drama, in which saw United lodge a “bid” for FC Twente’s Bryan Ruiz, has ended up falling flat on it’s face as Newcastle, for reasons unknown, decided to try and bring in a striker by submitting a bid 4 hours or so before the close of the transfer window.

Mr. Ashley had a helicopter ready to swish our man from the clutches of Martin Jol’s Fulham waiting in the capital, but (shock horror), the inevitable news from David Craig was that “unfortunately” United just couldn’t quite seal the deal for Ruiz, and also defender, Liam Ridgewell.

This ‘bid’ seems slightly reminiscent of last January’s “attempt” of bringing in a player (Charles N’Zogbia) just hours before the window closed. So after fans have endured a summer of rumours or “smokescreens” as I’d prefer to call it, Newcastle have failed in their quest to find a striker.

I’m afraid this is totally Unacceptable. (more…)


Pardew: “The button is being pressed and I can’t ask for more.”

July 11th, 2011 | 43 Comments |

Pardew: "Mike and Derek's backing has been very strong."
Pardew: "Mike and Derek's backing has been very strong."
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This is the penultimate part of my transcription of Alan Pardew’s long interview for BBC Radio Newcastle’s ‘Total Sport’ programme.

I know I wrote that last time, and that this would be the final episode, however as many of you may know by now, once Alan Pardew starts blathering, you can take it as read that it will be quite some time until he stops!

In this one he tackles the three goalkeeper dilemma, the thorny issues of the £35 million Andy Carroll booty and the departure of Kevin Nolan, along with that of weaker members of the squad, and what’s to be done with them.

We begin this time with a question from Total Sport listener, ‘Phil’.

“Can you ask Mr Pardew about the goalkeeping sitution? Fraser Forster and Tim Krul, as well as Steve Harper on your books, so all of them will be wanting to play first team football obviously.” (more…)