Graham Carr – Newcastle United A Big, Big Draw Overseas

Graham Carr has done a great job so far at Newcastle,  in the almost two years he’s been the Chief Scout on Tyneside.

Chief Scout Graham Carr – important cog in Newcastle wheel

And we expect Graham is lining up some new players who Newcastle will go after in January, and then next summer, as the thrifty Newcastle management team seem to be successfully building a very decent squad, even though they are not spending much money doing it.

Things are upbeat on Tyneside at the moment,  with Newcastle in 4th position in the league,  but the positive mood is also because the seven new players brought in over the summer have definitely made the squad stronger.

And there are some very skillful players in that bunch like Yohan Cabaye, Davide Santon, Demba Ba, Sylvain Marveaux and Gabriel Obertan.

We would expect the French league to be another happy hunting ground for Newcastle in the year ahead.

Graham Carr watches players continuously,  so he can make a better judgement on them, and he says France is not the only country Newcastle have well covered:

“We won’t just watch a player once. With someone like Cheik Tiote, 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 Arsène 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. 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.”

“Being a Geordie and having supported Newcastle gives me a bit of an advantage, I think,” “You look at some players who are talented, but you just have to say: ‘They’re not a Newcastle United player.” 

Newcastle will be an even bigger draw in France these days than the club was even last summer, because the French speaking players who have arrived at the club, continue to talk in glowing terms about the setup at Newcastle.

That can only help the Newcastle recruitment program, and of course staying high up in the Premier League will also be a huge draw for players.

And Alan Pardew’s terrific man-management skills have allowed him to manage the few egos on Tyneside, and he has the players thinking always about a team ethic, and that cannot be bad.

We expect at least one new signing in January, and maybe as many as three, and with Graham Carr carefully grading the players he watches, we have to be confident that he can unearth a few more top players in the category of Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye.

Things are definitely looking up on Tyneside these days, and long may that continue.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far


    Oct 8, 2011 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #1

    Great man, great words… Helped Newcastle progress in the transfer window 🙂

  • marcos_nufc

    Oct 8, 2011 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #2

    Congratulations Graham Carr. Keep up the good job! I think this is the only way to get good players. I mean, follow a player from the begining of his career and offer him a contract at the right time as it is very difficult to buy an experienced player because it would cost a lot of money.

  • fungus44

    Oct 8, 2011 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #3

    in Graham Carr we trust

  • boater

    Oct 9, 2011 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #4

    ED – with respect these quotes are six months old. Just because a national paper belatedly runs them to fill out an article to spec doesn’t make it news.

  • StuW

    Oct 9, 2011 at 1:36 AM

    Comment #5

    From what we have learnt, if Carr says they are good enough, then 999 times out of 1000, they are. There is one person I trust to bring in the top players, it is Graham Carr, who, from what I have heard/read, is one of the top scouts in Europe.

    I just hope he is the one who finds our next numebr 9

  • NorseMag

    Oct 9, 2011 at 2:23 AM

    Comment #6

    Feeling the pressure of keeping the article-per-hour ratio up here?

    Fantastic blog, but sometimes quality really gives way to quantity here.

  • ginkoh

    Oct 9, 2011 at 3:48 AM

    Comment #7

    Don’t know how can we’re all thankful for him.. Long may continue. Good job Carr ! HWTL !

  • Robby Bobson

    Oct 9, 2011 at 4:10 AM

    Comment #8

    I cant tell if ashley is lucky or a very shrewd man.

    After the failures of wise and jimenez and co….did he just think ok lets consolodate and get a cheaper alternative, or was it ok that failed, lets get someone with experience and real knowledge in??? Only he knows…

    But the scouting is how it should be….before we spend 5 million get the scout to watch him 10+ times and pardew shown footage of
    him as well as his own scouting missions.

    Also with the overhaul in the summer….it seems like amateurism selling the likes of carroll, nolan and barton and hoping french replacements would just get the.job done…..or was it an intentional change of emphasis on the style of players we were.bringing in to get more technical classy players?

    My instinct says it was luck more than a strategic footballing plan…but there is that.nigging suspician that the owners are.very switched on to creating a new classy fluid image to the team.

  • Robby Bobson

    Oct 9, 2011 at 4:17 AM

    Comment #9

    Except llambias whos a.numpty who couldnt agree a fee.for a player unless the selling club wanted.rid (obertan), have a release clause (cabaye) or another team have worked out the asking price (ruiz).

  • Super Simmo Strikes Again

    Oct 9, 2011 at 5:19 AM

    Comment #10

    My Team for Spurs, (under the assumption that Cabaye is not 100% due to injury in France’s Game)

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Ben Arfa~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

  • traceline

    Oct 9, 2011 at 6:17 AM

    Comment #11

    Isn’t ba injured?

    Have long thought that GC is the real ‘power behind the throne’ and doing a great job.


  • traceline

    Oct 9, 2011 at 6:18 AM

    Comment #12

    Not HSBC (Damn you auto correct)



    Oct 9, 2011 at 6:42 AM

    Comment #13

    There are two spanners in the works who could upset the applecart:

    One is Llambias who is a complete plonker and just does,nt have a clue what he,s doing! If he left we would be a good deal better off!

    And the other ,of course is Ashley himself, who i just don,t trust as far as regards transfers and the general running of the club! Happily he has,nt made a bad decision in the last few months and seems to be keeping away and letting the rest get on with it!

    I can,t help thinking though, that after a few injuries and a few bad losses against the big guns! We,ll slide down the table and back to where everyone else says we should of been around about now!
    For the moment though, lets enjoy our fourth place for as long as we can!!!

  • ganiyu

    Oct 9, 2011 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #14

    @13 what if we keep going up….dont be so negative. I doubt you are aware this nufc players are different from the ones you have watched over the years.
    If you look at the squad you will notice its an unpredictable group of players with plenty suprises to come.

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Oct 9, 2011 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #15

    We also have a secret weapon. If Ben Arfa can get back to form he’ll set the PL alight . With Cabaye and Tiote behind him our central midfield will be solid. Our defence and GK is also a solid unit and Ba and even Gutierrez are starting to score. We just need to play Marveaux on the right instead of Obertan as I think Marveaux works harder + has a better final ball and can cut inside like most good wingers do nowadays (Young, Nani, Downing, Johnson)

  • sammydolan

    Oct 9, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #16

    NorseMag – why don’t you set up and run a website and write articles yourself if you think you can do a better job. Ungrateful twat.

  • cyprus

    Oct 9, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #17

    Ahem, who hired this amazing bloke? Should we give him any credit at all?

  • Chaz

    Oct 9, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #18

    Agree with ‘boater’ that this is an old story – but certainly a story that we should revisit regularly because Graham Carr has done a sterling job for us since joining the staff at NUFC. I hope he’s on the sort of contract where he gets a small percentage of any ‘sell on’ profit that the clubs make and also a ‘NUFC games played’ bonus and a ‘%below set price signed for’ bonus! After all Mad Mike loves to ‘incentivise’ his employees! 😉

  • The Eternal Optimist

    Oct 9, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #19

    when i started in my job i knew nothing about my product and was sent on meetings to fail. After one or two meetings i learnt what i was doing wrong, and what prospective clients wanted from me. I made amendments to my initial pitch and adapted pragmatically to become good enough to succeed in my industry.

    Ashley had zero experience of running a football club- he has learned on the job. It’s not ideal, he’s made mistakes, but like a good businessman he’s corrected his errors, hired the right staff and made progress.

    Now get behind the team! (and if you need a telecommunications solution for your business come to me! lol)

  • Benton Toon Exile

    Oct 9, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #20

    Cyprus mate I think you will find Chris Mort hired him just before he left!

  • cupiddstunt

    Oct 9, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #21

    Robby Bobson @ # 8

    I get what you are saying but do you really think such a mass change was down to luck?

    The Carroll saga in my opinion was an excellent bit of business £35 mil for an unproven just into the prem player (who is carrying baggage just like Barton) and could self destruct at any time.

    To rip (what was supposed to be) the heart out of the team and replace it with SEVEN unknowns, but not only did the team NOT miss a beat it improved and plays better that before with no apparent lack or loss of enthusiasm and team ethic.

    Your instinct says luck? I think it’s time you bought a new instinct as yours appears to be broken. When you change players on this scale but still have them fit in, I think you have to give credit to scout and manager for a job exceedingly well done and stop letting the folks at the top colour your views.

    Traceline @ # 12

    I know you meant HWGC but I think HSBC fits nicely as it appears you can BANK on GC as well.

  • joppadoni

    Oct 9, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #22

    Robby… stop using ya galaxy s2 when reading this blog lol

  • chuck

    Oct 9, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #23

    One thing you can be assured of on Ed’s. blog is a positive spin, seldom if ever does he revert to reality.
    NUFC a big draw overseas ?
    Well perhaps for those who’s goal is to get to the EPL , where every football pro. knows, is where the money’s at !
    Explain to me why any player with any ambition would want to join a club who’s most recent silverware was fifty years ago ?
    If it’s fans you mean by a big draw, then explain why we have no overseas sales of shirts to speak of ?
    And i had to laugh at the reference to Pardew’s having, “great man management skills”
    Ed. tell me how do you ascertain that , from four thousand miles away ?
    Please, you are beginning to sound like a part of, the club PR department.

  • valle

    Oct 9, 2011 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #24

    Sammydolan… Why dont you just keep that puke to yourself and stfu, he has a point and he is sure as h*ll entitled to air it.

  • magpiebop

    Oct 10, 2011 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #25

    The way the club is being run is down to Ashley simple as. It’s well acknowledged that Ashley has the final say on everything so therefore has to take the most credit surely?

  • jakesome

    Oct 10, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #26

    @Super Simmo Strikes Again….we play that formation against spurs we may aswell bend over and take it from them

  • magpiebop

    Oct 10, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #27

    What are you on about? We haven’t lost in 13 games and have the best squad since Keegans Entertainers and that’s not spin as our reserves would beat most Premier league teams. You must be a makem!

  • jakesome

    Oct 10, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #28

    @27 magpiebop
    fu*kin ay


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