Graham Carr and Steve McClaren used to talk a lot when Graham was scouting players on the continent, esepcially in Holland, and it’s not surprising we captured Cheick Tiote from FC Twente five years ago when FC Twente were Dutch Champions, and we also got Luuk de Jong here on loan over a year ago – although that loan spell didn’t work out on either side.
Graham Carr – Newcastle’s Chief Scout
It turns out that Graham and Steve already have a good working relationship through Graham’s scouting activities , and now with noth of them at Newcastle they will be able to work together even more closely – and that will be good for the club.
Graham Carr and Steve McClaren are both on Newcastle’s new four man Board of Directors along with Club Ambassador Bob Moncur and Managing Director Lee Charnley.
This is what McClaren has said today:
“Everyone knows everyone in football.” “He used to be in Holland a lot so I did used to talk to him.”
“The most important relationships at the club now are between myself, Graham and Lee Charnley.”
“That’s the triangle and to have Graham on that, with his experience and his eye for a player, is fantastic.” “He reminds me of Jim Smith and those great football types, people like David Pleat.”
“They’re great characters who embrace the modern game and innovations as well, which is a perfect combination.” “I’m not sure how far the club is with targets we’ve been chasing for quite a while.”
“The next few days will be pretty full on.”
Graham Carr worked closel with David Pleat when both were at Tottenham, and McClaren’s words begs the question of what is Bob Moncur’s role on the Board?
Steve is hoping to get his backroom staff in place by Monday, and that comment about him not being sure where the club are with some of the transfer targets, validates that we are going after the same players targeted before Steve’s appointment.
A good relationship between Graham Carr and Steve McClaren should be able to help Newcastle big time in the transfer market from now on.
Maybe Steve would be interested in bringing Luuk de Jong back – since he got the very best out of the player while he was at FC Twente.
We don’t think Newcastle will be too interested though and Luuk had his chance on Tyneside, but didn’t take it.
Another question is whether McClaren will want to keep Cheick Tiote at the club, but the Ivorian wasn’t been in good form last season and hardly played for us because of injury.
Steve said he wanted to speak to some of Newcastle’s senior players before they reported back and Cheick should be one of them.
What do you think?