Is it just us, or is Newcastle’s new chief scout Graham Carr starting to do a similar job that Dennis Wise had at the Newcastle club.
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Dennis was responsible for scouting young talent but also for scouting potential first team players, and was supposed to do that in close collusion with then manager Kevin Keegan.
And of course we all found out last year that he didn’t do that, and since both Kevin and Dennis reported to the then Newcastle Chairman Chris Mort, Dennis seems to have gone on a power grab, and after Chris left the club in May of 2008, he seems to have won it.
But that cost the Newcastle club very dearly, when Kevin left in September of 2008, and it all started a sequence of events that ended up with Newcastle relegated to the Championship.
But Newcastle’s new chief scout is reporting to Newcastle manager Chris Hughton, and it looks like there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes to get ready for the summer transfer market.
We’ve got to believe that Graham is working hand in glove behind the scenes with Chris Hughton, who we know is a man beyond reproach as far as ethics is concerned.
One thing that is different is that Graham is not getting the £1M yearly wage that was bestowed on Wise, but his job is still very important to the Newcastle club.
Graham is responsible for finding top young players as well as bargain buys of more mature players, and that could be worth an awful lot of money to Newcastle United over the longer term, which is one reason it’s such a vital job at the club.
And that’s especially true with news today that Mike Ashley is still determined the Newcastle club follow the strategy put in place at Arsenal, and look to bring in top young players and even slightly older players who can be brought in for decent money.
An example of the latter would be Sebastien Bassong, who joined Newcastle for £500K in the summer of 2008 and left less than a year later for £8M.
And of course the plan would be to keep the players, but with Bassong, relegation got in the way of the ambitious Cameroon International staying on Tyneside.
Bassong has played 33 times for Spurs so far this season with one goal, and he looks as good as ever.
So it looks like the Newcastle club are slowly but surely putting a good structured organization in place to get the job done on Tyneside, and indeed follow the Arsenal lead.
We’ve always liked the Youth Strategy put in place a couple of years ago, and we’d love to see more buys like Sebastien Bassong, Mike Williamson, Tamas Kadar, Nile Ranger and Danny Guthrie, to name only a few over the last couple of years.
We also expect several top class teenagers to arrive during the summer.
Howay The Lads!!