This Man Is Becoming Very Important To Newcastle And To Rafa Benitez

Rafa remains hopeful that come January Newcastle can get maybe three good players through the door and by that time we hope we are still in the top ten in the Premier League.

Rafa was disappointed in the summer and certainly didn’t get what he was expecting from owner Rafa Benitez.

But with takeover talk starting to increase on Tyneside maybe we will get new owners before the January window even opens.

If that does happen, we expect Rafa to be given significant funds to spend in January if the right players are available.

But as always Rafa is thoroughly preparing for the upcoming transfer window, and he is relying on the Head of Recruitment Steve Nickson.

Steve was elevated to that position in the summer when former Chief Scout Graham Carr left by mutual consent on June 21st.

Steve had been the Under-21s scout before his promotion and with Carr leaving Rafa was left entirely in charge of all transfers into and out of the club.

Steve Nickson has the full confidence of the manager, and he is now an essential cog in the Newcastle wheel as he will be responsible for scouting players who could be signed by Newcastle.

He will take direction from Rafa.

Steve will work jointly not only with Rafa but also with Managing Director Lee Charnley on new potential targets in the upcoming transfer windows.

The Chronicle is reporting the recruitment (scouting) team have been asked to provide a list of at least five names for every single position in the team before the January transfer window opens.

Steve Nickson – Head of Recruitment

Rafa has talked about recruitment in his two and a half hour meeting with the local press:

“We have a new ‘shed’, or office, for the scouting department.” 

“They are already working because it’s what you have to do. It doesn’t matter if the transfer window is not open, then you still have to be ready to bring in players and be looking.”

“Everybody is doing their job for the next window, but in every training session you can see that the groundsmen have made the pitches fine, the medical department are doing well because we have just a couple of injuries, so everyone’s doing their jobs.”

“But afterward things change and you have to react and have a solution in place just in case.”

“We are working on what we have to do, what we would like to do, but you never know.”

“But imagine in December you have an injury, then you are expecting more money on a certain player, then you have to spend however much money for a striker because they are more expensive.

“I think for us now, we have names and we have options and are following the players. We have as much information as we can for everyone.”

“Everything is more complicated than it seems. We try to analyze sometimes too many things, but you can be lucky that sometimes you sign a player who is not fit or doesn’t have a good record.”

“But then he comes here, settles down and does well and starts scoring goals.”

Things seem to be starting to click both on and off the field for Newcastle at the moment.

That’s good news, and all we need now is an owner who will fully support what Rafa wants to do with Newcastle.

In short – that’s to take us to the very top.

Comments welcome.

73 comments so far

  • jane

    Oct 7, 2017 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #1

    sounds well organised whoever the owners are and however much money is available.

  • jane

    Oct 7, 2017 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #2

    the scouting dept have even got a new shed, they are obviously becoming more important.

  • jane

    Oct 7, 2017 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #3

    regarding the “No Player Is Safe As Benitez Looks To Strengthen The Side Considerably” article (Ed going fast) it’s good that Rafa is aware of and responds/corrects what fans are talking about (does he read the blog?) which i’ve noticed he’s does a good job of doing.

  • jane

    Oct 7, 2017 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #4

    i know how you feel Rafa 😉

  • jane

    Oct 7, 2017 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #5

    “Freddy Shepherd funeral: Mourners gather for ex-Newcastle chairman”

  • lochinvar

    Oct 7, 2017 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #6

    I guess his first job will be to find a replacement for Diame.

  • Jib

    Oct 7, 2017 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #7

    Someone inferred on a previous blog that
    JL was out of order calling Diamé lazy.
    Surely as club captain – if that’s what he
    thinks and believes – he should make his
    feelings known.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 7, 2017 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #8

    This comment by Rafa is a significant one.

    ‘ the medical department are doing well because we have just a couple of injuries, so everyone’s doing their jobs.’

    In previous season when we were top of the injuries league, the international break was a bonus to us to give players a chance to heal.

    Now though it’s probably working against us!!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 7, 2017 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #9

    Presumably they must worked out of a cardboard box.

    Mind you that would have been luxury when aah was a lad.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 7, 2017 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #10

    If Rafa has to choose between Lascelles and Diame to get rid of one, I wonder who’ll he’ll select, mmmmmh tough one that!!

  • Jib

    Oct 7, 2017 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #11

    Essex Geordie Bill
    Mind you that would have been luxury when aah was a lad.

    You’ve got a good memory

  • Magtoonpie

    Oct 7, 2017 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #12

    In Fifa my NUFC team sold a replaced a popular striker with Sergi Enrich and the goals started coming so I nominate him…Also about the fight, not condoning violence but Lascelles was working on correcting a problem clearly seen on the pitch since Diame came on. He is lazy and glad Lascelles was pointing it out. Hope Shelvey gets better. Also something good must be happening behind the scenes at NUFC with all these negative stories popping up.

  • lesh

    Oct 7, 2017 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #13


    Slow down bonny lad. I’ve missed two buses while writing a post. I can’t keep up with your pace.

    Is it me being too slow in posting? I’m worried now that I see Essex’s managing to keep up. :-

  • lesh

    Oct 7, 2017 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #15

    As Jane’s posting links to Freddy’s funeral, can we assume that Jib’s attending it?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 7, 2017 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #16

    Lesh it’s all down to timing mate. 🙂

  • giimps

    Oct 7, 2017 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #17

    They’ll be fine, no harm no foul, Diameter hopefully will try and prove him wrong, although he must train well otherwise he wouldn’t get a game…..although we have limited options for putting lumbering lummoxes on at the end of a game to try and shore things up or get a goal

  • giimps

    Oct 7, 2017 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #18

    Bloody auto correct does my head in

  • Jib

    Oct 7, 2017 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #19

    I just noticed Janes post
    I notice Sir John Hall and Steve Bruce
    couldn’t afford black ties.
    (ffs cheap bastids)

  • jane

    Oct 7, 2017 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #20

    if Jib is attending Freddy Shepherd’s funeral it’ll probably be to let mourners know the bad things he did.

  • jane

    Oct 7, 2017 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #21

    Bosnia have to beat Belgium to remain in the driving seat for second place in the group but fell behind in the 4th minute to a strong Belgium side who have already qualified however Bosnia are leading 2-1 at half time. that’s like teams fighting relegation at the end of the season often beat mid-table teams. not good for Cyprus and Greece who play later.

  • jane

    Oct 7, 2017 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #22

    Belgium have turned it around leading 3-2 now, Cyprus and Belgium fans will be cheering!

  • jane

    Oct 7, 2017 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #23

    Cyprus and Greece

  • jane

    Oct 7, 2017 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #24

    Sweden beating Luxembourg 7-0 i’m not sure of the qualification rules but that may mean Netherlands all but mathematically (even more so) cannot qualify now. make that 8.

  • jane

    Oct 7, 2017 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #25

    if France don’t win in Bulgaria later Sweden will win the group if they win their last match.

  • Jib

    Oct 7, 2017 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #26

    I’m waiting for the Netherlands game
    watching Hornblower imprisoned in Spain
    on ITV 4

  • Jib

    Oct 7, 2017 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #27

    I’m sorry jane I wish I could get more interested
    in the World Cup
    It’s run by FIFA whose head for years was Sepp Blatter
    a German speaking Swiss
    Which country has won the WC most ?
    not Switzerland
    It’s fixed

  • Tsunki

    Oct 7, 2017 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #28

    Isn’t there a buzkashi tournament needs covering Jane?


    Oct 7, 2017 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #29

    Diame is lazy and useless…..his strong points were his long direct runs , which he doesn’t make anymore.
    I’m glad our young captain is doing his job…….but I have to think Rafa will have Diame on the first bus out…..

  • jane

    Oct 7, 2017 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #30

    each to their own Tsunki

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 7, 2017 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #31

    I’ll be surprised in radius x 2 will be happy to kiss and make up, hurt pride can be very lasting.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 7, 2017 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #32

    Blast is that the autocorrect again?

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 7, 2017 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #33

    Intriguing post @31, EGB!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 7, 2017 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #34


    See comment 17, it’s a bit of granddad humour. 🙂

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 7, 2017 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #35


  • Jib

    Oct 7, 2017 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #36

    Is that Wijnaldum starting for the Dutch ?

  • Jib

    Oct 7, 2017 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #37

    looks very cold
    Michael Oliver is the referee

  • Jib

    Oct 7, 2017 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #38

    Has no one told Advocaat
    That Wijnaldum is crap away from home ?

  • ShirebrookToon

    Oct 7, 2017 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #39

    So the training ground bust up was because Lascelles called Diame “lazy”. All I can say to that is well done lad. Only saying what everyone else is thinking. Makes a change to have a captain that uses his vocal chords to communicate rather than pen and paper!!!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 7, 2017 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #40

    No wonder Dutch football is in such decline when their best RB is the fraud Jaanmat and the away day shirker Wijnaldum is in their midfield, it used to be full of CL stars now it’s got Brighton and Watford players in it.


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