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May 8, 2006

Carr appeals against red card for violent conduct

Newcastle defender Stephen Carr has launched a claim for wrongful dismissal after being sent off for violent conduct in yesterday's 1-0 win over Chelsea.

The Irishman was dismissed by Mike Riley for allegedly stamping on Lassana Diarra in the final Premier League match of the season.

But the right-back has appealed Riley's decision and his claim will be heard by a Football Association disciplinary commission tomorrow.

Meanwhile, chairman Freddy Shepherd hopes to appoint Glenn Roeder as his new manager within days.

Shepherd watched Roeder guide his patched-up side into the Intertoto Cup with a final day victory over Chelsea yesterday, and then confirmed he is doing all he can to persuade his Premiership counterparts to allow the 50-year-old to take the job.

'Glenn's won the job, it's a simple as that, end of story,' he said. 'I'm sure my fellow chairmen and friends will support us in what we believe is a just case for Glenn Roeder.''

Shepherd continued to lobby his fellow chairmen over the weekend after the Premier League agreed to accept the result of a vote on whether or not Roeder should be allowed to gain his UEFA Pro Licence while in the job.

Newcastle have met opposition in their efforts to appoint the former West Ham boss as Graeme Souness' successor, but Shepherd is confident the moral argument - Roeder had enrolled on the course when he was struck down by a brain tumour - is in their favour.

Pro Licence or not, the former Magpies defender has proved he has what it takes to fill the role after taking 32 points from the 15 league games for which he was in charge, a return which transformed the club from relegation candidates into European qualifiers.

That the decisive victory came against champions Chelsea, despite the absence of most of their biggest names, was all the more satisfying after the despair of the dying days of Souness' reign.

'I am the happiest man in the world today and I have to say that in all the years I have been coming to St James' Park, I have never known a better atmosphere,'' said Shepherd.

'Don't think Chelsea were easy to beat. Yes, they were missing some of their big names, but they did not come up here to be beaten.''

Titus Bramble's 73rd-minute goal ultimately won the game, but if Carr's dismissal was unfortunate - the club today confirmed they will appeal against his red card for an apparent stamp on midfielder Lassana Diarra - Celestine Babayaro was lucky not to have preceded him down the tunnel.

The visitors also had goals from William Gallas and Shaun Wright-Phillips correctly disallowed for offside as it proved to be Newcastle's day.

Shepherd has been criticised for his willingness to dispense with the services of his managers, but his decision to sack Souness after a dismal 3-0 defeat at Manchester City and ask Roeder to take over has paid off.

'When I sat and watched Scott Parker, Emre and Lee Clark collide with each other at Manchester City, I knew there was something seriously amiss and that I would have to do something,'' he admitted.

Qualification for the Intertoto Cup - Newcastle will face either Norwegian side Lillestrom, Dungannon Swifts of Northern Ireland or Icelanders IBK Keflavik over two legs in July - gives the club a real chance of playing UEFA Cup football next season.

That may help them in their summer recruitment drive, and to keep the likes of Turkish midfielder Emre within the ranks.

'I believe in Newcastle,'' he said. 'When I was playing for Inter Milan, I felt Newcastle was a very big club. When I played here against Newcastle, I remember the fantastic atmosphere and fantastic team.

'I have a four-year contract with Newcastle, and I don't want to say anything more than that. I'm happy here, and if the club want me to stay, that's fantastic.

'If someone had said 12 weeks ago that we could have a chance to go into the UEFA Cup, I wouldn't have believed them.

'But now we are in the Intertoto Cup, and if we win we go into the UEFA Cup. We must do better next season, and aim for a Champions League place.'