67 year-old Graham Carr has given a long interview, and he’s taken some of the mystery away of what exactly he does for Newcastle, and how Newcastle are able to sign new players.
Graham Carr – done great job at Newcastle the last two years
Graham was born in Corbridge, Northumberland way back in 1944, and he’s even older than I am.
And he’s now been at the club just over two year as the Chief Scout, and is essentially doing the job once held by Derek Wise at the club, although he doesn’t have the fancy title of Football Director.
Graham has explained what he does for Newcastle, and says that Ashley and LLambias have to take credit for the turnaround at Newcastle, since he’s been here:
“I’m the Chief Scout at Newcastle. I went there with Chris Hughton in February, 2010, and I’ve been there just over two years and basically, I’m just recruiting players.”
“‘I’ve been doing the scouting job for fourteen years. I was at Tottenham for five years, Chief Scout at Manchester City for seven, and I’ve been mostly in Europe as well, so I’ve been been on the job for quite a long time.”
“I go and pick up three matches in Holland, three in France over the weekend, or midweek, or in Germany and I get a list of names together, sit down with the manager, Derek Llambias and Lee Charnley and our staff and we discuss them.”
“Then, if we think we want to sign one then Lee Charnley goes and gets a price for him.” “The club have got to take a lot of credit – Derek Llambias works hard, Mike Ashley, they’ve put the money there.”
“They’ve took the necessary stick from the supporters. On the outside looking in, I was a bit like what’s happened at Newcastle in the past.” But, since I’ve been in there working for them, I can’t speak too highly of them.”
And Graham is very complimentary on Alan Pardew, and has said this about the Newcastle manager:
“I think Alan Pardew’s done a great job because he’s actually organised the side into a winning side. Cheick Tiote has improved. Hatem Ben Arfa, he was a little bit temperamental in France. He’s a talented player who played for the French national side two years ago.”
“He had a problem, he fell asleep on the bench when he was at Lyon. But I think Alan Pardew’s putting an arm around him now and has got him playing to his true capabilities. Yohan Cabaye had a get out clause in his contract which was a major signing for us.”
“He was valued at £10M, but we found out he had a clause for £4.5M, so that really gave us the green light to go out and sign him and the club worked hard to get him.” “Cheick Tiote was available at the right price, at the right time.”
“Hatem Ben Arfa had played in the national side for France, we got him on loan.” “Then we’ve had Cabaye and Cisse come in, and Sylvain Marveaux too, who hasn’t played yet.” “Those are the players I was involved with.”
“I think at Newcastle that we haven’t been able to pay the big fees, so we’ve gone for what you might call realistic targets .” “But I just go and watch matches.”
It’s good that Graham has given another good interview yesterday, because he tends to let the fans know what’s going on, and how the Newcastle club work together on their transfer targets.
So all we want to know now from Graham is – who are the targets for the summer?
Who do you think they are?