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Newcastle Contact Manchester City Managing Director With North East Ties – Report

Soon after the Newcastle takeover was announced last Thursday (has it been a week already?), names starting popping up for various positions to jumpstart Newcastle’s rebuild. One of the first names to hit the headlines was Manchester City’s Academy Director Jason Wilcox.

The 50-year-old was touted as a potential Sporting Director under our new regime. Wilcox has been the Academy Director at the Etihad since 2017 and has been instrumental in helping to keep their academy at a very high level.

Wilcox is not the only high-profile director at Manchester City that is linked with a role at St. James’ Park. Two reports have emerged claiming Brian Marwood, the managing director of global football at the Manchester City Football Group, has been contacted by our new owners.

Both The Times and The Telegraph are reporting that Marwood has been sounded out about his potential interest in an unnamed role with the club.

Marwood has been one of the key architects of Manchester City’s success since they were bought by the Abu Dhabi United Group in 2008. The 61-year-old was appointed as an administrator in July of 2009. So he has vast experience with building a football club that has had a sudden influx of wealth.

The former-winger had a long playing career with Hull City, Sheffield Wednesday, Arsenal, and Sheffield United. He even got a cap for England when he was a Gunner in 1988. His lone cap was in a friendly against Saudi Arabia.

Marwood was born in Seaham in County Durham so is from the North East. His son James spent time with the Newcastle Academy in the early 2000s. His son also played for Blyth Spartans and had two spells with Gateshead.

In 2017, Brian Marwood did an interview for the Manchester City official webpage. In it, he explained his development philosophy which entails sending players out on loan at a young age. Here is some of what he said:

“We did some research last year and discovered that in the last 10 years 83% of players who featured in the quarter-final stage of the Champions League had all played first-team football at 17.

“Seventeen of our loanees could play in our EDS. However, a decision was made to have them playing first-team football somewhere and I believe it’s the right thing.”

Ultimately, Marwood’s focus is building a strong academy where players can be brought into a highly successful first team. That is the envy of all clubs and hopefully what our new owners can replicate at Newcastle United.

Here is another comment from Marwood on his quest to develop players while having a world-class first team:

“We are not ashamed to tell the whole world we want to win trophies at first-team level.

“However, we also have a real passion and interest in developing young players. The two can work.”

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70 comments so far

  • niafron

    Oct 14, 2021 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #1


  • Munster Mag

    Oct 14, 2021 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #2

    Like the sound of this fellow. Develop youth etc. Good stuff.

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 14, 2021 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #3

    Mister Tuff

    Oct 14, 2021 at 10:16 AM
    Comment #121

    No to Lampard he’s a knacker.

    Toon fans need to show some resolve and keep their nerve. Seems some are waivering about Brucie and are waving the white handkerchief of surrender even at this early time.

    Tuff, what do you mean re waving white hankie etc?Are you saying Toon fans are wavering in wanting Bruce out immediately, which was the original position most of us had?

    If he has to stay a bit longer because we have no coaches, so be it. But not for long please.

  • hibbit

    Oct 14, 2021 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #4

    Ha ha Preums = First Dibs

  • JP...from The Rock

    Oct 14, 2021 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #5

    No developments as of yet I guess.

  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 14, 2021 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #6

    Moanster – I would like Brucie dismissed as soon as possible and I do not see the argument to give him 1000 games on Sunday.

  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 14, 2021 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #7

    Plus I’m sure Graeme Jones could supply the necessary coaching for a short period.

  • hibbit

    Oct 14, 2021 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #8

    can someone please tell me what it is Bruce brings to the table that its so vital he has to stay till we find a new manager ????

  • Optimistic prime

    Oct 14, 2021 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #9

    Until we find someone else to do the Greggs run Bruce stays!

    What do you lot not understand, bejezzes

  • martoon

    Oct 14, 2021 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #10

    I don’t get all the negativity towards Lampard. Yes the Chelsea job became too big for him but he did a decent enough job at Derby developing and building the squad which is exactly what we need at the moment. The chances are when we hopefully progress to challenging at the top we’ll have changed managers by then anyway!
    Also it would make Mrs martoon very happy as she loves Frankie 😀

  • lochinvar

    Oct 14, 2021 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #11

    Players day off today.
    Surely today is the day to at least put the three Steves on gardening leave, the 1000th Premiership match for Bruce is an irrelevance. He can do that with the next Champio ship Club he gets promoted.

  • cleveleysbob

    Oct 14, 2021 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #12

    Hibbit, the answers nowt, but I’m sure negotiations are ongoing.

    As I said yesterday, there is nothing he’s done that qualifies him for an £8M payout, except the contract he signed with Ashley.

    As someone also said, just cause they’ve got billions available doesn’t mean PIF are willing to Chuck £8M away.

    The Company that is NUFC will still have to pay their way and balance their books as those are the rules under FFP. Starting off by giving away £8M is not something they’ll do lightly, whatever we, the fans want.

  • captainmarvel

    Oct 14, 2021 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #13

    The problem might be that of Bruce goes and his staff go too it would leave only Jones as a coach, that’s why they may be hedging their bets..

  • firebug666

    Oct 14, 2021 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #14

    Hibbit @8

    From our point of view Bruce offers us nothing, but maybe from the consortium’s point he offers continuity and stability whilst they get the mess Jabba left sorted out and find us new Staff.

  • Optimistic prime

    Oct 14, 2021 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #15


    Nice to see you posting again

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Oct 14, 2021 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #16

    Jones can’t be expected to do the job of 4 guys. This is the EPL. He’d be stepping up big time as it is. He’d need at least Harper by his side, and the senior players to shoulder some real responsibility. The consortium will need to have genuine confidence that Jones would cope, and some realistic expectation for how long he’d need to. It might well be they don’t think they can actually risk letting Bruce go just yet.

  • firebug666

    Oct 14, 2021 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #17

    OP I finally gave in after the takeover, and wanted to be a part of the joy that had returned to the blog mate,

  • Optimistic prime

    Oct 14, 2021 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #18

    It hasn’t lasted long 😉

  • TheTinman

    Oct 14, 2021 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #19

    Marvel, I don’t get that though.

    It’s Bruce, Agnew and Clement.

    Jones came in as an addition to the team.

    So if Jones takes over from Bruce in the interim then we only have to replace Agnew and Clement.

    These are not well respected Premier League coaches, I’d imagine they can be replaced with people on temporary contracts in a heartbeat.

    And I bet Jones knows a couple of people who could come in and do it.

    I’m starting to wonder if with the big boss arriving today, maybe he wants to be in the room for the sacking? It’s a new toy, it’s all a novelty at the moment.

    Or as it all happened suddenly maybe he has been busy and hasnt been in touch with the rest of the board too much over the last few days. Amanda and the team give him the full debrief today in person and he agrees to pull the trigger on Brucie.

  • Wor B

    Oct 14, 2021 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #20

    I have full confidence that from now, big decisions will only be made at the club after full and careful consideration by the new owners.

    They will seek advice from top people, but ultimately, the PIF and partners will need to form the strategy, put their structure in place and finance it appropriately.

    No knee-jerk or spur of the moment reactions. No stingy money saving tactics that end up costing more in the long run.

    When things go wrong, it’s much more likely it will be down to a personal failure or unexpected under achievement by an individual, not the set-up.

    The grown-ups are only just thinking about which ducks to put in the line. We’re playing the long game now folks, get used to it. I can hold my nose for a while longer with Bruce in the departure lounge.

  • TheTinman

    Oct 14, 2021 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #21

    Nicky if Jonesy can manage to do the England coaching as well as the toon coaching I am sure there are some guys who are just doing international coaching who could come in and help out in the short term.

  • niafron

    Oct 14, 2021 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #22

    These guys Wilcox and Marwood seems to be more likely target than many names we heard in the past days.

    A more coherent choice i would say.

    But certainly City will not let them go so easily, no?

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Oct 14, 2021 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #23


    On Lampard…

    We know the step up from the Champs to the Prem is massive for players but I think it is for managers as well.

    They have to handle top players, many technically savvy, many with big ego’s, many not happy about their role or being on the bench.

    And then… they are up against a totally different class of mangers who are far more adept and tactically aware than Champs managers.

    Lampard will have got big respect from a Champs squad but nowhere near the same level from the Chelsea squad who will be far less impressed with big name former players.

    By all accounts it had turned into a mess at Chelsea and Tuchel came in and turned that round – with the same players – almost instantly.

    That smacks of Lampard making a step too far too quickly and being out of his depth.

    IMO we need the best, most experienced, manager we can get. There is a huge job to be done and it isn’t one for an inexperienced manager to cut his teeth on.

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Oct 14, 2021 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #24

    On managers….

    I can’t think of one Champs manager in recent years who has moved up to a Prem club and been a success.

    New managers who have done well in the Prem have all had success in the top leagues abroad most of which if not the same standard as the Prem will be well above Champs standard.

  • Adamn_92

    Oct 14, 2021 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #25


    Graham Potter would fall into that

  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 14, 2021 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #26

    cleveleysbob, if Bruce is on a contract that rolls, then PIF will have to spend it some time, so I can’t see that being relevant.

  • clinath@ed

    Oct 14, 2021 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #27

    If what they’re saying is true, that SB has a rolling 12 month contract and an £8m payoff if sacked, then that payout is going to be paid eventually.
    Rather it was sooner rather than later

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Oct 14, 2021 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #28


    Potter didn’t move to Brighton as a Prem manager from a Champs club.

    He was with them from the start.

    It’s Prem clubs taking a promising manager from the Champs and him being a success that I meant.

  • TheTinman

    Oct 14, 2021 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #29

    I haven’t been on much this morning, it’s probably been linked already but this is a great article from SkySports. https://www.skysports.com/football/news/15125/12433111/newcastle-takeover-brings-hope-of-improvement-but-problems-on-the-pitch-wont-be-quick-to-fix

    Damning indictment of the Ashley reign and Bruce reign.

    Also some data on when Wilson & ASM both play vs when one or both are out.

    We are traditionally slow starters it seems. We’ve got a nice little run of games over next 6-10. Lets hope Wilson and ASM stay fit over this period and we can kick on and be in a great position going into Jan.

  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 14, 2021 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #30

    Bills – Lampard out of his depth -at this moment in true – spot on.

  • peter5199

    Oct 14, 2021 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #31

    Martoon @10

    My sister has always had a debateable choice in men.


  • Adamn_92

    Oct 14, 2021 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #32


    Not sure I follow.

    You said: ‘I can’t think of one Champs manager in recent years who has moved up to a Prem club and been a success.’

    Potter was manager of a Championship side in Swansea, then moved to Brighton who were in the Prem and has by all means been successful there.

    Then you say: ‘It’s Prem clubs taking a promising manager from the Champs and him being a success that I meant.’

    That is exactly what Potter is? He was a promising manager with a Championship side who was taken on by a Prem side and has been a success?

    I’m confused.

  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 14, 2021 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #33

    true = time

  • peter5199

    Oct 14, 2021 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #34

    Now, obviously, it is perfect….

  • SPEEDY11

    Oct 14, 2021 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #35

    Perhaps KK has been quiet is out of respect for Roger Hunt who’s funeral he is attending to day in Liverpool, expect a statement of sorts tomorrow or Saturday

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Oct 14, 2021 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #36

    It’s a rolling 3 year contract Bruce is on with a basic – one of the lowest in the Prem – of £1M a year with bonuses for staying up, final position and the cups.

    Ashley set a pay off of £8M if he was sacked to compensate for the low basic – but the word is he did that because he knew almost for certain it would be PIF who would have to pay it.

    It was a clever way of getting Bruce to accept the low basic deal – £5M less than Rafa – and Ashley knowing he wouldn’t pick up the comp tab if the takeover happened.

  • peter5199

    Oct 14, 2021 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #37

    Bills, @36. Correct

  • TheTinman

    Oct 14, 2021 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #38

    Everyone needs to slow their role on Potter and Brighton.

    He had them just above relegation in his first 2 years.

    They’ve had one of the easiest sets of opening fixtures out of every team in the league and they’re outperforming their xG. (They are scoring more than the chances created suggest they should have, meaning they’ve either been finishing superbly, goalkeepers have made errors or they’ve been a bit lucky)

    They’ve got Norwich next, but then they’ve got a pretty tricky 10 game run. Lets see where they are by New Year before we pass judgment on Potter.

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Oct 14, 2021 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #39



    You are correct – forgot Potter was at Swansea.

    Has he been a success – 6th after 7 games doesn’t make him one.

    I’d say taking a bottom half team – which is the likely destination for that type of manager – to top 8 three seasons on the trot with perhaps a Cup win thrown in is my definition of success.

  • Adamn_92

    Oct 14, 2021 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #40


    It depends what people see as success I suppose. I’d say he has been when you look at the difference he’s made at Brighton in his time there. Took a while to really nail down his methods and style of play, they were praised last season for how they play and just lacked a clinical goalscorer. This season they seem to have addressed their defence more and are putting their chances away whilst playing very slick and exciting football. Considering how far Brighton have come from when he started to where they are now, I’d say he’s been very successful.


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