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.