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.