We listed the structure of the club on one of our site = yesterday afternoon and we’d thought it woulkd be good to highlight that structure today.
Mike Ashley and Chris Mort – Owner and Chairman
The lad below Ashley looks like a future Chairman 50 years down the road
As best we understand the management structure at Newcastle this is the way it looks:
Board of Directors Position Name Owner Mike Ashley Life President Sir John Hall Chairman Chris Mort Exec Director Dennis Wise Football Vice President Tony Jimenez Player Recruitment Management and Coaching
Position Name Technical Jeff Vetere Coordinator Manager Kevin Keegan Assistant Mgr Arthur Cox Coaches Steve Round Terry McDermott Reserve Team Adam Sadler Goalkeepers Paul Barron Fitness Adrian Lamb Caig Russell Youth Academy Joe Joyce Manager Youth Academy Coaches Kenny Wharton Simon Tweddle Physios Derek Wright Kev Bell Head Scout Paul Montgomery Scouts Chris McMenemy Vic Halom Bobby Saxton Jack Chapman
It looks a good structure, split between the playing side, where Kevin Keegan is of course top dog, and the executive side where Chris Mort is at the top, running the day to day operations of the club. And then there is the Board of Directors that Chris heads as Chaorman.
While Owner Mike Ashley has not been involved too much on the management side, it looks like he will get more involved to ensure the club gets on the right track, as quickly as possible, after a rather shaky start.
Shown in the structure are the new recruitment team of Dennis Wise, Tony Jimenez and Jeff Vetere. If these new executives are doing the job we think they are, they will be hard at work recruiting new players for Kevin in the summer. We expect they have a list at least 10 top names, listing the senior players Kevin wants to target in the summer.
And of course another list with the youngsters they are targeting in the summer. So that looks good to us, even though the popular press keep trying to make it into a problem. A very good structure for recruitment as far as we can see.
A surprise is to see Sir John Hall, as the Life President. Obviously, he brought that title about for himself when he still had some sway in the club. However, after selling his Newcastle shares for an unseemly amount, we wonder if it’s right to still have him there. We don’t think it is, even though he did do well while Chairman of the Club.
We do expect more changes to be made in the above structure. There are rumors that Paul Montgomery will be replaced as Chief Scout and that position may also be elevated, since it’s now a really key position.
We’re very pleased with Adam Sadler as the new Reserve Team manager and he’s an impressive young coach who may have big things ahead of him at the club.
We would also expect the scouting staff to be increased from the 5 involved at the moment. That will be under the control of the new recruitment team, in all likelihood.
So bottom line is the structure looks good.
But yes, we are well aware that most Newcastle fans right now want some wins in the league and that’s the most important thing for the club right now, and we can hardly disagree with that.