Newcastle To Again Appoint An Executive Director Of Football

Surprising news in the News of the World today that the Newcastle club will appoint an Executive Director of Football once again.

Mike Ashley – to appoint a Director Of Football?

The news today suggests that an Executive Director of Football will be appointed at Newcastle to liaise between the manager Chris Hughton, and the club’s Board of Directors.

But the move is said to be to give Chris Hughton some support in the Newcastle Boardroom, and not to undermine his position.

Of course Newcastle appointed Dennis Wise to that exact same position in January of  2008,  just two weeks after bringing Kevin Keegan back to the club as manager.

London-born Wise then completely undermined Kevin’s position at the Tyneside club by seemingly having first say on which players would come and go at Newcastle, in the transfer market, even though the Board denied that was the case.

As it turned out, we all learned the Board had lied about that to the Newcastle supporters, as a PR exercise, and indeed Dennis Wise brought players in – like Xisco for £5.7M as one example – without Kevin being in the loop.

But Newcastle still apparently believe that somebody more experienced than Chris is needed to help Newcastle successfully operate in the transfer market, following their successful return to the Premier League at the very first attempt.

Of course it will depend a lot on who Newcastle actually appoint to the position, and the Board need to be straight as to what responsibilities the new Executive Director of Football will have at the club.

The NOTW is reporting that this time Newcastle will appoint an experienced executive who will already have the contacts to operate at a boardroom level with other clubs.

The new executive will deal with the actual financial details of the transfers themselves, and also the player contracts – so he will have significant financial responsibilities.

This is all very well, but Chris must have control of which players come and go at the Newcastle club. otherwise there will be trouble once again.

And if this is not stated clearly up front, then we could be ending up in the same position that had Kevin leave the club 17 months ago.

That resulted in the club being subsequently relegated last season and in complete disarray, before Chris came to the rescue on his white horse to rescue the club last July 1st – and the rest is history – very good history for the Newcastle as it has turned out.

And even if it is stated that Chris is in complete control of players personnel – that’s exactly what then Chairman Chris Mort said when Dennis Wise was announced as the Director of Football – and as we all found out  it was simply not true.

So we have to hope that they are not going to start messing Chris Hughton around – after he has done such a great job this season – we have to hope that is not the case.

We hope that owner Mike Ashley has learned from his many previous mistakes at the Newcastle club, and of course this assumes the NOTW story has some truth to it today.

What do you think about this – assuming it to be true?

Comments welcome.

34 comments so far

  • NewcastleMole

    Apr 25, 2010 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #1


    DOF & Board: We’ll sign the players

    CH: You Train the players

    Then when it goes tits up ur out the door.

  • PapaToon

    Apr 25, 2010 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #2

    chris has done real well in the transfer market than why bring someone who will cost more which can be spent on chris’s transfer targets

  • geordielegend

    Apr 25, 2010 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #3

    This is complete fabrication by Southern journalists threatened by The Magpies bearing down on The Premier League once again and taking any opportunity to stir trouble up North.

    The board, staff, players and fans are United, Ashley learnt his lesson the hard way last time, will not repeat the same mistake again and Chris Hughton will guide us into The Promised Land with the backing of everyone at the club.

    For more information about the motives behind such pathetic stories, read my Jack In The Box article in The Mag, No. 247, page 22. Cheers.

  • ksmit

    Apr 25, 2010 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #4

    Truly hope this isn’t true… if MA want’s to do this he needs to wait another season. The memory of the previous executive director is still to fresh and the thoughts of what came out during KK’s court case make me seriously concerned. I think that he needs to drop this for now until he has the trust of the fans back which he has not fully earned at this point. Makes me seriously concerned just reading this little bit even though it is from NOTW and is most likely just media speculation.

  • Dan4Toon

    Apr 25, 2010 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #5

    two words – Sunday papers!

  • Purely Belter

    Apr 25, 2010 at 1:36 AM

    Comment #6

    i hope its true if they bring in the right person. lets face it, under the last director of football we signed some quality young players

    i hope it happens

  • Dan4Toon

    Apr 25, 2010 at 3:19 AM

    Comment #7

    for next year i would say:

    out: Butt, Hall, Pancrate, Xisco, Sholaa, Best, Lualua, Smith, Ranger & Kadar (LOANED OUT) – might bring us about 6m altogether and about 200k a week saved in wages.

    in: Van Aanholt (loan), Onouha, Wilson, O’hara, Larsson, Wickham, Rodallega. – that would come to about 22m i would say and would leave us with a squad of

    Harper, Krul, Forster

    Simpson, Onouah, S.Taylor Williamson, Coloccini, Wilson, Enrique, Van Aanholt

    Routledge, Larsson, R.Taylor, Barton, Nolan, Guthrie, O’hara, Jonas

    Carroll Rodallega Lovenkrands Wickham Vuckic.

  • Robby Bobson

    Apr 25, 2010 at 3:51 AM

    Comment #8

    6 months ago i would have said fair enough, get someone with some prem experience i buying players. But Hughton has proved to be a very shrewd manager when it comes it transfers…

    Routledge, Williamson and Hall have slotted in perfectly. Yes Best has been abit of a dissapointment, but he has always looked bright when hes come on and Carrol and Loven werent performing before he came in and it really gave them a kick up the backside.

    But as Ed says, its all about the level of power they have….surely they should operate under Hughton, advising him and acting on his last word. And also someone wh0 knows what they are doing, not some inexperienced ex thug of a player.

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Apr 25, 2010 at 5:08 AM

    Comment #9

    This just sounds too familiar lads. I hope the fat man isn’t dumb enough to go down this road in the same car as last time. Translation i hope we aren’t gonna bring in one of the fat man’s cronies to undermine the best things thats happened to the toon (Hughton) since shearer and Sir Bobby Robson (God Rest His Soul). I have just begun to believe that the fat man ( Mike Ashley) actually cares about our club and not about lining his pockets but this sounds just like the beginning of the 08/09 season. I am just praying that the fat man will do this right. It is true that liason is needed these days but it needs to be made clear that Chris is in charge and that any buying, saling, or loaning goes through him. I hope this will be the case and we don’t have a repeat of our worst nightmare that we just woke up from….

    Howay The Lads

  • yuwing

    Apr 25, 2010 at 5:25 AM

    Comment #10

    how about appointing back wise, let the nightmare repeated?? i’m sure that NU will improve and stay on PM w/o DOF

  • xfer

    Apr 25, 2010 at 7:04 AM

    Comment #11

    Aint got a problem as long as the playing staff do well.

  • noir9

    Apr 25, 2010 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #12

    It all depends on who that person is, usually the manager tells the board who he wants or who is available then they try to buy them. We don’t have anyone on the board with enough football experience or contacts, so as long as Chris is in charge of which players come or go it might actually help. Sayin that its the NOTW.

  • richietoon

    Apr 25, 2010 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #13

    It can work if CH selects the players to bring in,after all its his job on the line if it doesn’t work out and maybe CH should be the one to choose the executive as he’s the one who has to work with him(if the storires true)…..roll on next season.HWTL

  • Solaidback

    Apr 25, 2010 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #14

    Dan4Toon – No chance of getting Van Aanholt from Chelski on loan as he’s being promoted to 1st team next season along with 5 other Chelski reserve teams players, so that Anchilotti doesn’t have to spend in the summer, they’e doing that to lower the average age of the team without spend millions…. seems a good idea for them!!

    As long as Ashley brings in someone like Sven who’s got contacts world wide, I’ll be happy 🙂

  • tdt

    Apr 25, 2010 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #15

    any excuse for the southern paper to try and piss on our parade… I wouldnt be suprised if they start a rumour that Mr Wise and Mr Heart-Attack’s back! They need to grow up and stop trying to shite on us, because it’s rather childish really.

    Even if we won the PL they’d still say they told us so and we financially skrewed or have a dictator looking over CH or something!

    They need to move on, because their relationship with this soap opera is over!

  • MrT76

    Apr 25, 2010 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #16

    I’ll be the first to admit that when Dennis Wise was appointed I did a little sick at the back of my throat. He always came across as a horrible little git who could start a fight in an empty room. You just knew that someone like him was never going to mix well with an emotional person like KK. However, in hindsight, it would appear that Wise was responsible for some very astute signings. Yes he signed a couple of turkeys in nacho and xisco, but even the greats can get it wrong sometimes ( bassedas, cordone anyone?). I’m not an Ashley simpathiser by any stretch of the imagination, and we all know he’s made some horrifically crass decisions in the past, but what did we expect from a change in regime. The club was a dead duck when he bought it. Sure, if Fat Freddie had remained at the helm we may have staved off relegation, but at what cost? We’d be in exactly the same position as Portsmouth are now. Relegation was not a matter of if but when, as the club had been in steady decline for the previous five years. MA has contributed towards the halt in that decline, so let’s give him a chance, instead of shouting down every boardroom decision. At the end of the day, you cannot become a billionaire by being a complete ignoramus.
    I know it’s probably just Sunday paper shite anyway, but if it’s not, let’s not drive the next hombre out of town before he’s done his job, just because we don’t like his face.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 25, 2010 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #17

    its not so bad having a dof in place aslong as they are experienced, sven would be a good bloke to bring in like that.

    jesus christ my head hurts, no voice left, and i have gotta go shopping with wor lass. lovely

  • Chris F

    Apr 25, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #18

    lmao even the Sunday Sun is running this Huskelepp ‘rumour’.

    Not sure what’s funnier, that a fan website reprinting a 3 month old story can cause such a fuss, or that an actual newspaper that people are PAID to write for can be so ludicrously inept as to reprint it and hope no one noticed.

  • tdt

    Apr 25, 2010 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #19

    this proves my prior point exactly: according to the southern papers its the toons fault that Gateshead fc aren’t a PL team because we’re so greedy and steel the limelight. If we get relegated, we’re the next leeds, if we get promoted, we’re selfish! god, I love the objective, level-headed journalism we have these days…

  • UTD111

    Apr 25, 2010 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #20

    I’ll bet it’s another cockney….

    Terry Venables anyone?


  • repo

    Apr 25, 2010 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #21

    load of bollock if people think News of the world is truthfull

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 25, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #22

    I was really impressed by wickham yesterday, I think we should try sign him.

    Anyone see altidore nut Hutton, that was barbaric.

  • toongloom

    Apr 25, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #23

    A director of football wouldnt be a bad thing as long as there is a clear split in the roles of CH and exec director.

    We have not signed any young or future stars in the last 12 months. Plus it will give houghton more experience and support to buy gd players.

  • Chris F

    Apr 25, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #24

    @tdt: first of all, the Sunday Sun isn’t a southern paper, it’s a local tyneside rag.

    Secondly, that article isn’t ‘blaming’ NUFC for anything, more the culture that has grown up on Tyneside that has made it difficult for non-league clubs to survive, because of how fervently black and white the region is.

    If i still lived in the area, I’d go watch one of the local non-league sides whenever i could. In fact, i do just that round here, where I go to watch Hyde United whenever i get the chance.

    It’s not a criticism of NUFC, as i say, butmore of the way football fans are neglecting other local non-league sides in their area. It’s not a problem just limited to Tyneside either.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 25, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #25

    sbr had gordon milne and never seemed a problem then. still turns my stomach how shepherd treated sbr.

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 25, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #26

    Agree toongloom, we need an experienced football man operating alongside the board and manager. If we start off badly next season my fear is that Ashley starts becoming trigger happy again, so an experienced football man liaising with the board should help to keep a level head on football matters.

  • tdt

    Apr 25, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #27

    I felt a very anti-newcastle tone from that particular piece, as if it was just a problem in Newcastle. Small teams are generally small because not many people support them, chicken and egg i suppose you could argue. but in the end they are minows and we are PL again. What do they expect: sorry guys I cant come to see the toon pick up a rare piece of silverware because I’m off to watch Gateshead v tranmere? Get really.

    Every city has big teams and small teams, thats called reality.

    Also, I’m glad they stayed up, even if it was by the skin of their teeth! Mind that situation didnt do hull any good last season, and relegation was actually beneficial for us, in the greater scheme of things.

  • RetroBiscuits

    Apr 25, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #28

    I dont like dof if CH isnt qualified to manage the team and successfully manage the transfer market then then get someone who can.
    I think he should be given the chance to control eveything and the wage that would be payed to a dof should be used to top up CHs wage and a couple of loanies.

    Hope this isnt true i cant handle another repeat of previous mistakes.

  • cupiddstunt

    Apr 25, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #29

    tdt I agree with you in as much as I also felt the article was a slant against the NUFC club and the supporters, although in reality it could be applied to all and any big club/small club situation the article in my opinion read as anti NUFC.

    I like to think that the difference between NUFC and the rest of the big clubs lies in where we draw our fans from, it is quite well known that in Manchester it is city that is supported by mancs and utd by corporate outsiders, fair-weather glory hunters, the same with chelski and arse’n’hole it’s just the division is more obvious in the north east as NUFC is the only decent club within 35 mls. 😉

  • will die for the toon army

    Apr 25, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #30

    I dont care abt DoF. If only he deals with signing of players and negotiating contracts. That needs a experienced man who knows football and doesnt look at having the manager’s job when CH leaves.

    Players are identified by CH and sent to DoF. Then the Dof does his job.

  • ende

    Apr 25, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #31

    The only way this is acceptable is if the DoF is -under- the Manager and reports to him. That also means that the manager can dismiss the DoF if he wishes.

  • Nella

    Apr 25, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #32

    I hope this is just typical rubbish News of the World reporting, if it’s not has the fat man not learned anything? This role does not work in English football full stop and when a manager as such as Arsene Wenger makes the statement “the day Arsenal have a director of football that will be my final day at the club” then you know it spells trouble to any team that employs a director of football. It’s impossible at any level to run a club in this way, the manager picks the players he wants the Chairman tries to buy them, if the said player can’t be bought and the Chairman comes up with an alternative player who can be bought and the manager is in agreement then fine thats the way it has and always should be simple as that.

  • nightfa11

    Apr 26, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #33

    give shearer the job. if anyone can bring top players at the club, it’s him..

  • lesh

    Apr 26, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #34

    nightfa11 // Apr 26, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    “Give shearer the job? If anyone can bring top players at the club, it’s him..”

    Maybe so but does Hughton and the squad really need the shadow of Shearer hanging over them? Could he resist the temptation to interfere?

    Not a very bright move I’d say and it’d surely end in tears.


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