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Here’s something I bet you didn’t know though. Graeme Carr was a chief scout at Manchester City under the mental regime of Thaksin Shinawatra and Sven Goren Eriksson unremarkable, and a string of poor performances at managerial level saw him almost disappear from the game. So far, so no-descript. Here’s something I bet you didn’t know though. Graeme Carr was a chief scout at Manchester City under the mental regime of Thaksin Shinawatra and Sven Goren Eriksson. This rarely mentioned and little known fact has baffled me, as it’s widely regarded that City were close to financial oblivion until their billionaire Sheik’s came in from nowhere. When the former Thai PM bought City, he started to extravagantly spend money the club didn’t have. What concerns me most is that the Premier League welcomed him as a club owner after he had lost democratic power in Thailand after to a military coup had forcibly removed him from the country. He still faces allegations of wide spread corruption, embezzlement and human rights abuses. Football eh? tf 46

I don’t blame Carr for working for a corrupt, allegedly evil man in Shinawatra, but he’s moved from this bloke to, to the princes of the Emirates and onto Mike Ashley. Carr’s record at Manchester City is dubious at best. The ‘super scout’ said in a rare Talk Sport Interview in 2012 that he was chief scout at Manchester City for seven years. Seven Years! Assuming he left the club with Eriksson that would put his stint at City from 2001 to 2008 at least. It would be impossible for me, knowing little about the transfer success and failure of Carr and what extent managers had a say in transfers, but it’s needless to say there were a hell of a lot more flops than success’ in this period for City. However as I examined the figures at Manchester City for this period I soon realised what made Carr so appealing at NUFC. From 2003 to 2007 Manchester City a net transfer spend of -£14m. An incredible

statistic for a Premier League club around that time. That stat encompass’ 4 seasons in the Premier League. In that time Manchester City finished 16th, 8th, 15th 14th. Things go a bit crazy when the club is sold to the Thai PM and the next season they had a net spend of £39m under Eriksson, with the club only finishing 10th and Eriksson losing his job (and presumably Carr moving on as well. Within that period at City, Carr either scouted or had some role in bringing to the club; Paul Bosvelt, Claudio Reyna, Ben Tatcher, Danny Mills, Darius Vassell, Georgious Samaras, Paul Dickov, Andy Cole, Andreas Issaakson – amongst others. I’ve really racked my brains and I can only see Joe Hart and Anton Siberski being remotely well remembered by City fans from those years.

I soon realised what made Carr so appealing at NUFC. From 2003 to 2007 Manchester City a net transfer spend of -£14m. An incredible statistic for a Premier League club around that time.

What’s also startling is that the then manager, Stuart Pearce, regularly bemoaned the lack of funds at his disposal and was widely blamed for www.true-faith.co.uk