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Graham Carr Is The Model Scout For A Stepping Stone Club

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.

133 comments so far

  • toon22

    Jul 14, 2019 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #1

    I’m sure any manager would love to have absolutely no say in the players in or out

  • toon22

    Jul 14, 2019 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #2

    Jabba honestly thinks he can go back to the days of Pardue
    It didn’t work but it obviously made him money, which is all that matters

    It’s what footballs all about

  • Toon Cat

    Jul 14, 2019 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #3

    NUFC is the fireplace that Ashley vomits into whenever he feels like it.

    That’s an image I can’t get out of my head today.

  • Jib

    Jul 14, 2019 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #4

    optimistic prime
    I’m talking about your constant harassment of Rafa

    get over yourself ffs

  • toon22

    Jul 14, 2019 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #5


  • optimistic prime

    Jul 14, 2019 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #6


    I’ve already provided you with a answer then I asked you a question.

    You wont answer my question but demand I answer more of yours.

    Why has there been no denial from the club or Ashley regarding the statement from BZG claiming to have provided proof of funds and agreed a price with Ashley?

    You wont answer, why is that?

  • Jib

    Jul 14, 2019 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #7

    even toon22 agrees with me

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jul 14, 2019 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #8


    Are you a man or a mouse?

    Squeak up – answer the question


    If you don’t answer you just prove your a mouthy mouse.

  • Jib

    Jul 14, 2019 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #9

    Cracking end to the WC

  • optimistic prime

    Jul 14, 2019 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #10


    Dont you have a bag of glue to sniff?

  • Bambams

    Jul 14, 2019 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #11

    Bruce still not signed…..

    This cannot be just neglect, they cant possibly be this inept.

    You may think the current owner is not bothered because he wont be here much longer.

    Straw clutching

    (England struggling now)

  • toon22

    Jul 14, 2019 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #12

    Bill cant see your point of view as it’s not a one that will help Jabba go on exploiting the club

  • optimistic prime

    Jul 14, 2019 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #13


    As I said early I dont agree with most of it, I’ve pointed out the major flaw in your BS claims.

    Like the gobshite you are you wont answer the question because the answer pisses on your bonfire.

    Deflect all you want but all you’re doing is proving my point.


  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jul 14, 2019 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #14


    Go on then…

    You answer what don’t you agree with in my post.

    Frog it up, come on.

  • toon22

    Jul 14, 2019 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #15

    The PR is proof of Jabbas intentions

    He won’t leave until he is forced to

  • toon22

    Jul 14, 2019 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #16


    It’s never MAs fault

  • Ozzy

    Jul 14, 2019 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #17

    Saivet misses penalty for Senegal ?????

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jul 14, 2019 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #18


    The answer of a beaten frog.

    You mouth off…

    But can’t justify your gob.

    Case closed.

  • Ozzy

    Jul 14, 2019 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #19

    * was supposed to be facepalm instead of question marks

  • Genjikai

    Jul 14, 2019 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #20

    The Magpie Group are growing and we won’t stop until Ashley is gone. Going forward, we won’t be giving much notice on planned activity via social media ?

    Stay in the loop and get involved by joining our mailing list by emailing us: contact@themagpiegroup.co.uk

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jul 14, 2019 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #21


    Another beaten goon.

    All mouth and nowt to back it up.

    A question bottler of the first degree.

    Proud of yourself?

  • chancel be a fine thing

    Jul 14, 2019 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #22

    Ha ha ha Bruce wants to bring Carr in, just like he did at Villa and Sheff Wed. Oh wait a minute…..

  • toon22

    Jul 14, 2019 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #23


    The simple point is your minority views arnt popular
    We hate Jabba and you in a roundabout way sometimes defend him
    We want him gone

  • toon22

    Jul 14, 2019 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #24


    Nobody cares about what you think or do


  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jul 14, 2019 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #25


    You obviously do.

    You can’t stop replying to my comments.

    Mrs Frog me thinks?

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 14, 2019 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #26

    Super over

  • Muz

    Jul 14, 2019 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #27

    I have been wondering myself why BZG seem to have no problem in making a claim such as paperwork is filed with the FA or they have provided proof of funds but NUFC don’t/won’t say anything other than no comment when approached officially; they prefer to ask their official media partners to rubbish BZG claims in their papers and tweets.

    Here’s the point, if BZG genuinely weren’t being honest or had not given them proof of funds, why don’t the club just say as much? If BZG are issuing statements that are lies then the club has a responsibility to address those lies publicly. But they never ever state it officially. Why is that?

    That’s because BZG have shown funds, I suspect they have issued paperwork to the FA/EPL and haven’t really told us anything that’s a lie. All the shade being thrown on BZG comes from journalists who are known to be pro-Ashley but this gives the club regime a semblance of deniability. If you ever needed proof of how shady things are at this club, this is it.

    Then there’s Bruce. There are plenty of managers looking for work at the minute and while we’re all keen to say that Bruce is the only choice because he wants a yes man or puppet do you honestly think Moyes wouldn’t be equally as toady for a salary and way back into the game? There are by all accounts foreign managers who have expressed an interest and would cost nothing; they’d even work under the DoF model Ashley wants to implement. So what is the obsession with Bruce, a less than average manager who is tied into a deal that will cost £5M to get him out of? When has Ashley ever paid to bring in a manager from another club? He just doesn’t do that; it is completely out of character.

    I believe Bruce is a stalking horse. He has a contract so can’t immediately sign with us. He’s enough of a dunce to not realise he’s even being used in any kind of game by Ashley. There’s no intention to sign him, just intention to look like he’s making an attempt to sign him.

    I still think BZG are in the game, this is all just being used as some bizarre tactic to negotiate. We’ve got no reason to believe BZG are not interested or that they’re time wasters; their Liverpool interest was just preliminary. They didn’t make a company called Scouse Aquisitions as part of their ingenious plan to waste their time did they?

    I think the takeover is still possible, Ashley just wants to get his pound of flesh from our new owners and he’s getting the opportunity to make us suffer for it.

  • optimistic prime

    Jul 14, 2019 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #28


    You still cant answer the question as it points to you being wrong yet you say I’m beaten.

    Do you still wonder why I think you’re deluded?

  • optimistic prime

    Jul 14, 2019 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #29


    Also you’re the one throwing insuls and name calling yet others are goons.

    Maybe you should check on the meaning of deluded before denying it.

  • optimistic prime

    Jul 14, 2019 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #31

    Watching the cricket, it’s been quite decent.

  • optimistic prime

    Jul 14, 2019 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #32

    First time I’ve heard of a super over and dont understand why it’s being played.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 14, 2019 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #33


    Me either

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jul 14, 2019 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #34


    You’ve lost man, admit it.

    As far as the proof of funds go, it’s up to you to prove your claim.

    The fact that you couldn’t disagree with ONE MORE POINT when you said you disagree with most of what I said tell me you are clutching at straws.

    And you call ME the straw man!!!

    Hilarious, Beaten optimistic is your new name on here.

    And well beaten at that.

  • optimistic prime

    Jul 14, 2019 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #35

    Earlier today I thought England had blown this but I think its theirs now.

  • Bambams

    Jul 14, 2019 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #36

    Archer no extras fella !

    What a game !

  • Reilly

    Jul 14, 2019 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #37

    It was one of the chronic reporters that says any buyer had to show proof of funds first.

  • optimistic prime

    Jul 14, 2019 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #38


    Your answer will prove my claim but you wont say it.

    Ashley and the club haven’t denied it because……………..

    Go on you can do it

  • Muz

    Jul 14, 2019 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #39

    Most buyers in transactions like this usually require proof of funds before negotiations start. Even buying a house, you need to prove that you are in a position to complete or have a mortgage in principal to even speak to the builders at most new homes developers.

    I don’t believe for an instant funds weren’t shown back in April when BZG claimed they were

  • optimistic prime

    Jul 14, 2019 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #40


    The reason I wont point to any one article is Bills will require Ashley to have chiseled it in stone for it to be true.

    Asking him the obvious question is way better as I enjoy it, he wont answer as he knows theres only one answer and it will show hes wrong.


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