If Newcastle fans though that the departure of Tony Jimenez on Thursday would lead to unpopular figures Derek Llambias and Dennis Wise also leaving the club, it seems they will be disappointed.
Dennis Wise – we hope he’s continuing to work for his money
A Newcastle club source said today:
“There has been no indication from either Dennis Wise or Derek Llambias that they want to leave the club.”
“Nobody knows how long it is going to take the owner to sell and the management structure will remain in place until they are told otherwise.”
So if that’s true why did Jimenez leave? Tony left his highly paid £750K a year post on Thursday, and it seems he had spent the last three weeks not doing too much, because apparently Ashley no longer needed him to identify new players.
That’s not good news and we would have expected the Recruitment to keep doing their job and looking for new players that could be brought in during the January transfer window – that’s what they are being paid for, and we will surely need some new additions to our squad in January..
Jimenez had been hired because of his extensive contacts in European football, and we think Tony is good at what he does, but most of his contacts seem to be in Spain, where he was at Real Madrid before coming to Newcastle.
Nobody knows what Dennis Wise is doing at the moment as head of recruitment, and Dennis is said to be on a £1M a year deal at Newcastle, so probably isn’t too keen to move on. Wise also has some role with the Academy in pinpointing new young players that can be brought to the club.
We think the Recruitment team is a good idea, just as long as the manager has final say on all players coming and going at the club. The manager is fully responsible, and is judged on the playing side of the club – so it only makes sense he has to have final say on all players – though maybe not the youngsters.
We see nothing much wrong with that structure.
But it’s rather disappointing if Dennis is sitting around doing nothing, because we would have thought the recruitment team would be going about their business as usual.
If they aren’t, then what’s the point of having them on the payroll of our club?