Sorted from top to bottom?
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So Newcastle United have called upon three Wise men to address their torrid record in the transfer market and look into the production line that lies beneath first team level.
With United welcoming Dennis Wise, Tony Jimenez and Jeff Vetere to the black and white legion the plan, hopefully, is that incoming transfers and off the field stuff runs smoothly while KK does the business from the sidelines.
Wise would appear to be "director of football" even though his title of executive director suggests otherwise - but while the masterplan from chairman Chris Mort and owner Mike Ashley is now well in place Toon fans are wondering if a two tier management systems hasn't worked anywhere else in the Premier League, why will it work up here?
What happened at Chelsea which resulted in Jose Mourinho leaving the club and the problems at Spurs, when Jacques Santini left, are down to the role of a man behind the dugout.
And is it a coincidence that Frank Arnesen was in the thick of things at both clubs?
There is also a trend in football that a "director of football" ends up as manager.
Indeed, Avram Grant and David Pleat can vouch for that.
But it could be worse, don't forget Southampton did have Sir Clive Woodward in a similiar position not so long ago!
Hopefully though, United's executive team will work together with the coaching staff and the results will arrive eventually.
And let's be honest the transfer recruitment system in place at Newcastle in recent years was in desperate need of review.
For that you have to give United credit and at least they are attempting to sort out what can only be described as a bit of a mess.
Was the club Mort and Ashley took over less than a year ago in great shape?
I don't think it was and with the likes of expensive (transfer fee and wages) flops like Marcelino, Luque, Boumsong, Babayaro, Goma, Bassedas, Bowyer and a long list of others surely United have at least a policy in place - in theory - that can stop any repeat deals.
And don't forget that in the space of 12 months a few years back, Newcastle signed Hugo Viana - the best thing since sliced bread in Portugal - while Man U signed some bloke called Ronaldo!
Whatever you say about who is coming in, something needed to be sorted.
The flip side of the situation is the worry and concerns that too many cooks could spoil the broth.
KK never struggled to attract players in his first stint at Newcastle as he got Ginola to swap Paris for Newcastle and told Rob Lee that Newcastle was closer to London than Middlesbrough plus a host of other top name signings, so why does he need Dennis Wise to point him in the right direction.
The backroom staff at United is already huge at Newcastle after Sam Allardyce but that has now increased at boardroom level.
Like any club it will take time to work through the staff at St James's Park.
But if you had a pound 12 months ago for every person who said: "The club needs sorting from top to bottom", you'd be a rich man.
And it looks like Mort and Ashley are attempting to do exactly that.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?