Graham Carr – One Of The Most Important People At Newcastle

Graham Carr is the Newcastle United Chief Scout, and we are trusting that Graham and his team have some top players lined up for the summer transfer window.

Graham Carr – one of the most important people at Newcastle

Graham is now 67 years-old,  and was born in Corbridge in Northumberland, and he has a wealth of experience in football.

After having a decent playing and management  career, he went into scouting, where he seems to have significant talent in being able to pick out good players.

He became a scout for Tottenham Hotspur working under David Pleat, and since then has had scouting positions at at both Manchester City and Notts County, working under the former England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson.

He finally joined Newcastle in 2010 as Chief Scout, and he came in to essentially replace Dennis Wise, who had been Director of Football,  and previously had the remit to look for players for the first team, and also for the Development and Youth squads.

There was a meeting at Newcastle on Wednesday to discuss transfer targets,  and it was attended by the likes of Derek LLambias, Alan Pardew, Graham Carr and Peter Beardsley, who is now the Newcastle Football Development manager.

Peter Beardlsey had some good words to say about Chief Scout Graham Carr, who we think is now a key man in the Newcastle transfer strategy:

“Graham Carr is one of the most important people. The job he is doing is incredible.” “The great thing is, he is from Newcastle originally, so he knows what is expected.”

“He knows what the Geordies want to see on the field. When you look at Cisse’s strike on his debut, I think there might be a few more there.”

Graham Carr has proved to be a very important cog in Newcastle’s wheel  since he arrived two years ago, and he has already been responsible for identifying and scouting the likes of  Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Mehdi Abeid and Papiss Cisse, as players who Newcastle should sign, and who can make the grade on Tyneside.

Graham and his team have done all the leg work to identify new players that Newcastle United will attempt to bring in over the summer months, and it could be an exciting time for Newcastle fans, that’s for sure.

And it seems our first signing has already been accomplished as Newcastle have signed 22 year-old Romain Amalfitano from French club  Reims, on a three-year deal last Thursday – and the attacking midfielder Romain signed a pre-contract agreement last Thursday.

We hope there will be many more good players through the door this summer, and we are looking to Graham Carr to help secure even more top deals for Newcastle, before September eventually  rolls around.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • gorgonzola

    Mar 16, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #1

    dude is a God

  • Beattie25

    Mar 16, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #2

    I wish, hope and pray to every god in existence that Carr gets the backing this summer more than ever.

    We have the potential to turn ourselves into a top 4 team and with the investment we would do it.

    Just 6 players are the difference and I hope that Ashley and Pardew can see that , if not I’ll be mortified and I don’t know when we will have an opportunity like this again.

    It’s not even spending 30 million on players, around 15 million couled fire us into top 4.

    What do you think? Will it happen?

  • Dannyo

    Mar 16, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #3

    Graham Carr is the KK and SBR of scouting. Nearly everything he touches turns golden. I hope he lives forever.

  • Dannyo

    Mar 16, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #4

    4 first team players are prio imo, then bring on the youngsters i think.
    Everything else depends if established first teamers leave.

    That’s my predictions.

  • Klatoon

    Mar 16, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #5

    Back in for Pieters are we? A backline of

    Santon Staylor Colo Pieters

    would be class,make it happen Ashley.

  • Beattie25

    Mar 16, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #6

    Dannyo you are spot on.

    4 first team players and a couple of good youngsters to add depth and I honestly believe top 4 is realistic, and I’m mr negative at the minute.

    We really have the potential and with the passion our team has we could emulate Bilbao last night IMO.

    I just keep my fingers crossed that I aint dreaming!

  • Beattie25

    Mar 16, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #7

    Klatoon is that something you’ve heard/being reported or is it wishful thinking?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 16, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #8

    Due to who we all think will be leaving in the summer,the four first teamers have to be two defenders and two strikers then.

  • geoff777

    Mar 16, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #9

    Lots of comments on an earlier thread about getting 35M for Carroll being a no-brainer.

    What at what price does selling Tiote become a no-brainer. 25M?

    Would it be worth selling him to pay for four or five quality players to improve the squad. Rhodes, Pieters, Hoillett + a Tiote placement?

  • Dannyo

    Mar 16, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #10

    An LB, a CB, an RW/Striker a Striker.
    That should cover it imo.

  • Beattie25

    Mar 16, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #11

    Jfa I would say 2 defenders (Pieters and a Douglas) an ACM (Corgnet) and a RW/LW (Hoilett).

    Then we need a young CB, a young CF and maybe a young GK.

    If it was my club i would sign Diame cos I think he is great and he’s on a free and again if we were at old Trafford 1-0 up with 20 minutes left, Tiota and Diame would see anything out.

  • Toon Tang

    Mar 16, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #12

    good defensive lineup with saylor in there but you would always have to factor in that he will never be fit for a full season and will only ever get a short run of games. you could get excellent defensive cover for him on this promise

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 16, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #13

    That would keep everyone happy imo,I read on here this morning that Pieters failed a dope test according to Twitter,don’t know if its the coffee shop type or the performance enhancing variety.

  • martoon

    Mar 16, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #14

    What I find incredible about Bilbao is they only have Basque players (or at least with some Basque heritage). Imagine if Newcastle only had players from the North East or North East connections – we’d be searching for Geordie genes in a lot Frenchmen 😉

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 16, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #15

    We have to presume Lover and Ranger will deffo be gone,I was hoping Best as well but if they go with what you think, I suppose Best will have to stay on as back up.

  • martoon

    Mar 16, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #16

    Beattie25 @11 – I watched the second half of the Schalke v’s FC Twente match – Douglas was woeful – starting to have second thoughts about him.

  • Dannyo

    Mar 16, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #17

    No clue mate, i heard the same thing, but i dunno if Pieters even has a genuine twitter account.

  • Klatoon

    Mar 16, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #18

    Beattie25,its in todays Journal @MsiDouglas ran a full story about it,apparently the NUFC hierachy see Santon as the long term RB especially with Simmo’s contract complications.

    Sorry im no good at posting links but would have 🙂

  • Beattie25

    Mar 16, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #19


    I have never been sure of him in honesty. I said ages ago he reminds me of boumsong.

    He is on a free though so it is only logical we will go for him. I’d prefer caulker, m’bwia or verthogen!


    In an ideal world we would get rid of Willo, Simmo, perch, gosling, smith, ranger, lover and best and bring in quality first teams and youngster to replace them.

    But i think Pards will keep best even though I have never rated him.

  • wingspan

    Mar 16, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #20

    Boys i dont wanna be the pessimist here but we are not 4 players away from a top team, no way! Mancity, Man utd guaranteed top 4 next season, spurs alreasdy have an amazing squad, Arsenal have a decent squad and were no way near 4 player off having the calibre of squads they have and dont forget that they will be adding in the summer too. Then youve got chelsea who are also better and have massive financial backing.

    I hate liverpool so dont want to mention them because i dont think our squads are too far apart currently, it depends on how well each team buys in the summer i suppose. Hopefully liverpool stick to there track record and we stick to ours.

    So were 4 players off a squad that can consoildat 6or7th next yr in my eyes which is still a great achievement for a club that was relegated a couple of seasons ago.

    I dont like being the pessimistic but i like being realistic. The success of our early season was largely because of us doing better than expected, which creates good feeling. If u sent expectations too high, the pressure can become too much and things come crumbling down. Look how weve stuttered of late because there is nw the pressure of qualifying for europe.

    Dont set your expectations too high!!

  • max

    Mar 16, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #21

    good luck to him

  • davis_toons

    Mar 16, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #22

    What at what price does selling Tiote become a no-brainer. 25M?

    Would it be worth selling him to pay for four or five quality players to improve the squad. Rhodes, Pieters, Hoillett + a Tiote placement?

    Thats a hard question to answer..

    1) but if a 25million comes in then we will talk about that..haha (from the looks of it, i think is very hard now to see a 25m bid)

    2)I would keep rather keep Tiote a certain starting 11 and built slowly around the team every season but he must be willing to stay. His heart must be here. (This will take time but stability)

    3) Lastly of course, selling him to bring in the likes of player will do us nothing too bad as well but we will face with uncertainty. ie. Just like GObtan(NotSure) or even Santon(Young), SMarv(InjuryPrn), Cisse(will he liveup to e no.9 shirt)


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