Earlier today in the Mirror’s report about Steve Bruce being offered an incentive-based salary, there was concerning information about an ex-Newcastle man.
That man is none other than ex-Newcastle scouting guru Graham Carr. The man of the now infamous “In Carr We Trust” tag.
This is what John Richardson of the Mirror writes about Graham Carr:
Bruce wants to bring back Newcastle’s legendary star-finder Graham Carr as part of his St James’ Park revolution.
He knows Carr, who once signed an eight-year contract with the Tyneside club, still possesses the contacts, especially in Europe, to help him bring in the right players.
The super-spy, dad of TV funnyman Alan, discovered emerging players such as Yohan Cabaye, Papiss Cisse, Cheick Tiote and Mathieu Debuchy. It fitted owner Ashley’s philosophy of snapping up young players for bargain prices and later selling them on for a big profit.
Working alongside managers Chris Hughton and Alan Pardew, Carr was handed the eight-year contract by a grateful Ashley in 2012. He left two years ago after Benitez took charge.
Carr is expected to be offered a senior scouting role by Bruce, having remained on good terms with the Ashley regime.
Graham Carr actually spent one year at the club under Rafa Benitez and there seemed to maybe be some issues under the surface between the two.
It was in June of 2017 that Carr left Newcastle and then a few weeks later U21 scout Steve Nickson was promoted from within to be the club’s Head of Recruitment.
Graham Carr– strong link to failed past
Graham Carr was a favorite of Mike Ashley’s because he was able to find players on the cheap, mainly from France. However, it was a hit or miss strategy for the club that ultimately ended in relegation in 2015.
While he found the rare gem in Yohan Cabaye or Moussa Sissoko, both bought for very low fees and sold on for small fortunes; the gamble too often failed and the club was saddled with mediocre players on big contracts.
For every first-team regular, there were a plethora of busts like Remy Cabella, Emmanuelle Riviere, and Sylvain Marveaux.
Who could forget Romain Amalfitano, who joined from then Ligue 2 side Reims under the guise that he was a late bloomer like older brother Morgan? He made only 5 appearances for the club.
Carr, in the long run, was very lucrative for Mike Ashley and was the model scout for a stepping stone club.
But he was destructive to the club and we can see why Rafa Benitez wanted none of it.
But we shouldn’t place too much of the blame on Carr as he was given guidelines of which to follow. It was Mike Ashley who ultimately wouldn’t pay the little bit extra for Virgil Van Dijk, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Dele Alli.
While we don’t think the Graham Carr link has anything to do with Bruce, there could be something in it.
Mike Ashley is bound and determined to take this club back to his hazardous model of the past.
Rafa Benitez was an unwelcomed detour for Mike Ashley. He is doing everything in his power to return the club to the main road.
A road that has ended in a dead end every time Mike Ashley has taken it.