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 Londonâ€™s Landmark Hotel on Wednesday â€“ a venue apparently much used by football people â€“ 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 Â£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 â€“ just love it as Kevin would say.
We’re waiting … patiently – well kind of.