Newcastle Chief Scout Graham Carr is getting some well earned praise for some of the players he has brought into the club recently.
Mike Ashley – passionate owner of Newcastle – really?
And with the news today that an Indian Billionaire may be wanting to buy the Newcastle club, Graham has come out and done something very strange and unusual – he has come out in praise of current owner Mike Ashley.
Yes. that’s right, that’s the Newcastle owner who refuses to even talk to the Newcastle fans – who are after all his customers.
The words from Graham are that Mike is a committed and passionate owner of Newcastle United – but of course we would never know that because Mike never says anything.
But Graham does give some insight to his time at the Newcastle club, and he holds regular meetings with Ashley, Managing Director Derek Llambias and club secretary Lee Charnley.
That’s evidence to Graham that the scouting and recruitment that Graham Carr is responsible for at the Newcastle club, are very important to the Newcastle owner.
This is what Graham Carr said today:
“The owner and the senior staff are very much interested,” “I work very closely with Derek Llambias, Lee Charnley as well as the manager and Mike Ashley.”
“I have regular meetings with the owner – I have met him on loads of occasions. It is good for me that there is interest in bringing players in.”
“I know what the perception is outside of the club but he strikes me as a passionate man who is very committed to Newcastle United.”
“They are knowledgeable. It’s amazing how interested they are really.”
Graham’s star has risen on Tyneside after bringing in a few very good players to the Newcastle club, including of course Cheick Tiote, and he has recently received praise from Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.
And we have to hope that Graham has a few others lined up in the summer too, which we have to hope will be a successful summer transfer season for Newcastle.
And Mike Ashley should not be surprised if Newcastle fans are surprised that he’s passionate about Newcastle United.
How about doing what any good owner would do – and talk to the fans and tell them what his plans are for the Tyneside club?
Saying nothing at all is the very worst thing Mike and Derek can do – and that’s been the rigid policy on Tyneside for far too long.
It’s very hard to like an owner the that fans don’t even know.