Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

No Scout's Honour in Brummie Rumpus

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

No Scout's Honour in Brummie Rumpus

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KEVIN NOLAN, United skipper and top scorer, sold - anyone surprised? And is there a soul who would be shocked if or when Jose Enrique, Joey Barton and even Jonas Gutierrez follow suit? It was all triggered by the sale of Andy Carroll, was it not? The wind of change is blowing a gale, and when it settles a new-look Newcastle will emerge.

It would be really interesting to know the deepest, innermost thoughts of manager Alan Pardew. Ever the politician, he had publicly and repeatedly stated he wanted all to stay but now, he says, we must move on with great hope of exciting times.

Certainly, Pardew will go into conflict come August with a vastly overhauled squad.

Will it be an improved one of vibrant, young players or a hotch potch? Many questions, emotive and fascinating. No answers... as yet.

A GEORDIE who scouted for Newcastle United is at the epicentre of the earthquake which has engulfed England's second city. It was the public hanging of chief scout Paul Montgomery by Birmingham's acting chairman Peter Pannu in the wake of bitter relegation which sparked manager Alex McLeish's decision to quit via e-mail.

If that was not dramatic enough, then McLeish's readiness to defect to bitter rivals Aston Villa across city, with Monty almost inevitably in tow, has had everyone at each other's throat as the bemused world of football looked on.

Even the fans of both clubs have joined in the open warfare.

Throughout all of this a string of former Magpie stars - Oba Martins, Charles N'Zogbia, Stephen Carr and Lee Bowyer - became bit players in the farce.

Montgomery was publicly criticised over Birmingham's expensive loan deals towards the end of the season and sacked by Pannu, who then was forced to reinstate him as consultant when it was realised employees on contracts do have legal rights.

However, while the Blues boomed on about Villa tapping McLeish, amid darker threats and the Scot counterclaiming constructive dismissal, Montgomery was at least able to agree a settlement figure on his contract.

An angry McLeish, who had Monty with him at Glasgow Rangers, was annoyed the sacking of his chief scout was done behind his back and felt as though he had been deliberately isolated by his bosses. …

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