Newcastle have just announced that manager Rafa Benitez has appointed Steve Nickson, the former U21 scout as the clubs’ new Head of Recruitment.
Chief Scout Graham Carr left the club recently and so Rafa has wasted no time in appointing the impressive Nickson to the head of recruitment after Steve has done some excellent work over the last several years – Steve joined the club six years ago from Blackburn Rovers.
It’s also great to see Rafa promoting from within the club and Steve now takes an important position reporting to Newcastle’s world-class manager – it’s a fantastic opportunity for Steve and well deserved.
Steve Nickson – new Head of Recruitment at Newcastle United
This is what Newcastle have just put out on the website:
Newcastle United has today appointed former Under-21s scout, Steve Nickson, as the club’s new head of recruitment following the departure of former chief scout Graham Carr last week.
Steve will work closely with manager Rafa Benítez and assumes responsibility for the organisation and management of player recruitment at all levels across the club.
Steve, along with Rafa and managing director Lee Charnley, will evaluate all aspects of United’s player recruitment function.
That includes the processes and systems used for scouting players at all levels throughout the club to ensure Newcastle United is best positioned to achieve its targets in this and future seasons.
This is what manager Rafa Benítez has said on the appointment:
“I’d like to congratulate Steve and welcome him to his new role with the club.”
“Steve has done an excellent job in the scouting department at Under-21 level and I am very confident that he will bring his many strengths to this new role, improving and building on our first team recruitment strategy.”
“As well as that at all levels throughout the club.”
This looks like a very solid appointment by Rafa Benitez and it’s good he has also moved so quickly to appoint the man who was responsible for signing Ayoze Perez three years ago for £1.4M.
Rafa will be seen back at Newcastle on Monday morning and we expect him to be upbeat and positive as usual – even though he is reported to be disappointed at our first team recruitment so far this summer.