Derek LLambias has explained today that the Director Of Football concept will remain at Newcastle, with Dennis Wise continuing in that position.
Dennis Wise– will continue in same role at Newcastle
Derek continued with his long interview:
“This Continental-style of football management was where we wanted to be and where we are now.” “It’s been torn up at Tottenham and they’ve dismissed it to go back to the old-fashioned style, but for us we still think it works.”
“The realistic side of football management is that it’s changing. You need to have the control of being more structured and knowing where you are going as far as picking players and picking youth is concerned.”
“We felt that it worked for us.” “It broke down between two of our main characters. But it’s working well with Joe (Kinnear) and, hopefully, it will continue to do so.”
“The manager still calls the shots. Nobody will come into this club that Joe doesn’t want. That’s been made quite clear.” “Dennis is our director of football. He is out there looking for players.”
“He wants young talent and experienced players. In this particular window, Joe gave him a list of players to go out and look at.”
“He is still part of our management structure. He will remain part of our management structure.” “When we pinpoint a player, Dennis will go in there as part of the negotiating team with our football secretary.”
“Myself and Mike will be on the phone and pressing the buttons as far as how far we can go financially.”
As long as the manager is responsible for all decisions on player personnel we see nothing much wrong with the structure that Chris Mort initially put in place a year ago.
But we think it was more of a culture and personalty clash between Kevin Keegan and Dennis Wise, that caused the uproar in early September.
When Kevin was at the club in the 1990s, he wanted total control, and that was not the way the Board wanted to run things this time around, but for whatever reason, there was a total blow-up at the club, and we’re still recovering from it. quite honestly.
Of course the popular press have had a field day this season with the Newcastle club, and it has definitely dented the image of the club.
“Stay with us,” “Be strong, this is an incredible club and we need you to be behind us.”
“We’re putting our money up front and we need you to support us.”
“You can’t have it overnight, stay with your team.” “You’ve seen uglier football, stick with the team. We will get there.”
Most Newcastle fans will probably be willing give the regime a chance to get things right before next season, and it appears that the Director Of Football role is here to stay.
But isn’t it interesting that we tried to get Harry Redknapp in before Keegan was approached, because Harry has publicly said he hates the Continental approach with A Director of Football, as most English managers do.
When Harry was at Portsmouth the relationship with then Director of Football, Avram Grant, was strained before Avram went onto manage Chelsea last season.
So it would have been interesting to see if it would have worked under Harry – we think not.
Let us know what you think about all of this.