Chris Hughton was the one who brought in Graham Carr to Newcastle, in February of 2010, when Chris was the Newcastle manager.
Chris Hughton – with the Championship trophy in 2010
Graham worked in scouting for Tottenham Hotspur’s David Pleat, and after he left Tottenham he worked at both Manchester City and Notts County under former England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson.
Carr is highly regarded in the game, and certainly in just over two years he has identified a lot of good players for Newcastle, including Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse and others.
But Chris was sacked in December of 2010, and it’s not often recognized that it was Chris who was responsible for bringing Carr to Newcastle.
This is what Chris told the local papers this morning:
“I had worked with Graham at Tottenham and knew all about how good he was.” “When the opportunity came to bring him to Newcastle he was always someone that I was interested in.”
“I knew what he could do, I knew what his strengths were and when he was at Tottenham he already had a very good knowledge of the English and Irish market.”
“In recent years he has developed that knowledge of the Continent, and you would say there are not many out there who have a better knowledge on that.”
“It was invaluable to have that sort of knowledge base alongside me when I was at the club and you have to say he has been a terrific appointment by Newcastle.”
Chris landed on his feet after leaving Newcastle, and eventually took over Birmingham City as their manager last summer.
And even though Chris lost most of his top players following relegation, he still managed to patch together a good team, that was knocked out of the play-offs for promotion by Blackpool, after finishing 4th in the league table with 76 points, one point better off than Blackpool.
And if you believe the news at the moment, Chris could be back managing in the Premier League next season with West Brom, and it would be great to be able to welcome Chris back to Newcastle, after all he did for the club in our time of great need.