FORMER Newcastle United chairman Freddy Shepherd fears talent-spotter Graham Carr will be the next man to quit St James’s Park – and says it would be a “massive blow”.
The Magpies have endured a turbulent week, with Joe Kinnear’s appointment as director of football starting the controversy.
That was quickly followed by managing director Derek Llambias’s resignation, which is believed to be linked with Kinnear’s decision to pull out of a deal for Dutch defender Douglas at the last minute.
Chief scout Carr – who worked with Llambias over the last few months on the free transfer signing of Twente’s Douglas – is now believed to be considering his position.
And while manager Alan Pardew is prepared to ride out the storm and stay in charge of team affairs, it is a messy situation which Shepherd believes needs sorting quickly.
“I thought Derek was a decent guy and I think Pardew is a decent guy, and I just hope they can all sort it out because it’s not a problem I would have liked,” he said.
“I think Carr may be following him (Llambias). Carr is a very valuable piece of equipment, if I can put it that way, to Newcastle United.
“It would be a massive blow if they lost him.”
Like manager Pardew, Carr signed an eight-year contract last year after proving to be an astute talent-spotter for the club. He is credited with the signings of Cheik Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Papiss Cisse and a host of other players brought to the club in the last two years.
But the Geordie is unhappy that Kinnear’s arrival may take transfers out of his hands and dilute his role.
Newcastle were due to meet Douglas’s representatives this week to put the finishing touches to a free transfer, having tracked the 25-year-old Brazilian centre-half for more than a year.
But Kinnear pulled the plug at the last hour, and the Twente defender is now mulling over a move to Russia.