Newcastle United have made a structural change to the club ahead of their return to the Premier League season.
Chief scout Graham Carr has left the club by mutual consent after spending the last seven years at the North-East outfit.
Newcastle announced the news via their official website on Wednesday, adding that they are reviewing the current “scouting operation” and will confirm updates in due course.
Carr took up the role in the closing stages of the 2009-10 season and went on to identify Yohan Cabaye, Vurnon Anita, Mathieu Debuchy, Papiss Cisse, Cheick Tiote and Moussa Sissoko.
In the last few seasons, a number of signings have done little to inspire the team, and while it is unknown why Carr has left, the departure indicates that Newcastle may change their scouting approach.
So far this summer, the newly promoted top-flight side have brought in just one summer arrival, and that is Christian Atsu on a permanent basis.
Rafael Benitez’s club have been linked to numerous footballers across the UK and Europe, but the squad is yet to be shaped.
This latest news has got fans talking, with many happy to see the change being made.
This feels dangerously like progress… please don't let us down #nufc
— FantasyFootballTips (@fantfoottipster) June 21, 2017
Did he actually buy anyone who wanted to play for nufc for more than one season?
— phil robson (@ivorberry) June 22, 2017
Cabaye/Dubuchy and thats his lot
— N Watson (@norman_watson) June 21, 2017
That came out of the blue
— Toon Army Dallas (@toonarmydallas) June 21, 2017
Personally i think hes been a disaster tbh
— Duncan Mason (@Duncan_Mason) June 21, 2017
About time! Hopefully they'll be no replacement
— Nathan Moat (@nathanmoat) June 21, 2017
Oh no, our mediocre European league talent pipeline is gone…
— JR Day (@DayforOK2018) June 21, 2017
— Troy (@troyb53) June 22, 2017