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This Unsung Hero At Newcastle Deserves Great Credit

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.

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.

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19 comments so far

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 16, 2020 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #1

    It does seem Nickson does have an eye for a player but like everyone they will make mistakes

    You wonder if Joelinton had played as the 2nd striker all of last season to Rondon/Wilson you would probably see a totally different player

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 16, 2020 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #2

    Rev Jim

    Re the comment on narcissim I thought you might have been referring to a certain American politician, he fits the bill to perfection.

    Can’t say that I see any evidence of overt narcissm on the blog.

    Most posters will have a bit of it in them, imo of course! 🙂

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 16, 2020 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #3

    There is a disappointedly high number of pessimists on the blog though looking at the vote for how we’ll do on Saturday!

  • Wor Bairle

    Oct 16, 2020 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #4

    “current manager Steve Bruce”

    What you heard Ed?

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 16, 2020 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #5

    Rev Jim,

    I posted something like that re – narcissism a few years back when Jib was in full flow

  • lesh

    Oct 16, 2020 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #6


    You may not have seen any evidence of overt narcissistic behaviours but others have – in abundance and over the years.

  • lesh

    Oct 16, 2020 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #7

    Rotonda heights

    And it’s still apparent despite efforts to change posting styles.

  • WLtoon

    Oct 16, 2020 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #8

    Morning all, the sun is out for a change. had a walk around the park at Chester le Street yesterday and it was close to flooding, the river was over the banks at some points, we have had some rain this eek mind.

    I see Michael Mr Reliable Chopra is spouting his usual shite again. Does anyone actually believe a word this guy says?
    Michael,, do us all a favour and do one .

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 16, 2020 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #9

    Looking at the training pics on the NUFC site they all look to be very happy.

    Didn’t spot any of the yungus but, (hard to tell for sure) I think Saivet was training with them.

    Any one doing the Brucie bingo, it don’t look like Dummett, Clarke or Matty are in the running.

  • lesh

    Oct 16, 2020 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #10

    Essex Geordie Bill

    Pessimists? Realists? I’d suggest that ManU will have taken last week’s howking very badly. Egos’ll have been pricked and they’ll probably come out on top this weekend.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 16, 2020 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #11


    To be honest I aint looking for it, so you could be right, hasn’t had any affect on me, so it don’t bother me.

  • lesh

    Oct 16, 2020 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #12

    Somebody mentioned the cabby who was interviewed at the New York club when Ant n Dec rocked up there.

    Would that be the same former cabby who’d have pushed bairns aside to get to the front of the crowd?

  • Wor Bairle

    Oct 16, 2020 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #13


    Given the subject matter and the definitions already laid out. reread your statement to EGB.

    Only my opinion but I think Bill is closer to the mark.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 16, 2020 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #14


    So are you saying we shouldn’t have any optimism about the game.

    Just so you know I expect us to win!

    And, even give them a howking! 🙂

  • lesh

    Oct 16, 2020 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #15



    As an aside, how did your son get along with his retraining courses? Did he find something suitable without paying an arm and a leg?

  • geordie157

    Oct 16, 2020 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #16

    25 man squad then

    1 Dubravka
    2 Darlow
    3 Gillespie
    4 Manquillo
    5 Kraft
    6 Lascelles
    7 Fernandez
    8 Schar
    9 Clark
    10 Dummett
    11 Lewis
    12 Ritchie
    13 Murphy
    14 Fraser
    15 Hayden
    16 Shelvey
    17 S.Longstaff
    18 Saint-Maximin
    19 Joeltinon
    20 Almiron
    21 Wilson
    22 Carroll
    23 Gayle

    Assuming Gayle included, that leaves 2 spots between Yedlin, Atsu, Saivet, Aarons and Lazaar.

    Atsu seems to be heading out today. Yedlin will prob stay for now.

    So who’s the 25th does Saivet get a reprive until Jan, Lazaar is a longshot but offer left back cover. Aarons isn’t needed.


    Are we saving a place for a Welbeck or Sturridge to give us a bit more striker depth.

    Hope it’s the latter but we’d be daft to register 24 players and not sign anyone!

  • lesh

    Oct 16, 2020 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #17

    Essex Geordie Bill

    Optimism and realism are different emotions.

    It goes without saying I’d love to see us win but realistically, do we have the players and tactics to gain anything other than a lucky win or draw?

  • WLtoon

    Oct 16, 2020 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #18

    Why is it when anyone does`nt predict a win for Toon they are called pessimists?
    We play Manure tomorrow, they have better players and will be favourites whether we like it or not.
    It does`nt seem to make much difference to some fans who we play, they will always have their blinkers on. Its Toon or nothing, do or die.
    I went for a win v Burnley, why, bcos i think we are better than them, tomorrow however is a different kettle of fish.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 16, 2020 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #19


    Thanks for asking.

    He’s doing a lot of free on line courses and he managed to blag 3 months free from one site cos of his redundancy. Is prepared to pay the fees to continue but they are quite low compared to any Uni courses.

    He has certification from all of them, 13 so far.

    He’s working up to eight hours a day and treating it like a job and is very optimistic (that word again 🙂 ) about his prospects.

    His partner is a very good artist and an unexpected opportunity has come her way so we’re keeping everything crossed! 🙂


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