Jeff Vetere May Be Coming Back To Newcastle As Scout

The People is reporting today that Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley is thinking of bringing back former employees, Jeff Vetere as one of his top scouts.

Mort, Vetere, Wise and Jiminez – taken around February 2008

Vetere had a major role under Dennis Wise’s very unsuccessful regime at Newcastle –  which culminated in the massive bust-up with Kevin Keegan, that almost wrecked the Tyneside club, and ultimately had the club relegated in May of last year.

However, it may be that Jeff now works for the club scouting around the world, but rarely comes to Newcastle, as Mike Ashley seems well aware the Newcastle fans may not welcome him back to the club.

It was in February that Jeff was reported to have left the club, and we were not too disappointed at that, and his official role was as Technical Coordinator.

It’s hard to know how good a job Jeff did when he was at the club, and it may be harsh to judge Vetere and  also Tony Jiminez on what seemed to be Dennis Wise’s undoing of the club, by bringing in players Kevin Keegan didn’t know about – one of them of course being Xisco, who is still at the club.

If Jeff is willing to scout for the club, and work hand in hand with current manager Chris Hughton, then there may be nothing wrong with that, and scouting good youngsters around the world, as well as other good is vital to the success of Newcastle under owner Mike Ashley’s strategy.

It can pay off big time and save the Newcastle club loads of money in the longer term.

The 44 year-old who was born in England, has a decent resume and is credited with an encyclopaedic knowledge of footballers around the world, and is fluent in Spanish, French and Italian.

He was hired in early 2008 by then Chairman Chris Mort from Real Madrid, where he had spent four months under their technical director, Miguel Ángel Portugal, scouting for talent for the Spanish powerhouse.

One of the things the club was successful in January of 2008, was to bring in quite a few good youngsters, most of whom are still at the club, and if Jeff can help identify good youngsters around the world, we can see why he could be very useful to the Newcastle club.

But as we said earlier,  it’s hard to know what kind of job Jeff did when he was here with Dennis Wise, who is probably enemy number one for most Newcastle fans, and with good reason.

The late Sir Bobby Robson never thought much of Dennis or the job he did while he was at Newcastle, and Bobby thought he gave Mike Ashley poor advice and guidance, and we have a lot of time for Bobby’s opinions, especially on football matters.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 6, 2010 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #1

    i wouldnt be suprised if he still works for us tbh as we do seem to be bringing/looking to sign some quality youngsters now

  • CT

    Sep 6, 2010 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #2

    Who gives a stuff, one more scout? As long as CH continues to have final say on playing staff! Sounds to me that the People struggling to dig the dirt on us. We`ve had players unhappy over bonuses, Tayls going to Man C now this. Dont use this rag as loo paper as more crap will will come of it than goes on!! Pathetic!!!!!!!

  • Turkish Magpie

    Sep 6, 2010 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #3

    i’d be happy to have him back, this was the guy that found

    and most of all Bassong

    and i’m not sure if it was him for the arrivals of Vuckic, Adjei & Innman

  • dave 1961

    Sep 6, 2010 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #4

    I think they should run the academy separately to the club, if anyone expects the manager to have to supervise the kids as well as run a premier league team they are mad, they should run separately with the first team manager only becoming involved as the kids are ready to make the step up, just like a warehouse supplying a factory or shop. in my opinion this would work better. and the incentive to the owner is that the manager buys the players the academy fails to deliver. Chris Hughton should be like a purchaser at a company and only except the players that he is happy with, but pays no part in their development apart from watching them.

  • Doha Mag

    Sep 6, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #5

    We need a number of decent scouts across the world to ensure we bring in the best youngsters so we can continue to build for he future.

    Like Ed, I’ve no idea if Jeff did a good job or not! Provided CH has the final say in who we sign, I’m ok with bringing in this guy as he appears to have a decent resume……….

  • CT

    Sep 6, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #6

    Yes he is well connected and with the right remit can only be a benefit, he scouted for Real and Barca in the past. My problem is the way the People reported it as if more trouble looming between Ashley and us!

  • ginkoh

    Sep 6, 2010 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #7

    As long as he work as the team and Hughton happy about it so no problem at all.

  • StuW

    Sep 6, 2010 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #8

    Vetere is a good scout, has found some decent players before, and you can never have too many scouts!

  • Toon_Daft

    Sep 6, 2010 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #9

    Turkish Magpie!!!


    “i’d be happy to have him back, this was the guy that found



  • estechco

    Sep 6, 2010 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #10

    Don’t think Vetere was ever a problem in the Wise era. Happy to have him back

  • jesus was a geordie

    Sep 6, 2010 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #11

    Toon Daft…

    Errrr, Tozer is still with the club as is Soderberg (Soderberg is still though to be a great prospect)

    Baheng and Danquah didn’t make it, but Manure released Danny Guthrie as a youngster and he is now in our first team…

  • Chris F

    Sep 6, 2010 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #12

    not sure+ how you can credit Vetere solely for finding all those youngsters, i’m pretty sure we have/had more than one scout!

    still don’t think you can call him blameless in the whole keehan-gate saga either, nor can you solely blame it all on Wise. Yes the dwarf was the figurehead, but from my understanding of it, it was Jiminiez (and possibly Vetere too) who pushed for us to target so many spanish based players due to their contacts in that country.

    Wise may have had the final say-so, but do you really think he had a clue who the hell Xisco or the uruguayan fella (whose name I can’t even remember now) were?

    Was good to see Xisco getting some game-time in our first few games though, i still think he could do a job for us. I( never believed that it was because it was Xisco specifically was bough that Keegan walked, nor that Keegan had anything against Xisco himself, but it was the mannaer in which he was lied to and promised one thing while everyone in the board room was seemingly laughing at him behgind his back.

  • Chris F

    Sep 6, 2010 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #13

    good god i badly needed to proof-read that!

  • CT

    Sep 6, 2010 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #14

    Chris F. I bet u feel betta tho! BOUNEOUS NOCHAS AMIGO !

  • Bucks mag

    Sep 6, 2010 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #15

    Keegan was responsible for Bassong, not Vetere. Seb said so himself.

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Sep 7, 2010 at 3:22 AM

    Comment #16

    look lads, this guys job was to find talented young
    players for the club. he had no say on who we signed
    or how much we paid for him. during his first stay at the
    club he found alot of good young players and a few
    of those good young players are future stars. out of
    all those goos players the only 2 anybody wants to mention
    is xisco and that nacho dude (what happened to that guy).
    all he did was recomend players to the club, denis unwise
    is the one who signed em with king kev’s permission. and
    xisco still could turn out to be a descent player,
    the jury is still out, but he shows brief flashes of
    brilliance he just needs to put it together. but at
    the end of the day this lad scouted alot of good
    players for nufc and as long as he reports directly
    to the gaffer and his underboss colin i think its a good


  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Sep 7, 2010 at 3:51 AM

    Comment #17


    meant to say…….dennis “unwise” is the one who signed
    “without” king kevs permission.

  • baro

    Sep 7, 2010 at 4:55 AM

    Comment #18

    We need more top class youngsters. We need a bright and excellent future. You never know who they might turn out to

  • sweendog

    Sep 7, 2010 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #19

    Bucks mag .. agreed Keegan found Bassong .. whos looking decidedly shakey at tittenham though .. 🙂
    Don’t mind Vetere back .. at the end of the day its hughton that’ll decide if the scouts players can get in the team .. just keep that poison dwarf away …

  • geordielad880

    Sep 7, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #20

    Vetere is a terrible scout, and real madrid wanted rid of him, he didnt scout bassong, keegan had a friend in france who recommended him, and vetere discovered
    and most of all Bassong

    the only two players who are any good out of them are ranger and bassong, and he discovered neither player, end of story!

  • geordielad880

    Sep 7, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #21

    sorry and also kadar, and another scout discovered him also, vetere was resonsible for xisco, nacho and collo

  • magpie4ever

    Sep 8, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #22

    @ 8

    Thats what they say at Boro isn’t it…oh hang on…scouts?! I thought you said Scots lol!


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