There is a report today that Newcastle’s Chief Scout Graham Carr may leave the club in the summer after Rafa Benitez has come into the club and will be given full control of all transfers into and out of the club.
That’s something Graham Carr has been controlling for a number of years now as the Chief Scout, but he has been acting more like a Director of Football for a while now.
Graham Carr – could leave Newcastle
There was a meeting of Rafa Benitez, Lee Charnley and Graham Carr last Thursday in Newcastle and The Telegraph are reporting that Carr was told that Benitez will be in full control of all transfers at the club from now on.
Graham Carr is apparently not too happy with that change and will consider his position at Newcastle.
The meeting was said to be amicable and constructive and Graham is willing to stay until the end of the season and see whether Newcastle are relegated to the Championship.
Whether that will change anything we don’t know and it would depend on whether Rafa stays with Newcastle if we are relegated, but that appears to be extremely doubtful for a manager who would be in big demand in the summer.
Carr will have reduced powers at the club if Rafa stays and could even be taking direction from Benitez as to which players he should be scouting for Newcastle and Rafa may want to bring in his own man in that position too.
Graham is on an eight year contract at Newcastle that runs until the summer of 2020 and he turned 71 last October.
He joined Newcastle from Tottenham back in February of 2010 and while some of his initial buys were stellar with players like Tiote, Cabaye, Demba Ba and Debuchy, things have not been too good these last couple of years.
Three French failures in the last eighteen months that Graham brought into the club have been Remy Cabella, Manu Riviere and Florian Thauvin.
What do you think?