Mike Ashley Now Doing Scouting Duties For Newcastle

News in the Evening Chronicle today that Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley watched Newcastle’s number one striker target – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang last night in France – and he was seen with Chief Scout Graham Carr.

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Mike Ashley – watched striker target last night

St Etienne were playing at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard against league leaders PSG, and the game ended in a 2-2 draw after PSG had gone two goals up.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was not among the scorers, and it wasn’t surprising that Graham Carr was checking on the Gabon International striker, but we suppose the owner wants to see what he may be getting for £10M.

The news in January was that Newcastle made an £8M offer for the striker, but it was turned down by his club, and he said he wanted to stay at St. Etienne until the end of the season.

However, other top English clubs like Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool are said to be interested in the 23 year-old, but it does seem that he’s the number one target for Newcastle this summer.

The news on the player is that he is even keen to come to Newcastle to join the French contingent already at the club, and the visit of the Newcastle owner yesterday will do no harm at all, and in fact the news is that he was impressed that Mike was at the game.

Newcastle are essentially one experienced  striker short through the end of the season, with Demba Ba having left in January, although the acquisition of Yoan Gouffran was made in January, rather than the plan to bring him in as a free agent in the summer.

It;s good to see the owner getting personally involved with the scouting – we didn’t think he’d have the time.

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18 comments so far

  • spitfire_

    Mar 18, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #1

    Why the thin Ash will go down to France to watch only one player? Could be a couple? PEA and Sakho.


    Mar 18, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #2

    We can have the best players in the world and pay Millions to get them all to don the Black and Whites but what we can,t beat is the ABYSSMAL standard of the officiating referees and linesman involved in the game at the moment?

    Good to see Ashley getting involved though and hopefully this is one player we will see at St James in the summer? Would,nt surprise me if a deal is not already in the making?


    Mar 18, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #3


    Maybe they are there to look at more than one player? Who knows?


    Mar 18, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #4

    @1: DOOOOH!!!!!!!

  • will190780

    Mar 18, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #5

    Are we really without a striker? Is there something I’ve missed. Please tell me Cisse has been kicked to death at the Wigan game as well?

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 18, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #6

    I doubt ashley would go for scouting.

    If anything it will have been to discuss things with their club officials and he was invited to the game.

    Hopefully he is looking to invest in the summer and shown he has learned from last years mistakes.

  • Fridge

    Mar 18, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #7

    I am also losing my patience with pardew i am sorry to say. It dont matter how many purple players you have when the man in charge dont know how to use them. I honestly do feel that if pardew let his players have a go and had equal amount Of training on attacking aswell as defensive duties, we could be fantastic to watch. Now however we train four days on defensive work and only one attacking work. Quite the opposite Of Arsenal who nearly never do defensive sessions in training, not that that is the way to go either.

  • ToonDownSouth

    Mar 18, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #8

    We spend four days a week on defensive training and one on attacking??

    Is that actually a fact, or just wild speculation..?

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 18, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #9

    What also F**ks me off that Halsey is local – comes from Lancashire.
    Why does local refs ref local clubs


    Mar 18, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #10


    Hang on a Minute?

    Pardew is not the problem here, at all, his post match interviews were measured and controlled which i have come to expect from Pardew over the last few months! Maybe they should of got John Carver to say a few comments?

    Imagine, if you would if the same had happened to Manure or Chelski and try to visualize how Ferguson or another trainer would react to such a display by match officials?

    Lay off Pardew Fridge!

  • wynsleap

    Mar 18, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #11

    Could this be a sign that Ashley is starting to act like a proper club owner with an intense interest in the recruitment of top players?
    For a long time I’ve been convinced that he only cares about the benefit of SD in his ownership but maybe, just maybe, he is starting to get that excited feeling of supporting the Toon which we have all had since birth.
    If so can we dare to expect that good signings are now going to be the norm?
    As far as Halsey goes he should be struck off the list. He is totally inept. I also hope the club considers legal action against that Scouse thug because if it had been done on the street he would have been charged with assault.
    Really is time our national game was cleaned up – all round.

  • brian kilclines pony tail

    Mar 18, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #12

    TS@6 – exactamundo – the start of crossing i’s and dotting t’s or something like that 🙂

  • saxonfenken

    Mar 18, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #13

    Get real, just wild speculation on your part. you know nothing at all about how prem league teams train. How is it that you know so much about the Arsenal.

  • Fridge

    Mar 18, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #14

    Tds i think i recall that from an article some while back. Believe it to be true. In man utd they hardly train offensivly But focus on defensiv. It works for them. Thats what solskjaer said a few years back anyway. Dont get me wrong i like pardew. But he needs to step up. Look at swansea. You dont need millions. You just need someone who knows how and has the guts to try it.

  • brian kilclines pony tail

    Mar 18, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #15

    players who attack should really know where to run and when to pass already, the development of a defensive unit takes a lot more teamwork.
    and when on earth do newcastle train 5 days a week? last season the would of done 4 days and thats without the euro league, once a game is played a days rest is required. at the moment we will be doing 3, maybe 3.5 days a week max because of the extra games.

  • seasons

    Mar 18, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #16

    loving some of the comments.

    wynsleap – simple fact is that without mike ashley and his millions we would be another leeds united, not exactly sure of how spending millions paying off previous debts and getting the club back to a secure financial footing is only to the benefit of sports direct?

    Fridge – take it from that comment your part of the newcastle coaching staff? or are you just another football fan that knows more about football than any other manager alive?

  • Owldman

    Mar 18, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #17

    The player Mike & Graham were supposedly scouting are also being watched by Arsenal & Chelsea , so we have some heavyweight competition there

  • wynsleap

    Mar 18, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #18

    Seasons – What I meant was that Ashley has always seemed to have more interest in promoting his company name at the ground than in purchasing new players to improve the squad.
    That does seem to be changing however. No need to be so touchy fella.


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