Introducing Newcastle Chief Scout Graham Carr


Newcastle have already brought in three good players in Cabaye, Ba and Marveaux in June.



Graham Carr – Newcastle Chief Scout – burgeoning reputation


And apparently the deal to give Neil Taylor a new five year deal at Newcastle is still on track,  in spite of stories on Wednesday that they may have even broken down.

According to inside sources at Newcastle, things have gone very well and Neil is expected to sign on for Newcastle.

Graham Carr was responsible for bringing in Cheick Tiote for £3.5M from FC Twente, and his star has been rising on Tyneside over the last year, and he ahs been concentrating his work in France since  January.

The Newcastle chief Scout was born in Corbridge, Northumberland, back in 1944, and he played at Northampton Town, Bradford PA and York City during his playing career, and managed nine clubs from 1977 until 1997, including Northampton Town and Blackpool.

More recently Graham has built a growing reputation as a scout in the game, where he seems to have that uncanny knack of knowing a good player when he sees one.

He started his scouting career at Tottenham Hotspur, working under David Pleat, and also worked for Manchester City and Notts County, under former England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson.

And in February of 2010, he joined Newcastle United as the Chief Scout, and essentially took over the job that Dennis Wise had been doing, but we don’t think Graham is getting the huge wages Newcastle paid out to Wise, who was on £1M/year on Tyneside, as Director of Football.

Graham gave an interview with the Sunday Sun in March and that specific article became extremely popular article with Newcastle fans.

This is what Graham had to say at that time about his scouting activities:

“When I was at Tottenham I worked under David Pleat and he was full of good football knowledge and little sayings. I remember him saying to me ‘Never waste a flight,’ and that has stuck with me.”

“So I go to a country and I’ll watch two or three games if I can. Last weekend I was in Lille, this weekend I’m going over to Germany to watch two games. You have to put that leg work in and get out to games – being passed a DVD of someone just isn’t the same.”

“And 90% of the players that agents pitch to you just aren’t up to it.” “So my passport is pretty well thumbed, but I love my job. My dad played for Newcastle United and I’ve always wanted to be here – now I am I’m desperate to help bring some success back to the club because it deserves it.”

“We are looking at a lot of players. We have teams of players that we’re looking at lined up in 4-4-2 formations because we want to have someone in every position,”

“I think we need half a dozen players in summer, to be honest. That is a personal opinion, mind, but that is what I’m working towards – having options to put before the manager when the season is over.:

“And we won’t just watch a player once. With someone like Cheick, it was the result of four years watching him. I’d first seen him playing for Roda against Arsenal in 2006 – they were hammered 4-0 I think, but you could tell he was going to be a good player. He never stopped running.”

“So you keep an eye on him and track his progress, which is where we are with plenty of other players.” “People will all look at Arsene Wenger and say he’s got the French market covered, but we’ve got a good handle on it, believe me. The same is true of other countries too.”

“You know you’re not on your own – you know there is competition out there from other English clubs and you have to be realistic – you can’t keep everything you’re doing off the radar.”

“A player that I was watching last weekend we’ve been watching for months, yet suddenly there were six scouts there from English clubs, all probably watching the same player.”

“The key is to react quickly – that is what will get us our targets. That and the fact that Newcastle United is a big, big draw overseas.” “The players that come in will have good pedigree. We will expect them to improve the squad.

There’s no doubt that Graham has been  a very busy man this year, and he will no doubt be fully involved with the Newcastle transfers this summer.

If the players are anything like some of them he has scouted for Newcastle lately, it could be an excellent summer of recruitment for Newcastle United.

I just hope the club are paying this man what he’s worth.

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220 comments so far

  • gonz

    Jun 22, 2011 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #1

    Legend! 1st

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  • Andy

    Jun 22, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #2

    He’s my player of the season! Reason he is such a good scout for us is he’s a toon fan. He knows what the fans want in a player, what they expect. That is why any player he reccomends i have full confidence in.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 22, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #3

    pretty much confirmed what pardew said tht he’d been looking at Cabaye for months.. with Carr in Lille in march

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  • gonz

    Jun 22, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #4

    Does anybody know if Carr is responsible for us possibly signing Naylor?

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jun 22, 2011 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #5

    Rite carr bring on the next gem asap

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 22, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #6

    also tht MSI seems to think we’l only sign 1 or 2 more yet pardew says about another 4 a think didnt he

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  • ross armstrong

    Jun 22, 2011 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #7

    this bloke doent get enough credit for the work hes doing at the club!! to sign tiote , ben arfa , gosling , demba ba , cabaye and marveaux for about 15 million pound is absolutely outstanding!!! we have a real diamond of a scout in graham carr and happy days are ahead if he keeps the wonderful work up!!!! HATS OFF TO GRAHAM CARR LADS , PURE LEGEND

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jun 22, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #8

    We need atleast 4 and if anymore are sold replacements are need with similar or better quality

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Jun 22, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #9

    Seems like we have someone at the club who loves it. Great news. Just what the club news. Going to raise a glass to graham this evening and to Ed. All the best.

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  • archaeomag

    Jun 22, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #10

    @ED I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for work on this blog & wish you a speedy recovery.

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  • timuJ

    Jun 22, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #11

    you guys see his interview on nufctv with his son alan carr? he’s class like

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  • WWJBD

    Jun 22, 2011 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #12

    Carr is responsible for all our signings isnt he? I assume he signs off on all signing now Pardew might reccomend people but Carr reports directly to Ashley

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  • The-Ciaran8

    Jun 22, 2011 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #14

    We need:

    2 strikers.
    1 winger
    1 CB
    1 LB

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jun 22, 2011 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #15

    Timuj have you got a link for that??

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 22, 2011 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #16

    a think we could do with 4 or 5 more then possibly some young but competitive and eager youngsters to go with what we already have… but obv if we signed 6 players and sold 5 we need another 5 replacements as our squads already too small

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  • WWJBD

    Jun 22, 2011 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #17

    ross
    That article is from May

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  • Andy

    Jun 22, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #18

    No sources in that just guess work because he said he wanted to play week in week out and we would give him that. Plus metro is v poor for transfer spec.

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  • Baro

    Jun 22, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #19

    ABSOLUTE LEGEND! Graham Carr i love this guy!

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  • timuJ

    Jun 22, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #20

    i cud give you a link mate, but you need to be a member! its just them sitting in stands talking about their lives. nice interview, and didn’t no he was alan carr’s dad!

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  • timuJ

    Jun 22, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #21

    when i say u need to be a member, you won’t be able to see it otherwise

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  • Andy

    Jun 22, 2011 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #22

    Anyways any word from coozy today?

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  • jonny_ringo13

    Jun 22, 2011 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #23

    Stand up and applaud that man Mr Carr. What a guy. And Ross Armstrong check the date on that story mate 21st May, 2011

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  • toon-nutters

    Jun 22, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #24

    finally..the star!!

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jun 22, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #25

    Aye alan talks about him quite alot

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  • timuJ

    Jun 22, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #26

    here it is anyway http://www.nufc.co.uk/page/TV/InterviewsDetail/0,,10278~2379517,00.html

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  • belfastmagpie87

    Jun 22, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #27

    @ andy

    think craig coozy got caught ,leaking info on twatter.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 22, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #28

    2 more striker wouldnt go a miss like but ad sell Lovenkrands and Ranger and keep Best, Ba and Ameobi then sign atleast 1 more to go with them.. got too think weve got Airey aswel who is a cracking player

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  • toon-nutters

    Jun 22, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #29

    old news..21st May!

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  • Thump

    Jun 22, 2011 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #30

    In Carr we trust!

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  • Andy

    Jun 22, 2011 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #31

    http://www.nufcblog.org/2011/06/interview-sylvain-marveaux-speaks-to-nufctv/? Transcript of the marveaux interview. Impressed with his honesty saying we were not his first choice. Most people already new but big of him to say nonetheless

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jun 22, 2011 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #32

    Cheers mate

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 22, 2011 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #33

    a read somewher the other day tht wer back on the trail of Arda Turan cos he wants a new challenge or something but a cant think wher a seen it

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  • belfastmagpie87

    Jun 22, 2011 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #34

    apprentice………

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  • Andy

    Jun 22, 2011 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #35

    Belfast really? He’s the only real source! Damn, be back in an hour time for the Apprentice!

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  • Baro

    Jun 22, 2011 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #36

    I just watched that Alan and Graham Carr video, they seem to have a very good relationship, despite his son mentioning Graham is always scouting! That is good to hear! Is that Alan Pardew walking in the stands about half way in the video behind them 2 talking?

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  • toonthompson

    Jun 22, 2011 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #37

    on wiki it says blaise matuidi is a newcastle player and signed on the 22nd of june on a 5 year contract and is the expected captain ?????

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  • WWJBD

    Jun 22, 2011 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #38

    GT89
    I signed him on FM haha but I also signed Hazard so he never got a game….he got huffy so hes away on loan to Bayern Munich
    That is all I know of Turan haha

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  • Baro

    Jun 22, 2011 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #39

    GT89

    Ya i seen that too it was on newcastlerumours.co.uk

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  • Thump

    Jun 22, 2011 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #40

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,12876_7000958,00.html

    Can’t say I’m surprised. He’s hardly lived up to his potential.

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