Well would you believe it – news on the Newcastle site has just gone up, that Chief Scout Graham Carr has signed a new eight-year contract with Newcastle United.
Graham Carr – eight year deal at Newcastle – great!
Graham is not young, and he’s just one month older than myself, which will make him75 when his contract is up in 2020, and we hope that means he will have brought a lot more top players to Newcastle in that time-frame.
And an interesting fact on Graham is that his son Alan Carr is a top comedian, best known for co-presenting The Friday Night Project and hosting his own show called Alan Carr: Chatty Man.
The new deal for Graham is obviously key in making Newcastle United into one of the top European clubs over the next several years, and he has the full confidence of everybody at Newcastle, including the fans.
Graham has that rare skill of being able to spot a very good player, and his skill over the last 30 months in his scouting, is one reason why Newcastle have done so well.
And Graham was the one to scout players like Hatem Ben Arfa, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba and Sylvain Marveaux and bring them to Tyneside, so he has already saved Newcastle millions and millions of pounds.
Newcastle’s Managing Director Derek Llambias had this to say today:
“We are delighted to have agreed an eight-year deal with Graham, and very pleased that he has committed his long-term future to the club.”
“He has been instrumental in helping us to bring some truly exceptional players to Newcastle United, and he has deservedly built one of the best reputations in the business.”
“Graham works tirelessly to identify talented young players from across the world, and has done a magnificent job over the last two years. He has the complete faith and support of the owner, the board and the manager.”
“And it is excellent news that the club will continue to benefit from his expertise for many years to come.”
We have to think the compensation Graham is getting from Newcastle is high, because he is essentially doing the job of once Director of Football, Dennis Wise, who was paid £1M a year by the club, and his remit was to bring in one top player a year.
Graham has been much better than Dennis ever was at Newcastle.
Graham Carr was born in Corbridge in Northumberland, and has been at the Tyneside club since February of 2010, when he was brought in by then manager Chris Hughton, who knew Graham from his scouting days at Tottenham Hotspur.
This is very good news for Newcastle.