Beardsley hails Carr influence
Former Newcastle star Peter Beardsley has saluted the man whose eye for a player is helping to build a new dynasty at the club.
Chief scout Graham Carr has proved a central character in the Magpies' recent revival having identified the likes of Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye and Papiss Cisse as men who could make a difference on Tyneside.
Beardsley, who is himself engaged in the hunt for new talent at the other end of the scale in his role as the club's football development manager, said: "Graham Carr is one of the most important people. The job he is doing is incredible."
He added: "The great thing is, he is from Newcastle originally, so he knows what is expected, he knows what the Geordies want to see on the field. When you look at Cisse's strike on his debut, I think there might be a few more there."
Former England international Beardsley, of course, enjoyed two spells at his home-town club before his return as a member of the coaching staff, and is fondly remembered for his brilliance on the pitch.
Newcastle's fortunes have fluctuated in recent years, but they are currently riding high in sixth place in the Barclays Premier League table and the 51-year-old firmly believes they are moving in the right direction once again under the guidance of owner Mike Ashley off the pitch and manager Alan Pardew on it.
He said: "I went to Liverpool, Everton, Vancouver Whitecaps when I didn't get a chance as a youngster, but Newcastle will always be my club.
"It maybe sounds big-headed, but that's why Mike has got me involved on that side of the club, because he thinks I can help.
"I will never have a negative [outlook] on the club because that's the way I am. Don't get me wrong, we have had bad results this season, 10, 15 years ago and we will have bad results again.
"But in the main, the club is going in the right direction, and they deserve a lot of credit for that."