Graham Carr did very well when he first joined us from Tottenham in February as Chief Scout and some of his initial signings like Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba and Mathieu Debuchy were very good.
But over the last couple of years they have not been so good and Remy Cabella, Manu Riviere and Florian Thauvin have been very poor signings.
It will be interesting to see what happens with Thauvin now that Rafa is at the club, but we expect him to take a look at the Frenchman in pre-season and make a decision on him – always assuming we are a Premier League club by then.
Graham Carr – Newcastle Chief Scout
Rafa will need to be in charge of transfers if he is allowed to make Newcastle great again – and he was asked about Graham Carr, the person in charge of transfers for at least the last couple of years at Newcastle:
“I haven’t spoken to him, but I know him and I have friends that know him. I don’t see any problem.”
“He is a football man, we will talk about football, we will talk about players, and I think we will be fine. I understand why the club is going in this direction.”
“And I have to explain why we have to change a little bit, and I think that will be good for everyone.”
“All my contact has been with Lee Charnley and now with the staff.”
“I am pleased with that as when I was talking with him they were telling me what they wanted to achieve now and in the future.”
“I was telling him my ideas and it was quite similar in a lot of ways. People can be worried about whether I am called the manager or if I have the final say in signings.”
“But that is not a big issue. If I am here it is because they trust me and if I am here it is because they want to listen to me, they want to improve and want to do things in a certain way. For me that is positive.”
It doesn´t look like Rafa thinks he will have any problems at all working with the Board – as we have reported earlier today.
Rafa is a football man and Graham Carr is a football man and a local man too – and we expect them to get along very well.
Maybe most of the potential conflict is only seen in the press?