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Let’s Hope Newcastle Scouts Can Come Up With The Players

2:54 pm, Tuesday, May 11th, 2010 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 9 Comments

Newcastle have shown one thing under Mike Ashley – that the club can go out and make some good bargains in the transfer market.

Mike Ashley - financial business savvy now reigns on Tyneside

And this summer, with little or even no money available in the transfer market, although we seriously doubt that, the Newcastle scouts will need to show that skill once again, and it’s so important that they do just that.

Newcastle fans should remember that it was only two years ago that we brought in a certain 22 year-old Sebastian Bassong, from Metz,  for just £500K, and sold him one season and 10 months later to Tottenham Hotspur for £8M.

We  have to hope that the Newcastle scouting staff can again come up with a few of those type of players this summer.

65 year-old Corbridge born Graham Carr is Newcastle’s new chief scout, and he seems to have been covering a lot of games this year, since he was appointed at the Tyneside club.

The former Northampton Town player and manager has built up a very good reputation as a scout at Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City, and it’s a very important role he has at the Newcastle club at the moment.

There are many clubs in the Premiership who have existed quite nicely without being able to make trophy signings, and clubs like Bolton, Fulham, Blackburn, Birmingham and Stoke to name only five,  have been able to compete quite well in the Premiership.

And we still think that Chris Hughton will be able to bring in some players in the transfer window, as long as they are not too expensive – for instance if Chris wants to sign Jamie O’Hara for say £3M from Tottenham, we’re sure that Mike will come up with the money, because he certainly did in January, when push came to shove.

The very last think Mike Ashley wants next season is another Newcastle relegation – that’s a cast iron certainty.

We’d just hoppe that there would be some clarification from the club on the transfer fees being made available, because we have to beleive they are not going to be zero.

We’ve never liked the Chelsea or Manchester City model, where a billionaire comes in and spends hundreds of millions of pounds on new players – there’s something very wrong with that somehow.   We hope that UEFA President, Frenchman Michel Platini, will soon outlaw that kind of ridiculous buying by European clubs.

Chris Hughton is probably  hunkered down with Graham Carr right now, we hope so anyway, as they go through the players Newcastle may go after this summer, and as we know it appears that a lot of them will have to be either loan signings or free agents – if we can get them.

We don’t care how we get them,  as long as we bring in four good players this summer,  and then we will have every reason to believe Newcastle United will be just fine next season.

And then next year at this time, we may even be starting to talk about getting into Europe again – maybe. :D

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.



Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours



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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Zangwill_Ho // May 11, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    Leeds eyeing Newcastle striker Ameobi
    (is it real?)

    Newcastle United striker Shola Ameobi is wanted by Championship newcomers Leeds United.

    Ameobi struggled to take part in Newcastle’s run to the title this season due to injuries.

    The Daily Mail says Ameobi could arrive at Elland Road as a replacement for Everton target Jermaine Beckford. Ameobi has scored 11 goals this season but saw his campaign cut short with injuries.

    http://www.tribalfootball.com/leeds-eyeing-newcastle-striker-ameobi-831091

  • 2 JIMMYBOB33 // May 11, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    George Caulkin

    In a parallel universe, a parallel Newcastle United released a parallel statement on their parallel official website yesterday evening. This is how it read…

    Dear Newcastle United supporters,

    First things first: thank you. Thank you on behalf of everyone connected with the club, from the players, from the managerial staff and from the boardroom, for your continued backing. Thank you for bearing with us over the past few, difficult seasons and thank you for persevering as we attempt to put things right.

    Thank you for continuing to buy your season tickets, your replica shirts, your pies and programmes and thank you for trooping through the turnstiles to shout yourselves hoarse week upon week. We know that you have a choice, that you didn’t have to do what you did and we appreciate the sacrifices some of you made at a time when the economy is in turmoil and finances are tight. In a very real and meaningful way, we simply couldn’t have done it without you.

    For a club that haven’t won a domestic trophy since 1955 to record an average attendance of 43,387 in the Coca-Cola Championship was stunning and humbling. Once again: thank you.

    Without wishing to open old sores, we recognise that we’ve made some pretty big mistakes. Hopefully, by acknowledging that and accepting it, the process of healing those wounds can gather pace. What’s been so productive about the campaign just ended is that it felt like we were all in it together; team, coaches, fans. In testing circumstances, the club began to renew itself and long may that continue.

    In the spirt of that bond, we feel that we have a duty to be open and frank. Just as this is a different Newcastle from the club that were relegated a year ago, it also a very different environment. Money has coalesced at the top of the Barclays Premier League and it is all too easy for clubs to overreach themselves chasing an illusory pot of gold. There were some great times at St James’ Park under Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson and we’d love to repeat them, but we all have to accept that, for the foreseeable future anyway, things have changed.

    We’re not trying to apportion blame here – and, in any case, we would deserve a slice of it – but, for whatever reason, the club got into a situation where they were paying exorbitant transfer fees, wages and agent fees, often at the expense of team-building. That can’t and won’t happen again. Successful clubs build and grow and we want to protect the team spirit that has been so evident in the Championship. We want to protect the football club as a whole.

    It is our judgement – and that of Chris Hughton, our manager – that we have the basis of a squad that can compete in the Premier League next season. If you look at clubs like Wigan Athletic, Bolton Wanderers and, more recently, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Birmingham City, you can see that it’s possible to stabilise following promotion and that’s the route that Newcastle are going down. We’ll be relying on loans, free transfers and a bit of imagination. We’re not saying it’ll be easy and we’re taking nothing for granted, least of all you.

    Put simply, the pot is empty. In our last season in the Premier League, we made a loss of £37.7m and we’re due to record another loss of £32.5m this season. That’s just not sustainable. Our overdraft – all clubs have them – stands at £20m and it’s already been allocated. Yes, our income from television money will shoot back up again, but the owner has already invested around £300m of his own money into Newcastle and, as far as he’s concerned, that’s enough. As our last accounts stated, there is an outstanding loan of £111m from Mike Ashley that is “repayable on demand,” and, ideally, he’d like some of it back.

    That’s reasonable, isn’t it? He’s kept things ticking over this season and we’ve slashed costs, but it’s a matter of record that Mike has twice attempted to sell the club and he just isn’t willing to leave himself further out of pocket. You may not want to hear that, but we hope you appreciate the honesty. To borrow an old phrase, we are where we are.

    In the meantime, we want to build a new Newcastle, if you will. We want this to be a Newcastle you can be proud of. A big part of that, as always, will be determined by what happens on the pitch and all players will be reminded of their responsibilities to you, but it also means focusing resources on our Academy structure.

    For far too long, this region has allowed its better players to leave and we have to put a stop to that drain of talent. We tip our hats to the work done by our neighbours Middlesbrough and Sunderland in this regard and we want to do the same. And we mean it this time. We’re going to let the experts get on with the job of building scouting networks and providing opportunities and, with a bit of luck, in a few years’ time, you’ll be cheering on a team peppered with skilful Geordies. How good would that be?

    We should also say a few words about the media and our relationship with them. It hasn’t always been easy. We happen to think that this club and their supporters has not always been well served by newspapers, television and radio and that we’re sometimes subjected to crude stereotyping, but we also accept that because of decisions taken by this regime and its predecessors, we’ve made ourselves easy targets. In retrospect, there was probably an opportunity to reshape the debate when Mr Ashley bought the club, but he was never very comfortable about assuming a public role and that moment has sadly dissipated.

    We have to hold our hands up, too. When we have spoken out, we haven’t consistently managed to get our message across in the way we wanted to, so we’ve taken the decision to let our football and our football people do the talking for us. If you see anything in the papers from now on where Newcastle “sources” or “insiders” are quoted, rest assured that it hasn’t come from us. We don’t want to get in the way of Chris’s work because he’s got a tough enough job without any unnecessary interference from us.

    Hope this clears things up.

    Thanks again and Howay the Lads,

    Newcastle United

  • 3 Toon Sweden77 // May 11, 2010 at 3:14 PM

    Daily Mail and Tribal are not the most trusted sources but for once I hope their right. But do Leeds really have about £2 mil to buy Ameobi? Hope so. He was good at Championship level but we have already seen him in the premiership and there hes totaly lost.

  • 4 mushy // May 11, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    Well said Jimmybob.

    Ironically, if those hard-nosed businessmen had sugar coated the pill with a few platitudes, as you ably demonstrated, the result would have been extra cash into the coffers via increased season ticket and merchandise sales. But what do we know; thick Geordie football supporters.

  • 5 Hoovernose // May 11, 2010 at 4:35 PM

    Well I have a novel idea, we could always try playing football against other teams. I know it might seem crazy but when they get the ball we could always get it off them and smash it into the back of the old net. Call me old fashioned but it might be nice to kick the absolute shute out of the wonkas that disgrace the game of football week in a week out with their shit diving and complaining at the refs. Stop moaning about the team lads and lases it’s a great side and all the other managers are praying we break it up. Bring em on we have noting to fear.

  • 6 TheShadow // May 11, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    http://www.nufc.co.uk/articles/20100511/nufc-statement_2240137_2049785
    there is a new statement out

  • 7 Hoovernose // May 11, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    Toon Sweeden

    What are you on man? Shola is going to break John Terry’s jaw man(as he scores a great header)
    Bid Andy is going to hosdpitalise Carragher as he wins another corner. No team is looking forward to playing us now, man and boy. This is a war!!!

  • 8 Hoovernose // May 11, 2010 at 4:59 PM

    Cheers theshadow
    but I knew that already
    No worries about transfers, it’s how you play the game that counts. The boys have all hardened after a season in the fizzy. Let’s unleash the beast!!!

  • 9 xfer // May 12, 2010 at 2:46 AM

    How about Jermaine Beckford for Ameobi instead.




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