Back in the days of Freddy Shepherd running Newcastle United, along with Sir John Hall, there were claims that rather than relying on a traditional scouting network, the club instead relied on a particular agent to find them players.
After Sir Bobby Robson was sacked the rumours intensified, with managers (Souness, Roeder) who followed supposedly having little say on which players were targeted.
Back then it was Willie Mackay who allegedly ‘worked’ for the club in helping to identify players to fill gaps in the squad, rather than relying on the usual scouts to find them.
Mike Ashley of course bought out the Shepherds/Halls just after Sam Allardyce replaced Glenn Roeder and ironically he (Allardyce) was probably the last Newcastle manager since Sir Bobby’s days to have the biggest say at the club on transfers.
Sadly, it was very much a case of the wrong man in a very wrong place for Newcastle United and the supporters…as Allardyce oversaw a disastrous summer of 2007 in the transfer market.
Moving forward to more recent years under Mike Ashley, do we now have the modern day equivalent of that Shepherd/Mackay working relationship?
Newcastle United have recruited all of the following players who are represented by Mondial Sport Management:
Hatem Ben Arfa
Mondial Sport Management are of course a big player when it comes to representing footballers but have Newcastle bypassed a more traditional scouting route by relying too much on players from one agency?
The signings of Andros Townsend and Jonjo Shelvey maybe suggest now a significant move away from this one particular company, though if Newcastle felt they had to accept at last the stupidity of not buying any proven Premier League players, they had little choice.
Whilst Henri Saivet IS represented by Mondial Sport Management, with an almost exclusively French client list it would have been a little tricky for Newcastle to bring in any English players via that particular company.
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