However they were recruited, the thing Mike Ashley has most definitely got right is the appointments of Graham Carr and Alan Pardew

The perceived wisdom is that Graham Carr goes out and does the scouting, then Alan Pardew is part of the process of deciding if that player is right for Newcastle.

In an excellent piece on Newcastle by Jim White for Eurosport, it is revealed that maybe Alan Pardew has a more hands on role in identifying players than we might have imagined.

Joe Cole, who is playing at Cabaye’s old club Lille, reveals that he has seen our manager at least half a dozen times. A revelation that suggests a couple of things, one that Pardew must be over there an awful lot if he has seen Lille alone half a dozen times and/or that Newcastle are seriously interested in one or more of Yohan Cabaye’s old team mates.

At Newcastle…..Tim Krul, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse: everyone has seen their value rise exponentially this season.

The source of such investment gems is pretty obvious. Most Geordies credit the scout Graham Carr for finding them over in the French leagues. According to Joe Cole, the one Englishman currently playing in France, he has seen Alan Pardew at matches at least half a dozen times this season, checking out targets identified by his highly knowledgeable colleague.

And Cole reckons the seam of talent is by no means exhausted. At his own club, Lille — from which Cabaye was bought last summer — Cole thinks there are plenty with the ability and temperament to thrive in the Premier League. And he is not simply referring to Eden Hazard.

But buying well is only the start of it. Clearly Pardew has been able to mould his recruits into a potent mix, developing a team spirit that is second to none in the division. The upward mobility may have taken the regulars by surprise, but there is clearly method on the training ground.

Read the whole Jim White article here.

25 comments
onedavidmccreery
onedavidmccreery

Great article. I get utterly p#ssed off with these keyboard warriors that bleat on about staying away, when in truth nufc probably isn't that great a part of their life anyway!

I go simply so my 10 year old son gets to see the mags. The bairn is black and white daft, as I was back in the day. Why the he'll should he be embroiled in the politics of it all, when his sole aim is to simply see his team play week in week out.

Nothing has changed since I was a teenager and mckeag and Co were robbing the mags. I turned up home and away to watch guff like Andy Thomas, Darren Jackson etc.. simply because they were my team and still are today.

It's fairly simple I go to enjoy my time with my son and the joy he simply gets from his team Newcastle United FC.

GR1125
GR1125

Excellent article. Folks make decisions to stay or go, it's their decision & everyone's circumstances are different.

Me? I meet the same lads who I started to go to the match with 47 years ago; we have a beer or five, our sons now join us - it's what we do. We see the same faces in the pubs, all desperate folks just like us!

Yes, we want things to change but if it was trophies we were after we would have stopped going years ago.

I still think we need some Messiah figure to organize something against the regime but I believe that it will be embarrassment or shame which will drive Ashley out, not losing a few quid at the turnstile.

Pardew suddenly departed & Ashley will certainly depart.

Until then, why should I allow him to stop me having a good day out in my town (apart from 90 minutes sometimes) with friends & family? 

v0ices
v0ices

@GR1125 no one wants to stop that but there are other activities you could do. Ashley has no shame he only cares about money.

Maximus Moose
Maximus Moose

A very good article but at the end of the day by going to the match your condoning Ashley

SGM
SGM

Your protests would make a huge impact on the club, but for one thing, Gate receipts are a fraction of a clubs income, so a club doesn't need to keep them happy, they are now no longer courted, in fact they are becoming a problem, all clubs in the Prem. now discourage individuals in favour of corporate.

v0ices
v0ices

@SGM a rather large fraction of a clubs income don't make it sound like pennies when its tens of millions, not to mention all the associated income from merchandise etc. The mans greedy cut his profits and he will sell up so he can take his money elsewhere for a better return. That's not taking into account any penalties sky or BT may have written into contracts regarding empty grounds. Staying away may not work but going will just continue to feed the fat mans wallet and justify his tenure as custodian of our club.

SGM
SGM

@v0ices @SGM Merchandise has been sold off, internal catering has been sold off, even the match-day programmes.Individuals need marshalling and crowd control is becoming expensive, corporate is far more profitable. And i believe its Sky that feeds the wallet. if you want to hit his Wallet cancel your Sky subscription.

v0ices
v0ices

@SGM @v0ices sky and BT sport do indeed feed the wallet if you want to hit his wallet don't go and see what sanctions they have about playing in front of a empty stadium. The match day costs like stewards and policing have to be paid even if the ground is empty see how long Ashley is willing to pay that out of his own money. Only action can cause change inaction is acceptance. I cancelled my subscription to sky sports several years ago.

1957
1957

It's always nice to read Chris's articles, wish I could do as well. I don't always agree with them but they are a blessed relief from the rehashed Chronicle rubbish and the efforts from the let's write anything so everyone can slag off the regime crew.

I still go to the match, not because I'm a particular admirer of the clubs business plan, but because it's time I get to spend with my son who lives out of the area and travels home for each home game. Oddly for some we still enjoy the games and the chance to interact with the supporters around us, some of whom we have sat with for many years. None of these are contemplating a boycott, because we all feel it will have no effect on Ashley.

A boycott of SD would have as much effect as the mackem's Sugar Puffs effort years ago, SD is a national company and our small corner of the world is of little consequence in the grand scheme of things

mentalman
mentalman

Finally a decent article.

I would disagree with you on the success of the 60minute walkout simply because there was a 69th minute walkout to. Hats off to the guys who arranged the walkout but then a seperate group came along and decided to do their own walkout 9mins later which turned both into a joke. I can remember watching it on TV and on 60mins the commentators said is this the arranged walkout or is it just a load of geordies going for a pie.

Why couldn't eveyone just agree to leave at one point, it would have made a much bigger statement.

Brian Standen
Brian Standen

Top artucle, puts my writing to shame. Excellent points

Rangers1ST
Rangers1ST

@MikeAshleyLies Boycott wouldn't work anyway with the TV £ you get. Only way to be rid of him is a collective vilification of SD by fans.

andy_emmers
andy_emmers

@MikeAshleyLies Excellent article - see it all over the fan pages, all want action but end up falling out over preaching their point of view

LeazesEnder
LeazesEnder

I always presumed these Mills and Boon articles were written for 'the Ladies' or ex-pats reminiscing over salad days fare...