New Director of Football to follow Staveley & the Saudis ahead of £300m takeover?

The soon-to-be new owners are understood to be keen on appointing a big name to liaise between the board and the head coach or incumbent manager…whoever that may be!

Do we need one? Well, looking at the other premier league clubs it appears that we do! Man You, Citeh, Arsenal, Spurs, Everton, Leicester City, even Palace, Burnley and Bournemouth all have Directors of Football or arguably, Technical Directors, so what is the actual role of such a critter?

It’s more or less universally accepted that today’s managers or head coaches, are left to coach the group of players that they have. The continental approach is to have a conduit between the coach and the board, eg, Director of Football, Technical Director or Sporting Director – all the same animal.

Essentially, his main focus would be identifying players needed for the squad and handling football operations.

Who has had that dubious distinction for NUFC in recent years, (other than the owner of course)? Immediately who should spring to mind? That’s right!…Wobbly eyes Wise! A great ambassador for the club who could persuade any big name you care to mention, to come along and sign. Most notably were, Stephen Ireland, Facundo Ferreyra, Shefki Kuqi, Ignacio Maria Gonzales and many more household names!…

All jokes aside, cnce the Premier League have done their due diligence, with a following wind and a lot of investment, things should start to move in a positive direction, so who would fit the bill for us?

Top of my list would be Kevin Keegan. King Kev was idolised as a player for a couple of seasons and almost a premier league title-winning manager, then the second coming but sh1t on from a great height.

Then there’s the pairing of Alan Shearer and Les Ferdinand, two of the greatest goal scorers ever to wear the No 9 shirt though not at the same time of course!

I’m doubtful that Al could be tempted away from the No 1 pundit spot alongside Lineker, and Les already fills the director’s role with the Hoops…he’d no doubt be a popular choice though!

Bobby Moncur was legendary in his time, the only skipper to win major silverware by lifting the Inter City Fairs Cup in 1969, but in the current climate he may not relish the prospect.

Andy Cole – 68 goals in 84 appearances, prolific to say the least! It appears you have to buy tickets to see him these days.

King Kenny? Not whilst presiding over the Toon – sold all our assets and led us to humiliation in the FA Cup.

Could even be Rafa, but I think he would prefer the limelight as heard coach and all the glory that comes with it…we hope!

Who would YOU like to see as our world-wide ambassador?

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7 thoughts on “New Director of Football to follow Staveley & the Saudis ahead of £300m takeover?

  1. Apparently Nikos Dabizas is being lined up, a far better choice than any of these. Someone who is actually quite good at the Job


  2. Interesting article which boils down to the key role of a Director of Football being able to identify new talent for the group, and secondly, ‘football operations’. This is where things can get tricky, because it depends on the agreed role of the team manager/ coach who decides on coaching and training methods, tactics, team selection, and in many cases will demand major input into the selling and recruitment of new talent. Many top managers will not be happy having a ‘DoF’ pushing to sign players he doesn’t rate highly enough, or want taxtically, or prefers alternatives, why should he? This encroachment is clear and obvious to coin a phrase, it happened to Keegan, it’s fraught with risk to any self respecting top manager. ‘Football Operations’ is a different matter, but could be justified in transfer negotiations where a DoF has a top track record and known reputation, having excelled in transfer negotiations and deal making. The roles of manager and DoF can only work on clear and pre agreed roles, my own feeling is that the manager must have the final decision on personnel and the DoF on the negotiation and finance via the Board/Owners. …otherwise the ‘Manager’ is simply a Head Coach.

    On the Ambassador Role, NUFC already has Bobby Moncur. I saw him recently at a Former Players Association matchday dinner, he still looks fit and fantastic despite having passed 70, very fit and active in this largely unseen role. Bobby is one of the smartest ambassadors in the game and an icon of NUFC. His feel for the club and it’s history is unique and his natural enthusiasm and dignity shines through everywhere he goes, playing a major role in the celebrations in Budapest last summer celebrating our 1969 Fairs Cup victory. I’m sure he’s still the best for this role and he’d work well with any DoF whilst ever he feels he wants to carry on.


  3. Andy Cole? Never in a million years, hates us

    Captain Bob an out and out Judas, and a yes man puppet, no loyalty totally untrustworthy.


  4. KEEGAN, everyday of the week for me.
    Very few know the club, the City or the people as well as
    King Kev!


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