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Recruitment Team Key To Newcastle’s Future Success

We’re not really sure whether Richard Dunne was ever a real target for Newcastle, but if he was the likelihood is that he will be joining Tottenham Hotspur.


Richard Dunne – now likely to join Spurs

The news that came out a few weeks ago indicated that Dunne was too old for Newcastle but at 28, that seemed ridiculous, and it now seems that his wage demands were just too high for Newcastle.

It may be that owner Mike Ashley wants Kevin Keegan, with the help of Dennis Wise and his team to bring in younger players that would both cost less in the transfer market, and have lower wage expectations.

That may be our strategy for the summer, but that cannot fill the Newcastle fans with a lot of hope since it’s a very difficult thing to do.

If it was easy evey club would be doing it.

Of course Arsenal in particular have been very successful at bringing in great young players, and you rarely see Arsenal having to spend big bucks for players, since they do bring in a lot of youngsters, and most of them seem to make the grade, either at the London club or elsewhere.

But it’s not easy to do and that’s why the club has invested heavily in Dennis Wise, Jeff Vetere, and Tony Jimenez as an executive recruitment team.

The fruits of this strategy will lie in their ability to ferret out good players that we can sign each summer, or even in the January transfer window.

We’ll just have to wait and see how well they do this summer.

Comments welcome.

41 comments so far

  • seetow

    May 31, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #1

    WALL VIRGINITY! ok kidding. really gutted about this i thought dunne would have been a great addition to our backline.. now let’s go all out for cuellar!

  • Bill F

    May 31, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #2

    Spurs are welcome to him as far as I am concerned. As for the R-Squad I really hope they are doing a swimming duck routine. But get airborne soon.

  • mills

    May 31, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #3

    im starting to think that Mike Ashley want young talents because he wants to sell them in high prices when they become superstars,
    he wants us to become a selling club because this is business
    he just wants to earn!

    hopefully my thought is wrong:)

  • Marat18

    May 31, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #4

    bloody hell! this “building on future” has to be an easy thing to do. Like making long-time predictions – nobody can prove you wrong at the moment.

    I want R-team building on present! Bring some quality in!

  • toon4lyf

    May 31, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #5

    hes a good player shame hes going t spurs shud go for culleur insted
    gauranteed europe

  • joe

    May 31, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #6

    the wave of euphoria following KK’s return will be completely gone if they fail to back him 100% in the transfer market. The only reason we signed the players we did last time was because of 1 reason – Keegan. We have a trump card and he isn’t even allowed to negotiate with players! Instead, potential signings have had Mort and Wise to go by – exciting or what???!!!

  • Davies

    May 31, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #7

    We need to starting making these purchases soon, before we’ve sold the whole squad.

    Apart from the four that went a few weeks ago, we’ve now sold Emre and Milner will probably find overtures from Liverpool,Villa and Everton hard to resist if we’re going to stick with the 4-3-3 that’s been so successful for us.


  • joe

    May 31, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #8

    toon4lyf – i think Emre is away mate. Stick Veloso in there and you’ve got yourself a team!

  • toon4lyf

    May 31, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #9

    hes not its bullshit

  • joe

    May 31, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #10

    well it’s on their official site so i’m reckoning they know a bit more than us

  • scott9

    May 31, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #11

    if richard dunne does join spurs i will b really anoyed we really need a cb like him he would sort out our defence and if we miss out on him in particular it would really agravate me and i wudnt get my hopes up for other signings(of good qaulity)

  • robertsa

    May 31, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #12

    the newspapers reckon liverpool are ready to offload riise on us

  • toonlover

    May 31, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #13

    not too bothered about dunne. as long as we get cuellar and riise our defence will be mint for a change

  • Leo

    May 31, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #14

    well these sorts of storys make me very wary of mike ashley’s intentions

    wise vetre jiminez are fools i think i guess they are getting paid about 3-4million between them per year… thats a footballers wages. if they are going to do this youngsters thing why bring wise in he has no record of it…. someone like glen roeder would be better for it and wouldnt cost as much

    plus he is a geordie

  • Geordie Nick

    May 31, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #15


  • robertsa

    May 31, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #16

    reasonable available players

    shaun maloney nope
    anton ferdinand yip
    ledley king yip
    stephen ireland nope
    aiden mcgeady yip
    carlos cuellar yip
    arda turan yip
    jean makoun yip
    john arne riise yip
    edgar davids yip
    jimmy bullard yip
    kevin nolan yip
    kevin doyle yip
    dave kitson nope
    nicky shorey nope
    dijibril cisse yip
    tal ben haim yip
    steve sidwell nope
    darren bent nope
    derek riordan nope
    thomas buffel nope
    richard dunne yip
    bafetimbi gomis yip

    good enouh list pick your 6 from below mine are

    richard dunne
    bafetimbi gomis yip
    dijibril cisse
    tal ben haim
    aiden mcgeady
    carlos cuellar yip
    arda turan yip
    jean makoun yip
    john arne riise yip
    edgar davids yip
    jimmy bullard
    kevin nolan
    kevin doyle
    aton ferdinand
    ledley king

  • Bryan

    May 31, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #17

    If MA is not prepared to pay the wages for big signings then why haul KK over the coals for his comments about not being able to compete with the top 4. Without the financial backing of MA then KK is absolutely right.
    As for looking to buy young up and coming players because they are cheap and their wages are low, yes its a good idea but only if these players are bought as back up for the first team. We will never even get close to the top 6 never mind the top 4 without top class players.
    A word of wise to MA, we will always be behind you as long as we can see you are committed to providing the best possible team for us to support. If as it looks to me you are looking to do this on the cheap then i am afraid when we see our team struggling again at the foot of the table there will only be one head we will be calling for and it wont be KK`s.


    May 31, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #18

    Edgar Davids? talk about past it, maybe ten years ago


    May 31, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #19

    always thought we should have gone for curtis davies

  • simon

    May 31, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #20

    edgar davids……..you fool! what are you thinking, we wont get dunne, turan is alot less likely to come because we gave emre to there biggest rivals, riise is crap has been for last few seasons, cuellar lmao another boumsong

  • liamtoonbirchy

    May 31, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #21

    cuellar 7m
    campbell free
    shorey or riiise 5m
    huddlestone 5m
    steven davis 3m
    swp 8m
    turan 12m
    crouch 10m


    emre 4m
    duff 5m
    rozenhal 3m
    ameobi 3m


    35m total (MA must be able to fork that out)

  • scott9

    May 31, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #22

    liamtoonbirchy as much as i wud love all them players u hav mentioned were not gonna sign 8 players we will sign about 5 at the very very most i think we will get about 3-4

  • scott9

    May 31, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #23

    now pompey r hoping to get dunne now if we miss out on a player to pompey that wud really anoy me even they hav european football we should easily beat a pompey to any player in the world

  • scott9

    May 31, 2008 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #24

    toon4lfy emre in defensife midfield wot r u on

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 31, 2008 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #25

    i think we should sign tom huddlestone, i think he is a great player, great passer of the ball. good in a tackle, and has lost a shed load of weight and is looking very fit under ramos

  • Spyro

    May 31, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #26

    all the spurs fans i know are hoping the dunne deal doesn’t happen, they dont want him at their club and neither do i want him at ours. i will be happy if he joins them

  • Oga

    May 31, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #27

    Huddlestone is staying put.

    We have missed out on the most suitable player, to lead our back line.

  • Ian

    May 31, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #28

    I would rather see 3 premiership proven midfielders (and some defenders) who can score this summer, plus we all know we need one striker especially with Viduka out for a while.

    Once we have these they can play about with fresh new players from around the World, the list of superb non premiership players who were no good is endless, the odds of finding the whole of our midfield, defense and one striker who are instantly good from a bunch of players who havent played in the premiership before is very low and could just make fools of us.

    The stands are full, their is no debt the club is in good shape providing it moves up the table, it would be very easy for it to slip down the table and the stands start emptying again if the board force the wrong moves on Keegan. Ashley being a business man and involved with retail must already know a business is nothing without customers.

    The reserves should be feeding the first team, but for some reason the first team seem slow to accept good players like Lua Lua and Edgar and dump rubbish like Carroll, and then move along the next with Fabio in the reserves, that is where the inexperienced hopefuls need signing, only chancing one or two straight in to the first team if they are absolutely amazing and long before they are chosen for their country.

  • Ashton

    May 31, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #29

    Dunne is so overrated imo

  • Leo

    May 31, 2008 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #30

    i know but i still see him as an adopted geordie he supported us as well so he gets my vote


    May 31, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #31

    agree with you Ashton. I dont think he is all that either

  • sas

    May 31, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #32

    On his day Dunne is immense. It’s not his day every day, but as he’s been getting older, his days are far more often than they used to be.

    Plus he’s played in front of Given for a long time now, that would have to be a bonus.


    May 31, 2008 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #33

    after reading Rob Lee’s interview.

    i forgot that we siging Shaka, Barton, Ginola and ferdinand by the end of May.

    Miss those days!

  • chris

    May 31, 2008 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #34

    how come we can sell players but we cant sign any? The recruitment team is a absolute joke just another way of giving the fans false hope a recruitment team is actually meant to sign players not offer them to teams like spurs. At the this rate we’ll be lucky if we can field a team of 11!!! Ashley is here to make a bit cash then he’s going to leave.

  • Nick C

    May 31, 2008 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #35

    Dunne is a good stopper. He reads the game well and gets well stuck in. Unfortunately for him, milk turns quicker! Fast, he aint. Still think he would have been a useful addition though.

  • Ross

    May 31, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #36

    toon4lyfe emre is gone mate.
    i’m canny gutted about it, i really liked him, but its on fener’s official website.

  • Oba

    May 31, 2008 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #37

    Dunne is fb. Anyone saying otherwise either has very little football knowledge or expects us to be able to sign a world class defender that is totally unrealistic.

    I’ll be disappointed once again if we miss out. It’s definitely someone we should be targeting and if we’re not then Wise, Vetere and any other nutjob aren’t doing their job properly.

  • Dirk

    May 31, 2008 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #38

    the newcastle recruitment team isnt a recruitment team until theyve recruited at least one player ready for first team action.

  • TooooooN

    May 31, 2008 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #39

    We need DUNNE! why we always lose to Spurs in term of players? I rather have dunne rather than new non-proven premiership defenders. cuellar played for a scottish team but dunne got years of premiership experience. Some people might said he is the reason man city lose 8-1 but thats just one match. He played with distin and then with micah richard and both player improve drastically….this guy can shape up taylor to become a world class defender. trust me!

  • joe

    May 31, 2008 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #40

    it’s on nufc official site now. emre is gone, i hope it’s to finance a deal to bring someone in.


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