Chief Scout Graham Carr is becoming an important cog in the Newcastle wheel these days.
Graham Carr – top Chief Scout at Newcastle
Graham is one of the “brains trust” on Newcastle transfers, and the group also includes manager Alan Pardew, Secretary Lee Charnley and Managing Director Derek Llambias.
The Corbridge-born 66 year-old lives in Northampton, and is the one who scouts out the players each week during the season, and recommends top talent to Alan Pardew.
Owner Mike Ashley has to okay all the deals of course, and as we saw last week that Mike is not always willing to shell out the big bucks, if he doesn’t think the players are worth the valuation their clubs place on them.
Graham is the one who had scouted Cheick Tiote, and helped sign the player from FC Twente last summer, after he had scouted Cheick for over three years before he was signed by Newcastle.
Graham has been in the Chief Scout job at Newcastle for about eighteen months now, and Graham has vast previous experience in football.
He managed at several clubs including Dartford, Weymouth, Nuneaton Borough, Northampton Town, Blackpool, Maidstone United, Kettering Town and Dagenham & Redbridge.
Graham managed between 1977 and 1996 and that followed a playing career as a half-back (midfielder) at Northampton Town York City and Bradford Park Avenue from 1962 through the mid 970s.
Carr was a scout working under manager David Pleat at Tottenham, and he worked in the same capacity at both Manchester City and Notts County under former England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson, and he stays in regular contact with the Leicester City manager.
Graham joined Newcastle in February of 2010 as their chief scout following the departure of Director of Football Dennis Wise.
It seems obvious now that Newcastle will not be signing big-fee players in the near future, but rather they will try to pick up younger players, who have the skill to mature and improve into top players.
And of course two top French youngsters are on trial at Newcastle right now, and they both play at French club Lens.
19 year-end Daniel Situ-Buyente (Danny Situ) and 20 year-old William Rémy, both played and both scored in the Reserves 5-0 win last week against Gateshead Reserves, and these two could well end up on Newcastle’s books very soon.
It’s players like these and other youngsters already signed on such as Shane Ferguson Haris Vuckic, Mehdi Abeid, James Tavernier and Sammy Ameobi who Newcastle will hope can come through the ranks on Tyneside.
And then Newcastle will not need to buy too many high fee players like in the past, and of course the strategy is a good one, but it’s easier said than done.
In order to make Newcastle’s policy work, and work well, you need a top talent like Graham Carr, who has massive experience in football and can spot the top youngsters early in their careers.
Carr is essentially doing the job that Dennis Wise had at the club until he left in early 2010, but probably without the huge wages that Wise was getting.
Graham also has good relationships with the other members of the Newcastle transfer committee or brains trust, and he has an apartment in Newcastle, as he comes up frequently from his home in Northampton to discuss targets.
Graham has been impressive in the 18 months he’s been at the club, and he’s certainly now an important cog in the Newcastle wheel.