Who would’ve thought the father of TV’s own Alan Carr would be held in such high esteem by the Geordie nation?
Today we saw the most important member of the Carr family sign a new contract which will tie him to the club for probably the rest of his working life.
He clearly loves his job, and who wouldn’t when you are able to recommend players for the club you love to sign. And then after relatively very little is spent, see the players flourish and have their values double and triple in some cases.
Put your hands up if you would like that job?! Yes please. Don’t get me wrong I would love to be involved with the coaching of players, and I envy Steve Stone and John Carver massively BUT having the role Graham Carr has would be fantastic. To be able to watch a player, bring him into the club then see him nurtured by coaches and staff must be fantastic to see.
The only question I have would be can he work until the ripe (old) age of 75? I think the stigma associated with people being able to work at such an old age has started to disappear and you only have to look down the road to see an example of someone who worked until well after the usual retirement age.
Jack Watson is the man in question and he worked for his good friend Tony Mowbray at Boro until he died earlier this year. Jack was 90 when he died in March and worked as the recruitment co-ordinator for Mowbray. He clearly loved his job and was dedicated to building the next generation of stars at the Boro.
What pleases me most about Graham Carr signing a new long term deal is the continuity that it brings. The example used above works in a similar fashion has Jack was employed by Tony Mowbray at Hibs, West Brom, Celtic and now Boro. He knew what the man could do and knew he could use him in recruitment.
For me this is exactly what the long term deal with Carr does. It ties him to the club (naturally contracts mean nowt these days I know) and should mean that he can work away in the background scouting future talent, without the disruption bringing new people to the club would cause.
What the deal should also do is mean that Alan Pardew can feel reassured in his post where recruitment is concerned and should allow him to concentrate on moulding excellent players with great potential into a team. However on the flip side this does mean that Pards could be under slightly more pressure if he cant mould the players, but lets look on the bright side eh…. Pards already has a team ready, lets home Graham et al can find the players to fit. I have the faith.
Graham Carr signs new deal…..best signing of the summer by a street. Onwards, Upwards.