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.
Breaking | Luis Campos has turned down an astronomical offer from Newcastle United to become their Sporting Director, according to L’Équipe.
He did inform NUFC that he might be able to make recommendations to them via his Scoutly company, if Lille President Lopez allows him to.
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) May 19, 2020
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.
Luis Campos has rejected an offer from Newcastle; wants internal changes at Lille, including the dismissal of administrative director Julien Mordacq, according to L'Équipe – full story. https://t.co/b2NbsSkpVm
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) May 20, 2020
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.