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Are Newcastle Looking To Appoint A Director Of Football?

10:15 am, Friday, May 20th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 26 Comments

With Graham Carr almost certain to retire this summer, that’s one of the two people who are responsible for Newcastle’s relegation leaving the club and now the question is what happens to Lee Charnley?

The rumors are that he will stay with the club, but surely he cannot still remain the top executive  at Newcastle, given his performance over the last two years when Newcastle have plummeted, due in no small measure to Lee’s lack of decisiveness and experience as an executive.

frank mcParland

Frank McParland – now at Rangers

We have no idea how Rafa Benitez thinks Newcastle should be run at the executive level, but we’ve said before if Newcastle do bring in a new top executive, which seems likely, then he would need to be somebody who can work well and closely with Rafa,

Somebody who Rafa knows from the past would be good.

So it is with interest that there’s news in the Mail today that Rafa is trying to get his former colleague at Liverpool – Frank McParland to Newcastle to presumably work in the Chief Scout position.

56 year-old McParland was a Liverpool fan as a boy and Chief Scout at Liverpool between 2003 and 2007, mostly when Rafa was the manager, before he left to join Watford as their Director of Football.

Last year he joined up with Rangers manager Mark Warburton and assistant David Weir as their Head of Recruitment – and the three are said to be close friends.

So it does beg the question whether Rafa may be able to bring in a Director of Football as well as a Chief Scout to help run the club effectively.

Rafa wants Newcastle to become a proper football club – a big change from the last nine years.

As well as cleaning up the playing side of things at Newcastle, which we are doing by trying to get Rafa in – maybe it’s a good time to also clean up the executive running of the club – which has been woeful under Mike Ashley.

In the past Ashley has wanted somebody close to him to be the interface – so it may be difficult to bring in a real football person for that position.

And they must be approved by Benitez – since he will essentially become the club when (and still if?) he’s appointed as manager.

But if Lee Charnley stays in his position as the Managing Director it will show clearly that Mike Ashley does not hold his people  accountable – even when they are responsible for relegation  and have cost the club at least £100M next season alone.

And we still have to learn about the number of  layoffs of the non-playing staff because of the relegation.

Newcastle fans will be expecting a new Football Board to be announced soon, after the one in the season just ended was just hopeless – a catastrophe – and resulted in our relegation.

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26 responses so far ↓

  • 1 hibbitt // May 20, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    jimmy smith

    no doubt in my mind Coloccini is a coward

  • 2 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 20, 2016 at 10:29 AM


    Anonimity from who? Colo is not likely a visitor to this blog. You are being offended on his behalf, so our anonimity from YOU is the issue, isn’t it? Well, it a football blog and that is my football opinion. If I happened to bump into anyone from this blog, and was no longer anonimous, I would still express the same opinion, as i have to people who i DO see in the real world. Don’t try and use the “keyboard warrior” argument because we disagree. It simply does not apply

  • 3 Average_Contents // May 20, 2016 at 10:29 AM

    I’ve seen more leadership qualities in a cushion than that curly haired, wantaway shirker.

    So Jimmy, yeah he’s a coward, a yellow belly, a shit, a none leader of men, an arselick, a joke of a captain and a joke of a man.

    That pathetic, insulting open letter to his boyhood club professing his undying love and disappointment at not being able to secure a move their whilst we fought relegation is and will continue to be an absolute disgrace.

    Shithouse of the highest order and a morally suspect individual to boot. He should never wear our shirt again never mind being captain.

    I hope to God he gets his wish this summer.

    Good riddance to bad rubbish.

  • 4 jimmysmith // May 20, 2016 at 10:30 AM

    You are a f@cken knucklehead. You know no such thing. You don’t achieve what Collicini has, nor Sissoko nor Widjdnaldum if you are a coward. Cowards are commonplace in everyday life, not so much at the highest levels of elite sport.

  • 5 WWSBRD // May 20, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    Colo picked up an injury that was to keep him out for 5 days on the 20th of February we’ve not seen him since, hes also our club captain who refuses to speak to the fans/press after anything other than a storming victory and enjoys getting sent off in order to avoid playing….is he a coward?

  • 6 jimmysmith // May 20, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    From him, from us. I’m not the one calling out another for cowardice on a whim.

  • 7 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 20, 2016 at 10:33 AM


    You b1tch about hiding behind a keyboard when expressing strong negative views on a player, and then go on to call somebody a Fkn knucklehead….behind your keyboard.

  • 8 posada // May 20, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    Collo won’t be home sick this summer.
    He will be hanging about for his pay off.
    Like so many before him.

  • 9 jimmysmith // May 20, 2016 at 10:34 AM

    So he must be a coward?

  • 10 Average_Contents // May 20, 2016 at 10:34 AM

    Lmfco @ Jimmy getting nasty. Never thought I’d see the day tbh Jimmy lad.

    The only problem is that your defending our captains honour when he clearly has none.

    He wanted out. That’s clear enough for me and clear enough for any person not wearing rose tinted specs.

  • 11 jimmysmith // May 20, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    on the basis of what he wrote. He is a knucklehead.

  • 12 Tsunki // May 20, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    Coloccini has been here a long time and in that time did actually turn down a reasonable move away at his height. However , have personally seen him suspiciously mobile a good month before a derby after his overhead kick down the line from the fallow gate end supposedly put his back out. Since then he’s contrived to miss more derbies than play in, and his ‘twisted ankle’ or whatever is a fantastically debilitating injury picked up from a warm up session on a friendly excursion isn’t it? It look more to me like a player who is visibly slowing with age has unilaterally decided to eke out his contract extension rather than play to an increasingly unappreciative audience.

  • 13 jimmysmith // May 20, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    The f@ck you know about a man’s honour. That’s why I’m upset.

  • 14 posada // May 20, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    The Rafa deal.
    Seems everything has to be written in this contract.
    Is nothing to be done on the basis of Trust and Loyalty.
    If those two things are missing I’m not sure if it is worth bothering.

  • 15 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 20, 2016 at 10:37 AM


    Its a simple matter of logic. I would express the same opinion to anyone, including the bloke himself, you, or anyone else from this blog face to face if the occasion ever actually arose. I wouldnt expect to get into a fight about it. The worst that SHOULD happen as agreeing to disagree and then moving on.

  • 16 WWSBRD // May 20, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    Honestly mate, Id say so yeah. Heck hes not brave enough to fight for a ball on the pitch

  • 17 Tsunki // May 20, 2016 at 10:37 AM


  • 18 Tsunki // May 20, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    For me, Colo – who I used to defend btw – can’t use his past service and performances to offset some of the damaging things he has done, all ably listed by many others.

  • 19 jimmysmith // May 20, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    Coward is a very strong word, and not one to be bandied about.

  • 20 Average_Contents // May 20, 2016 at 10:42 AM


    In my opinion he doesn’t possess it. His actions are not the actions of an honourable man or a club captain.

    Why are you so up his arse and unable to let him be critised?

    Because he’s the captain and therefore above reproach?

    If anything it’s only shown how bad he actually is.

  • 21 Average_Contents // May 20, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    Curly haired coward.

    A shitster.


  • 22 jimmysmith // May 20, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    “Up his arse” You should be embarrassed, but of course it’s a blog, so you I suppose aren’t. You can criticise him, he’s not above it, but up his arse to to suggest calling him a coward is without anywhere enough foundation to be justified. C’mon mate.

  • 23 magscar // May 20, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    Tuff Last thread

    OK perhaps too definite a term but used “guarantee” simply meaning that apart from an injury which any player could fall foul of, would a full medical assessment of his previous injuries and current condition suggest that they will re-occur at some stage of a season or with guidance could they be managed. He seems to suffer from repetitive injuries – weakened muscles? rushing back? wrong training? etc but I am no sports injury expert

    Obviously if no “guarantee” or whatever term you feel is applicable to this scenario then should let him go – a Ledley King he is not.

  • 24 welshgeordie9 // May 20, 2016 at 11:14 AM

    Colo should have been a clown rather than a footballer, Christ he’s got the hairstyle for it, to slow and clumsy on the pitch, he’s that slow my nan would have been quicker with her Zimmer frame.


  • 25 funlovingexpress // May 20, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    This whole Collo conversation is baffling.

    Everyo man and his dog knows Collo is a big girls blouse.

  • 26 lesh // May 20, 2016 at 12:32 PM

    The way Rafa seems to be shaping things up (according to speculation), maybe he could be de facto DoF with as assistant as head coach?

    Charnley screwed up because, I believe, he was expected to do too much – we had lost the finance director – as well as being way out of his depth as MD too. So maybe an appointment at exec level so allowing him to use his strengths as Sectetary/ Administrator might be a way forward.

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