Peter Beardsley has been handed the task of identifying a new generation of Newcastle stars after being appointed as the club's football development manager.
Beardsley, whose current position as reserve team manager will be taken up by development coach Willie Donachie, has been handed a five-year contract in his new role.
"A large part of our club's future rests with our youth, so this is a terrific role for me," said the former Magpies star.
"Helping bring exciting young talent to Newcastle United will make me very proud.
"I spoke with the manager today and Alan [Pardew] made it very clear how important this job is and what a difference he believes I can make to the club and its development."
Managing director Derek Llambias added: "Peter has been an exceptional ambassador for our club for many years.
"His international standing within the industry, together with the skills he brings to the training field, make him the perfect appointment for this vital new role.
"We will also continue to benefit from the qualities that Peter brings to the training field. He will continue to work with the development squad to support Willie in the coaching and technical development of players.
"The Board is committed to improving the recruitment and development of young talented players who can progress through the ranks of the Academy and development squad.
"We are delighted to appoint Peter to help us develop a truly world-class development programme."