The much lauded scouting system is under scrutiny. I am personally not a huge believer in it. Mike Ashley, like the great colonialists, scouring the globe for hidden treasures, but only willing to trade in cheap trainers and bags of salt. You get what you pay for sometimes.
The time is right to trust him now, he has learned from his mistakes and personally I hope his next move is to bring in a new manager.
After all if you believe Pardew, it’s not his fault and all Mike’s!
There is a consistent wave of appreciation in the media for the scouting talents at Newcastle as if they have visited the far-flung regions of East Africa or Outer Mongolia to find rare gems for at very little or no cost, but this is just not the case.
Graham Carr “We are going to try and get close to the Arsenal route but you have to be realistic. They had Vieira, Henry and Petit, some of the best players in the world. At Newcastle that is not the case…yet”.
I’ve been reading The Mag for years now and have thought about having a crack at sending something in for ages, so now on a quiet nightshift and in the midst of a strange season, here’s my effort.
With clubs recognising Newcastle’s creative transfer policy, the board has a decision to make. Do they pay the asking price for their top targets? Or play hardball and wait it out.
It wouldn’t surprise me in the least to one day see Carroll back at Newcastle, I don’t see any long-term future at Liverpool and apart from possibly Tottenham I can’t see any of the other teams at the top considering him. There would of course be the small matter of his wages to sort out…
I still can’t believe that it wasn’t us who suffered as Spurs did, I thought it was our natural role in life to see one door close, only to have another slammed in our collective faces.
Whether by luck or design, Newcastle United are now heading into the FFP era with a financial framework which will allow them to operate within the new rules.
Further reports from Holland say that Graham Carr has been watching the 22 year old striker who has now scored 24 goals in his last 13 matches!