Graham Carr Signs New Eight Year Deal With Newcastle


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.

Comments welcome.



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90 comments so far

  • Magpie_Man

    Jun 7, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #1

    Nice one. If he has a son he should train him up to be like him then we could off him a deal 🙂

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  • geordiesteve520

    Jun 7, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #2

    Please tell me that is a joke post – do you know who his son is? Not too sure he would be as adept as identifying footballing talent as his dad is! :p

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  • Manx Magpie

    Jun 7, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #3

    He does have a son, his name’s Alan Carr. Not so sure he’s one for football though.

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  • ITUNDERASHELL

    Jun 7, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #4

    Magpie Man, his son’s Alan Carr the comedian and chat show host.
    I bet the teams above us are worried.

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  • Tiotes_Stuntdouble

    Jun 7, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #5

    Magpie_Man…Have you not heard of the comedian Alan Carr before?!?

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  • ToonHeart

    Jun 7, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #6

    @Magpie_Man: Alan Carr on the pitch in a Newcastle shirt lol

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  • estechco

    Jun 7, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #7

    Reading between the lines, that’ll be him off to Spurs in the next few weeks!

    …Sorry couldn’t resist!

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  • Sir Asian Magpie

    Jun 7, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #8

    He does have a son. Unfortunately, he’s not the football type..!

    Chuffed with this, Graham Carr has been massive so far, and will continue to so long as he’s given support.

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  • martoon

    Jun 7, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #9

    This contract seems to go against Mike Ashley’s age & trophy signing policy. 🙂
    Seriously 8 years when you are 67 – I’m sure in practice he won’t work that long but it stops him scouting for anybody else and gives him a very nice pension!

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  • Klatoon

    Jun 7, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #10

    Remember our ” Friday signing announcement spree ” ? Gotta feeling its resuming tomorrow especially after Carr’s new contract announcement. who will it be, a CB,FB, striker?

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  • pardew no 1

    Jun 7, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #11

    his son is a legend and would cry if he broke a finger nail

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  • Sir Asian Magpie

    Jun 7, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #12

    I think its more Mike Ashley protecting his star scouting asset against any other club poaching him, as he’d get a hell of a lot more as compo than say for a 2 year contract.. Smart business.

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  • ITUNDERASHELL

    Jun 7, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #13

    Arise, Sir Graham Carr!

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 7, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #14

    Does Carr play CB?

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  • TorqToon

    Jun 7, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #15

    Great news and great business by Ashley and co. Well deserved!

    In other news, anybody see that the mail are reporting that QPR want to try and sign Olivier Giroud?!?!?! Behave like…!

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  • mattnufc

    Jun 7, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #16

    Fkn hell! Best signing of season

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  • markmac

    Jun 7, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #17

    beattie lol

    good move this, shows others he’s OURS! and wants to be aswel because he’s been the secret to our success… p.s id seen on here before about Alan Carr being his son and thought it was a joke???

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  • Dannyo

    Jun 7, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #18

    @sir asian
    Completely and utterly disagree.
    MA saves allot more than he’d ever make on Graham Carr. Basically we’re keeping him until he retires.
    The players he scout, and we get, on the cheap the next 8 years, by a million miles outweigh the compensation we’d get for Carr.
    U’ll be right if we make £200 mill off Carr in compensation. Maybe.

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  • therush12

    Jun 7, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #19

    Areet lads! 1st ever post even though I have read the blog for years!

    Great first signing of the season! hopefully now plenty more quality players to come in!

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  • nufc786

    Jun 7, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #20

    RIP defoe’s dad
    RIP Manuel Preciado- VILLAREALS MANAGER

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  • Sir Asian Magpie

    Jun 7, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #21

    Dannyo, I don’t diagree with the fact GC’s indispensable and what he’s identified so far has probably already outweighed however much we may pay him, but, I don’t think you can deny its a smart business move giving anyone let along carr an 8 year contract, similar to the 6 year deal Tiote got last year. Its protecting the asset in and solidifying further your investment..

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jun 7, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #22

    Beattie

    In response to earlier posts –

    Tottenham didn’t find the balance last year though, did they. They played kids in every Europa League game, and failed to qualify from a group containing PAOK, Rubin Kazan, and Shamrock Rovers!!!

    Atletico Madrid did well, yes, but they’re a much bigger club than us. Their players are on wages far outweighing ours, and they have a £40m striker up front!

    Athletic Bilbao are a club more comparable to ours, and they finished 11th in La Liga!

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  • geordie157

    Jun 7, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #23

    I’d love to see an article about scouts, ie qualifications, etc. some are ex footballers I know, but you never hear much about them and the jobs they do. Also who scouts the players for games etc, as they trend to be fairly accurate, I think everyone who hoped we had yaya sonogo on trial last year based their opinion on footfall manager.

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  • geordie157

    Jun 7, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #24

    I’d love to see an article about scouts, ie qualifications, etc. some are ex footballers I know, but you never hear much about them and the jobs they do. Also who scouts the players for games etc, as they trend to be fairly accurate, I think everyone who hoped we had sonogo on trial last year based their opinion on footfall manager.

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  • TorqToon

    Jun 7, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #25

    TDS Yes buy WE also have a £40m striker up front….Arise Pappis Cissé !!! 🙂

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  • TorqToon

    Jun 7, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #26

    * but (damn iPhone!)

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 7, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #27

    @geordie157 there’s lists of scouts in the “thanks to” sections in the back of the football manager manual. There’s hundreds of names.

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 7, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #28

    KKlatoon. Spending spree. 3signings announced in the next two days? I’ve doubts

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 7, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #29

    Well then we surely should play our kids in the europa leauge

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 7, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #30

    @markmac Alan is also a scout. Good at spotting a good tackle and a young man with “potential”.
    But this has all been said before

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 7, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #31

    But beattie i don’t have any kids

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 7, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #32

    You can use mine.

    I’ve got hundreds of the little shits

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 7, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #33

    Speaking of kids.

    Have we signed anyone yet? I mean anyone? Please tell me we have! I’m getting so frustrated

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  • brettsinsa

    Jun 7, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #34

    possibly the best bit of business we will do this season..
    SAGEORDIE OUT..

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 7, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #35

    Has the transfer sage turned up yet??

    I have a prediction for him. If I ever meet him im going to beat his ass with a ladel.

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  • nufc786

    Jun 7, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #36

    just asking why a ladel?

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 7, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #37

    Its a LADLE

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 7, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #38

    @ Indian

    It’s an iPhone

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 7, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #39

    Because I like to hit people with kitchen utensils

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  • nufc786

    Jun 7, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #40

    okay kitchen untensils do cause a lot of damage but really depends on what u use i guess…………

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