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Lil Fuccillo Appointed Newcastle’s Chief Scout

12:47 am, Friday, March 21st, 2008 by Ed Harrison · 22 Comments

Former Luton manager Lil Fucillo has been announced as Newcastle United’s new Chief Scout.

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Lil Fuccillo – Chief Scout at Newcastle United

The reports of this appointment came form the Luton area yesterday, and we will have to wait until the appointment is announced officially by Newcastle United, maybe today.

One point that immediately comes to mind, is that he’s another guy from the South. However, that’s not too surprising since we assume these appointments are being made by Dennis Wise, and they will be part of his overall scouting network, which is being put in place rapidly by the club.

This is an important appointment for the club, because as we know there is a renewed and committed effort to scout the world for great talent to bring to the Tyneside club. We are essentially aligning that strategy with what Arsenal have been doing over the last 10 years under Arsene Wenger.

That’s not too bad a model to follow however, and it’s an important part of Newcastle’s future blueprint for sustained success.

Lil had a decent playing career and he has been Manager, Assistant Manager, coach and scout at various clubs, so he seems to have a good overall background and resume for the job. Of course the great skill of a scout is to be able spot great talent early, and that’s not always easy.

Fucillo spent most of his playing career at Luton Town and played a total of 180 times between 174-1982. Lil scored 27 goals during that time and played in midfield. He has also been associated with Peterborough a number of times in various positions.

Here is a short biography of Lil that we have gathered together:

Fuccillo was born in Bedford to Italian parents and joined Luton Town straight from school. Fucillo also played at Southend, Peterborough and the Tulsa Roughnecks.

Fuccillo rejoined Peterborough in 1991 as assistant manager to Chris Turner, and had an unsuccessful spell as manager when Turner became chairman. Lil then joined Barry Fry at Birmingham City as a coach, and then moved back to London Road to be his assistant. His third spell at Peterborough didn’t last too long either, Fry sacked both Fuccillo and coach Mick Halsall in December 1996 as an economy measure.

Fuccillo had spells as a scout for Sheffield Wed. and as John Still’s right-hand man at Barnet Town.

In November 2000 he returned to Luton Town as a scout and was immediately promoted to assistant manager, and then with Luton in bottom place Fuccillo became the manager as Ricky Hill was sacked.

In 2002 Fuccillo linked up with Peterborough for a fourth time as scout, but he moved shortly after that to Premiership side Everton, also as a scout.

Fuccilli began the 2006/07 season as a coach at Ryman League side Arlesey Town, and then in November 2006 joined Leicester City as chief scout.



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22 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Leo // Mar 21, 2008 at 1:01 AM

    im so underwelmed by him,

  • 2 ObaFan2 // Mar 21, 2008 at 1:10 AM

    lol

    MA’s getting his own people in which can only be a good thing.

  • 3 Hilly // Mar 21, 2008 at 2:19 AM

    Is this like adding Lil Romeo to the management team?

  • 4 Gordon // Mar 21, 2008 at 2:28 AM

    Real top class CV there… NOT!

  • 5 UTD111 // Mar 21, 2008 at 7:29 AM

    Another piece in the new scouting jigsaw. Can only be good for the club – MA is going to turn us into a professional outfit, that’ll be a first!

  • 6 Greg // Mar 21, 2008 at 7:47 AM

    haha have to agree this doesnt excite me in the least, cv is crap, cant expect him grabbing anyone crash hot

  • 7 Hammy // Mar 21, 2008 at 8:00 AM

    “played a total of 180 times between 174-1982.”

    Hey Ed, this guy must be quite injury prone……
    by my reckoning he’s spent over a thousand years on the treatment table.

  • 8 Marguerite // Mar 21, 2008 at 8:15 AM

    Who decided his qualifications should qualify him as our chief scout???? Where is his track record? As far as I can see he does not have one, I hope this is not a case of jobs for the boys.

    Totally underwhelmed by this appointment.

  • 9 Bosck // Mar 21, 2008 at 9:32 AM

    lol, nice to see everyone is being positive again then!!!

    mike ashley and chris mort are top succesful business men they would not appoint someone unless they are confident they are up to the role.

  • 10 Davies // Mar 21, 2008 at 10:09 AM

    Perhaps we could get Lil’ Chris in as well….

  • 11 Punk Skunk // Mar 21, 2008 at 10:13 AM

    The old, ‘Slag ‘em off before they even do anything’ routine!..Nice!..

  • 12 greek toon // Mar 21, 2008 at 10:27 AM

    I would rather have lil Kim

  • 13 Matthew Tom // Mar 21, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    Luton have found a few decent young players over recent years haven’t they? I say this without the slightest idea of who they are mind, so perhaps not that good!

    When it comes to scouts, my feeling is that we should just get as many as we possibly can – so we can have them in all parts of the world, trying to spot good young players for the Toon.

  • 14 ToonKing // Mar 21, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    i want Lil’Bow Wow

  • 15 Leo // Mar 21, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    there no such person anymore im sorry to tell your son, he changed it to bow wow-

    he thought it was more mature of himself haha

  • 16 dingo // Mar 21, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    I want Lil Richard

  • 17 Luke // Mar 21, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Hilarious — he coached a nobody team I played for!

  • 18 Spyro // Mar 21, 2008 at 4:09 PM

    Dont know much about him, but i would have liked a very highly rated european scout to come, we will see though as he may prove to be a top scout

  • 19 chuck // Mar 21, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    have to say this appointment leaves me baffled, hope Wise knows what he is doing, I mean its not the greatest of resume`s is it.
    Seems to me a part time network of scouts located in their home countries and reporting to the full time scouts, who in turn could watch and evaluate any reported talent. I mean how does Weger learn about young players from every continent? would`nt be a bad system to emulate
    eh!

  • 20 martins // Mar 21, 2008 at 8:20 PM

    who next ant and dec why not ppl like zola who imo knows a good player or two being part of the italy u19 staff

  • 21 bobbins // Mar 23, 2008 at 11:32 PM

    Lil fucillo has a decent pedigree, ok he’s never managed in premier league but he’s a top scout.

    incidently he was manager of peterborough in div one early 90s and had a big row with Keegan over the fitness of loan signing David Roche, I recall Keegan recalled him when fuccillo said he was over weight and kev demanded an apology that was never forthcoming.

  • 22 lee.elliott // Jun 24, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    i know lil personally he was responsible for benni carbonie and polio di canio at sheffeild wednesday which help them to finish mid table on their first season he is a great scout and has links with some very good clubs in italy which is good as he gets the players young.




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