No Director Of Football At Newcastle – Chris Hughton

Chris Hughton has come out today and said that as far as he knows there will be no new Director Of Football at Newcastle.

Chris Hughton – wants to add to staff

There was a report in the News of the World last Sunday, which we covered, and it seems as though it was another made-up story – after all it was a Sunday.

Instead, Chris will be looking to add to his own staff as Newcastle can now expand their employees now we are back int the Premiership.

Chris said today:

“The backroom staff and the scouting side of thing do need to be built up again.”   “It is difficult to start that until you are a Premier League team again.”

“There are areas, scouting for example and technology, where we are keen to push on now we know we are back there.”   “There are lots of areas we are evaluating at the moment.”

“A director of football is not someone I believe we are planning to bring in here.”

“What I have been told about the reports last week of one here is that there is absolutely no fact in them.”  “Some clubs have gone down that route, but it is just a title.”

“I also think there are some clubs where the chief scout is the director of football, at others the chief executive is the director of football, or the club secretary.”

“Some have a bigger responsibility on the scouting side and others who are more involved with the administration, contracts and so on – but as far as I know it is not something we are looking at here.”

So that may have cleared that one up unless a Director of Football is something that Mike Ashley is thinking about and they haven’t yet told Chris.

But we’re not sure there’s much chance of that being true, but Chris is due to meet with both Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias next week to discuss transfers issues and other things at the club.

It’s also good the club is looking to expand its scouting staff, since that becomes almost the life-blood of the club, as we pick up the likes of Sebastien Bassong for peanuts. We’ll have to see how well we do during the summer in bringing in reinforcements.

And Newcastle fans will be hoping that Mike Ashley has learned a lot from the many big mistakes he made in his first two years at the club.

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • cupiddstunt

    May 1, 2010 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #1

    What! no w*nk dj diving onto pages just to leave stupid smilies????

  • cupiddstunt

    May 1, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #2

    I hope this is right and CH is allowed to make up his own back room.

    Lots of European clubs have DOF’s and the manager is just left to manager the team but I think it is a mentality and up bringing thing and in the UK we are not in the habits of having a DOF and that I think is what makes it difficult.

  • ToonArmy

    May 1, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #3

    I think having a director is fine but his/her roles and responsibilities must be clearly indicated. Communication and understanding between director and manager would also be very crucial. That way, no power tussles would happen.

  • OHurley

    May 1, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #4


    Well aren’t we just as politically correct as we can be. His/her roles and responsibilites?? Do you actually entertain the possibility of having a FEMALE Director of Football? Not to be chauvanist (sp?), but seriously- that would be death lol. I’d rather have the poison dwarf…

  • henok

    May 1, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #5

    We need DOF if we r going wid the whole youth thing…look at Lyon, Seville, fiorentina…all of them changed becuse there DOF and there coatches worked together and Lyon and Seville’s DOF were both football genusis …we need on but not from England


    May 2, 2010 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #6

    Henok, crucially, a DOF hasn’t worked in english football.. of course, there are exceptions… but fundamentally, the team should be looked after by the manager.. he knows what he needs.. the areas he needs to improve… if you have a DOF, the managers word has to be final, after all he plays the team… the buck stops with him


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