After leaving Newcastle following seven years as chief scout here are the best signings Graham Carr oversaw.

General view outside St James’ Park

Newcastle United and chief scout Graham Carr have parted ways after seven years in a decision that was said to have been decided by ‘mutual consent’.

For a period between 2011 and 2013 in particular, Carr was greatly credited with shaping the Magpies squad and overseeing some of their best signings of recent times.

So here are the three best players that arrived at St James’ Park upon the 72-year-old’s recommendation.

Cheick Tiote

Newcastle fans and the wider footballing world were shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Tiote earlier this month at just the age of 30.

The midfielder joined from then Dutch champions FC Twente in 2010 for £3m – according to the Chronicle – as one of the first signings Carr oversaw and went on to play 156 games for the club in all competitions.

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Cheick Tiote celebrates after scoring Newcastle’s fourth goal

Yohan Cabaye

Already a France international, the Magpies swooped in to sign Cabaye from Lille the summer of 2011 after they won Ligue 1, for a fee that the BBC reported to be just £4.3m.

The 31-year-old played 93 times for the North East outfit over three years before French giants Paris Saint-Germain signed him for £19m (BBC) in 2014.

Yohan Cabaye Newcastle Manchester United

Demba Ba

After scoring seven goals in 13 appearances for West Ham United, Ba then left the Boleyn Ground after just six months for free due to a clause in his contract.

There had been concerns a knee injury the striker had previously suffered, but 29 goals in 58 appearances proved Carr’s recommendation to be correct before the Senegal international was signed by Chelsea two-and-a-half years later.

Demba Ba (L) celebrates with Leon Best after scoring the third goal for Newcastle to complete his hat trick

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