Jeff Vetere

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Jeff Vetere
Personal information
Date of birth 1966
Place of birth England

Jeff Vetere (born 1966) is a football youth coach, scout and technical co-ordinator. He has also worked for the Premier League. He was appointed director of football at Birmingham City in May 2017. Vetere is credited with an encyclopaedic knowledge of footballers and is fluent in several languages including Spanish, French and Italian.

Life and career[edit]

Vetere's playing career began as an apprentice at Luton Town where he later coached in the youth set-up before moving to Rushden & Diamonds where he was brought in by manager Brian Talbot in 1997 and put in charge of the newly established youth academy.[1]

Vetere moved on to Charlton Athletic where his official role became overseas coordinator but day-to-day involvement included working with the first team. The full-back Grant Basey, who broke into the first team in 2007 at the age of 19, has credited Vetere with his development.[2]

Alan Curbishley had worked with Vetere at Charlton and brought him to West Ham United in January 2007.

"I was not surprised that Jeff [Vetere] ended up at Real Madrid because the guy is a walking encyclopedia of footballing knowledge. Mention the name of any footballer and he will tell you who he has played for, how many goals he has scored and even what size boots he wears."
Andy Burgess[2]

Vetere was snapped up by Real Madrid at the end of the 2007 season to work under the technical director, Miguel Ángel Portugal, and the club's director of international football, the former FC Barcelona and Rayo Vallecano goalkeeper Julen Lopetegui. His role was to help the Spanish club scout and sign the best talents across the world.[2] Vetere's final piece of business at Real Madrid was securing a deal for Ghana U17 fullback Daniel Opare ahead of Liverpool in January 2008.[3]

Vetere was recruited from Real Madrid and appointed as Newcastle United's technical co-ordinator in January 2008 to complete a continental-style management structure working to assist Kevin Keegan.[4]

Vetere was appointed as chief scout of Aston Villa by manager Gérard Houllier in November 2010.

He later worked as international scout for Fulham.

He joined EFL Championship club Birmingham City as director of football in May 2017.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lowe, Sid (2008-01-30). "The fixer and the facts machine: unveiling Newcastle's odd couple". London: guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-07-25. 
  2. ^ a b c Lowe, Sid (2008-01-30). "The fixer and the facts machine: unveiling Newcastle's odd couple". London: guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-07-25. 
  3. ^ "Vetere to bring world's best youngsters to Newcastle". Tribalfootball.com. Archived from the original on 2008-02-07. Retrieved 2008-07-25. 
  4. ^ Hughes, Matt (2008-01-29). London http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/premier_league/newcastle/article3267393.ece. Retrieved 2008-07-25.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Blues appoint Jeff Vetere as Director of Football". Birmingham City F.C. 2017-05-10. Retrieved 2017-05-11.