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Former Magpie Is Still On The Radar For Critical Role

A few weeks ago, ex-Magpie Nikos Dabizas was touted as a possible candidate to become the next Director of Football under the new ownership group.

The former defender has experience in the role, having served as the Technical Director at Panathinaikos on two separate occasions.

The Chronicle is reporting that sources close to the 46-year-old claim that he has been approached about joining Newcastle’s executive team.

This is what the Chronicle is reporting:

Contact has been made with Nikos Dabizas about a possible Director of Football or executive role in a new St James’ Park regime, according to sources close to the former Newcastle player.

Dabizas is Panathinaikos’s Director of Football but would be delighted to return “home” and would welcome any talks. He retains representation in Newcastle through St James’ Square Sports Management and has previously talked to clubs in the Championship and SPL about opportunities.

This is an interesting development, if accurate. Dabizas’s link to a possible return to St James Park seems to be intensifying.

We’re not sure how serious of a candidate Dabizas is for the Director of Football role. However, he could be an outstanding addition to the new executive team at Newcastle United.

One aspect of this takeover that we are really excited about is having some former players like Dabizas or legends like Kevin Keegan come back to Newcastle in some capacity.

Dabizas joined Newcastle from Olympiacos in 1998 and made 158 appearances before leaving for Leicester City in 2004.

5 comments so far

  • fairscup

    May 2, 2020 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #1

    WLtoon – I don’t understand it mate – unless money still transferring or waiting for the heat to die down.

  • hibbit

    May 2, 2020 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #2

    Bottling of Newcastle Brown Ale moved to the John Smith’s Brewery in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, in 2007.

    Heineken bought Scottish and Newcastle in a joint deal with Carlsberg in 2008.

    On 13 October 2009, Scottish and Newcastle announced that it planned to close the Dunston brewery in 2010, moving production of Brown Ale to the John Smiths Brewery in Tadcaster.[The company cited the general fall in the market for beer, over-capacity in its plants in general, and the fact that the Dunston site was currently operating at just 60% capacity — despite the fact that sales of Newcastle Brown Ale had never been higher — as reasons for the closure. The plan to close the brewery by the end of May 2010 was confirmed on 21 April 2010.

    In 2015, it was announced that caramel colouring, which has been used since the beer was launched[citation needed], would be removed from the beer for health reasons. Instead, roasted malt would be used to darken the beer.

    Move to Zoeterwoude Brewery, the Netherlands
    In 2017, Heineken announced that some production would move from the John Smith’s Brewery, Tadcaster, to the Zoeterwoude Brewery in the Netherlands. The company claimed this would allow for shorter order lead times and faster transportation to the U.S. and allow distributors to purchase by the pallet rather than the container. In the last half of 2019 the company started making a different version in America and ceased importing Brown Ale from Europe. As of September 2019, Newcastle Brown Ale is still brewed in Tadcaster, Yorkshire for the UK and some EU markets, and also in Holland for the export market.

  • DaveD1000

    May 2, 2020 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #3

    They could be lining up the ducks for a Hollywood reveal. If you think about it other than us being impatient bus stewards there is no rush.

  • TheJimBelow

    May 2, 2020 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #4

    On the subject of ales etc

    IrishRob Newcastle Brown is delicious I really hope you get a few bottles in for the celebration dude!! They sell it in Asda here in Ulster so I’m lucky enough. You are correct in saying it’s sweeter etc than Smithwicks.
    Only ever had bottles not cans but not on purpose.

    My last trip to the Toon me and the gf visited several pubs and I sampled several ales.
    First morning breakfast in Blakes with bottle of Newky Brown and a small thin glass, “Expedition” I believe in the Beehive as well as a £1.50 pint of Fosters.. then in Shearers Bar Worthingtons which was lovely! Filthys that night which descended into shot taking madness.
    Then The Mile Castle for breakfast next day I can’t quite recall what I had but it was dark.
    Then the Botanist that night for a couple of cocktails on the request of the Mrs.

    Great times I really miss the place! !


  • WLtoon

    May 2, 2020 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #5


    I go into every one of those bars when i go into town . That dark beer you had in the Mile Castle, was it John Smiths? Its a Wetherspoons so it could well be.


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