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.
“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.
“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.