Newcastle Still Expanding Global Scouting Network

Derek Llambias met with a Newcastle Supporters Panel last night at St. James’ Park and spent almost three hours answering the many questions from the fans about the future of the Newcastle United club.


Derek Llambias – expanding global scouting network even more

And one of the areas Derek covered was the Newcastle world-wide scouting network, which the club are planning to expand even further.

Derek said:

“We have scouts everywhere already.” “But we’re expanding, we have to expand our web out there.”

“We’re looking at players in Brazil. We have recently improved links in Ireland and Scandinavia.”

Newcastle are looking to bring in future stars like 16-year-old Slovenian Haris Vuckic, Australian Brad Inman and Brazilian Caio Ferreira, while also making sure they get the very best out of the local North East area.

We have lost so many great players from the North East in the past – like Bobby and Jack Charlton, Bryan Robson, Alan Shearer (that cost us £15M to bring him to the club), Michael Carrick and Steve Bruce, to name but a few.

Llambias continued:

“We have plans for the club and we are taking them forward.”

“We have a grid that is made up by the manager and it highlights the areas we need to strengthen.”

“We pinpoint a player and then we go out and look at him.”

This is the most exciting area of the club right now, and one in which Dennis Wise will and has played a big part, and hopefully Dennis will keep beneath the radar screen, so he doesn’t upset Newcastle fans too much. It’s an understatement to say Dennis is not popular with Newcastle fans.

But in the last 12 months, we’ve brought in young exciting players like Ole Soderberg, Aaron Spear, Wesley Ngo Baheng. Tamas Kadar, Fabio Zamblera, Samuel Adjei, Brad Inman, Haris Vuckic, Ben Tozer, Nile Ranger and others. There’s 10 new youngsters there and if just two or three make it, we will have done very well indeed.

Somebody has been busy, that’s for sure.

But the burgeoning Youth Policy at Newcastle United, under Director Richard Money, can pay us big dividends in the future, and it cannot be too long before some of our top youngsters make the big break-though into the first team.

We’re still not sure if we actually signed the 18 year-old Brazilian striker Caio Ferreira – anybody have any news on that?    The last we heard Caio was waiting for his Portuguese passport to come through.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • rooks

    Feb 25, 2009 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #1

    where’s Dangermouse in the picture?

  • beyethegreat

    Feb 25, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #2

    inman came through our academy naturally wise didnt have anything to do withthat did he

  • Dragonera

    Feb 25, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #3

    The Chronicle claims Ferreira has signed

  • Toronto_Toon

    Feb 25, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #4

    Ed, that’s my understanding. Caio Ferreira’s waiting for a passport.

    I agree that this is the most exciting aspect of NUFC. Ashley and co. have really torpedoed the Senior squad this year with their handling of the Keegan affair (and aftermath), but they’ve set the club on a path of financial viability and future success.

    Now to bring in a manager that will develop the young talent who will be with the side in 5 years time….

  • Nobby_Long

    Feb 25, 2009 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #5

    Dennis Wise could only have been involved in bring three of those players listed to SJP – apart from Aaron Spear, Haris Vuckic & Nile Ranger – all had already signed before Dennis joined the club…..

    I know there are others he has been involved in bringing to the club, but just in the interests of clarity, I thought I would add this.

  • lesh

    Feb 25, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #6

    Anybody know of any vacancies for an Executive Director – Inter-Stellar?

    I can suggest the ideal candidate….. any ideas who I mean?

  • Pons Aelius

    Feb 25, 2009 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #7

    Nobby_Long – what about Sammy Adjei? – he only signed the other day?


    Feb 25, 2009 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #8

    I would like to see JFK’S grid?-whatever that is.

  • Nobby_Long

    Feb 25, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #9

    Pons Aelius – did you not read my posy correctly?

    What I said was of the nine names Ed listed, only three could have been anything to do with Dennis Wise.

    In my last sentence I also stated that “I know there are others he has been involved in bringing to the club”

    Read the damn post before commenting incorrectly.

    Any academy players joing the club since Feb 2008 are likely to have been recruited by Dennis, but obviously not the ones before then !!!

  • Little Willie

    Feb 25, 2009 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #10

    You missed Jak Alnwick off your list, Ed.

    Young keeper pinched off the mackems that plays for Englands under 16’s team.

  • It Could Be Worse...We Could Be Spurs -DC-

    Feb 25, 2009 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #11

    Ed…pretty sure it was an Italian passport…he didn’t get it so he has returned home, disappointed. He hopes to get that sorted and then sign for us, again, in the summer.

  • AndyNUFC

    Feb 25, 2009 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #12

    Wise has signed some pretty high profile youngsters. I will honestly say Wise is one of the few taking the club forward with his signings. We need to be signing these kids, as they will ensure us maintaining success over a longer period of time.

    By the way can anybody comment on Baheng, what’s he like?

  • Fresh

    Feb 25, 2009 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #13

    When are people going to realise that Derek Llambias is like a cancer in this club – Ashley and Wise I dont really mind. This guy who was found in a casino, surely he’s not the right man for the job.

    He comes out with too much rubbish and the only reason he want Joe in is cause Joe does not argue back at him cause Joe’s on a good money contract.

    When will the nightmare that is upon our club end.

  • chuck

    Feb 25, 2009 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #14

    Yeah it`s great five years down the road, but we need help right now, could have signed a youngster who could be both a fill in defender and will probably be atop defender in the future in Sakho.
    Think we got enough youngsters stockpiled at present and should be concentrating on avoiding relegation and improving the first team.

  • Doocey

    Feb 25, 2009 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #15

    Good to hear that, very good indeed.

    Might have to play up myself, might get spotted by Dennis 😉 lol!

  • Alex

    Feb 25, 2009 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #16

    Zamberla has already returned to Italy hasn’t he ? but your right ED . If 2 or 3 make it big time out of that list then we are heading in the right direction . If we could then continue to find young , cheap , quality players so as Bassong then we wont have to pay ridiculous transfer fees on players that are past there best so as Owen , Duff and Geremi

  • obamagic

    Feb 25, 2009 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #17

    perhaps Brazilian Geordie could shed a little more light on the Caio Ferriera situation.

  • Sav

    Feb 26, 2009 at 4:27 AM

    Comment #18

    I don’t think Wise is the problem, Ed.
    He shouldn’t have primacy over the manager (especially a manager like Keegan) but that is down to Ashley and Llambias. But fans aren’t stupid. If Wise does a decent job, fans will respect that.
    Not a managing Director who is short on specifics and long on BS and patronising.


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