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Kevin And Recruitment Team Meet on Targets

10:53 am, Sunday, July 20th, 2008 by Ed Harrison · 35 Comments

The People today is reporting that the Newcastle Recruitment team, led by Dennis Wise, met with Kevin keegan about 10 days ago to cement their remaining plans for the summer transfer market.

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Dennis Wise  – an important job at the club

Dennis Wise has taken a lot of flack from the Newcastle fans, and that’s probably unfair, given that it will not be easy, at least this summer, to attract top players to a club who are not in Europe, and who finished in the bottom half of the league for the last two seasons, let’s be realistic.

Add to that the fact we have no real idea what is really going on behind the scenes, and some of the players we have reported to have bid for, we mightn’t even be after.

What has changed for the better at the club, since last Friday, and what a difference it’s made, is that Kevin has been talking to the press again, and he’s lightened the place up completely.  We suppose that shoudn’t be too surprising to us.

The enthusiasm and passion this man has for football and Newcastle specifically is there for all to see, and his video comments after yesterday’s game are a joy to listen to for every Newcastle fan.  Watch the video and feel a lot better about things at the club today.  :D

The People is reporting Kevin Keegan was not happy that no move was made for Liverpool giant striker Peter Crouch, who he wanted to link up with Michael Owen up front.

Keegan, who also wants the England striker’s future quickly sorted out, (and will get his way we think – maybe this coming week) is said to be unimpressed by the size of his summer transfer budget.

But in the lively meeting they all attended, around July 10th, the three of Dennis Wise, Tony Jimenez and Jeff Vetere reiterated to Kevin, that the club would continue to scour Europe for top young talent.

The People are also reporting that Pablo Aimar was actually physically at St James’ Park for talks on Monday, when Newcastle outbid rivals Portsmouth with a £7M offer.

We have no idea if that’s true, but there were multiple reports that said he was in th bag, but that caused an angry  backlash from the fans, and we had tyo take our medicine on this site too from some readers, for thinking he was ours.   :(

Oh,  the joys and tribulations of writing a blog every day on something you and your readers are so passionate about.   :D

But in the end Pablo Aimar plumped for Portuguese side, Benfica, and it’s interesting whether that was Pablo’s decision alone, or Kevin didn’t like what he saw when he met with the Argentinian.

It could have gone either way and Kevin only wants players at Newcastle who really want to be here and make a difference, so if Pablo came across as being too interested in the money, Kevin may well have called the deal off himself – we’ll probably never know – but it wouldn’t be the first time.

Certainly the two players he’s brought in so far, Jonas Gutierrez and Danny Guthrie fit the bill in that respect, in every way, and there’s a good shot of Jonas before the game yesterday at Hartlepool, when the lads did so well.
Comments welcome.



Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours





35 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Danny G // Jul 20, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    I think the signings will come…Lets just be a bit patient!

    We know we can’t attract top players due to the lack of European football but we are still looking at good players.

    Lets build a young talented steady squad and then add the flair and luxury players once we have a good top 8 finish under our belts…

    PS I have just entered the blogs fantasy league…Quite a turn out like! Should be fun!

  • 2 matty_g // Jul 20, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    i sense some signings around the corner

  • 3 geordie in taipei // Jul 20, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Thought i had the wall there, balls. Theres loads of great players out there – im really not convinced its that difficult to get them to toon.I want to be proved wrong but i reckon Ashleys being tight ! I suppose we will know soon enough ! If we got no one else by August 31 then we have our answer.

  • 4 Malaysian Toon // Jul 20, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    What’s the link to the blog’s fantasy league?

    And do any of you guys have a group on Yahoo fantasy soccer?

    And yes…I do believe by the time the Man Utd game comes we’ll have signed a few more players. They may not be as famous as the old nufc would have signed but if KK is involved they’ll be famous soon enough.

  • 5 matty_g // Jul 20, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    think people are forgetting that the first time round KK didn’t sign the fantasy players. He made a steady team then attracted the big guns! He is having to start all over again thanks to the SouMESS, that was left by the previous 2 managers. We will have a good team this year, a better team next year, a better team the year after that…. you get my point

  • 6 MattyB // Jul 20, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    a little bit off the subject, just watched the highlights from yesterday and guthrie looked pretty good. quality pass to set up duff for his second and thats what we have been missing in our midfield a good passer of the ball. sick of watching our midfield do square passes all day because they havent got any vision. all we need now is another CM, CB a young RB/LB and if we get the chance a young forward in the same mold as the duke.

  • 7 Will // Jul 20, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    We certainly need an AMC, and a well established one – similar to Aimar.

    Other wise we’ll have to put Owen there, again, next season. When we had a half decent attacking midfielder (owen), we started to get the results.

  • 8 Angryman the Angry Fan // Jul 20, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    PLEASE stop getting excited over the victory over Hartlepool yesterday!!

    I was there, Hartlepool were terrible, especially in defence!!

    we were threadbare, KK didnt look his usual happy bubbly self.

    Guthrie basically put in 1 good pass all the rest were simple and scored a deflected goal!!

    Too many people on here were and are getting too excited.

    If that team had played Manure first game of the season, they would have matched both scorelines they got last season against us!!

    Please just keep it in perspective.

    my thoughts havent changed, MA will have to sign some good quality players, not just young uns, but 3-4 good quality players to make this team go anywhere!!

    I DONT THINK HE WILL!!!!

  • 9 Alex // Jul 20, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    maybe they have a couple of targets lined up that are going to the Olympics . They are all young footballers that are taking part in that tournament and that fits in line with the transfer plans these day’s . If so its going to be another few weeks before we get them signed.

  • 10 gorskino10 // Jul 20, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    with what guthrie did then get a young foward to run to em like monnet-paquet but if he says he needs players then he has promised this he knows of he don’t we will be on his and Ashleys back hopefully they happen in a week or 2

  • 11 timberhead toon // Jul 20, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Yeah the signings will come
    Gutierrez=Ginola
    Guthrie=Lee

    just its really strange the amount of people weve been linked with but silence from the club. No Razamataz of our usual TROPHIE (usless) signing. We are starting on solid foundation’s and the possibility for improvement in the club not just the team is there to seelike mattyg said improve year on year. Build it and they shall come. I have been sick to the back teeth of lets buy big, lets by lots. So far MA has suck approx 1/8 of his fortune into the club so farso we cant really call him tight. I’m sure with the bloke in charge we will become a well run business and able to be self sufficient in the transfer market with out having to run up hugh debts.

    If Arsenal fail to qualify for the CL there in real trouble, Man Cities crack pot dictator will have them in troble as his funds are still frozen and he only bought the club to stop himself getting wacked, Liverpool are screwed with the Yanks and there escalating debt, Chel$ki if owt where to happen to Roman they nose dive faster than Leeds, Luton and the Titanic combined.

    We will get there have faith

  • 12 Faustino // Jul 20, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    re: Coruch and Portsmouth

    The problem with going up against Portsmouth for players [or managers ;)] Is that you are going up against a place which is currently home to THE most desirable place to live in the whole of the UK. And as soon as youve got a f*nny like Crouch who has THE ‘lifestyle’ and someone like Abbey Clancy ringing in his ears they are never going to sign for the Toon, i’m affraid.

    As Roy Keane so elegantly put it ‘too many players letting their f*cking wives and girlfriends choose where they play!’

  • 13 figsdad // Jul 20, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    stuff sunderland they can have all them players.

    we dont want that glove wearing idiot at st james.. who calls himself a defender..

  • 14 HalftimeBovril // Jul 20, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    @ Faustino

    Got to disagree with you there fella. I currently live in Portsmouth and believe me its not a patch on the Toon. If all these wags want shops, just show em the Metro

  • 15 beye the great // Jul 20, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    lol the metro i hope we do get some1 in i personally am not too bothered when we sign a player as longas we actually do sign some1 although it would be nice to get them settled straight away

  • 16 Hadrian // Jul 20, 2008 at 12:14 PM

    dennis wises flack is just deserved , keegan made it clear its out of his hands and is hoping wisey can deliver for him .
    why we have that little runt calling shot above keegan i will never no .
    surely the man to sell our club to people is keegan , just ask tino, shearer and ginola .

    anyway , kev’s covered his bases and made it clear if we bring nobody in , that fault falls with wise and co , then it will be time to sing wiseys name for the stands for him to get outa dodge .

  • 17 Hadrian // Jul 20, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    ed my last comment didnt show up, may have ahad a slip of the tounge and swore in it not sure , but its a avlid point from me , could u moderate it and let it get posted .

    working on the buildings all my life i cant help slip into a swear word or two , but its all in good fun , id never want to offend anyone .

  • 18 HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES // Jul 20, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    I do believe that we will get more new signings!! But of what Quality?? Keegan has made his feelings heard that he must have signings!! and quite a few!!
    I just cant see any real significant signing that would be of better quality or talent than what we have!! that would change our squad and push us forward into the top half of the league and possibly europe??!!

  • 19 Hadrian // Jul 20, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    you hit the nail on the head with that article aswell ED .
    we moan alot on this blog , about nufc and the article you put up , thats got a hell of alot todo with how much we love the toon and appreciate the blog you run .

    people are always meaner with those the like :)

  • 20 HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES // Jul 20, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    I am also worried as the weeks go by that the club ends up panic buying!!
    I hope we sign quality we need!! and get rid off what we dont!! that will improve the squad!!

  • 21 WIGAZ // Jul 20, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    I really hope we get some quality in! although i’m sure the likes of Jonas & guthrie will show themselves to be good signings we do need some solid buys who have already proven themselves at the top level like Shorey, SWP, would love Joe cole! possibly Gudjihnson! we do need a quality CB tho, Heard harry saying he’d have to sell players at pomp in order to buy, we should go for ditstan or Sol!

    On a seperate note did anybody see tino’s articale in the Chronicle? He said playing for Toon was best time in his career & working with KK was too! He said He’d advise players to sign for him! and that he may be coming back to SJP next season to meet up with KK again, i’m sure we’d give him a standing ovation!

  • 22 micepie // Jul 20, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    We may well be best off signing a few more promising players – Sjkelbred (scuse spelling), that 20 year-0old Romanian defender who I’ve forgotten the name of, etc etc. Those are surely gettable now if we offered good money! 4 of those, say, and personally I’d be very happy without any higher-profile signings.

    About Aimar, I was keen at the time but it might be a blessing as some intelligent football punters reckon he would really have struggled in the Premiership had we have signed him.

  • 23 Bill F SPLASH THE CASH ASH // Jul 20, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    HPS I don’t think we will have panic buying this time around, I still think MA and his R-Squad have signings in the pipeline but are biding their time so as not to pay over the odds.

  • 24 Sav // Jul 20, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    Here, lads, cheer up and read this for a laugh : -

    “(Steve) Bruce now believes he could add both Saha and Owen to the squad for the same price. (as Andy Johnson). Alhough their combined wages would be higher, Bruce is hoping to re-united Owen with Heskey. Newcastle themselves have grown tired of Owen’s inconsistency”(?)

  • 25 HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES // Jul 20, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    Bill F – what if they havn’t?? and are still rumaging around teams within europe and the premier league!! What I saw in KK interview he looked unhappy and unconfident when asked about the transfers!! Just hope we don’t end up with (Alan Smith) signings!! “as in your name sake he needs to SPLASH THE CASH!!”

  • 26 Ever seen a mackem in Milan? // Jul 20, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    The only reason he signed for us was the wages we have gave him and i dont think Wigan could pay that much for him.

  • 27 Ross // Jul 20, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    sorry if this has already been mentioned lads, but has anyone seen kaboul’s agents comments towards a possible move to sunderland?
    he claimed kaboul would never move to sunderland, “not even in the event of an earthquake”..hahahaha.

  • 28 HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES // Jul 20, 2008 at 3:21 PM

    ROSS – NEVER BELIEVE AN AGENT!! HE WAS THERE YESTERDAY, AT THERE TRAINING GROUND! WITH THE OTHER THREE!!

  • 29 Ross // Jul 20, 2008 at 3:55 PM

    HPS-really? i’d heard the other 3 had went down but that kaboul had turned it down, hence the quote which i found hilarious.
    well even if he was there…i just hope the agent said it, because its fantastic. or if he didnt, the journalist that plucked it out of nowhere is rather funny.

  • 30 Ed Harrison // Jul 20, 2008 at 4:45 PM

    Hadrian – don’t believe the gossip press about Wise. He isn’t calling the shots at all – his job is to get the players in that Kevin wants. Kevin has the last and only says as to who he wants, and who goes too. The recruitment team job is to get them in and also scout other players and bring them to Kevin to see what he thinks – if he doesn’t like them – end of story. That’s the only way it can work.

  • 31 The Entertainers // Jul 20, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    I’m sure this is absolute tosh, ironic that its trash doing the recycling with this story.

    I dont for one moment Newcastle decide 2-3 weeks into the window to discuss transfers.

  • 32 chuck // Jul 20, 2008 at 5:00 PM

    Zat right Ed. Harrison?
    So KK mentioned to you thats how things stand eh!
    Little do you know ,you know as little as we know.
    Optomistic speculation on your part.

  • 33 Crawcrook Pierre in Thatcham // Jul 20, 2008 at 6:35 PM

    Another side issue…
    Does anyone know why Wor Kev refused to talk to Sky Sports, David Craig after the Pools match. Apparently he would only talk to Nufc TV.

  • 34 maltese geordie // Jul 20, 2008 at 10:05 PM

    does anyone knows why sebastian bassong was not involved in yesterdays match against hartelpool
    the new lad who is on a week trail with us

  • 35 khalid saleem // Jul 21, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    i dont understand why we havent targeted want away players like darren fletcher, john o’shea, SWP.

    they are guaranteed first team football, as well as a lucrative wage at nufc! they are quality players with great epl experience. plus their price shouldnt break the bank at around 6-7m each (max 9m for fletcher and SWP).

    Come on KK get a move on before its too late and the like of portsmouth and everton snap these guys up.

    Plus, get rid of Micahel Owen. What a waste of space. Fair play to him, when he’s on the pitch he can be effective. The problem is he is never fit enough to actually get past that white line! Injury prone and likely to break down all the time. I literally recoil with fear whenever he gets tackled by a big CB in case he break one of his brittle bones. He should go on a weight gain regime, it wont make a difference to his pace as he’s lost it all.




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