The Daily Mail’s Craig Hope has provided an interesting insight into Newcastle United’s transfer plans for the summer.
Hope exclusively revealed in a tweet earlier this week that Steve Nickson’s scouting department has been shut down in light of recent events. The head of recruitment sent a text to all agents informing them of the latest development.
NUFC scouting team shut down. No access to video analysis from home & cannot undertake any club work under terms of furlough. Club emails disabled. Summer targets already identified but no date given on return to work. Agents informed via text from recruitment head Steve Nickson https://t.co/YlS4gn2mNA
— Craig Hope (@CraigHope_DM) April 1, 2020
Steve Bruce will be hampered by the board’s decision to place club employees on furlough with the Premier League currently suspended in wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Talent scouts like Paul Baker and Mick Tait are not allowed to access work emails, or watch video analysis from home, and there has been no indication as to when they will be allowed to return to St. James’ Park.
According to The Chronicle, managing director Lee Charnley will oversee all transfer administration for the foreseeable future.
The head coach will already have his hands full with his first summer window in charge and it is unlikely this will do him any favours.
Given the circumstances surrounding football at the moment, with rumblings of a new takeover bid behind the scenes creating further uncertainty, whether or not the Magpies will actually be able to bring some new arrivals to Tyneside remains to be seen.
However, the fact Bruce’s side have already identified a list of key targets should leave some room for hopeful optimism amongst the fan base.
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