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.
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.”