Director Of Football Vacancy At Newcastle This Summer

The Sunday Sun revealed again yesterday that they believe Dennis Wise will relinquish his role, as Director Of Football at Newcastle, in the summer.


Les Ferdinand – would he be interested in Director Of Football?

 That will come as good news to Newcastle fans,. who have just never taken to the former Chelsea captain, and some still think Dennis was responsible for Kevin Keegan leaving in the summer, although we have no real proof of that. In fact we still don’t know exactly what happened that fateful day – Monday, September 1st, the last day of the last summer’s transfer window, when all hell broke loose at Newcastle.

The Sunday Sun reports that Wise could have been out of Newcastle by now, but stayed on at the club, once Joe Kinnear had his heart difficulties.

The news yesterday was that Joe Kinnear would be offered the position if he doesn’t want to take up the manager job at Newcastle, although we think Joe would love to me manager at Newcastle for the next two seasons. But there has top be a possibility that his family, or even his doctors, will talk him out of that – for his own good health.

If Newcastle do need to appoint a new Director Of Football in the summer there are many good people they could appoint, but we have to hope the appointment has links with Newcastle in the past.

At one point we remember that Les Ferdinand had even mentioned he would be interested in the post, and it’s a fairly important position at the club, so we have to hope a good appointment is made.

Who do you think could do a good job for Newcastle in that position?

Let us know – comments very welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 30, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #1

    Nobody should get the job!

    And why even suggest Les Ferdinand, he is a striker coach at the Spuds and is in no way qualified to be director of football for a conference club, let alone a prem/championship one!

  • spiderpig

    Mar 30, 2009 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #2

    no director needed.just a talent scout who works with the manager.who hopefully will be bruce or shearer having full command of getting us back to where we belong.

  • shearerbliss

    Mar 30, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #3

    I think the DoF should be appointed through the advise of sir bobby. He knows football better than all of them and I would respect his advise!

  • Sav

    Mar 30, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #4

    Inclined to agree – Director of Football – at a football club. What exactly does it mean? Surely the Manager is the only DOF that matters?
    Does it mean a wheeler-dealer lawyer?
    Does it mean a Chief Scout?
    A figurehead like Bobby Charlton at ManU?
    Does it mean some buffer in a suit to save the Chairman and the manager going eyeball to eyeball?
    Someone to hold the reins in between sacking and hiring managers?
    Or is it just nonsense?

  • Prince Bassong

    Mar 30, 2009 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #5

    Why not Kinnear?

    He’s worked as a scout in the past and still has contacts in the game. He’s got a lot of experience as a manager so we could appoint a good young manager (who would get full control over the team and transfers in and out) who can then ask Kinnear for any advice if he wants it, but generally JK would be collecting reports on players, organising them and passing them onto the manager.

    Another thing JK could provide is an effective link between the board and the manager and ensure communication is far more open between them either via him or directly.

    If we are to have a DoF we couldn’t get much better than Kinnear.


    Mar 30, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #6

    In my view director of football should not be more than the “head of scouts”. So kinnear would fulfill this role perfectly and this would make space for a manager.

    I would be happy with that, as long as director of football really only is some kind of a chefscouts who acts for the manager!!

  • Kash

    Mar 30, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #7

    It has to be a top scout of some sort.

    Isn’t Frank Arnesen getting booted out of Chelsea?

    I think i’ve mentioned him before, and had a frosty response to it, but he brought in players at Spurs and Chelsea, that would definitely improve our squad!

  • Stuart79

    Mar 30, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #8

    It should stay vacant an’ll!

  • Ericles

    Mar 30, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #9

    Do not need a director of football. We need a proper manager with hands on and responsibility for decisions, the squad etc etc. We need a track suit and not a zoot suit! Any legal and/or company jobs should be done by the appropriate professionals e.g lawyers, compant secretary etc. We have those. So, lets get a proper manager with full responsibility. We had one – he was called KK!

  • Kash

    Mar 30, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #10

    Well we do need someone to run the youth scouting network. That knowledge setup is valuable. I think it’s a good idea to take the decision of signing very young players out of the hands of the first team manager.

  • repo

    Mar 30, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #11

    we dont need a D.O.F.

    Plus i heard today there going to scrap it in the summer..

    and before anybody jumps on my back

    i told you all few days before the papers got wind about this admin idea..

    watch this space..

  • Nobby_Long

    Mar 30, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #12

    Come on repo, don’t leave us dangling, give us an idea of your sources???

    I’m interested in the administration angle – how can Ashley benefit?

  • BT9MAG

    Mar 30, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #13

    I agree, no real need UNLESS the manager wants/is used to a DoF role i.e. european manager! And even then I’d say it’s at the disgression of the new manager…

  • workyticket

    Mar 30, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #14

    Nobby_Long // Mar 30, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    “I’m interested in the administration angle”

    There is no angle Nobby, just liars making things up again. The accounts were only signed off on the basis that Ashley made an undertaking to continue bankrolling the club until next year at least, and administration would be a nonsensical idea anyway.

  • JoeColl87

    Mar 30, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #15

    I’m not in favour of the DoF role at English clubs. All evidence seems to point to the fact that it’s just efective within the English game.

    But, it appears to be the club’s policy to appoint one, assuming Wise is on his way. I do feel that Kinnear, despite his positives, wouldn’t be very good at the job. Yes he may have contacts throughout the game. But, for me, the DoF is someone who becomes a representative of the club. They become the image of the club in other leagues and transfer markets. Therefore this should be someone with a strong, confident personality and more importantly a bit of charisma in the way they deal with things. Anyone listening to Joe Kinnear talk, especially to the press will realise that he lacks those qualities.

  • Mag 48

    Mar 30, 2009 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #16

    I just hope Wise and Kinnear just don’t swop jobs.The season we are having it would be just our luck.

  • Mag 48

    Mar 30, 2009 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #17

    Oop’s hope I have’nt given them any idea’s.
    Of coarse not they would never listen to us.

  • Whumpie

    Mar 30, 2009 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #18

    I’m with BT9MAG – the position has never worked in the UK, and the only reason you’d want a DOF is if the manager you really wanted had requested that structure.

    BUT we do need that head of scouting, and that position needs to be given a lot more cudos than in most clubs.

    For me, the manager and the head of recruitment (or whatever he’s called) should report to the MD at an equal level. The manager can spec out who he needs to fit into his 1st team strategy, and the recruitment team go get them as well as the younguns.

  • chuck

    Mar 30, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #19

    It`s not a case of whether theres a director of football or simply a manager.
    The question is WHO that or those persons are.
    Any business in order to be successfull, it`s essential to hire the best available, that has been part of the success of the present top teams.
    Unfortunately in the case of NUFC under Ashley the emphasis has been on CHEAP, cheap no nothing people , like Llambias (just listen to him it`s obvious most fans know more about the game)
    And what gave Ashley the idea he could change the culture of the game and run a successfull team on the cheap, it`s not exactly retailing shirts .
    Going to have a press conferance is it ?
    At this stage it`s a day late and a dollar short, no body wants to know.
    And next season playing against the Forests and Palaces to crowds of twenty something thou. with the club devalued by half, will give MA something to dwell on.
    An expensive lesson to learn.

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 30, 2009 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #20

    The championship is an exciting league and if we do go down, I’m looking forward to some proper football.

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 30, 2009 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #21

    Director of Football haha director of Goofball more like.

    Bring on crystal palace and forest we have a score to settle with them from the dark days.

    Mike Ashley I salute you.
    Dennis Wise I salute you.
    JK I salute you.
    Steve Calderwood I salute you.
    Chris Houghton I salute you.
    Derek Llambias I salute you.

    Nice work fellas.

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 30, 2009 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #22

    We are Grimsby in Disguse !


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