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Paul Robinson has told BeIN Sports that Manchester City chief Jason Wilcox would be ideal if Newcastle are looking to appoint a sporting director.
The new owners are understood to want to implement a framework that sees them include a sporting director. Lee Charnley is managing director.
Wilcox, a former England player, is earning rave reviews for his role as academy director at Manchester City. He oversaw Phil Foden’s progress.
The Telegraph report that Wilcox – along with Ralf Rangnick – is a name the new owners have considered to take on the role as sporting director.
Robinson, who played alongside Wilcox for Leeds United, spoke about the 94-95 Premier League winner and his suitability for the Newcastle role.
“Jason Wilcox at Man City. He’s not had that much experience at first-team level. It would be a big change to deal with the billions at Newcastle.
“As a person, I know him very well. A level-headed person, a football person. You only have to look at Manchester City to see what he can do.
“One of the first things Newcastle will do is build the academy. Wilcox would be the ideal person, in my opinion, to oversee the development.”
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Compaing Wilcox to Rangnick, the glaringly obvious issue is that Wilcox lacks the experience of Rangnick. The latter is supreme in this role.
He is one of the best at his job in European football – on a par with the likes of Fabio Paratici, Luis Campos and plenty of others.
However, what Wilcox does bring with him is his faith in youth and talent spotting at a young age. Newcastle’s owners might want to build young.
If they establish the identity of bringing in younger players and looking to improve the academy alongside spending cash – then Wilcox is the answer.
He might trail Rangnick in terms of contacts and experience when it comes to transfers – but he blows Rangnick out of the water in youth development.