Reports Jeff Vetere Has Left Newcastle – Good

The Evening Chronicle is reporting today that Newcastle United have at least parted company with technical co-ordinator Jeff Vetere.

Chris Mort, Jeff Vetere, Dennis Wise and Tony_Jimenez
The only decent one above was Chris Mort

43 year-old Jeff Vetere was the one of the executive scouting team that was introduced at Newcastle by Chris Mort in late January of 2008.

But they turned out to be a complete bust for the club, and Dennis Wise and Tony Jiminez left last year.

The former Real Madrid and West Ham scout was appointed alongside Director of Football Dennis Wise and Cockney player recruitment chief Tony Jimenez.

What were these doing as part of Newcastle United for heavens sakes?

One of the players Jeff brought in was Spanish lad Xisco for around £6M – enough said about his skills as a recruiter.

So now all four of the above have now left the club, and the only decent one amongst them was former Chairman Chris Mort, who kept the club together while he was at the helm until May of 2008.

Derek Llambias came in to replace him, and almost immediately the club went to hell in a hand-basket, due to Derek’s complete inexperience  and inability to manage a football club.

Chris didn’t have too much experience either in football, but he was a sensible and intelligent man – and talked regularly to fans to get the pulse of the club.

Derek has done none of that – and boy – does it show – and that’s just one reason we are now in England’s second division

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Ketsbaia

    Feb 11, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #1

    Xisco may not have worked out last season but what about Nile Ranger, Tamas Kadar, Haris Vuckic, Sebastian Bassong and the numerous other good young players that we have signed? Time will tell just how well these guys did. While no one liked Dennis Wise’s personality as a player, all this Cockney hating nonsense is pathetic…

  • workyticket

    Feb 11, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #2

    Vettere helped to bring some good players into the club, just because he was born in Brixton, it doesn’t mean that he’s a bad scout.

    As for Chris Mort, it was him who was in charge of the restructuring of the club, which included bringing in Dennis Wise and the rest, and smoothing relations between Wise and Kevin Keegan. It was also Chris Mort who reassured fans that Keegan had the “final say” on all first team transfers.

  • estechco

    Feb 11, 2010 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #3

    I don’t believe Jeff Vetere was the source of the problem at all. As worky, suggest, he was responsible for identifying some genuine talent.

    I suspect he will have left because MA hasn’t given him a remit of late.

    As for Xisco, I’m sick of posting this link, but I’m pretty certain his agent and brother Tony Jiminez was behind that deal…

    (search for the word “brother”)

  • Sav

    Feb 11, 2010 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #4

    Are you sure you’ve the captions right, Ed? Not that it matters but I thought Jimenez and Vetere were the other way round and that Vetere was ok, a career scout, just Jimenez who is a bit of a dodgy geezer.
    And anyway, I thought he’d gone weeks ago?

  • workyticket

    Feb 11, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #5

    estechco // Feb 11, 2010 at 2:00 PM

    “As for Xisco, I’m sick of posting this link, but I’m pretty certain his agent and brother Tony Jiminez was behind that deal…”

    Xisco’s brother, Toni Jiménez, and Tony Jimenez of Newcastle United aren’t the same people, estecho.

  • vivadavidkelly

    Feb 11, 2010 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #6

    couldnt agree more with the comments above, especially ketsbaia. some of the young talent, whilst still unproven, has to be the best crop in a long long time. the whole cockney hating thing makes me laugh like. where was rob lee, les ferdinand from? vetere seems to have done well in mky opinion. mort was very good up to a point but it was he who brought in dennis wise

  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 11, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #7

    Didn’t even realise he was still at the my opinion they are all as bad as each other….Mort in my opinion was aloof and knew sweet fk all about football.

    The picture could have the caption “The Four Fk Wits of the Apocalypse”, Just a suggestion Mr Harrison.

  • estechco

    Feb 11, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #8

    workyticket: Whilst I know Jimenez isn’t that unusual a name in those parts, I’m still find it a huge stretch of the imagination that there were two Toni/Tony Jiménez/Jimenez’s involved in that transfer?

    What makes you think they are different people?

  • Chris G

    Feb 12, 2010 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #9

    ‘….just because he was born in Brixton, it doesn’t mean that he’s a bad scout.’

    Spot on, Worky

    Also, it might be worth pointing out that if he was born in Brixton, he isn’t a Cockney either!

    It really annoys me when people attach this ‘cockney’ label to anyone born south of Watford. It displays a complete ignorance of what a Cockney really is, and which part of London he or she was born in

    I’m not a Cockney or a Geordie, but I do think it’s important for everybody to get their facts right before attaching labels to people. For example, I can imagine that people from Sunderland or Middlesbrough also get a little bit annoyed when they’re referred to as ‘Geordies’, just because they’re from the north-east of England

    ‘..all this Cockney hating nonsense is pathetic…’

    Well said, Ketsbaia

  • macn0ble (Finland)

    Feb 12, 2010 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #10

    I think all this cockney nonsense is just bs from a small minded bunch of commune patriots who cannot come with anything better, but this.

    Cannot really see NUFC becoming a force in World football just by depending on to local money, players and leadership. Can you lads?

  • Roy Cropper

    Feb 12, 2010 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #11

    dont forget – the only decent one amongst them – was at the keegan tribunal lying for ashley.



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