This comes to you from a fan in the United States so pardon me if I don’t have my finger on the pulse of things going on around Newcastle.

Roger Bennett wrote and directed a half hour documentary that aired here through NBC Sports called ‘The Southampton Way’.

In it he interviewed their chairman about the success the academy has had in producing their own players through the years. In addition to the scouting the club does for young players he also said the club scouts for new managers and how the club is prepared to quickly bring in a manager that fits their style of play should the manager leave.

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I bring this up because of the Evening Chronicle’s interview with Lee Charnley a few weeks ago. He said the club, the hierarchy anyway, was unprepared for Alan Pardew’s departure. The club has John Carver as a stopgap until a new coach can be can be hired in the summer.

This is a preface to my question:

Is there a succession plan at Newcastle United should Graham Carr (pictured) lose his ability, suddenly or otherwise, to do his job on behalf of the club?

If the club is this unprepared to lose a manager, what will happen if it loses its chief scout?

I have never heard a name of another scout the club has looking for talent anywhere in the articles I have read.

If anyone out there has the answer(s) I would love to hear it/them.