Newcastle To Expand Scouting Network

Before embarking on the one week training camp at SC Braga’s facilities in Portugal ten days ago, Alan Pardew had said how he admired Portuguese players, because they were very good technically and good professionals.

alan pardew in black wonga

Alan Pardew – we should check out players in Portugal

And at that time Newcastle were even linked with Rolando, the 27 year-old Porto center-back and Portuguese International, but nothing has come out of those reports.

The good news from last week is that Newcastle are creating a good relationship with the SC Braga club, and w play them in pre-season on 10th August at St. James’ Park, and that’s our last warm-up game until we play at Manchester City nine days later at the Etihad Stadium.

Alan Pardew thanked the Braga club today in the local papers for their hospitality:

“We want to say a big thank you to Braga,” “Obviously, they will come and visit us. We have a good relationship with them.”

“I think Portugal is a market we haven’t exploited,” “We’re very keen to look at the competition we’ve faced this summer. I think there’s a lot of good talent here.”

There certainly was some good talent seen in the two Portugal games,  and one lad who caught the eye was 20 year-old Egyptian striker Ahmed Hassan, and the youngster scored two goals against us in the first 9 minutes of our 3-1 defeat against Rio Ave, and we’re sure there are others.

There are a lot of Brazilian players in Portugal, due to the fact that they speak the same language, and we suppose that’s thanks to Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, who discovered what is now Brazil about 600 years ago.

Alan Pardew makes a good point and hopefully Joe Kinnear and Graham Carr will now start expanding the Magpies’ scouting network and check out the Portuguese league.

Sounds good to us.

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28 comments so far

  • Ben3arfa

    Jul 27, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #1

    yeah we believe you Pards!

  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 27, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #2

    Whatever pardew says is Garbage anyways, he has no clue what is going on at NUFC

  • supershola

    Jul 27, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #3

    Whats the point in having a great scouting network when you dont buy any players

  • gazza85

    Jul 27, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #4



    I remember waiting on the next days paper for the full match coverage but i was always partial to keeping up to date with scores via teletext 😀

    Those were the days lol

  • SeanNufc87

    Jul 27, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #5

    Chill out ed!

  • SeanNufc87

    Jul 27, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #6

    Ben3arfa and indian

    Why is he a liar and speaks garbage?

  • SeanNufc87

    Jul 27, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #7

    Just pure speculative nonsense from people with directionless anger. Its pathetic and makes the blog less interesting.

  • obatoyou

    Jul 27, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #8

    How bout we expand the number of players we’ve brought in to more than 0, before we expand scouting network!

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 27, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #9

    Great idea to expand your scouting networks…..
    Terrible idea to do it over half way through a transfer window!

    Well 8 weeks into his job, 3 weeks until the opening game and the squad that was to small last season is smaller, and there’s been no strengthening
    Has someone stopped in and checked on old joe? Make sure he’s still taking his mess???

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 27, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #10

    Mess? Meds even!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 27, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #11

    You very rarely see me criticize Pardew as Im to busy critizing Mashley,but he is a blatant liar and he does spout a lot of rubbish.

  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 27, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #12

    Sean in My defence

    His post match comments are always Crap and he has nothing to do with what happens with the transfers.

  • jazzyp

    Jul 27, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #13

    CARR is one of the most respected scouts out there with a network of contact throughout Europe.
    Is that of any significance at this present moment in time-Answer NO. Because how we are conducting ourselves in this transfer window has been nothing more than a joke, Along with the appointment of Kinnear as well.
    It doesn’t matter what scouting system you set up in any country, If you are not going to follow up what the scouts recommend then what is the point.
    If every transfer window was like that of January we would be buzzing but with the current hierarchy in place that unfortunately is going to happen.

  • jazzyp

    Jul 27, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #14


  • JaxtheMag

    Jul 27, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #15

    remy didn’t play for qpr in friendly lasnite

  • lesh

    Jul 27, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #16

    Aye Charlie in the Gallowgate, oh for the days when ignorance was bliss and folk were less stressed over goings on (or not) at Newcasltle.United!

    What a misleading headline. I thought we might have read about some productive work that Joe had done in the six or seven weeks he’s been with us (not sure if ‘with us’ are the right words!).

    Nope, no chance of that.

    If he is still employed by Newcastle United, what exactly has he done that one might describe as constructive?

    Answers must be submitted by no later than.12 noon (UK) wnd limited to no more than 1000 words or they may not be considered for publication.

    Ed, be prepared to run an Extra edition. Have the presses primed and ready to roll.

    Oh, and make sure the typesetters and printers stay out of the Printers Pie!!

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 27, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #17

    Sean, if you can’t see he lies all the time and puts on an act to make things seem under control, then I feel sorry that you’re one of the ones who he is misleading.

    There’s no directionless anger at what we saw last season and the season before. Were you in the ground witnessing our pathetic play against Sunderland, Liverpool and Reading? If you were I can’t see how you can still have belief in him. I never leave early and there wasn’t many left after the Liverpool game. Disgusting performance.

    They are just the highly notable games btw.

  • SeanNufc87

    Jul 27, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #18

    Jail and Indian

    I dont believe everything he has ever said, especially in post match but you cant discount it as fabrication whrn you dont know whats going on behind the scenes, if he talks about transfers, hes obviously been told as they dont concern him now, scouting is the same.

    What gets my goat is people like sparky 55, indian and ben3arfa who spend most time on this blog with one line hatred for pardew, we get it… you dont like pardew, so now we all know you can shut up about it.

    Probably unfairly grouping indian as iv seen him talk football recently.

  • John Tudor

    Jul 27, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #19

    real action going on now in the corridors of power at st james ……………

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 27, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #20

    Cheers lads
    Had a chuckle at us oldies on waiting for results, signings.

    Lesh – very true ignorance was bliss

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 27, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #21

    Mike Ashley reminds me of the toad in Beatrix Potters wind in the willows.

  • kirkyman

    Jul 27, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #22

    @nufcfans: Bafetimbi Gomis has told #Lyon he only wants to join #NUFC. The French club want €7.5m (£6.4m) for him, according to @RMCsport.

  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 27, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #23

    Okay lets Talk football

    What are the Odds we will see Gael Bigirimana play on the right if Pardew sees substantial time at SJP hotseat

  • SeanNufc87

    Jul 27, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #24

    Oh yeah and laurent Robert 32 as usual is on the hate campaign but at least he explains himself.

    In reply to your post, no, unfortunately I only make it to about 2-3 games a season due to my work schedule and cost of travel (actually got to more last season due to Europe) I was supposed to be going to the Liverpool game but we couldn’t get tickets, so ended up in the pub watching it. Anyway.

    If you can provide me with evidence he has lied and not just speculation then fair enough mate, Ill quite happily change my tune on the subject unlike most.

  • fog on the tyne

    Jul 27, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #25

    Hi lads, aint posted for a couple of weeks, been sweating me balls off in the north sea, offshore. Was expecting bent in by now like, looks like this gomis is our priority now tho. Seen him play psg a couple of year ago, on a trip with the wife and he lookef top drawer, from what i remember!!!! Be over the moon if we get him. Managed to see match on tues on one of lads laptop, shocking first half but think whatever he said at halftime worked, much much better after the break!!!
    Vuckic is looking really good and seems like the player i used to go watch on freezing monday nights all over the place, really think he’ll srep up to the big boys table this year, expecting big things from the kid personally. Has always stood out for me in reserve games, hope he builds on it and turns out to be the player i expect him to.
    Anyway good to be back for next fortnight lads, and cant wait for the abuse to start again!!
    Cant believe how much a plank jeff has been, always had him sussed but jus let him get away with it cos he just a bairn!!!
    Howay the lads

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 27, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #26

    J4A…The Wind in the Willow is written by Kenneth Grahame!

  • lesh

    Jul 27, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #27

    SeanNufc87 @ 18.

    I agree with you that Pardew’s much in the dark about things. I’d imagine that Joe’ll be keeping things close to his chest and as Pardew’s been away, he’ll only have known what he’s been told, having had to ask for information!!
    I’d imagine Kinnear to be of the knowledge is power school and keeping Pardew out of the loop.

    I feel for the guy and can understand that he has to sound positive fir the sake of team morale. So, despite Pardew’s weaknesses, I think that given support and players, he’d be better than a partnership of Kinnear and Harford who would probably loss players off, big time. For hells sake, just look at Kinnear’s results when he last managed us. Better the devil you know and he, Pardew, needs support in what must be an awful situation for him.

  • lesh

    Jul 27, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #28

    • loss players off = piss players off


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