It has been announced in the last few moments that NUFC’s chief scout Graham Carr has left the club by mutual consent.
This sees Carr’s 8 year spell at the club come to and end, with his exit providing additional evidence that Rafa Benitez has full control of transfers at United.
Following his sudden exit, Managing Director Lee Charnley said:
“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.”
Whilst Carr has been criticised for flops such as Henri Saivet, Emmanuel Riviere, Remy Cabella and Mapou Yanga Mbiwa, it is fair to say the 72-year-old has prompted some terrific buys on Tyneside.
Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote were signed for a total of £8m, and went on to become superb servants of the club, with the signings of Demba Ba, Mathieu Debuchy, Hatem Ben Arfa, Georginio Wijnaldum and Papiss Cisse also turning out to be highly successful ones for the club.
The club is now believed to be ‘reviewing its scouting operation’ and will make an announcement on any further changes in due course.
Despite some mistakes, Carr was a great servant of the club, however his departure does makes sense for all parties, with Rafa Benitez requiring complete control of transfers.