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Former Toon Star Mixing It With The Stars
Published : 08 Apr 2013 18:10:52Rss feed
Former Newcastle United defender Stephen Carr is living it up in the sun.
The footballer has launched a chain of nightspots in holiday destinations like Marbella, and he wants to expand across the globe.
Stephen Carr: “It’s going really well.
“From day one when we opened La Sala it has been excellent and it has just got better and better.
“Now we’ve opened another in San Pedro and hopefully the success will continue.
“You know the formula is working when clients are waiting up to four weeks for a reservation and we are being visited by the likes of Sir Alan Sugar, Eva Longoria, Katie Price and Jamie Oliver.
“Hopefully we will keep on expanding, while keeping the same standard and quality.
“There’s an option in Dubai at the moment.
“I am hoping to come to London at some point, but one step at a time.
“It’s a bit sunnier out there compared to Newcastle.
“I wanted to try something different from football.
“Everyone said it is quite risky because a lot of bars don’t do well financially.
"I am proud of what has been achieved. We’ve created places that people want to visit and that are constantly busy.”
By the way ... if you want to buy a bottle of bubbly at his swank place, it will cost you £1,000.
Carr signed for Newcastle United in August 2004 when then manager Bobby Robson signed him for a fee of £2 million on a four-year contract.
Soon after he signed Robson was sacked from his managerial post by chairman Freddy Shepherd. He was replaced by Graeme Souness, who, like Robson, saw Carr as a first-team player.
Carr's debut for the club came in a 2–2 draw against Middlesbrough on 14 August. He played in 26 league games in the 2004–05 season, scoring once.
His first goal for the club came from a "fierce shot from well outside the area" against Southampton. He helped Newcastle reach the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup and the semi-final of the FA Cup. Newcastle finished 14th, which put pressure on Souness.
In the 2005–06 season, he only managed to make 19 league appearances for the club as the persistent knee injury ruled him out for two months. The team finished 7th in the league under the new management of Glenn Roeder, after Souness was sacked in January.
Carr was one of the many injury victims during Newcastle's 2006–07 season and was out with a fractured foot for a few months.
He returned for the 2–2 draw against West Ham United on 20 January 2007, filling in at an unfamiliar left-back position after impressive displays from Nolberto Solano at right-back during Carr's absence, putting question marks over his future at the club.
He fell further down the pecking order during the 2007–08 season with the signings of Habib Beye and Geremi. Beye's impressive form and Carr's inability to maintain fitness resulted in Kevin Keegan deciding against renewing Carr's contract and he was released at the end of the season.
Having failed to find a suitable club, Carr announced his retirement from all forms of football on 1 December 2008.
In February 2009 he signed for Birmingham City.
Following Birmingham's promotion to the Premier League, Carr signed a new two-year contract with the club.
Made acting captain in the absence through injury and squad rotation of Lee Carsley, he was a member of the Birmingham team that went 15 games unbeaten in all competitions, including a club record 12 unbeaten in the top flight, during the 2009–10 Premier League season.
Towards the end of the season Carr received a one-match suspension for improper conduct after making an "offensive gesture" towards Aston Villa supporters at the end of the local derby lost by Birmingham via a late, controversial penalty.
He captained the team to victory in the 2011 Football League Cup Final as Birmingham defeated favourites Arsenal 2–1.
Carr played every game of the 2010–11 Premier League season, at the end of which Birmingham were relegated to the Championship, and the club took up the option of retaining his services for another year.
Carr made his 100th appearance for Birmingham in the Europa League play-off round first leg against Portuguese club Nacional, the first time the club had participated in major European competition for nearly 50 years.
He missed much of the second half of the 2011–12 season with knee cartilage damage, and his contract expired in June, but after the appointment of former Newcastle teammate Lee Clark as Birmingham's manager, he signed a one-year deal with the club.
Source: Newcastle United Mad
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