An interview published in the Journal today with Alan Pardew as the Newcastle manager saying that Newcastle want to broaden their scouting activities to take in English based players, but that’s not the first time we’ve heard that from Pardew this summer.
Alan Pardew – must keep out eye on English based players
This is what the Newcastle manager said in the Journal today:
“What is important is that we keep a very, very close eye on English-based players and Joe Kinnear, Graham and myself are very aware that although the French market has been massively successful for us we can’t take our eye off that.”
“We’re in the fabric of the scouting network there. We’re as good as Lyon, Paris Saint-Germain, St Etienne – our network is as good as theirs and because we’ve got Premier League finance and French players have been successful here their agents want to bring their players here and the players want to come here.”
“We have a massive advantage there but we can’t constantly take that advantage and not take our eye off other parts of the world, and also the English market because we’re getting very close to the UEFA limit on foreign players.”
“We’ve lost Perchy, we almost lost Dan Gosling so it’s something we do need to focus on.” “Joe is very much aware that he does need to co-ordinate that and we need to make our search bigger.”
“Graham can’t be everywhere – he can’t be all over England, all over Holland and France.”
“That’s impossible. Our scouts can be and then Graham comes in near the end and I come in right near the end.”
We suppose Joe Kinnear will cover the games in England next season as part of his new job on Tyneside, and Graham Carr will continue to scout players in countries like France, Holland, Belgium and maybe even Portugal.
But we have already lost three English players this summer in Danny Simpson, Steve Harper and James Perch, and both Dan Gosling and Mike Williamson could also leave the club before September rolls around.
That’s one reason we should be after Blackpool’s Tom, Ince or Scott Sinclair of Manchester City – two English players.
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