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Carr sticking with Newcastle

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Fri, 21 Jun 2013 12:47:00

Pep Guardiola will make his competitive debut as Bayern Munich manager on July 27, when they face Borussia Dortmund in the German Super Cup.

The reigning Bundesliga, Champions League and DFB Pokal holders will then kick off their Bundesliga season on Friday August 9 with a home match against Borussia Monchengladbach in a repeat of the final-day clash from last season, when outgoing manager Jupp Heynckes bid his emotional farewell to German football.

Dortmund begin their campaign with a trip to Augsburg while the two promoted teams both have home games with Eintracht Braunschweig, who are back in the Bundesliga after an absence of 28 years, welcoming Werder Bremen and Hertha Berlin hosting Eintracht Frankfurt.

The other fixtures on the opening weekend see Hannover take on Wolfsburg in the Lower Saxony derby, Hamburg travel to Schalke, Bayer Leverkusen host Freiburg, Hoffenheim welcome Nurnberg and Stuttgart make the trip to Mainz.

The winter break will begin on December 23 with action restarting on the weekend of January 24 and the season will end on Saturday May 10.

Dortmund and Bayern will go head to head in a potentially crucial end-of-season clash at the Allianz Arena in round 30 while the Champions League finalists meet in Dortmund on the weekend of November 22.

The DFB Pokal final will take place on May 17.

Weir, 43, who replaced Danny Wilson as Blades boss 11 days ago, has appointed Owen, 32, a former player with Wrexham, as his assistant manager of performance.

"Adam is one of the most respected men in his specialist field and I'm delighted that he's taken up the offer to join us here at Bramall Lane," Weir told the club's official website.

"With pre-season almost upon us it was imperative to get Adam in as quickly as possible to organise at this vital time."

Owen, who specialises in football-specific conditioning and injury prevention techniques, hopes to be one of the first coaches in Europe to obtain both the UEFA Pro Licence and PhD in Football Science.

"I've had seven fantastic years at Rangers and turned down other opportunities to work elsewhere to join David here at Sheffield United," said the Welshman.

"This is a big progression for me to come into a club the size of this as an assistant manager. The aim is, alongside David, to make sure we develop the club's on and off pitch processes."

It is believed the highly-rated talent spotter has agreed to continue in his post after being given the go-ahead to continue his work to identify the players to take the club forward after a week of uncertainty on Tyneside.

The futures of both Carr and manager Alan Pardew were thrown into doubt at the weekend when it emerged that Magpies owner Mike Ashley had installed 66-year-old Kinnear above their heads in a bid to address last season's failings.

However, Pardew eventually signalled his intention to fight on and now Carr has followed suit - for the time being, at least - after holding talks with Ashley.

The news emerged on the same day as a report which suggested the two men had been at odds for some time over recent signings and future targets.

Newcastle were not commenting on the matter today as they attempted to restore calm after a turbulent few days.

The hugely-experienced Carr has become an increasingly important figure at St James' Park after implementing the club's inventive transfer policy to good effect in recent seasons.

Charged with the task of finding emerging talent and competitive prices, he has scoured the European market to allow Newcastle to snap up the likes of Hatem Ben Arfa, Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye at knock-down prices.

All three have been linked with big-money moves away from Tyneside since their arrival, although last season's difficulties have seen their prospective valuations diminish somewhat.

Carr's success saw him rewarded with an eight-year contract last summer, three months before Pardew's future was similarly secured.

However, Kinnear's controversial appointment has established a new tier of management above Carr and Pardew, and the resignation of managing director Derek Llambias has taken away a key element of the team which conducted the club's transfer business.

The three men now face the task of joining forces to identify targets, negotiate deals and assimilate signings into a squad which drastically under-performed last season.

Pardew needs a strong start to the new campaign if he is to rebuild his reputation, and his chances of achieving that could depend on how effectively Kinnear and Carr can provide him with reinforcements over the next two months.

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