Alan Pardew has explained to Newcastle fans today with an interview in the Evening Chronicle, just how the club does its transfer business, and there’s also news that Newcastle have expanded their scouting area to include places like Romania and Serbia, as well as France, Holland and Belgium.
Graham Carr – a top man at Newcastle
And of course graham Carr heads up Newcastle’s ever-growing scouting network, and Pardew explained how he works with Graham, whom he rarely sees because he’s always on the road checking out players.
“I like Graham, I hardly ever see him. You’d be surprised how much I talk to him!” “What happens is Graham goes out and gets a list of, say, eight players. Right now we are in the middle of the next window.”
“The process, so our fans are clear on it, is this: We have about seven names for a center-half. He’ll give me what he thinks are his best two options. Then it comes down to football secretary Lee Charnley. He will contact the clubs.
“Sometimes somebody linked to the club might be an agent who works with the club. They will say what the value of the player might be.” “It is always a ‘possibly’ because you are never able to negotiate what the actual figure will be.”
“We had that problem with Debuchy. The figure that was told to us was way off the figure the club wanted.” “We thought that something was out of keel and that’s why we felt bad about the deal.” “Then there are the personal terms of what the player could ‘possibly have’.”
“The top two of Graham’s choices may have gone. We might be down to one of Graham’s and three others.” “Then it will come into my lap. Then I really take a vested interest in how many times Graham has watched these guys and the clubs they’ve been at. I’ll talk to my backroom team.”
“Graham isn’t doing that all by himself – he has his own foot soldiers to get those seven names.” “By that process we’re down to say two and I’ll see Derek Llambias and say, ‘This is what we think they’ll cost and how much they want, we’ve watched them 10 times, I’ve analysed it and I’m happy’.”
“That’s what happened with Cabaye. Then it is a case of ‘Can we get them?’ Then we see if Mike Ashley and Derek can do the deal. Ultimately Mike has to say to Derek, yes or no. Derek manages the budget.”
This is good information from Alan and it really seems that Newcastle have the transfer procedure under good control and it’s well worked out.
It seems if a layer comes into the cub he has been vetted multiple ways and hopefully can become a success wat the club.
We didn’t get enough players in the summer but Gael Bigirimana and Vurnon Anita look to have been two great buys for the club.
Maybe we can get a couple more in January?
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