Graham Carr, the well-respected Newcastle chief scout, is considering his future at the club after the appointment of Joe Kinnear as director of football, with Carr and manager Alan Pardew told they both answer directly to the former Wimbledon manager, according to the
Kinnear is said to have assured Pardew he will not interfere in matters such as team selection or the everyday management of the club but Newcastle have already been shaken by Kinnear’s arrival, with managing director Derek Llambias resigning his post earlier this week.
Carr could be next to walk away the Mail claims, after Kinnear vetoed the Bosman signing of FC Twente centre-back Douglas on the basis that he did not know enough about the title-winner, who played under Steve McClaren at the Dutch club and has been part of the Netherlands squad.
Pardew is understood to be willing to remain at the club but Llambias’ resignation is thought to be down in part to the Douglas deal, and also a desire not to be associated with the club during this latest episode of controversy.
The Mail claims Pardew was aware owner Mike Ashley wanted to appoint a director of football and thought Kinnear was a likely candidate, given the friendship between the pair that was first seen when Ashley appointed Kinnear to succeed Kevin Keegan in 2008. That season ended with Newcastle dropping out of the top flight.
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