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.