Graham Carr – Mike Ashley Showed Great Faith In Me


Graham Carr has admitted that the trust in him showing in particular by owner Mike Ashley,  is one of the main reasons he has been so successful as Newcastle’s Chief Scout.

Graham Carr – a happy man at Newcastle

The Newcastle Chief Scout, whose star has risen rapidly on Tyneside over the last couple of years,  as he has brought in top players like Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse, had this to say about his time at Newcastle – his home town club:

“To be fair, I have done this job 14 years and Newcastle have had the most faith in me.” “That is a massive thing.”  “If you like the people you work for and like the club it’s a lovely job. It is hard work.”

“In the winter when they are playing in northern France it is as cold as it is in England, especially at night.”  “You have to do everything still though and you think ‘I could be sitting at home or in the pub’, but it is all part of finding the players and I wouldn’t swap it for the world.”

“It’s an excellent feeling. But you can’t dwell too long.”“When you sit round a table with Derek and Mike and they talk about targets you have to have some bottle.”  “When you are saying to spend eight or nine million of somebody’s else’s money and you start spluttering you have to be sure.”

“People do say: ‘Oh he’s a good player or he can play’, but you have to be sure when you pay all that money.”  “Derek has a saying and always asks: ‘Is he a nap?’ And I have to give them the answer.” “But they’re great people and nobody will ever change my opinion.”

“I’ve always said that I couldn’t fault Mike or Alan Pardew.”

We think that’s one of the reasons Newcastle fired Chris Hughton, was because Chris wasn’t strong enough in taking an active role during the transfer negotiations.

Of course,  at the time Chris had little to no experience of transfers, because as an assistant coach, you just don’t get very involved in that side of things at any club.

But we’re pleased Chris has landed on his feet and now has a plum job at Norwich, and it will be great to welcome him back to St. James’ Park next season.

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69 comments so far

  • RonVanDam

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #1

    1st in a long time haha. F U indian

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  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #2

    Lol Ron…

    Why has Cabaye not tweeted yet?!

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  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #3

    Stop this non-sense of 1st and so on.. Go on to the running track and be first you dammies.

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  • RonVanDam

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #4

    Must be slow news day. Same story on Carr since he signed his 8 year contract but different wording

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  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #5

    Cabaye not tweeted because he is pissed by NUFC fans, who are writing 1st and so on on this blog.

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  • RonVanDam

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #6

    The longer we wait to sign De Jong his value will keep increasing and before the transfer window ends, there will be 5 other teams linked to him and we will miss out.

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  • Whoarya.com

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #7

    Del boy using the word nap reminds me of playing Napoleon in cards and you have to be certain to call it?

    We are well set up to take advantage of the market which is brilliant news

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #8

    Who do people think is gonna qualify from group a?

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  • RonVanDam

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #9

    Olivier Giroud wouldve made a good number 10 for us.

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  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #10

    from group a Russia and Czek Rep.

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  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #11

    @Cwarr,
    I, for one, do not give a crap about Group A.
    Hypothetically, if England and France were to qualify from Group D; who would they play in the quarters?

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  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #12

    @Ron,
    Is he really worth more than Cisse? De Jong looks much better IMO and I got put off by the Montpellier owner who said that Newcastle are too small a club.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #13

    HAHA,

    Harry candleface Redknapp may get sacked. time for a bubbly

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  • RonVanDam

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #14

    @ Ben Arfa

    i agree. I hate people/players who point at a club and say its small etc (see how fast we cooled on Douglas when he said there was a club bigger than NUFC after him). I bet our turnover each year is higher than Montpellier’s or any other club in france if we are able to double their wages and still be in our budget says a lot about us.

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  • RonVanDam

    Jun 13, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #15

    Only thing good about redknapp is that he looks younger than 65 lol

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  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jun 13, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #16

    If Ashely Cole has just got injured, according to SSN, we (England) are fcuked!

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  • normag

    Jun 13, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #17

    I found a hidden message in Cabaye’s last french tweet. Google translated it to:

    How are my twittos? I’ll be right back to you to suggest something that may be of interest to you …

    Can you guys find it? 😛

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  • mondziu

    Jun 13, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #18

    Reading about the possibility of Thiago Silva’s move to PSG, I’m thinking of Mamadou Sakho.

    French, 22, very talented, yet not wanted by Ancelotti. I’d love it if we signed him, love it!

    Too bad it’s not likely at all as even now he might be too expensive and in demand of the big European clubs.

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  • mondziu

    Jun 13, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #19

    @normag – right back, here’s hoping…

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  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jun 13, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #20

    Ah, the right back 😉

    @Mondziu,
    Same agent as Marveaux too. I really want Varane here on loan next season.

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  • RonVanDam

    Jun 13, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #21

    Heres my 2cents for Euro after pool play

    Pool A: Russia and C. Republic

    Pool B: Germany, Denmark. (I have a feeling Holland might bomb despite the talent they have)

    Pool C: Spain, Italy

    Pool D: France , Ukraine (at Englands expense)

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  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jun 13, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #22

    What do France do when Evra gets injured?
    Pass Debuchy to the left hand side.

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  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jun 13, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #23

    @Ron,
    Ukraine won’t win, watch how even England will make them look mediocre.

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  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jun 13, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #24

    @Normag,
    It actually translates to I will return quickly… So there’s been a tad bit lost/gained in translation 🙁

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  • Nick 69

    Jun 13, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #25

    When Evra gets injured they play Clichy

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  • RonVanDam

    Jun 13, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #26

    Anyone else apart from me see Croatia as the dark horse at the euros?

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  • mondziu

    Jun 13, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #27

    I really hope Poland reaches QF. We played more than decently against the Russians, on the pitch that is. 🙁

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  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jun 13, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #28

    @Nick
    1) Are you aware of the concept of a joke?
    2) Do you know of the song “Pass the Dutchie”?

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Jun 13, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #29

    lol ben arfa that made is smile

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  • -Tendo-

    Jun 13, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #30

    @22 haha good one ben arfa! made me laugh!

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Jun 13, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #31

    it kinda ruins the joke if u have to explain it tho

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  • RonVanDam

    Jun 13, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #32

    @ Nick 69

    Or Koscielny

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  • bills-son

    Jun 13, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #33

    Anyone going to accuse Carr of being a pillow biting bum puppet for Ashley?

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  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jun 13, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #34

    There’s always one who takes it seriously and ruins it 🙁

    We all thought Hazard was taking the piss when he made us wait; you need a different phrase to describe how long Cabaye is making us wait.

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  • estechco

    Jun 13, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #35

    “I’ve always said that I couldn’t fault Mike or Alan Pardew”

    …no mention of Del Boy in that list then!

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  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jun 13, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #36

    Just read a couple of French papers, the Journal is speaking bull as per. Really hope it happens though.

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  • RonVanDam

    Jun 13, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #37

    Do u think we will go after MODIBO MAIGA this window eventhough he failed his medical last year after what Demba Ba has done for us with his dodgy knee?

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  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jun 13, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #38

    Maiga is wanted by West Ham
    Besides we need a player who won’t go on ACON; apologies if he doesn’t.

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  • -Tendo-

    Jun 13, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #39

    yeah maiga would be going to the ACON so i doubt we’ll be in for him

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  • Sav

    Jun 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #40

    If a club meets our valuation of Tim Krul could we end up with big Fraser back as Newcastle no. 1 next season?
    He is highly thought of wherever he has been and I have to say it fits the clubs transfer model to a T.

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