We don’t often hear from Graham Carr – Newcastle’s Chief Scout – but he has given an interview in the club’s official program for last night’s game, and he talks about how he goes about the business of talent-spotting.
And Newcastle have finally brought long term target Florian Thauvin to Newcastle, and in his first two appearances for the side he has scored one goal and had three assists, and almost scored the winner last Saturday at Old Trafford in his debut.
Graham Carr – Newcastle Chief Scout
Graham Carr is a big fan of Thauvin, and has been watching him for over three years, and we finally got our man.
Graham is a Geordie who was born in Corbridge and was on Newcastle’s books back in 1960 and ended up playing most of his football at Northampton – and he was a half back.
He joined us as Chief Scout back in February of 2010, when Chris Hughton was the manager.
This is what Graham had to say:
“It’s all about working hard, covering plenty of matches, hoping you hit on the right player and can get him to join Newcastle.”
“The timescale we watch players for varies.” “We can watch them once or twice, or for months and keep going back if you like someone.”
“I tend to travel somewhere and take in games Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.” “You can also add Champions League and Europa League games, so it’s non-stop.”
“It varies from week to week and country to country.” “It an be four or five games but the more the better, I think.”
Newcastle have done well to sign Gini Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Chancel Mbemba and Florian Thauvin for around £50M so far this summer, and they were all scouted by Graham Carr.
Graham signed a contract three years ago that will keep him at Newcastle until 2020, when he will be 75.
And before last night, the last time Northampton visited St James’ Park was back in the 1980s and they lost 2-0 in the League Cup, when Graham was the Northampton manager.