Gianfranco Zola To Join Newcastle Scouting Network

The People Sunday Newspaper is today reporting that Dennis Wise wants to offer former team-mate, Gianfranco Zola a scouting job at Newcastle United.


Franco Zola – to join Newcastle’s scouting network

Dennis is ready to offer Franco a job in Newcastle’s scouting and recruitment network, which he is setting up. It is being reported that Zola will be offered a post based out of Italy, and could therefore continue with his current job as assistant coach of Italy’s Under-21 side. We think it’s good if this happens because we’ll get a first hand look at the Italian up-and-coming youngsters. And of course, we just signed 17 year-old Italian striker Fabio Zamblera on Thursday.

Wise has told friends he will be spending most of his time working from the London offices of his friend Tony Jimenez, but he’ll probably also have an office in Newcastle. Jimenez, who is in the property business, was this week appointed as Vice-President at Newcastle with responsibility for player recruitment.

Newcastle say that Wise will be based in an office at St James’ Park, but this is irrelevant, since executives often have a number of offices, from which they can work. If Dennis is in London, fine, he will be able to cover all the London games, so there’s just no problem there. His family is based there, so it’s natural he would want to spend most of his time there.

Former Real Madrid scout Jeff Vetere has also joined Newcastle and his brief is to scour Europe for top young talent to boost Newcastle’s youth academy. The Tyne-side club has already recruited 5 top teenagers in the January transfer window on 4.5 year contracts. The players are from 5 different countries, and more are expected through the door in the summer.

Vetere, who worked for Real for four months, has reportedly compiled a detailed report on the top under-17 players in England, France, Italy, Holland and Germany.

Things are starting to look up at Newcastle, at least in the strength of the youngsters at the club. Now for the first team, and we can expect a lot of transfer business to be conducted for senior players in the summer.   We have top people working on that right now.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • gaz

    Feb 3, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #1


  • malaysian toon

    Feb 3, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #2

    good work going on the club… hope in the next 3-5 year we can challenge for the title

  • ToonKing

    Feb 3, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #3

    can’t we get him to play ???

  • valle

    Feb 3, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #4

    Its a good move by MA and CM and it shows that they have some sense… I think our previous board had a mentallity where they kept doing things the way they have always been done up here. But why not learn from the clubs that have been successfull?, why not copy the Gooners youth setup and Manures marketing strategy and long term planning?.

  • dopaz

    Feb 3, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #5

    great to see fondations being layed at the club, lets push on this season and strengthen in summer, then hopefully push for europe and cups, newcastle forever, off to match now

  • scotty

    Feb 3, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #6

    more negative comments here regarding new members of the backroom staff

  • Hadrian

    Feb 3, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #7

    more job’s for ashleys mate again , rather than people who have done the job before …
    fair play if mike trusts these people AND they show us what they can do this comming year

  • Nick Dryden

    Feb 3, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #8

    I would love Zola to come in as a coach and replace non – entities like Pearson, Round and Mc Dermott. It’s great that we are taking the first steps in getting a top scouting system going like Arsenal, but the likes of Pearson and Allardyce’s other acolytes are never going to teach any technical skills, eg step overs, Maradona turns and movement off the ball to anyone . Their bief is percentages and set pieces. That’s their limit.

  • Toon_Under

    Feb 3, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #9

    Agree Nick, zola would be a good step up. Though I could tell you squat about Pearson, for some reason I want him to stick around. What does Round do? I don’t think I could pick him out in a lineup even if you pointed to him.

    We need to get the best coaches in here. If we don’t then why the hell are we buying all these kids??

  • mark

    Feb 3, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #10

    Gianwanko Zzzzzzoollaaaaaaahhhh come on the italian midget magician, get him on the fecking pitch ooh argh.

  • mark

    Feb 3, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #11

    Stevey Round face is a good coach, he is fitness and tactical based, helps players with their movement and awareness etc, decent enough i suppose.

  • Nick Dryden

    Feb 3, 2008 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #12

    Toon under – spot on. I’m all for having these kids come in but let’s get quality coaches on board too. I just don’t get what McDermott and Round offer. Training schemes like Coerver coaching (Dutch) and futebol de salao (Brazilian)
    should be in place at SJP to maximise these kids’ potential.

  • Leo*

    Feb 3, 2008 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #13

    would be a fantastic appointment, i hope this one is true.

  • JP from Gibraltar

    Feb 4, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #14

    Get Zola in he´s brillaint. As he is soooo good he will look for players around his standard and compare them to himself. Then he´ll decide if they are good enough for Newcastle. GET ZOLA PLZZZZ

  • anonymous

    Feb 4, 2008 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #15

    everything is pointless if we get relegated… we are getting closer to being sucked into a relegation battle


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