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Report – Newcastle Turned Down By Ligue 1 Club’s Director Of Football

There was a claim from France’s L’Equipe yesterday that Lille director of football Luis Campos turned down a massive offer to join Newcastle United as our next sporting director.

On Monday, another French outlet RMC reported the 55-year-old had asked to be released from his contract due to an internal dispute. Campos joined Lille in 2017 and still has 3 years remaining on his contract.

The report on Monday led to speculation Campos was lining up a move to rejoin Jose Mourinho at Tottenham. Campos had been a scout under his compatriot at Real Madrid in 2013. Campos was appointed as the director of football at Monaco later that year.

However, L’Equipe is today reporting that Campos wants to see some changes at Lille. Get French Football News has issued the following update on Campos.

Interestingly, they are doubling down on their initial report that Newcastle made a move for Campos. If so, maybe the prospective new owners contacted Campos to gauge his interest.

However, it appears that Campos is willing to remain at Lille if they implement some changes at the club. His primary issue is with administrative director Julian Mordacq, who Campos feels is slow and ineffective.

Other issues that Campos has are beyond the club’s control. He is said to be upset with reports that manager Christophe Galtier has been shopped by his agents to Marseille. He’s also frustrated that the remainder of Ligue 1 has been canceled.

Campos would be an outstanding sporting director as he’s had great success at both Monaco and Lille. Maybe, if he continues to be frustrated in France, our prospective new owners will make another move for him after the takeover is confirmed, which we hope will happen this week.

9 comments so far

  • duncandisorderly

    May 20, 2020 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #1

    10am – has that meeting started then??

  • JDdubai

    May 20, 2020 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #2

    Id guess no-one from Newcastle contacted him and we were used by his people to get the changes he wanted at Lille.

  • JDdubai

    May 20, 2020 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #3


    Nah, waiting for Brucey to log-in – apparently the wifi at Greggs was down so he’s had to go back to Maccy Ds.

  • the Northumbrian

    May 20, 2020 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #4

    Admin director was too slow lol he turned us down cos he thought he’d be working with charnley.

  • hibbit

    May 20, 2020 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #5

    Tino I agree mate 100%

  • Scholesy

    May 20, 2020 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #6

    Hibbet and Tino,

    Totally agree, Rafas my first choice. I would fully trust he’d be able to do a great job rebuilding the club. As for the style of play, he was given nothing to work with. What was he meant to do? Also look at the football he played at Napoli when he was backed and had a team that could compete.

    Just wish they’d get a wiggle on and announce it.


  • Mund

    May 20, 2020 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #7

    Rafa wouldn’t be my first choice but I would gladly welcome him back with open arms.

    I loved Rafa like no other since the great Sir Bobby Robson. But since he left and you heard rumours of the players not liking his training methods and you hear the greats from Liverpool talking about Rafa and his methods.

    For example Shelvey came out saying what a lot of former Liverpool players have said which is he doesn’t give praise. He will just tell you the things you can work on etc etc not a pat on the back saying well done.

    I want what Liverpool have or City that togetherness they display. Look at Liverpool under Klopp. The players are always smiling and happy and you have an excellent manager who is so passionate and shows it.

  • Munster Mag

    May 20, 2020 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #8

    Mund, a lecture from Jail awaits you . Best of luck with that 🙂

  • the crown princes nashers

    May 20, 2020 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #9

    rafa is mine to, if we cant get him then allegri we need a team that can defend as well as attack quick both managers are very capable of that


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