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Graham Carr Talks About His Talent Spotting

9:19 am, Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 25 Comments

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.

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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.

Comments welcome.

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

25 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 26, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    Speaking of sell -out! Are there any movement out of Newcastle as we speak?

    I had hoped a few more players had been loaned out and a few more sold!

    We still need a few more faces and it would probably be easier to make that happen once some players have left.

  • 2 hibbit // Aug 26, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    rotona…..not sure darlow is any better then elliot and i would put willo in front lascelles on last nights performance

  • 3 firebug666 // Aug 26, 2015 at 9:26 AM


    It would appear that nobody wants what we have to offer. It seems that when players are crap you are stuck with them.

  • 4 deeps // Aug 26, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Jordan ferri seen at lyon airport.. 🙂 Is he on his way to Newcastle

  • 5 STB // Aug 26, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    If Wenger isn’t an idiot and he isn’t most of the time, he will play Giroud Sanchez and Walcott in a front 3 and I suspect we will potentially get a battering and find it difficult to get a hold of the ball, as was the case at Swansea & Manure.
    Cue then the huge overreactions on here from the miserable half empty glass crew whose only solace in life seems to come from whingeing or attacking specific players.
    We are work in progress after an appalling (half) season and more.
    We have bought well although I too would prefer to have another CB/RB cover.
    There will be plenty more downs but if as it seems there is now the will and potentially the skill to play attractive football and shoot for top 8 and go for the cups this is a marked progress on what we have seen.
    Patience will be required.

  • 6 firebug666 // Aug 26, 2015 at 9:31 AM


    Darlow is a lot younger than Elliot so has a lot more time for improvement. The same can be said for Lascelles, though neither of them are ready for the prem, both have time to develop.

  • 7 cyprus // Aug 26, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    Country to country means Holland and France, right? 🙂

    Kidding, man, keep up the good work. Just send a kid to Latin America, or give Guti that job, if he’s still talking to NUFC.

  • 8 hibbit // Aug 26, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    firebug not saying they cant improve i think they can was talking about last nights game and there performance in it

  • 9 Tinman // Aug 26, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    How was DeJong last night? And Thauv?

    We have some great competition for attacking places now. It’s difficult to even pick your favourite team.

  • 10 corkypants // Aug 26, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    we fielded the youngest team out of all the prem teams average age of 24 1/2 according to sky sports!!!

    thats promising!

  • 11 Tinman // Aug 26, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Sounds like he has a great time. Least he doesn’t do it all on YouTube. Agree 100% that we should be looking for more Latin American players, but they don’t come as cheap as they used too

  • 12 cyprus // Aug 26, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Re Saturday,
    surely Perez must play. It sounds like he was running AND penetrating. V. Arsenal I’d play Siss, Colb, Thauv, Aarons, Perez.

    I’ll let you pick the rest Steve. (No, you can’t pick Obertan, sorry mate).

  • 13 sparky55 // Aug 26, 2015 at 9:43 AM


    Would be interesting to Know what Carr had in mind when he scouted him.

    Re your thoughts and back ground I have no doubt you know what you’re talking about but in this game you just don’t know… and all I’m saying is he might be worth a run out as a CDM with Thauvin and Aarons providing the width and maybe just sat next to Winjy therefore dropping both Anita and Colback with 2 upfront with either SDJ / Perez alongside Mitrovic.

    He’s (Sissoko) played there (CDM) almost all his playing career so don’t see why he can’t play there again

  • 14 Bobbybee // Aug 26, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    I was at the game last night and have to say it was £15 well spent. Some of the pass and move football, along with slick one touch football was something to enjoy. I accept it was only Northampton, but you literally can only beat what’s in front of you. Thauvin is going to supply lots of bullets for Mitrovic this season and both must start on Saturday. There was a real buzz around the ground, with an appreciation of the football being played. Win, lose or draw on Saturday, Arsenal are not going to get their customary walkover and are in for a tough time at the back – especially if their CB’s aren’t fit. A thoroughly enjoyable night.

  • 15 Tinman // Aug 26, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Sparky, agree with that. Think siem could get 15+ goals in the 10 role if he stays fit. Think wini and sissoko would have the energy to cover each others driving runs. It’s an extremely attacking side though. But that’s what we always wanted right?

  • 16 hibbit // Aug 26, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    sparky…my biggest problem with sissoko playing DCM is he can’t or won’t tackle for such a big lad he’s a bit of a softie

  • 17 cyprus // Aug 26, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Forgot that Winjy guy. Give him 60-70 Steve, he runs out of steam beyond that.

  • 18 firebug666 // Aug 26, 2015 at 9:52 AM


    Sorry mate I misunderstood your post. I doubt we will see any of them in a premiership game anytime soon anyway.

    Last nights game was a good run out for the lads with an expected result, I think Arsenal will gives us a better look at Thauvin if he plays and if we can get out of our own half.

    Going to be a tough hard game, and we will need to press them for 90 minutes.

  • 19 WWSBRD // Aug 26, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    Heck of a debut from Thauvin last night running out a fairly comfortable win one big worry though is Goofy as CDM…I really thought we had moved past this

  • 20 Novocastrian66 // Aug 26, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Bobbybee; Good to hear. There were plenty of opportunities, for the previous management group, to set teams up to play an entertaining brand of football against lower league opposition. However they never quite managed it. Things are looking up.

  • 21 toon kk // Aug 26, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    You have to give Carr his due he’s spotted some good players over the years, but he’s also spotted some flops, doesn’t every club do that.

  • 22 Novocastrian66 // Aug 26, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Hibbit: I don’t rate Sissoko at all. I reckon we would have lost against Man Utd if he was playing as he tends to go missing when the tin hats are put on.

  • 23 Bobbybee // Aug 26, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Nova, it was very impressive football mate. Regardless of who it was against, just the fact that we can now play that sort of football means the whole squad is looking up. By the time the third window is gone, with loan players coming back as well, we might finally have a team to challenge. It’s only going to get better as these players settle in. Thauvin’s delivery is something to behold and what we’ve been missing. Can’t wait for Saturday. 😉

  • 24 lesh // Aug 26, 2015 at 10:31 AM


    Put Willo ahead of Lascelles would you?

    Tsk tsk tsk, you’ll be having the blog police knocking on your door unless you mend your ways melad!

  • 25 geordiesteve520 // Aug 26, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    @11 I was having this discussion with my old man last night and Sid to him that the reason players go to Soain, Italy and Portugal is the simarities in language, different agent rules and lack of a work permit needed. We were talking about Jefferson Montero actually and wondered why he’s not been looked at before he went to Villareal.

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