Newcastle United have announced Steve Nickson as the replacement for Graham Carr.

In an official announcement on Saturday afternoon, the club revealed that Steve Nickson had been promoted from his role as Udner 21s scout.

His new title is Newcastle United’s ‘Head of Recruitment’.

Who knows how suited/qualified he is for the role but how Newcastle get on in the transfer market is what fans are bothered about.

Giving the job to somebody inside the club is no surprise, with the likes of Lee Charnley also seeing Mike Ashley keep things in-house when appointing a Managing Director.

Newcastle United Official Statement:

Newcastle United has today appointed former Under-21s scout, Steve Nickson, as the club’s new head of recruitment following the departure of former chief scout Graham Carr last week.

Steve will work closely with manager Rafa Benítez and assumes responsibility for the organisation and management of player recruitment at all levels across the club.

Steve, along with Rafa and managing director Lee Charnley, will evaluate all aspects of United’s player recruitment function, including the processes and systems used for scouting players at all levels throughout the club to ensure Newcastle United is best positioned to achieve its targets in this and future seasons.

Manager Rafa Benítez said:

“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, improving and building on our first team recruitment strategy, as well as that at all levels throughout the club.”



  • Jezza

    What a shambles.

  • Jezza

    What a shambles.

    • Carlo Ancelotti

      normal service has resumed Jezza

  • Paul Busby

    Right, now I’m getting concerned.

  • Jimblag23

    Why can’t we appoint some proven guy who Rafa knows from his many years in Europe?
    We have a terrible youth recruitment recent history, none of them graduate to the 1st team.
    I hope that quote and those sentiments from Rafa are genuine otherwise we’re in for some downward spiralling.

    • Damon Horner

      Any of them not in work or not at good clubs? Genuine question.

    • Jezza

      The fact that they have appointed an Ashley/Charnley man rather than a Rafa man makes me fear that Rafa’s days at St James’s Park are numbered. Either this appointment has been made in preparation for life after Rafa or it’s part of an attempt to force Rafa out in a similar vein to Ashley’s constructive dismissal of Kevin Keegan in 08.

  • Alex

    “……….and assumes responsibility for the organisation and management of player recruitment…………”

    I had to read the above words 4 times – surely they don’t mean what the words, actually, say?!

    Terrified, is NOT an understatement of my thoughts upon reading this.

  • Leazes Ender

    He’s a Charnley man nor a Rafalutionary….. this doesn’t look good.

    • Carlo Ancelotti

      it looks quite awful actually, it` hardly Rafalutionary

  • magpiefifer

    A cheap option for Ashley/Charnley – no surprise there!
    It underlines the non-existence of ambition under Ashley.

    • Jezza

      Oh Ashley’s got plenty ambition where NUFC is concerned. It’s just ambition to make huge profits rather than any footballing success.

  • Damon Horner

    Names and reputations are more likely to cause power struggles. Let’s hope the power is all Rafa’s and this guy assembles scout reports.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    I just got the words out on out on another post about Rafa and another so called talent spotter being installed after Carr leaving.
    It’s just all so predictable where Ashley is concerned and right about now you feel like a low rent psychic along the lines of “Septic Peg” !

  • nevfur

    Ooh er doesn’t look good, doom and gloom, panic panic, oh dear my glass is half full. Ffs pull yourselves together you bloody miserable bunch you all know nothing about it or him

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      I know he scout`s the under 21`s & we havent produced a good player since Any Carroll 10 years ago
      what does that tell you ????????????

      • Damon Horner

        When was he appointed Under 21 scout?

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          IDIOT

          • Damon Horner

            Take it you know little and spouting off again then.

            This guy spotted Mbabu, the kid most fans wanted to keep.

          • Carlo Ancelotti

            Where`s Mbabu, i concur that you are an idiot

          • Damon Horner

            Shock, you agree with your other profile.

          • Carlo Ancelotti

            go away fool, MMM is my brother, but he`s still correct about you being a complete idiot

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            ha ha, the link gets clearer.The 3 most miserable and stupid contributors are one and the same

          • nevfur

            He did say most fans wanted to keep Mbabu

          • nevfur

            Also Perez and Aaron’s

          • nevfur

            So does that mean you don’t know when he started with the under 21’s then?

    • Damon Horner

      Not that it takes much but I reckon that some are upset this time because the appointment was made in the first place. Shows how out of touch with football some are as most clubs have someone in this position.

      The way I see it is the more authority the appointment carries the less control Rafa could feasibly have.

    • Leazes Ender

      He’s from Lancashire and was with Blackburn for ages before working for Charnley for the last seven years….. it isn’ta new appointment.

      “Steve, along with Rafa and managing director Lee Charnley, will evaluate all aspects of United’s player recruitment function, including the processes and systems used for scouting players at all levels throughout the club to ensure Newcastle United is best positioned to achieve its targets in this and future seasons.”

      They don’t appear to have even started to address the issue of signings yet….. on the first day of the new financial year when a lot of people were expecting Charnley to unveil signings…… they are working on their strategic planning requirements.

      • Alex

        They still have to go through the phase of meeting on Mike’s yacht, off France.

        • Scooter

          i think he`s just bought a new jet

        • Leazes Ender

          It’ll have to wait because Ashley is in court again on Monday.

      • nevfur

        Any easy trick of words but do read it properly. It says Steve will evaluate things along with Rafa and Chumley Warner not that nothing has happened at all yet. obviously they have started working on transfer targets. He was scouting at under 21 level and in my book a promotion still counts as a new appointment. The position is still filled albeit leaving a vacancy in his previous place.

        • Leazes Ender

          Wasn’t Rafa supposed to be in charge?…. he’s now got a bloody committee….. this isn’t what the press would have us believe in the brave new world of the Rafalution.

          • nevfur

            Chumley does the money, the scout scouts, Rafa picks who he wants. Does anyone say it’s a commitee?

          • Albert Stubbins

            Rafa has the final say on appointments and in comings and outgoings- that pretty much constitutes control as far as the modern game goes I would say. He doesnt determine the budget but he has agreed to it and competition for players is at an unprecedented high with all the tv money floating about. Its the toughest market place there’s arguably ever been but im still confident we’ll bring in some good signings. It clearly hasnt gone precisely to plan but that’s football- its all part of the modern game.

          • Jezza

            To be truthful this new appointment looks to have been made in preparation for a new post Rafa set up at St James’s Park.

  • Carlo Ancelotti

    Name to fame, Perez, Mbabu & Aarons. players well below the standard required in the premiership
    Mbabu sold, Aarons perpetual injuries, Perez well below standard even in the championship.
    i

    • Leazes Ender

      Tell that to Ryder.

    • Cuh736

      Victor Fernandez, Yassim ben el mhanni, and some more

  • Scooter

    the rafalutions not going to well is it, duff players, duff managing director, oh dear

  • Albert Stubbins

    Underwhelmed by the appointment but thats only because I was expecting an associate of Rafas from maybe Real or Milan- at the end of the day Rafa must be happy about it- I expect he’s still got a network of scouts/contacts who he will also use. He’s british so if we see some talent coming in from the lower leagues it would be very welcome as far as I’m concerned. Let’s give it a chance and see what happens is my stance on the subject.;

  • Toontone100

    Is it just me or … Do we all get the impression he’s more of a man Rafa can work with ? Might seem insignificant to us but be important to Rafa …