Rafa Benitez appointed Steve Nickson back in early July 2017 as our new Recruitment manager, and he has done extremely well since taking over from Chief Scout Graham Carr.
At the time Rafa was complimentary on Steve’s abilities and has this to say.
“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.”
That’s improving and building on our first team recruitment strategy, as well as that at all levels throughout the club.”
Steve and Rafa worked closely together and Nickson is now working closely with manager Steve bruce.
Steve’s been part of a number of our recent signings, and he went over to the US to ensure we hired Miguel Almiron in January, 2019.
He was also responsible for signing Ayoze Perez from Tenerife for around £1.5M in the summer of 2014.
Perez was sold last summer to Leicester City for £30M so Mike Ashley will like the profit made on the player.
However, we really missed Ayoze and Salomon Rondon last season.
Nickson was also responsible for signing Kevin Mbabu from Servette in January, 2013, and although he’s no longer at Newcastle he has matured as a footballer and represented Switzerland 9 times.
And in his press conference today for tomorrow’s home game with Manchester United, current manager Steve Bruce has said Nickson was a force in bringing the great Allan Saint-Maximin to the club over a year ago.
“He was instrumental in bringing him to the club and was involved with the player regularly when we were signing him and is someone now that Allan can associate with behind the scenes.”
And ASM himself posted this on his Twitter account on Wednesday thanking Nickson for all he has done for him after signing his new improved 6 year deal to stay At Newcastle.
— Allan Saint-Maximin (@asaintmaximin) October 14, 2020
Steve Nickson keeps in the background, but he is doing a great job at Newcastle.
And that’s witnessed by our incoming players this summer – first team players Jamal Lewis, Ryan Fraser, Callum Wilson, Jeff Hendrick.
These four experienced Premier League players were acquired for just £35M, and Fraser and Hendrick came as free agents, although we would have paid them a signing-on fee.
They have all made an instant impact at Newcastle, which is what we all wanted to see.
Certainly it looks like they have made Newcastle into a better, and more attacking side than last season.
Steve Nickson deserves great credit for what he is doing behind the scenes at Newcastle.
What do you think?