Paul Simpson Reveals Newcastle’s Transfer Process


Paul Simpson has been interviewed on BBC Newcastle’s Total Sport and at one point he went into some detail as to how the Newcastle United transfer dealings are handled – with Graham Carr the one who scouts various players all over the place including in Europe and in Britain.

Paul has talked about the responsibilities each of the Board members at Newcastle have in that process – except for Bob Moncur – who is never mentioned.

We’re not sure of Bob’s role on the Newcastle Board other than he’s an Ambassador of the club and his presence continues to remind us that we haven’t won anything since Bob was the captain back in 1969 when we won the Inter-City Fairs Cup (now the Europa League).

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Graham Carr – Newcastle Chief Scout

This is how Paul Simpson explained Newcastle’s recruitment process:

“Basically we have a recruitment department which is headed up by Graham Carr.” “He has a group of scouts who are all over the place – they’re in Europe, they’re in England watching games, in Scotland.”

“They try to cover as many games as possible, identify players who we think will improve our squad, improve our team, and then they sit down with a list of names and go through. And Steve obviously has an input into it.”

“I don’t physically get involved in the watching of clips and whether the player’s the right man, but obviously we’re asked an opinion of him, and it all goes from there.”

“The way football is now, the head coach doesn’t get involved in the actual transfer dealings, that’s all done by Lee Charnley and I think Graham’s involved in that as well.”

“I’ve got to be honest with you though, I’m guessing a little bit because it’s not part of my remit to get involved in that.”

“But I like to see good players coming in and I look forward to seeing that again in January.”

That’s basically how we thought it was working, but the only thing we would want to know more about is exactly how the players are identified as the real transfer targets.

And how much say does Steve McClaren have in that –  as contrasted to say Graham Carr – because the rumor for some time has been that Graham really has control on who the Newcastle targets are.

Lee Charnley does go out and try to get the players and he’s been good at that for many years at Newcastle,  but what he doesn’t do at Newcastle is much influence on which players is brought in.

In that sense Lee’s a Managing Director who isn’t a football man.

That would be what a Director of Football would be able to do if we had a good one – like instance former striker Les Ferdinand – as one example.

Alan Pardew left Newcastle just less than a year ago and one of the reasons he left was to have more control on who he brings into Crystal Palace – which suggests he didn’t have that level of control at Newcastle.

We hope to have a very good transfer window this January and there are some good players out there we can bring in – as long as we are prepared to pay the money for them.

Here’s hoping.

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