Newcastle Scouting Delegation Gathers In France


News today that Newcastle will have a scouting delegation at the Toulon tournament in France.

Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood – great duo at Newcastle

Newcastle chief scout Graham Carr, who has racked up a number of miles in his scouting duties this year, and is now in France for the opening days of the competition.

The tournament, which is officially called the Tournoi Espoirs de Toulon, is not sanctioned by either UEFA or FIFA, will this year feature Under-20 sides from France, the Ivory Coast, Japan, Colombia, Chile, Denmark, Qatar and Russia.    Chile are the reigning Champions.

The teams are split into two groups of four with the top two in each group reaching the semi-finals, and the games are split into two 40 minute halves.

This year’s tournament, which is the 38th in its history started on May 18th and will conclude on May 27th.

It was in the summer of 2008 that a Newcastle delegation first spotted Sebastien Bassong, who at that time was playing for the France U21 side at Toulon.

And Newcastle signed him for £500K, after a week’s trial on Tyneside with Kevin Keegan, and the rest is history.

The Journal is reporting that indeed the Newcastle delegation, which included Dennis Wise, were not too impressed with Seb, but they later found out he was playing with an injury in the tournament.

Bassong will next season be playing in the European Champions League with Tottenham, of course, after leaving Newcastle last summer.

The tournament is also a meeting place for coaches to discuss things each season, and it’s these type of  tournaments that Newcastle will be scouring in the future, in the hopes of unearthing players like Seb Bassong.

In our view Newcastle should have been beefing up their scouting staff and focusing on Youth years and years ago, but it’s good the club has at least made a decent start over the last two years.

Comments welcome.



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8 comments so far

  • sirjasontoon

    May 22, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #1

    Newcastle Scouting Delegation Dithers In France.
    Well at least all the players fit into our new age and wage cap.

    Wish we could just identify decent premiership players and build a team for next season….forget buying foreign teenagers and get some proven quality players in simple.

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  • geordie_india

    May 22, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #2

    These players scouted will may be for the future, hope they can find some “gems” for our first team. Anyways our scouting network is working so hard, sure they will come up with some good ones. Its a new begining for Newcastle. We are going to Europe within the next three years 🙂

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  • Toon1978

    May 22, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #3

    It doesn’t matter who we sign. Under Ashley we are a club willing to sell its assets. Make no mistake about it if we receive a decent bid for the likes of Vuckic then Ashley will sell at a drop of a hat. This bloke doesn’t give a damn about Football or NUFC all he cares about is recouping his losses. His idea is buy when young and sell on to the highest bidder. For NUFC fans its like p122ing in the wind.

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  • geordie_india

    May 22, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #4

    I think the players being scouted are for the future. Hope they can find some real gems for our first team. Anyways the club’s scouting networking is working well for the players. Sure they will come up with some good players. Look we are going to Europe within the next three years 🙂

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  • Purely Belter

    May 22, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #5

    i hope we sign a few good players.

    but i wish we scouted south america instead!

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  • Bucks mag

    May 22, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #6

    Good thing to hear, they’re doing their homework thoroughly.

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  • geordie_india

    May 22, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #7

    Come on “Toon1978” dont think like that, be positive. I think he has changed his mind or learned somethin during the last two years. He just needs some one to guide him,thats it. Im not supportin him, but we should think in this way for the best of the club.

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  • GeordieGerman

    May 22, 2010 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #8

    You’re sure it’s Toulon where the scouts are and not Toulouse?Not that this is be another Mad Hatter idea of Ashley’s and we’re scouting Rugby players.

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