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This Is The Man Running Newcastle These Days

2:24 pm, Thursday, June 4th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 40 Comments

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.

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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.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Scouting Network · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

40 responses so far ↓

  • 1 cyprus // Jun 4, 2015 at 2:27 PM

    We’ve both been on this blog for more than most here so you know I respect other opinions, of course. That was mine.
    Let’s see how we both feel if we win the next ten 🙂

  • 2 cyprus // Jun 4, 2015 at 2:30 PM

    On ‘this man’,
    Don’t know how big his team is, he needs to broaden his horizons. I remember the respective spurs guy saying teams like ManU and Chelsea have over 10 people doing this, spurs had three at the time (a couple years ago).

    Got me wondering how big our team is. Or do we work with agents only. Anyone know? Does this dude go trapsing all over the world? (well, to France)

  • 3 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 4, 2015 at 2:33 PM

    It’s all getting a wee bit “grassy knoll” now.

  • 4 Average_Contents // Jun 4, 2015 at 2:33 PM


    Sounds an awful lot like your blaming the fans there for producing negativity and transferring that onto the pitch

    Swift change of tune from yourself if that is the case.

    The negativity is down to one individuals actions.

  • 5 jayphoto // Jun 4, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    I don’t actually think Carr is all that powerful at newcastle. If he was I think Pardew would have been sacked. Was a lot of rumours that Carr didn’t feel Pardew was utilising players correctly etc
    I think Ashley would make you believe everyone runs the club but him but i’d bet money that not a single decision gets made without Mikes approval…

  • 6 Ibizatoon // Jun 4, 2015 at 2:36 PM

    “Fairly obvious” aye Ed?

    The club have made no secret that there is a footballing board which consists of Charnley, Carr and the HC (when we have one).

    Who calls the shots however is far from fairly obvious imo.

    Who makes the final calls, who is actually setting the direction for the club? Whose door does the responsibility fall at?

    Okay, that last one was a little sneaky.

  • 7 bettyswallocks // Jun 4, 2015 at 2:36 PM

    I’m not blaming anyone for anything today. Trying to look forward with a bit of positivity and an open mind.

    We can’t change the past but we can help to influence the future.

  • 8 Slank // Jun 4, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    Who at the club is the best qualified to select the next manager / head coach ?

    Is it Ashley who devotes almost all of his time with SD ? Or is it Charnley who devotes almost all his time running the club on a day by day basis ?

    Or is it Carr who devotes almost all his time to attending matches, watching players, assessing managers and coaches and their different playing styles and tactics ?

  • 9 Munster Mag // Jun 4, 2015 at 2:38 PM

    Average and co for gods sake the man hasnt run a training session yet and your are all doom and gloom. Ibiza what are u on about? This guy has far more credibility than pardew and we are moanibg before he starts. Ok we dont have to be thrilled and i wanted untested viera but why start moaning? We can all moan when york beat us but lets give it time eh?

  • 10 Edd Case // Jun 4, 2015 at 2:41 PM

    I said this exactly last night.

    Carr has been untouchable apparently. Why?
    Yeah, we have to thank him for some inspired signings and I’m sure Ashley loves him for unearthing Cabaye etc making him £’s but there’s been a few stinkers too.

    Not only that, but the message was very loud and very clear from Charnley about who the next ‘head coach’ was going to be in terms of what they have to work with.

    Says it all about the power Carr has when the manager model is set up based on what CARR says is a good player and the ‘coach’ doesn’t have a say on that…

    Can’t work like that surely? Surely a ‘Head Coach’ should have some say on who they coach?

    Madness in my view…too easy for the ‘head coach’ to blame their tools when it’s going wrong.
    If they have a say, then they take some responsibility.

  • 11 Slank // Jun 4, 2015 at 2:41 PM


    I believe he has a team that do the initial ‘donkey work’ but nothing is put forward to Charnley without his assessment and approval.

  • 12 Lindisfarne // Jun 4, 2015 at 2:42 PM

    If this is it then I would like to see all three monkies at the press conference making a justifiable case the future of the club. Hear (SMC), Speak (LC) and See (GC) no evil should then immediately walk in to the Fans Forum, get it all done and dusted and for once appear to be on the front foot

  • 13 davetoon // Jun 4, 2015 at 2:42 PM

    Carr is the default voice of the club as Charnley is a little boy and Mashley by his own account leaves the football matters to Charnley.

  • 14 bettyswallocks // Jun 4, 2015 at 2:43 PM

    Next season is a fresh start with a new manager and hopefully some new players.

    It’s not what it was then, it’s what it is now. We are stuck with fatty for the foreseeable, so why should we allow him to dash our hopes before the season starts.

  • 15 davetoon // Jun 4, 2015 at 2:45 PM

    no idea where the positivity is coming from.

    All we know for sure at the moment is that we have bought noone and Carver is definitely staying at the club

  • 16 Ibizatoon // Jun 4, 2015 at 2:48 PM

    Munster…The moan is towards the club, as they’ve seemingly gone for another one of the boys.The uninspiring easy option.

    As for moaning after losing to York. Would that not be a bit fickle, moaning about the result of a pre-season friendly, when the new manager is trying new things out and hopefully introducing new players?

    My resistance is simply that it appears little has changed, yet we’re expected to go back to square one.

    Sorry, blind faith was all used up.

  • 17 Belfast // Jun 4, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    If this is “positivity” I don’t want to be around when it gets negative. 🙂

  • 18 swemag // Jun 4, 2015 at 2:51 PM

    Talked to a Dutch friend who basically said that the table was set for McClaren when he came to Twente and won the Dutch league.
    Still, he won it and I guess you could say the same about coaches coming to Barcelona.
    Eaither way, he will be a big step up from Carver, I just hope they could put some distance between Carver and the first team for the players to hear some different voices.
    Fresh start please, start signing players please. Get the head coach issue sorted, as long as it is not Carver.

  • 19 bettyswallocks // Jun 4, 2015 at 2:51 PM

    Ashley has come out after all these years and made a statement. He will be judged on those words and rightly so.

    I’m as sceptical as everyone else as to whether he’ll deliver ! But we can’t judge him until the transfer window closes, so why spend all summer surrounded by negativity and doom and gloom.

  • 20 jayphoto // Jun 4, 2015 at 2:52 PM

    to be fair Carrs signings aren’t all that inspired. Most of them anyone that watched ligue 1 once in a while would be able to scout…
    Cabaye was huge news in france and Lille were turning down bids of 10m before he activated a release clause
    Worth noting that Cabaye, Debuchy, Sissoko, Ben Arfa, Yanga-Mbiwa, Cabella. dejong, Santon, Anita, Janmaat all made their international debuts for major nations BEFORE signing for newcastle. It’s not that hard to scout players that play for these nations… you could as easily scout by going on Wikipedia and looking for recent call ups and checking their at small clubs…
    The only signings really that have come from left field are Abeid, Marveaux and Riviere…..
    other signings we’ve made:
    Perez – recommended to Pardew. Carr didn’t unearth him.
    Tiote – Recommended to Nufc by Mclaren after coaching him in holland.
    Ba – notched a better than 1 in 2 ratio at west ham, hard not notice he was good enough in the PL…

  • 21 Ibizatoon // Jun 4, 2015 at 2:52 PM

    dave…I think it comes down to people think they can’t do anything, so we have to accept whatever and can only choose whether to be positive or negative about the situation.

    Seems a little one dimensional to me.

  • 22 davetoon // Jun 4, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    @belfast Lets meet back after 5 games when we are 1-4 with 4 early long term injuries

  • 23 swemag // Jun 4, 2015 at 2:54 PM

    …and maybe McClaren could get some of those players he managed there that seems to have gone on rough times, thinking about Ola John which I think we were linked with, loads of pace and trickery, has been put on the bench in Benfica and now last on loan in Hamburg.

  • 24 Slank // Jun 4, 2015 at 2:54 PM


    All this ‘positivity’ will get the blog a bad name. It’s quite unbecoming and unnatural.

  • 25 jayphoto // Jun 4, 2015 at 2:54 PM

    @swemag – to be fair Mclaren won that league against an Ajax team that won its last 15 league games in a row and recorded a goal difference of +86… It definately wasn’t a one horse league
    PSV and Feyenoord both had more international players and bigger budgets also.

  • 26 Belfast // Jun 4, 2015 at 2:55 PM

    I think what happens in the transfer window is more important than McClarens appointment to be honest.

    If it’s the usual false dawn we’re ferked no matter who’s in charge.

  • 27 davetoon // Jun 4, 2015 at 2:57 PM

    I have no issue with McClaren personally but he will be starting out of a position of weakness owing everything to Charnley and Carr.
    When they stooge him and dont buy anyone decent and sell players in the last couple of days of the window, he wont be able to say anything

  • 28 davetoon // Jun 4, 2015 at 2:58 PM

    I would add that I would have a lot more respect for SMc if he chose to leave Derby last season and help us when we were in need and asked for his help.
    But he chose to stay at Derby and now is only interested cos he was sacked and is unemployed

  • 29 davetoon // Jun 4, 2015 at 3:03 PM

    and finally people who say Viera is untried and a risk, etc, dont understand why the fans wanted him hired.
    Its the reason Ashley didnt want him hired.
    Because he would demand that Ashley, Charnley buy good players that Carr and he wanted and then when they didnt he would complain and possibly quit like Keagan did

  • 30 bettyswallocks // Jun 4, 2015 at 3:04 PM


    What can we actually do at this moment in time? Ashley has opened up and given us a ray of hope. Of course we are unbelieving of him but we have to give him the benefit of the doubt until the season starts.

    Any action taken now would be a wasted effort.

  • 31 cyprus // Jun 4, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    It’s obvious that we need at least three four top players but I’d like to see if the new HC can do something with what we have. Are they that bad, as what we saw on the field? I mean, these are a bunch of internationals playing like they just met.

    I’m thinking, people like Perez, Siss, Colb, Jan, Krul, Tiote, Cabs, Anita, Colo, Ameobi, Rivi, Vuckic, Abeid and others may shine if we actually play flexible tactical football. Unless they are all truly crap. If so, then Carr, oot.

  • 32 Munster Mag // Jun 4, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    Ibiza, i totaly agree that very little has changed, although the new manager is a step up from what we have had before. There is no point moaning or protesting now. That will achieve nothing except make us look like we would whinge unless we got Mourinho etc.

  • 33 Ibizatoon // Jun 4, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Betty & Munster…I’m not proposing we do anything now. Obviously we’re in a “wait and see” stage, there is nothing to be gained in taking to the streets, however, I do think some are going completely the other way with it too.

    Surely you recognise there is a large area of scope between McLaren and Mourinho? 🙂

    We do have to let the club show their hand. I don’t think we all need to sit and say that we’re positive and optimistic about it though. That is just blind faith, and by the sounds of it, fake blind faith?

    There are two different issues for me.

    One is the HC situation. Fair enough, we have to wait.

    The major one for me has never been about the HC. It’s how the club is run and how they treat the fans. I have seen nothing yet to remotely suggest anything on that front has changed.

    Still the same smoke and mirrors and a mess of a system where ultimately, no one wants to take responsibility.

    Any news on the end of season fans forum meeting? You know, the clubs preferred method of communicating with the fans?

    There are many things the club could be doing, that would cost nothing, that would genuinely show that changes are being made at the club.

    Do the club and some of the fans think this has all been about Carver or something? I honestly find it baffling.

  • 34 chinleymag // Jun 4, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    Every manager/coach buys some gooduns and some baduns Sir Bob Carl Cort springs to mind. King kev Warren Barton anyone Wenger “the fox in the box” Alex Ferguson bought loads of bad players as well as the likes of Ronaldo.As a bunch of supporters we just seem to moan and groan An Evertonian mate of mine said he would swap Martinez for c Carver any day cos at least he displays passion every club manager team owner has its good points and bad points. Lord knows what the rest of the nation thinks about our moaning and groaning Bunch of wallys probably. Ive seen good players destroyed by the vindictivness of our support. Once at a Man City away game in theKeegan era(3-3) a guy next vto me and my lad spent the whole game bad mouthing Peter Beardsley You couldnt make it up.Im retired so I have time to waste on nonsense like this presumably the majority of the rest are on their half term holidays. Its always the best of times and the worst of times Get a life lads and smell the roses

  • 35 posada // Jun 4, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    You don’t need to scout players like Cabaye, Tiote or Janmaat.
    They were all internationals when we signed them and well known to the whole of football.
    Was giving credit to him for Perez, but if a previous blog is to be believed that was down to Pardew.

  • 36 posada // Jun 4, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    We run the club with just 3 people. Carr – not their most days.
    Charnley – not a football person.
    Ashley – absent and knows nowt.
    Very dangerous. No checks or balances. No one to challenge their at times very insular view.

  • 37 WLtoon // Jun 4, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    Now we know its Maclaren and all the bullshit on who would be new HC has ceased, how many fans will renew their ST on the strength of Ashleys interview.?
    I for one dont trust Ashley as far as i could throw him (which aint far) but many will renew bcos of blind faith.
    I just hope that they are,nt sitting at games wondering why they fell for Ashleys PROMISE

  • 38 WLtoon // Jun 4, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    @ 34

    Warren Barton could,nt of been that bad, he gained a cap or 2 for England while playing for us.
    I thought he was a good pro,a half decent player.

  • 39 chinleymag // Jun 4, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    WLTOON @38 Barton was that good that after a game against Wimbledon at Selhurst Park (1-1 Asprilla free kick} the gathered Mags were begging the Wimbledon supportes in the pub if we could leave him behind. The point I am making is that there are no guarantees. One of my heroes Riche Benaud described captaincy as 10% skill 90% luck .But dont try it without the skill. same applies to management.Give SM a chance cos if this tirade of abuse keeps up we will probably be stuck with Carver because he (SM) wouldnt want to pick up this poisned chalice. You never no if Ashley releases a bob or two this just may be it

  • 40 Sav // Jun 5, 2015 at 2:38 AM

    The one team I don’t suppose Carr sees a lot of is Newcastle. So does the manager get to tell him ‘Look your left back is too slow or the two centrebacks can’t head the ball properly, so get me one over 6’3″ who likes to mix it’? Does Carr ask,’How is it you haven’t won the league with all the brilliant players I bought for you’? How the hell does this work exactly?

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