The revelation that Newcastle signed a player based on a YouTube clip is not as outstanding as people are making out.
I remember hearing that the late Sir Bobby Robson signed Carl Cort for Newcastle by mistake. If I recall he had been after Jason Euell but a case of mistaken identity caused Cort to sign. Also, I have the long held belief that Walter Smith signed Ibrahima Bakayoko (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ibrahima_Bakayoko) for Everton because he was by far the best player on Championship Manager 2.
This behaviour from Newcastle isn’t new. What is disturbing is that the reason behind the move was that Dennis Wise wanted to keep two agents happy. A question of priorities arise; do you want to keep agents or managers happy? Let’s hope that Newcastle get the next Messi from these agents otherwise all would be in vein.