By North-east correspondent Harry Sykes
Newcastle chief scout Graham Carr will leave St James’ Park this summer after Rafael Benitez took control of transfer dealings, according to a report.
Carr, 71, is unhappy with the reductions of his powers since Benitez’s arrival at relegation-battling Newcastle.
The Telegraph claim that Benitez has now been given full control of recruitment, the first time this has happened since Mike Ashley bought the club in 2007.
The Spaniard is set to decide who is signed and who leaves the club this summer as he comes close to agreeing terms to remain at St James’ Park despite the club’s relegation to the Championship.
Benitez was named manager on 11 March, but only accepted the Magpies post on the condition he would have the final say on Newcastle’s transfer targets.
That was the beginning of the end for Carr, who has been responsible for identifying Newcastle targets for six years now and has made some high profile and costly mistakes in recent seasons.
Marseille duo Remy Cabella and Florian Thauvin were purchased for a combined £24million over the last two years, but both made hasty returns to France after just one season of struggling in the Premier League.
With the likelihood growing that Benitez will stay on at the club, the Spaniard has even begun to discuss transfer targets as he prepares the club for a 46-match campaign in England’s second tier.
In other Newcastle news, Barcelona are keen to sign one of the club’s leading players.