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 thereâ€™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.Â Â We have top people working on that right now.