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.

11 comments
Phildene
Phildene

Absolutely spot on Dean! And I'm sure collo didn't write this drivel at all, if he did he's got a bloody nerve!

dude 1
dude 1

one things might be true he did write a letter, but not the one the club issued, this has the hallmarks of the fat controller  and penfold all over it, especially please come to the game on saturday phrase cos we don't want to see all them empty seat on the TV  I ( the fat controller)  have had enough bad publicity this last fortnight  and to sum it up them damn Jock police come to Shirebrook and MY COMPANY BABY Sports Direct  its all over the TV like the election, but not in a good way

fireflyuk
fireflyuk

I presume that if the boycott continues and we go down then its the fans fault Captain Chaos?  

magpie9
magpie9

Colo did you get a free first class ticket to Argentina for claiming to write this? Bet you cant even read it never mind write it

DonDickson
DonDickson

He should not be allowed to play another game,take the armband give it to colback and play the 2 reserves at centre back ,play Gutierrez left back Taylor right back put abide just in front that will be more solid than recent games

cwtoon88
cwtoon88

@DonDickson Disgraceful giving the arms to mackem Jack who continually inspires us down the table. A team of 11 Jack Colbacks would have us mid table championship at best

People dont see beyond hes a geordie who runs a lot to see his poor passing, positioning and lack of fight when it counts

Morpeth mag
Morpeth mag

I wonder if " our Captain" is going to write an open letter to our owner? Asking if there is going to be a change in his attitude/ method of running our club, an idea would be to run it as a football club, instead of an advertising hoarding,,,,,,,

TonnekToon
TonnekToon

Here Here , strip him of his armband now and ship him out at the end of May . CAPTAIN  Ha !