sempuki Posted April 28, 2007 Share Posted April 28, 2007 Must be Diakhate! Don't cry for Lee, Argentina Apr 28 2007 By Alan Oliver, The Evening Chronicle Newcastle United coach Lee Clark heads off to South America next week with instructions to find a new Nobby Solano. Clark, assistant academy director Adam Sadler and education officer Jimmy Nelson fly out to Argentina a week on Monday. And their first port of call is to an academy in Buenos Aires before the United trio take up their invitation to visit Boca Juniors. It was from Boca Juniors that Kenny Dalglish signed Solano for £2.4m just before the start of the 1998 season. United boss Glenn Roeder told me today: "We are sending our people out to Argentina to see what it is all about." And Clark chipped in: "We are the only Premiership club to have been invited out to the academy in Buenos Aires where we will see the best three young players, aged between 16 and 20, from every South American country. "This is a splendid opportunity for us to go out there and it would be foolish to turn it down. "Everybody knows we signed Nobby from Boca Juniors and they have invited us to watch some of their training sessions. "And it goes without saying we would love to unearth and bring home another Nobby Solano." For me, Solano probably just edges ahead of George Robledo and Tino Asprilla as the greatest South American player United have had. Meanwhile United are not letting the grass grow beneath their feet in their search for new players for next season and all talk from people in the know is that they have beaten a host of clubs for the signature of Reading's out-of-contract midfielder Steve Sidwell. Clark was in France last Wednesday night where he took in Bordeaux's game with Nancy and he ran the rule over a defender. Indeed the Geordie boy has certainly been busy in his first season on the coaching side after hanging up his boots at the end of last season. He has now got his A coaching Licence and in September starts his Pro Licence which would qualify him to manage in the Premiership. Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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