The Mirror is reporting tonight that Graham Carr – the Chief Scout – has left Newcastle by mutual consent and that leaves Rafa Benitez in charge of all decisions relating to transfers into and out of the club.
Graham Carr had been a leftover of former staff when Rafa agreed to come in and manage the club a year last Marc,h and it seems Graham’s time is now up on Tyneside after just over seven years at Newcastle.
Graham had been given an eight year deal in 2012 by owner Mike Ashley, but it seems like Mike is happy to give as much control to Mr. Benitez as possible in the hopes he can make Newcastle into a European powerhouse in the coming seasons.
Graham Carr – former Chief Scout of Newcastle
Rafa has worked with many people already in place at Newcastle including Graham Carr over the last 16 months – and the reports are that the relationship between Graham and Rafa was a good one.
But Rafa seems more comfortable in having complete control of transfers and of course he has many contacts around the world, where he gets to know about good up-and-coming players.
Rafa now has that complete control of transfers at Newcastle United and most fans will see this as a positive step made by the club.
Carr had a lot of success early on in his career at Newcastle when he signed on in February 2010 and brought in players like Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba and Mathieu Debuchy, but over the last two or three years we have brought in some poor buys – especially players from France.
This is what Managing Director Lee Charnley has said about Graham’s departure:
“It has been my pleasure to work with Graham over the last seven years as both a colleague and a friend.” “He can count some of Newcastle’s most successful players in recent years as his ‘finds’.”
“Everyone connected with Newcastle United wishes Graham the very best for the future.”
Graham did make some excellent buys for Newcastle and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.