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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

  • surreytoon

    Oct 14, 2021 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #41

    The consortium will have known the nature of Bruce and his staffs’ contracts, all part of due diligence.

    They had formulated plans but the pace at which things moved last week has caught everyone out, if that isn’t overstating the situation.

    There are some things you can only deal with once you have the keys. “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face” – Mike Tyson. One of my favourite quotes.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Oct 14, 2021 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #42

    “…….according to The Telegraph, the new owners want to grow the club organically and aren’t likely to fund a huge spending spree.

    Instead, they will invest in youth development, upgrade facilities and appoint a sporting director to lay the foundations for long-term success.”

    Hopefully this is in fact the case. Financial doping is a scourge on the game. Don’t want that at Newcastle.

  • martoon

    Oct 14, 2021 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #43

    peter5199 @31 – I can’t argue with that 😆

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Oct 14, 2021 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #44


    Can you imagine getting a new job with a contract like that…

    You wouldn’t rush home and tell the missus your new basic…

    You’d tell her much you’ll trouser when you get sacked 🙂

  • hibbit

    Oct 14, 2021 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #45

    we’d still have Jones and Ben Dawson if the 3 Stevie’s are sacked today plus coaches others further down the pecking order ??

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Oct 14, 2021 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #46

    Bill’s son is back admitting he was wrong and even offering an apology, did we get taken over or something or am I living in an alternative universe 😀

  • DrGloom

    Oct 14, 2021 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #47

    Potter has mostly been involved in relegation battles at Brighton, they’ve had a decent start but it’s very early – I’d rather have a proven elite manager than him , Lampard or Gerrard.

    On Jones not being able to do the job of 4…. well given that he would be working five days a week rather than giving players three days off a week he probably could

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 14, 2021 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #48

    Scott Wilson@Scottwilsonecho

    Saudi PIF hold key to Steve Bruce’s future – with talks over what happens next with the #NUFC manager continuing today. He’ll go – but it’s not guaranteed to be before Spurs game….

  • JP...from The Rock

    Oct 14, 2021 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #49

    Zaha, Cresswell, Ward-Prowse etc are now attainable. I can’t wait to see the end of Bruce so we can start rebuilding already.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Oct 14, 2021 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #50

    I want as much financial doping as we can get away with, outrageously over priced shirt sponsors, advertising hoardings at over 1000% of true market value, make Haaland and Mbappe richer than small African countries 😀

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Oct 14, 2021 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #51


    Potter has been very successful?

    Not IMO.

    Norwich got relegated playing exciting football and the great KK won nowt, nor did SBR, when they played some of the most exciting football the Prem has ever seen.

    I’ve always said I would have given up every single one of those KK and SBR years to see us bore our way to winning the Prem or a Cup.

    You can’t say Potter is a success on surviving two relegation scraps and being 6th after 7 games… just because he plays exciting football.

    Hasenhutl at Southampton had the same reputation and he is now one of the prime candidates for a sacking.

    Potter needs to do a hell of a lot more, for a consistent period, before he can be called a ‘success’ at Brighton.

  • fatha1965

    Oct 14, 2021 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #52

    Surrey @ 41thought that was a Jack Reacher quote,didn’t know iron Mike said it.live and learn

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Oct 14, 2021 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #53

    It is set in stone that Bruce is gone, why prolong his agony?

  • Mund

    Oct 14, 2021 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #54

    Magpie Media
    Police cars revolving lightPolice cars revolving light Steve Bruce will once again meet with new owners TODAY for the second time this week #NUFC

    The players aren’t training today and have been giving a break…

  • fatha1965

    Oct 14, 2021 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #55

    Not sure if Potter can be called a success,but he’s definitely an upgrade on Bruce

  • TheTinman

    Oct 14, 2021 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #56

    Agree with Bill’s.

    Potter has got off to a good start. He stabilised over 2 years and now it looks like they can kick on.

    If he finishes 8-13th for the next two years and establishes Brighton as a mid table club then I think you can say he has done a good job.

  • TheTinman

    Oct 14, 2021 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #57

    Mund, if that’s true then today is the day.

  • fatha1965

    Oct 14, 2021 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #58

    Bruce should be told to take a sicky on Sunday,that way he can get his milestone and not p off the crowd or undermine the atmosphere

  • Adamn_92

    Oct 14, 2021 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #59


    That’s how you view it and that’s absolutely fine, like I say it depends how you see success. For me, the way Potter has transformed Brighton is a successful one. It took some time, but you can see since he took over they have gradually been conceding less each season and scoring more each season. As well as playing very attractive football. With all that in mind and the fact that Brighton are by all accounts a relatively small club with nobody you would really consider a ‘top player’ (arguably admittedly) other than Bissouma, I would say what he’s achieving and how he is improving the team each season is successful and why I would call his time there to date a success.

    Yourself and others may not see success that way, just my own view on it 🙂

  • JP...from The Rock

    Oct 14, 2021 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #60

    Now Leeds owner has also come out saying that there should be stricter regulations on FFP because of the Newcastle takeover lol unbelievable. No one complained when Chelsea and City had a huge influx of money. They all want us to struggle.

    I can’t wait for the day we are above all these teams and poaching their best players. Stuff em!!

  • peter5199

    Oct 14, 2021 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #61

    Bills, I would have got myself sacked in one week

  • fatha1965

    Oct 14, 2021 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #62

    That’s if folk want sentiment,personally I don’t and would love to see Amanda in the dugout Sunday,can’t be any less tactically astute than Bruce and would prob get the Boys showboating

  • TheTinman

    Oct 14, 2021 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #63

    On how much we will spend, all the press are speculating at the moment.

    And I wouldn’t be surprised if a few stories are put out by the club that we won’t be spending as much as first imagined to try and drive prices a bit lower.

    What we do know is Mandy said we want to challenging for titles and trophies.

    PIF have a bottomless pit off money and I don’t think in their culture they like to come 2nd.

    They might call it organic because they’ve developed a youth academy and planted a few trees to offset the clubs carbon output, but i think they’ll be throwing shed loads of money at us in the short term.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Oct 14, 2021 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #64

    I hope it’s true about them offering Bruce £3.5M and him being gone before Sunday, it would mean that lad at work’s snippets have been three out of three and we could hopefully get a few more.

  • Jamesthefirst

    Oct 14, 2021 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #65
  • peter5199

    Oct 14, 2021 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #67

    Bills @51
    I understand your sentiment, but I prefer we play great football (do not get relegated) and see where it takes us.

    1 Inter-Cities Fairs cup in my lifetime, but the “Entertainers” weren’t bad!

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Oct 14, 2021 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #68

    Jail, you surely can’t really want that. What’s that sort of success got to do with us? Nothing at all, and everything to do with Saudi money. If it’s done “organically”, then the success will be more a reflection of the size and passion of the fan base and the economic growth of the city. That’s legit, and good, and that’s really important, to me and I’m sure to many others. I don’t want to lose my club to Saudi money and Saudi soft politics. Feck that. This can be excellent, but it can also be rotten, if money is just thrown around on overpaid over hyped football stars, and success just bought. I wanna see the club earn its success, and maintain it.

  • lesh

    Oct 14, 2021 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #69

    Wor B

    Hope you manage to sort out who owns what percentages of your golf clubs and whatever other of your accoutrements folk might have a stake in.

    But more importantly and given the KSA-PIF interest developing the Newcastle United brand, don’t be surprised if we hear noises of reviving John Hall’s vision of an all embracing and global NUFC multi-sports club.

    When the news of your prowess in the game of pool filters through, don’t be surprised to hear of PIF interest your club. Add to that your golf club and you and your chums could become global superstars.

    Ronaldo? Pfft! His days are over.

  • DaraghL

    Oct 14, 2021 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #70

    I think Potter would be an ideal choice. I acknowledge from a points obtained perspective he has flattered to deceive but having watched a significant number of their games it is quite clear they were unlucky last year. I note the point regarding this years XG, they were 10th for expected goals and 3rd for least expected goals against which put them 5th on expected points!

    The style of football is attractive to watch, the squad he has is one of the worst in the league and he’s got players improving (look at the resurgence of Duffy for example).

    I do agree results weren’t good enough last year and that you can make your own luck but some games they were hitting crossbar after crossbar. Hopefully he has learnt from this.

    I’d love to have him on board.


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