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Carr to stay on at Newcastle

Newcastle United's chief scout Graham Carr is to remain at the the club, ESPN has learned.

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Former Northampton boss Carr was understood to be considering his future following the appointment of Joe Kinnear as director of football earlier this week.

Brought to the club by Mike Ashley in 2010, Carr is widely considered one of the best scouts in English football, and was instrumental behind a number of Newcastle's French acquisitions.

Keen to secure a deal for Douglas, reports this week that Kinnear had decided to veto a move for the FC Twente defender had apparently caused friction between the pair.

And according to the Evening Chronicle, Carr and owner Mike Ashley engaged in positive talks on Wednesday evening in which the latter emphasised the former's importance to the club as they chase a new striker.

Speaking earlier this week regarding his new role and Graham Carr, Kinnear told talkSPORT: "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."

The club have this week continued their continental scouting by securing a deal for highly-rated FC Metz youngster Olivier Kemen. Set to join the club on July 1, the midfielder confirmed the deal via his twitter account earlier this week.

Meanwhile, former Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd believes current owner Ashley must treat the club's fans with more respect.

Shepherd was speaking in the wake of a turbulent week at St James' Park that saw Kinnear controversially appointed, a move the club took almost 72 hours to confirm.

That was followed by the resignation of managing director Derek Llambias, and reports that chief scout Graham Carr was considering his future at the club following Kinnear's arrival.

No stranger to controversy during his own reign at Newcastle, Shepherd believes Ashley has mishandled the events of the past week, and that he must look to include supporters more in the future.

"It wasn't handled the best," he told the Shields Gazette. "I've never seen a manager or director of football announce he's taken the job before the club does. Ashley has got a big business there with Newcastle, and it's silly not to include everyone in it, as the supporters are the most important thing.

"In most football clubs, certainly big football clubs like Newcastle, nobody really owns it, you are just passing through. Someone else is going to get it eventually, and it's important you treat it with respect. I think what the supporters really need is some certainty there. The club should come out, and make it quite clear what's happened as the last few days, it seems very murky the whole thing."

Noticeably absent from the public eye, Ashley began life on Tyneside with a far more prominent public image which included attending games alongside Newcastle fans.

With Ashley rarely commenting on club matters, Shepherd has also questioned his withdrawn approach, as the fans continue to endure a difficult relationship with their owner.

"Why don't they just come out and say this or that, rather than staying behind a wall?" he said. "Come out and say this is what we're doing, and who knows, it might work and it might be the best thing that's happened, I don't know. But to have uncertainty is the last thing that supporters want."

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