Top Newcastle figure on verge of exit after Rafael Benitez seizes control of club

By Coral Barry

Newcastle’s chief scout Graham Carr is considering his future at St James’ Park after Rafael Benitez took control of transfer dealings, according to reports.

Carr is unhappy with the reductions of his powers since Benitez’s arrival at relegation-battling Newcastle.

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.

The Telegraph report that Carr had a face-to-face meeting with Benitez last week and was told the Spaniard would have complete control over transfers from now on.

Benitez is also thought to be willing to continue working with Carr, but no Newcastle manager has had sole authority of transfers under the ownership of Mike Ashley.

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Carr has been responsible for identifying Newcastle targets for six years now and has made some high profile and costly mistakes in recent seasons.

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The Telegraph allege that discussions were constructive, but they have resulted in Carr questioning his position at Newcastle.

The 71-year-old has decided to put his reservations on hold while Newcastle fight to avoid relegation into the Championship.

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