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Rafa Benitez In Charge Of All Transfers As Graham Carr Leaves Newcastle

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.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • Worcs-Geordie

    Jun 21, 2017 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #1

    Bast news of the transfer window so far.. Up the Toon.

  • Worcs-Geordie

    Jun 21, 2017 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #2

    #Best even

  • chicousa

    Jun 21, 2017 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #3

    Ok, moving on with the Rafa express train and no more by Carr! 🙂

    First stop: a high quality number 10! May we suggest monsiuer Sigurdsson?!!! 40m £ be damned.

  • chicousa

    Jun 21, 2017 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #4

    Or maybe we are trading in our old Carr for a brand new Car-valho?!! ManCity be damned! 😀

    (Sorry I’ll quit now!)

  • lukes26

    Jun 21, 2017 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #5

    All in all, you’d have to say he had more hits than misses. But most those hits were 6-7 seasons ago.

    He bares as much responsibility as anyone for Newcastle’s fall. Cabella, thauvin, riviere, saivet ..just not good enough for the epl.

  • chicousa

    Jun 21, 2017 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #6

    Silly puns aside, I wish him well in his retirement.


    Jun 21, 2017 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #7

    One fine day from previous
    I had the same thought to day that he could be worth a look at but im pretty certain rafa will not entertain the idea as he’s not a grafter,talented but not exactly a team player…. wouldn’t have any problem with him coming back as he is very talented but will never happen.

  • shearerclass09

    Jun 22, 2017 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #8

    You have to love raffa. It will make a diffrence having a world class manager dealing with transfer deals than alan cars dad ?

  • jimmysmith

    Jun 22, 2017 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #9

    What a flawed approach to transfers we had when Carr would scout them and Charnley would buy the more affordable ones and a compliant manager would just make do, and while this excuses Carr a little, it certainly doesn’t exonerate him from his part in signings like Cabella, Thauvin, Rivierre, Saivet etc. All clubs make their share of poor signings however, and I did think Carr scouting with Benitez providing the ultimate checks had real possibilities though. He did unearth some cracking players too, that’s for sure. I doubt he’ll miss all the travel and endless football games though at his age, and I hope he enjoys his retirement for the signing of Cabaye alone.

  • one fine day

    Jun 22, 2017 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #10

    He has his faults mate that’s a given but just think under a coach like Rafa he could have that x factor to turn games .even as an impact player .
    He will never be labeled as “workmanlike ” that is for sure but i think all teams need a flair player who , managed correctly can do more in 30 seconds than a goufrann (just an example) will do in 90 mins of graft.
    both are important in my opinion its just a fine balance between work rate and flair.
    Some players are worth the risk i think but you are right on the likelihood of it ever happening.

  • shearerclass09

    Jun 22, 2017 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #11

    When does pre season start?

  • chicousa

    Jun 22, 2017 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #12

    Preseason training starts July 3rd. First preseason match is on the 14th at Hearts…

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 22, 2017 at 2:22 AM

    Comment #13

    Well Saivet is still here so I wonder if Rafa is going to give him a chance to show what he can do!!

    This’ll be my last post for several days, off for a long weekend with the missus but before any comments are made, it’ll be more her shopping than owt else but you never know. 😉

    No doubt when I get back Monday we’ll have several new players in!!

  • chicousa

    Jun 22, 2017 at 3:33 AM

    Comment #14

    I hope we have DO gave a few completed! Enjoy the long weekend and shopping trip with the missus.

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 22, 2017 at 6:30 AM

    Comment #15

    “Angel di Maria settles Spanish tax case and pays 2m euros fine” (BBC)

    These poor footballers!

  • Jib

    Jun 22, 2017 at 6:59 AM

    Comment #16

    Why a 30 year old HbA
    Mocked at PSG by David Luis as the worst at training he’d ever seen
    It says a lot about some folks knowledge of football

  • Ben Afri

    Jun 22, 2017 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #17

    chicousa @3

    Hahahaha, how long have you been waiting to say that?


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