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Q: 2023/24 Hopes & aspirations for this season
a. As Champions of Europe there's no reason we shouldn't be pushing for a top 7 spot & a run in the Cups
b. Last season was a trophy winning one and there's only one way to go after that, I expect a dull mid table bore fest of a season
c. Buy some f***ing players or we're in a battle to stay up & that's as good as it gets
d. Moyes out
e. New season you say, woohoo time to get the new kit and wear it it to the pub for all the big games, the wags down there call me Mr West Ham

JayeMPee 11:20 Thu Sep 30
Rob Newman
Apparently Rob Newman has started as the new Head of Recruitment and the word is he will takeover from Sullivan and work with Moyes in identifying and bringing in new players. If they can do this then the future in terms of signings suddenly looks much brighter. Good luck to them both, roll on January and lets see if this really is the case! (FootballFancast)

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Fifth Column 11:35 Fri Oct 15
Re: Rob Newman

I'm not sure the ages of the people you mentioned when signed.

Joe Shields is head of worldwide recruitment for City for players up to age of 18. Not Newman.

Over 18 I have no idea how it works.

Nagel 8:44 Fri Oct 15
Re: Rob Newman
Rossal, I don't think that's the case. Newman started there as a scout in Spain and went on to be head of European scouting.

Angelino and Diaz maybe, but it's very unlikely that he had anything to do with English youngsters like Nmecha (who was scouted while playing for his primary school team) or Harrison (who was playing for NYC FC, a partner club of Man City) or Brazilians like Luiz.

longford 10:08 Thu Oct 14
Re: Rob Newman
Rossal ...

Thank you very much

goose 9:35 Tue Oct 12
Re: Rob Newman
Does he understand what a ‘striker’ is??

If so then he’ll definitely make a difference to the current set up.

Rossal 9:31 Tue Oct 12
Re: Rob Newman
longford 12:54 Tue Oct 12

I believe he played a big part in attracting the youngsters City have gone on to sell for considerable sums...... players such as Angelino, Diaz, Nmecha, Harrison, Douglas Luiz etc his remit was to unearth young talent that could be developed

Nagel 8:11 Tue Oct 12
Re: Rob Newman
A lot of people on here seem to think he's going to just work on his own and somehow spot an unknown gem himself. It don't work like that.

I would hope that he'll be in charge of setting up and running a whole scouting network, not just watching games himself and making his own recommendations.

This is the basics of what Moyes had at Everton, and which I expect he wants to emulate here:

Thousands of online reports on potential targets which conform to a blueprint, which matches the club's culture, aspirations and financial status.

Each scout must assess every player under the age of 24 at his match, and grade them on specific aspects of performance. Moyes produced what he called "an MOT Test", where players were judged against a checklist of up to 12 criteria for each position.

The optimal aim is to have up to 50 reports on a primary transfer target, written by between 10 and 12 scouts.

You can read more about it here:

british is best 6:28 Tue Oct 12
Re: Rob Newman
He's obviously got a good reputation in the game . But the problem for him is who owns the club .

Alfs 2:54 Tue Oct 12
Re: Rob Newman
Hardly a failed footballer. He was a bit of a legend during his time at Norwich. And as head scout at Man City he was instrumental in building a struggling mess of a club to one of the best in the world.

Let's give him a chance before writing him off.

Manuel, why the fuck are you back? Didn't you commit whoicide only the other day, to the delight of the majority on here?

And please stop sending me dick pics.


longford 12:54 Tue Oct 12
Re: Rob Newman
So I've been looking for a list of his signings , or deals he has been involved in , and talent be has uncovered.

Couldn't find anything.

Does anyone know what signings he's made his name on ??

BRANDED 11:34 Sat Oct 2
Re: Rob Newman
He played a key role in managing the team of City’s scouts scouring the globe for the best talent available and will now bring his experience and expertise to London Stadium, as part of a restructuring of the Club’s football recruitment department.

Commenting upon his new role, Newman said: “I’m really pleased to be here and coming in at a great time, especially after what’s been a fantastic start for the Club this season.

“In the last window alone, West Ham brought in four international players, coming to the Club because they’ve seen how well everything is going. They’ve seen what a great Club it is and what an even greater Club it could become. Hopefully I can be part of that process now. I’m going to give it 100 per cent.”

He added: “The most important thing is you can’t just bring players in who you think “he’s a great player for that team, he’s automatically going to make us a great team.” That’s not how it works, because there are different players, different teams play different ways, different managers have different styles, so we’ve got to do it in a way that’s the best for West Ham United.

“Again, that’s down to the department’s due diligence on players not only on the pitch, but off the pitch as well. You have to bring [not only] good footballers in, but also good characters as well.”

There’s an argument that says Micky would never be anywhere near our first team if you use simple rules to chose future stars.

JayeMPee 11:21 Sat Oct 2
Re: Rob Newman
It remains to be seen how accurate the build up to his appointment is but if he really is taking over from Sullivan and we do rid ourselves of some of the agents sullivan uses then it surely must be a big positive.

Eerie Descent 10:42 Sat Oct 2
Re: Rob Newman
Ah, ok. You didn't explain that very well, as you were mentioning his playing and managing career, which has no effect whatsoever on his ability as a scout. And you also said that everyone knows who the good players are, which suggested recruitment is an easy gig.

We'll see, on the face of it looks like a decent appointment, suppose we'll find out in a year or two.

Takashi Miike 10:41 Sat Oct 2
Re: Rob Newman
I hope he's shortlisted some strikers to target in the next transfer window. I also expect one of the two jock LBs we were linked with to be brought in

Manuel 10:36 Sat Oct 2
Re: Rob Newman
I don't know where I said anything is simple. My point is that he's hyped as this super scout and that we have some kind of genius walking through the door that may rapidly change our recruitment fortunes. I don't buy it. No need to delve any further than that. But hopefully he is up to it as it's an important role.

Eerie Descent 10:31 Sat Oct 2
Re: Rob Newman
I'm not actually sure what your point is, Manners son. And whatever it is you're trying to say appears clumsy, to be frank.

Every club needs people in place for recruitment, and we've just employed someone for the head role. If it was all as simple as you say, no one would be in a job.

Manuel 10:23 Sat Oct 2
Re: Rob Newman
*squats Browno22*

Now you've had your 2 minutes of fame, tough guy, now back under your rock.

Manuel 10:21 Sat Oct 2
Re: Rob Newman
Eerie - I'm calling beard on the bloke, and don't expect our recruitment of players to suddenly become more exceptional than it has in recent windows. Ultimately, i doubt he will make much difference. Most players who come into the PL and make it are known to all and sundry, most who aren't, and are scouted by geniuses like Newman, don't.

If you look at his track record at City I don't believe there was one player who wasn't known that came in on his reco and made it. As i said earlier, i assume he has many other roles apart from standing in the rain watching lower league games on a Tuesday night.

Browno22 10:17 Sat Oct 2
Re: Rob Newman
No you cunt, just pointing out how utterly thick you are

Eerie Descent 10:08 Sat Oct 2
Re: Rob Newman
I'd say being a scount/talent spotter in football is probably the one role where having a playing/managing career is not high on the list of requirements, however, the geezer played over 600 professional games, spent a few years of those at the top level, and has been working for the richest football club in the world for the last 12 years. Not the worst CV you'll see for what we've hired him for.

I'm sure I read that he is fluent/speaks in a few languages, including French & Spanish, which has obvious advantages with international recruitment. All in all, looks like another positive for the club, let's hope so.

Manuel 9:49 Sat Oct 2
Re: Rob Newman
LOL. Here we go, some other bitter cunt I must have upset before, not that I'd remember you of course :-)

And try to address the post and not the poster, you big bully :-)

Browno22 9:41 Sat Oct 2
Re: Rob Newman
'Dury out' Manuel you cunt? Let's hope you never get Dury service

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