Graham Carr has left Newcastle United.
An official statement released on Wednesday night has revealed the club’s head scout has parted company with NUFC.
Difficult not to see this as anything but positive and hopefully, that it means Rafa Benitez has been given the go ahead to have even more control of the transfer process.
Graham Carr is seen as a key player in what proved to be a disastrous transfer policy, with players bought who were not fit for purpose leading to a second relegation in seven years.
Mike Ashley’s main man in trying to bring in young foreign players in the hope of future profit, hopefully Carr’s departure is another sign of better times ahead and a more ambitiously ran club.
Newcastle United official statement:
‘Newcastle United’s chief scout Graham Carr has today parted company with the club by mutual consent.
Graham has been United’s chief scout for seven years, taking up the position towards the end of the 2009/10 season which saw the club gain promotion back to the Premier League under former manager Chris Hughton.
Graham was instrumental in identifying players from across the UK and Europe, including signings Yohan Cabaye, Matthieu Debuchy, Vurnon Anita, Moussa Sissoko, Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote.
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.”
The club is now reviewing its scouting operation and will make an announcement on any further changes in due course.’