Is Newcastle’s Graham Carr Now Doing The Dennis Wise Job?

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.

Mike Ashley – determined to follow Arsenal strategy

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!!

6 comments so far

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Mar 21, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #1

    yes he is and from what i hear, he is very very good

  • thepict

    Mar 21, 2010 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #2

    We actualy seem to have a proper buisness plan in place and the next 5 years could be interesting.

  • Toonmania

    Mar 21, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #3

    Looks like most people are coming around to Ashley staying and it showed in Ed’s recent poll that most are ok with the way things are being run, if we do end up making a profit and still doing as well as Arsenal then that can only be a good thing for the club

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 21, 2010 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #4

    I think this is right. at the time KK seemed a great move, but on reflection, probably a really bad one. KK was from a different time when he could virtually walk on water.

  • Steve_48

    Mar 21, 2010 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #5


    Typical, the slightest smell of success and the bees come sniffing, my view is tell them to all piss off, where were they when we needed then before the drop – no f*cking where that’s where.

    Now there’s a sniff of being back in the Prem they’re gathering again.

    What we have is a grass roots approach buying players that fit the team and not “superstars”. Say what you like about Cashley and for one I don;t like him one but, BUT that said, no money and very little investment has proved success in what we have in our player base. Let’s not start to run before we can walk – get back in the Top Flight and then take a more patient approah and FGS keep away from superstar players commanding huge salaries – been there done it, worn the T shirt and where did we end up – The Championship. Let’s not have history repeat itself.

    /Rant over

  • Sav

    Mar 22, 2010 at 4:26 AM

    Comment #6

    There is the smell of nonsense being touted as fact here. Has everyone forgotten we are only top of a very poor fizzy-pop league. Its working here but will it in the Prem? You make it seem like flogging Bassong was a good thing. How many times have we found a gem like him for 500k? Not very often in the 40-odd years I’ve been going to matches at SJP. And don’t forget that all the other clubs who have been properly run for years are ALSO after ambitious young star players who cost next-to-nowt.
    And the myth that it was only the bad players with no heart who left after the Orient match – its clearly rubbish. I don’t want to be knocking the team – they are doing well, but FGS stop slobbering over our current set-up because we could get a rude awakening in September. Just take it easy with the hyperbole, and like Hughton, don’t get carried away with success or doomed by the odd reverse.


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