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.