Newcastle United fans gathered around the jukebox in The Transfer Tavern are discussing comments made by a former manager of the club.
The Chronicle is reporting that John Carver believes that the club should follow the transfer policy of a club like Tottenham Hotspur and sign more British players.
Carver was speaking on Match Of The Day 2, and he believes the influx of foreign players on Tyneside is having a detrimental effect on the team. Speaking about the club’s transfer policy, Carver said:
“The key to it is recruitment, you have to recruit the right personalities. You look at Tottenham’s situation and how they’ve recruited English and British players. Newcastle have the philosophy of going for Dutch and French players.”
“Now you don’t know your players as well.We know our players in this country and have enough contacts to find out about them mentally and psychologically, so that we can do more homework on them, your due diligence.”
“When you are doing that with players from abroad it’s very difficult to do that, unless you are working with top players. The recruitment has to be looked at.”
“As Vardy has shown there are players in non-league and the Championship, League One and League Two. But you have to have a structure in place that makes you recruit and develop, and put the resources in to scout these players in England.”
Newcastle find themselves in trouble already, and following Saturday’s 3-0 home defeat by Leicester City the pressure is already building on Steve McClaren.
The Newcastle fans in The Transfer Tavern are in agreement with Carver, and feel that it’s about time the club looked closer to home instead of paying over the odds for over inflated egos.
Our fans are hopeful McClaren will rectify this, and that Mike Ashley will hand him the funds to do so, in January and pray that the lesson will be learnt before they drop to the second-tier of English football.
Newcastle fans, do you need more British players? Who’s to blame for your transfer policy? Let us know in the comments below!