Newcastle Continue To Scour World For Top Talent

The Newcastle Chairman Chris Mort said that Newcastle would scour the world for up and coming players they can bring to the Tyneside club, and that’s exactly what Technical Coordinator Jeff Vetere has been doing.


Chairman Chris Mort with Jimenez, Wise and Vetere

The Evening Chronicle today reports that Jeff has been in South America recently, running the rule over some top young players in Argentina.

And of course the famous Toulon tournament in France, has been taking place over the last few weeks, and when Jeff returned he went straight over to France to watch games during that tournament.

Newcastle have not done too well with the previous players they have had from Argentina. Neither Christian Bassedas nor Daniel Cordone looked too good when Bobby Robson brought them over to Tyneside a few years back.

And Ossie Ardiles didn’t do too well when he was manager of Newcastle from 1991-1992, just before Kevin Keegan was brought in to manage the club so well for 5 seasons.

In the meantime, United director of football Dennis Wise was spotted in London’s Landmark Hotel on Wednesday – a venue apparently much used by football people – in talks with representatives of IMG , arguably the biggest sports agency in the world.

The Newcastle recruitment trio of Wise, vice-president Tony Jimenez and Vetere have put in lots of miles looking for talent for the club since January, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating.

These guys are well paid and they will be invaluable to the club, if they can find good players available that Kevin wants and needs.

No surprisingly they will be handling all the transfers, and that’s the role of Dennis Wise in particular, so we’ll see how he does this summer.

But we feel the £1.5M the club is reportedly paying him per annum, will need to be earned by the recruitments he and his team make for the club.

There’s not doubt at all that the faithful Newcastle fan base around the world would just love to see the first new face arrive – just love it as Kevin would say.

We’re waiting … patiently – well kind of.

Comments welcome.

72 comments so far

  • dylan2k8

    Jun 7, 2008 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #1

    everyone should join this especially ed

  • Tom4Nufc

    Jun 7, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #2

    Tbh though people critisise Wise etc, they have told Kev about talents which Kev dismissed, for example Gomis was available for 7m in January but Kev turned him down after Wise pointed him out. I do agree though, so far the “recruitment” team hasnt done anything!!!

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 7, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #3

    It’s a good forum.

  • Leo

    Jun 7, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #4

    i cant remember the whole 7mil for gomis in january??? where was that stated?

  • Michael12

    Jun 7, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #5

    Ashley is either dithering to see what new talent emerges from Euro (unlikely as Euro will inflate player prices) or simply because he does not intend to spend money. Ashley actions recently suggest the latter.

    He wants Keegan to build a side under the Wenger Model. We know the Wenger Model, buy young and cheap and sell after value sky rockets. Anelka, Henry just to mention the obvious.

    Ashley is starting to smell sour because of his frugal stance. Dithering since he came has been the name of his game. January he did not buy, now the window is open and we are no where near a signing. We are going to see a largely similar club to last season. perhaps with one or two Liverpool players but I see no more. Others may be unknown youth potential. I use the word potential because it means nothing until realised

  • toonoholic

    Jun 7, 2008 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #6

    we shld have signed ashravin for 7 mn i n january , but sam was sacked

  • Mitch H

    Jun 7, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #7

    Tom4Nufc ,

    Dont come on here & just make stuff up mate?

    Where did u get your info on Keegan turning down Gomis in January?

    Either supply us the source, (which u carnt, coz it never happened), or jog on.

    Some ov us want to talk footie, not shite!

  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 7, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #8

    Dennis Wise will not bring in Star Players,young argies..hmmm that is not what we need.

    I can’t see a rush to buy season tickets this time around to watch the same old crap served up by the current crop of players.

    This club needs serious investment on the pitch..the way I see it Ashley is quite happy to milk the fans,make a profit and serve up shit that even wigan would be ashamed off.

    The good times have gone now with your feet…look at clubs like Man City and Spurs they are surely on the rise as we sink faster than a cokney thug in a concrete overcoat !!

    Spend some dough Mr Ashley or Fk OFF because we are starting to get very bored.

  • Tom4Nufc

    Jun 7, 2008 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #9

    I remember reading up on it from skysports a while back in january, it was not made up, however I cannot find the link I read ages ago, though having thought about it i think it was supposidely 12 million euros, 9m, not the 7m i previously stated

  • Mitch H

    Jun 7, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #10

    9 Tom4Nufc,

    Come on mate, who you trying to kid.

    Do you honestly think, all us fanatical Geordies would have missed that bit of news?

    It didnt happen mate, we all know it.

    So, as i said before, dont come on here, slagging Keegan off, for stuff that didnt happen.

    Are u a mackem in disguise?

  • Bryan

    Jun 7, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #11

    Whats happening with our so called transfers? Turan deal should have been done and dusted, why has it not.
    KK said that we would find out how big MA ambitions for the club were by how much he spends in the summer. MA then hauls him over the coals for saying that. KK was spot on, and if MA thinks he can compete with the big boys by buying so called up and coming talent then iam afraid he is living in the land of nod. The term “up and coming talent” is just a way of buying players on the cheap who will in no way make our team stronger. If MA wants to compete with the top 4 he needs to spend £50m each season for the next 3 seasons, let KK be in on the deals from the start.
    How can Dennis Wise, a cockney, sell NUFC to anyone? Let KK in on all these deals for gods sake.
    Things dont look good in my eyes for us next season. All the teams above us are going to spend big, look at Spurs already, so we need to match them just to stand still.
    One thing is for sure, if we are struggling next season because we have not spent the money to bring in the better players, then it will be MA head the fans will be crying for not KK.

  • John

    Jun 7, 2008 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #12

    seems like the guys are doing a cracking job at finding the right players..There just forgetting to submit bids. Maybe they have training planned in the future in how to Negotiate a deal. who knows

  • Tom4Nufc

    Jun 7, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #13

    I never slagged off Kev, I absolutely love him, and think he is the right person to take our club forward,

    However all I was saying is that kev brushed the player aside when Gomis was originally suggested to him by Wise and that the figure quoted was infact 9m,


    Ps, I tried looking through the archives on this site to see if there was any articles on it and for some reason it only comes up with jan 31st articles only, it is probs just me not knowing how to use the site lol!


    Jun 7, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #14

    Think Ashely will invest – he goes to all the matches and seems to enjoy good football – dont think he would want another season like the last.

    but am getting irritated by the lack of action
    – dont understand why we are not in the race for Ramsey – fits every bit of our required transfer specs. – even though man utd will take him, would like to know that we tried.


    Jun 7, 2008 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #15

    I suppose if nothing else the R-Squad are getting some nice trips abroad out of it. 🙁

  • Taiwantoon

    Jun 7, 2008 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #16

    We need some established players who are capable NOW!

  • ToonKing

    Jun 7, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #17

    hey the Euro is starting !!! Is Derdyok playing fpr Switzerland ?? do we still want him ??

    PS: Ed, you should put up a artciles so we can comment the Euro games here.

  • Ian

    Jun 7, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #18

    Jeff Vetere is a good addition to the club, not sure at all about the other appointments, maybe Vetere should have been heading the negotiations.

    I just think that most players looking for another job would be put off by the messages out of the club, few players secured within the team, no targets saying they intend joining Newcastle but a few leaving with others rumoured to be going, that looks like a club going places!!

    But they dont have any debt.

  • Tom4Nufc

    Jun 7, 2008 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #19

    Rozy starting for czech republic!

  • Tom4Nufc

    Jun 7, 2008 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #20

    LOL! anyone seen the opening thing, its rediculous!

  • tommyy

    Jun 7, 2008 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #21

    Yer im watching it, how boring! I at least expected a huge roar after the human clock finsished counting down!?.

  • 51times

    Jun 7, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #22

    What a waste of money that was.

  • chuck

    Jun 7, 2008 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #23

    Still not sure how it works?
    DW gets a salary of 1.5m. as head scout , identifies the prospects with the help of Jimenez and Vetere , does the negotiating having received the okay from KK ?
    Seems like a lot of dosh 1.5m+ whatever the other two earn, hope there is a good return on the investment in the quality of the players signed.
    As far as a top 5 spot, Spurs-Citeh- Pompey-Everton- Villa, all spending that EPL dosh , even Sunderland are projecting a 50m purse available.
    Is Ashley paying lip service to the fans in regard to a top 5 or 6 spot, does he really think this present team can compete, be lucky if they finish above the mackems.

  • tommyy

    Jun 7, 2008 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #24

    Frei looks sharp, some quality first touch moves.

  • matt

    Jun 7, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #25

    i remember something about keegan running the rule over gomis in january. he supposidly watched him twice but was not impressed. st. ettiene v. PSG sounds familiar maybe? if that fixture was sometime in january, then tom and I are not totally crazy

  • Tom4Nufc

    Jun 7, 2008 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #26

    The guy were interested in is gna be on! derdiyok is his name!

  • Matt Lacey

    Jun 7, 2008 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #27

    Doesn’t look like Frei will be on in the second half, Derdiyok to come on I’d guess – Switzerland have been playing some good stuff though, I think it’s worth keeping an eye on Barnetta and Behrami in this tournament…

  • Tom4Nufc

    Jun 7, 2008 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #28

    Yaken is on instead ffs

  • Matt Lacey

    Jun 7, 2008 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #29

    …and no, they’ve changed their mind and brought on Yakin instead…

  • GSfan

    Jun 7, 2008 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #30

    What a strange game that was. Rather amusing how a quarter of the Swiss team was Turkish :p Switzerland was the better side tho obviously but I’m guessing this is what the “This is football” phrase is exactly meant for. Playing better does not necessarily bring you a win.

    Oh and Cech is just… quality. For heaven’s sake I can’t imagine him conceding much.

  • MarK

    Jun 7, 2008 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #31

    bloody hell
    they arent showing the portugal turkey match here in australia.

    hows the match so far? the the possession stats on livescore make it sound like portugal is heaping pressure on turkey

  • natedawg

    Jun 7, 2008 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #32

    been a good game so far , Portugal had a goal disallowed and ronaldo hit post, emre has looked insignificant, wanna see turan

  • Oba

    Jun 7, 2008 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #33

    Emre’s played well, some neat touches here and there and has made Moutinho look invisible.

    If Turan plays, and plays well then he will be off to a bigger club than us btw. Prefer to see him stay on the bench.

  • Midjew

    Jun 7, 2008 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #34

    Good point about Turan – Oba

  • Angryman the angry fantasist

    Jun 7, 2008 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #35

    This entire article is a heap of pap. (goal). It was in the Comical the night!

  • ronaldeano

    Jun 7, 2008 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #36

    Mautinho is class

  • beye the great

    Jun 7, 2008 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #37

    dont mind signing young talent but why cant we compromise what about if we spent lots of money on young players about the age of between 19 n 21 we should have signed dos santos not spurs

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 7, 2008 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #38

    Unlucky GSfan, we could and probably should have won by a lot more 🙂

  • GSfan

    Jun 7, 2008 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #39

    Ye good game. We really didn’t deserve a point from that match. Told ya our defense was horrible :p Pepe’s class though, and the goal he scored was just the icing on the cake. Can’t say the same about Ronaldo, maybe he’ll play better in other games.

    I really see this Portugal side going to the finals though if I should be honest. We closed em down relentlessly yet they got through, if we played against the Czechs like this we would have demolished them. Good game.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 7, 2008 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #40

    Ronaldo rarely (actualy ever!) plays for Portugal like he does United.

    Got the line-up spot on me 🙂


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