There is news in the Mail on Sunday this morning, that Leeds United boss Dennis Wise is being linked with Newcastle United as a potential Director of Football, in a new position to be created at the club.
Chris Mort – probably behind Director of Football Position
The Mail on Sunday says Wise is the leading contender to become Director of Football at Newcastle in a structure that is not unlike European clubs, and is really needed in todayâ€™s game.
The new Director position would be responsible for the recruitment of players and have authority over almost every aspect of the football side of the club, except the first team.
This would be an excellent move for Newcastle United because when Kevin was last here, he didnâ€™t seem too interested in the youngsters or even the Reserve side. But we think Chris Mort has already discussed the structure they want at the club, because they want a real concentration on scouting, youth development and recruiting good both experienced and young players from across the world.
We have no idea if Dennis Wise will take the position, but weâ€™d be very pleased if that structure was set in place â€“ and itâ€™s not something Alan Shearer would either want or be suited for. So it’s still possible that Alan could become Kevin’s second in command.
But Leeds chairman Ken Bates is unlikely to let his manager and close friend go quietly, with Leeds United now looking as though they could even get promoted, in spite of starting the season with a 15-point deduction for breaking insolvency rules in place.
Weâ€™re not sure Wise would be a good choice, but reports still say heâ€™s high on Kevinâ€™s list, but an experienced coach like Gerard Houllier, who already has worldwide contacts, would seem to be an excellent choice for the club. A younger Bobby Robson would have been perfect for this position, although he probably wouldn’t have wanted it.
This new Director position would have huge responsibilities at one of the country’s biggest clubs, and would provide Newcastle United with sufficient resources to ensure they continue to bring in the best talent from around the world. We have already seen 3 top youngsters join our ranks this January. 😀
We like the idea very much, but donâ€™t think Dennis Wise would fit that position, because he doesn’t have enough experience or worldwide contacts in the game.
What do you think?
Let us know â€“ and who would be a good choice.
Comments very welcome.