With the season of wheeling and dealing now back upon us, it's time for old Ferret to step back out of the shadows, put his ear to the ground and see what's what.
First up and a little story that popped up in the Newcastle Chronicle overnight – one that suggests that a proper revolution is afoot at Colney now that the season is all done and dusted.
And while many will be keeping an eye on where released United centre-half Peter Ramage goes next after the 24-year-old was made a free agent by King Kev yesterday – and the Chron is putting Wolves at the front of that particular queue – so this little story strayed across Ferret's gaze.
There's something afoot in the Unibond League – it's all change at Kingston Park as Newcastle Blue Star boss Paul Baker leaves to, according to the Chronicle, “take up a scouting role with Norwich City”.
That fresh from taking tne non-league North-East outfit to eighth in the table, Lee Clark's brother-in-law now has something else on the go – as City's eyes and ears in the north.
?I've done a bit of work for Norwich in the past, mainly compiling match reports and carrying out assessment on players,? Baker told the paper.
?The offer came completely out of the blue. I was extremely happy at Newcastle Blue Star, which is a great club, and only last Tuesday I spoke to the players about next season. But I feel it is an offer I cannot turn down, and effectively I'll be in charge of Norwich's scouting in the North.
?My area will include Scotland, the North West and the North East, so it will be quite a challenge.?
With the Canaries staying Mum for now, further confirmation came via Blue Star's director of football, Bob Morton, who was left to say his good-byes as Baker joined Roeder's staff.
?We got on very well with Paul and he did a great job for us, but I fully understand his desire to link up with a club which has ambitions of joining the Premier League,? said Morton.
Quite where this all leaves City's current chief scout – Alan Wood – is the next question. Brought in under Nigel Worthington, these roles have a habit of changing with managers; that the new gaffer gets in his own eyes and ears, he doesn't rely on someone else's man.
A busy summer starts now…
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