It’s not surprising that Newcastle Chief Scout Graham Carr has given lots of interviews to the local papers today.
Mike Ashley – great vision for Newcastle
That’s after he was handed a new eight year deal to keep him as Cheif Scout at Newcastle until 2020 – we should be European Champions by then. 😀
And one thing we’ve noticed about Graham is that he gives some good insights into the club and how it is run, and he also seems to like the owner Mike Ashley, and certainly the both of them seem to get on very well.
This is what Graham had to say to the local press today about Ashley:
“I was excited by his vision.” “A lot of people have doubted Mike Ashley, but every time I have met him it’s been positive all of the time.” “It’s very positive and he’s really committed – that’s the most pleasing thing.”
“It must be for Alan Pardew too, because he’s got money to sign on players too.” “Even with scouting or organisation – you still need somebody to put the money in.”
“When you are putting the sort of money in that he is, it must be very difficult to keep finding it.” “It is a very professionally run club these days, from the top right through.”
“The coaching side too, with Alan Pardew in place.” “Whenever I go to the training ground I see that is well run, and the people at the ground too like Lee Charnley and Tony Toward.”
“It’s just well organised all the way through.” “Mike has been positive all the time and he’s never put any doubts into my mind.” “And there has been no indication he is about to jump ship.”
When Mike first came in there were some initial disasters for the club, and after a couple of years those culminated in the Magpies being relegated from the Premier League, for the first time ever.
But over the last three years, Mike’s thrifty management of the club, where he has put the emphasis on youth and building up the scouting network under Carr, and getting some stellar deals in the transfer market, seems to be paying big dividends.
With the UEFA Financial Fair Play Rules soon coming into full effect, Newcastle seem to be very positioned to balance their books, and indeed over the last financial year the club lost only £3.9M on the day to day operations.
And when you take into account the transfer dealings Newcastle had, they were in the black, and there’s not too many Premier League clubs can claim that at the moment.