Graham Carr An Important Cog In The Newcastle Wheel


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.

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290 comments so far

  • davybtoon

    Aug 21, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #1

    nufc n spurs the only 2 teams in pl yet to concede a goal n spurs aint played a match yet long may it continue for us

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  • Barras

    Aug 21, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #2

    Can anyone give me the latest news on the possible deals of, Cissokho, Maibi and Pieters?

    Or if anyone knows any information on other possible new-comers, thanks.

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  • banjax

    Aug 21, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #3

    No doubt about his spotting talent, but if Ashley doesn’t buy any of his recommendations – what is the point ?

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 21, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #4

    barras – maiga declared himself unfit to play today despite being in the squad wud suggest a move will happen soon

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  • free giveaways

    Aug 21, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #5

    As long as Colo is here I think we’ll be solid defensively, if he goes we’re in trouble.

    I really hope we get Cissokho and Maiga. Cissokho is every bit as good as Enrique if not better and would be a much better buy than Pieters.

    Maiga looks like he has all the attributes to be a great striker. He’s not in Sochaux’s 18 man squad today, obviously desperate to join us.

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 21, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #6

    infact were the only team in all 4 english divisions not concede this season n spurs but they aint played yet

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  • magpie6699

    Aug 21, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #7

    Heard a lovely story about his son Alan. Apparently Graham asked him why on earth he wanted to go into the Performing Arts of all things. Alan said, “I can’t tell you, dad – but I could show you in expressive dance”!

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  • Barras

    Aug 21, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #8

    Thanks for the replies everyone. Absolutely clueless about Maiga, would rather sign someone quicker but I would be happy with him instead of no one.

    As for Cissokho, I think he would be a superb signing, as would Pieters, but would just rather Cissokho.

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  • Spuggy

    Aug 21, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #9

    Pards watching PSV today scouting peiters. I still think either him or Cissokho would be great buys, Cissokho probably out of Ashley’s price range. We defo won’t be buying both, with R taylor clearly seen as the utility man in case of injury. And of course there’s Ferguson who can fill in too although prob physique is more suited to the wing.

    Hope we get them sowed up soon! I for one am really positive about the squad we will have come Sept 1. We have a decent first 11 with depth and a raft of great youngsters coming through, I think the strategy is brilliant – I just wish Ashley would communicate what we’re doing with fans more.

    I fully expect us to lose players like Tiote and Cabaye in future because we are defo following the Arsenal model and with Chelsea, Liverpool and City paying way over the odds to get their man there’s little you can do. But if we can continue to replace with good players and start to bring youngsters thru then the future is bright – we need carr to stay and build on the excellent work done so far – scouting and developing young players is the new newcastle blueprint and I for one am a bog fan of this approach!

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  • Spuggy

    Aug 21, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #10

    big* 😉

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 21, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #11

    petiers playing centre back for psv today

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 21, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #12

    also we need to give sammi ameobi, tavernier n airey new deals all contracts run out end of the season along with kadar, inman, adjei n zambrella n connor newton

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  • Spuggy

    Aug 21, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #13

    Can he play across the back four?

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  • roblee7

    Aug 21, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #14

    just watching man city….does anyone else find it wierd how gareth barry n milner manage to get games there? know barry scored a screamer just before, but otherwise iv always found him one of the most disappointing footballers to watch, very one dimensional. Milner, i found him soooo frustrating as a toon player, good lad, model pro, but no end product and that doesnt seem to have changed much for me…

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  • mattnufc

    Aug 21, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #15

    We would be f***ed if we didnt have Carr and the current regime. We’d be still buying players such as Xisco. Can’t sell him for even £35

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  • Marty-Toon

    Aug 21, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #16

    Off topic but why was Cabaye doing Obertans job yesterday in chasing lost causes and pressurising the keeper?
    Thought he was useless yesterday

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  • kevymartins

    Aug 21, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #17

    We undefeated We undefeated We undefeated We undefeated keep her lit

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  • Andy

    Aug 21, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #18

    GOAL! 2-3 bolton goal

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 21, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #19

    marty-toon – bcoz cabaye was playing more behind shola n obertan ws out wide

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  • Mystic Mikes' iron curtain

    Aug 21, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #20

    Poor from Joe Hart there; move your feet then dive. That header went in slow-mo!

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  • roblee7

    Aug 21, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #21

    one player in particular im very glad we never signed and were linked with a few times, Nigel Reo Coker…truly awful player

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 21, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #22

    out of the prem, championship, league1, league2, scot prem, dutch league, german league n french league were the only team along with spurs yet to concede this season long may it continue
    not often u can say that bout a toon side i know its only 2 games in but HWTL

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  • kevymartins

    Aug 21, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #23

    Hada go an start shitty tech soon depressed 🙁

    wish i was MA’s son haha (not)

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  • cjcox88

    Aug 21, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #24

    Guys looks like Maiga is on his way given he wasn’t in the squad for Sochaux today. I dont know how any of you guys can not want him given you obviously haven’t seen much of him play. Wait and see how he does!

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  • mashearer

    Aug 21, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #25

    roblee agree with barry with the abundance of quality in city squad i cant believe he is still in 1st team..but on milner i think he is good enough

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  • gorgonzola

    Aug 21, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #26

    CARR is THE reason we are doing the way we are doing if that TWAT WISE was about we would for sure have been relegated ….its horrible….

    Been watching the Bolton Citey game, what a screamer….

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  • roblee7

    Aug 21, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #27

    mashearer….yeah, think maybes being a bit harsh on milner actually, he’s come on loads since he was at newcastle n has really bulked out in size, was just a scrawny kid when we had him!

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  • kevymartins

    Aug 21, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #28

    Im praying that we sign cissokho . . .He look quality

    +i would love maiga …never seen him play but he has to be good if they valued him @£10m

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  • roblee7

    Aug 21, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #29

    if we could have just one of man city’s players who would it be? i think id have to go for david silva…unbelievable player….the way he plays is very barcelona-esque, like football magnets stuck in his boots

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  • gorgonzola

    Aug 21, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #30

    ?eko…..thats the player we want

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  • gorgonzola

    Aug 21, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #31

    DEKO ….blog doesnt support slavic alphabet 😀

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  • roblee7

    Aug 21, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #32

    gorgonzola…haha, yeah, he’d b immense…i reckon he’s guna score bucketloads this season, his confidence seems to grow with every game, think his price tag dented his confidence big time when he first signed for them, but now he’s settled he’s perfect target man. actually, when you think he was like 8 million cheaper than andy carroll….makes him look like an absolute bargain!

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  • pardew no 1

    Aug 21, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #34

    pardew is goin to watch pieters tonight well that is what sky believe i hope this right he is top class i watched some of his games just a great defender

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  • niafron

    Aug 21, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #35

    Don’t panic, i translate:

    “This an offer you can’t decline…For the club or for me…This is an important offer. I think…i hope…the board can understand this. This is something who doesn’t happen every day.
    It’s an opportunity for me, if it doesn’t happen…well, this is not the end of the world…

    Also it would be profitable for them as it would be for me, so i don’t see the reason for them to refuse up to the end.”

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  • dave 1961

    Aug 21, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #36

    just about finished getting the game onto dvd its been a pain as one file was broken, but got it fixed at third attempt, this game will get some playtime just wish it was hd, but you can’t have it always. it will also keep the father in law happy.

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  • Graeme

    Aug 21, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #37

    Could you imagine how good we could be if Mr Carr could find us a “Tiote” equivalent for every position??

    Man, we would have some amazing team and would defo finish top 6 every year – only stumbling block I can see – getting the FCB to stump up!!

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  • gorgonzola

    Aug 21, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #38

    Roblee7

    Exactly mate… exaclty that…well said…. :))))

    Niafron man o man would be good for him to come perhaps we get TWO new strikers….now that would be something…

    To be honest on the LB side either would do…

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  • roblee7

    Aug 21, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #39

    niafron – why does nobody on here want us to sign this Maiga guy? I’ve never even heard of him or seen him play!

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  • Andy

    Aug 21, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #40

    Graeme we’d be good for the first 5 matches. The 6th match the whole team would be suspended! Actually did cheik get booked yday?

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