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?