70 year-old Graham Carr was hired at Newcastle in February of 2010, when we were still in the Championship, and since then Graham has been the Chief Scout at Newcastle and has brought in some good players such as Cheick Tiote, Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye, Papiss Cisse, Davide Santon, Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko, along with some very good young players such as Ayoze Perez as one recent example.
Graham has been instrumental in getting his team to scout some very good players available at low prices, although he has also brought in some players who just haven’t made it – like Dan Gosling, Sylvain Marveaux, Romain Amalfitano, but that’s always true of any Chief Scout.
Graham Carr – Chief Scout at Newcastle
Graham was previously Chief Scout at Spurs working under David Pleat, and managed at a few football clubs too.
Graham also worked at Manchester City and Notts County under Sven-Goran Eriksson, and he has built up contacts all over the place on players coming through in Europe.
It’s also been fairly obvious that Graham has amassed a lot of power at Newcastle, and he now runs the club along with Managing Director Lee Charnley, and the new head coach – who seems to be Steve McClaren.
That triumvirate runs the club for Mike Ashley with Lee being the top executive.
Steve McClaren is a friend of Graham’s, and was the first choice of Newcastle immediately after Alan Pardew left the club in late December – and while Lee and Graham put John Carver in charge for the season, the club had one huge scare when we lost eight games in a row and got just one point in ten games – so John Carver did not do well in the interim role.
And Steve McClaren himself has had a poor year, and while Derby were at the top of the Championship early in the year – they drew far too many games and then lost their final game 3-0 at home to Reading, and they finished in 8th place and out of the playoffs – and that resulted in Steve being fired by Derby last week.
Derby County say that collapse was due to Newcastle’s pursuit of their manager this year – and we suppose there could be some truth in that although McClaren has denied that emphatically.
But that hasn’t stopped Graham Carr’s push to get McClaren hired as the head coach at Newcastle since the end of the season, and that in itself shows the power Graham now has at Newcastle.
While Graham’s official title is that of Chief Scout, he really is a lot more powerful than that and really has the power of a Director of Football – and maybe Graham should get that specific title at Newcastle.
Carr thinks Steve is an excellent football coach, and he sees that as exactly who Newcastle need to get the best out of the playing squad, and Steve seems willing to have little input on transfers with Graham Carr the one who really decides who comes in – although officially it’s a group decision.
We’ll just have to see how we do this summer in the transfer market – but if we can get say six new players into the squad this summer – and that will be dependent on Graham identifying the players and Lee Charnley doing the (hard) work to get them into the club – then we dare say we could even have a decent side for next season.
If as expected Steve McClaren is appointed early next week, he has to be given every chance to be a success at Newcastle, which is all we want to see – but in the near future too – like in the next couple of years.
We hope that’s what will happen – especially after the last three seasons which have been very hard to take.