Newcastle’s prospective new owners have reportedly been doing their diligence in finding a top director to appoint once the takeover is announced. Most recently former PSG Sporting Director Antero Henrique has been touted as a potential candidate.
The 52-year-old is seen as a transfer guru and has had great success in the transfer market with both PSG and Porto, where he spent a decade before leaving for Paris.
Lille’s Luis Campo, Frank McParland (former Sporting Director for Nottingham Forest, Burnley, and Brentford), and former Magpie Nikos Dabizas have all been mentioned as well.
The Mail is reporting another potential target for the position in Fortuna Dusseldorf’s Lutz Pfannenstiel. The former Hoffenheim scout has been Dusselforf’s Sporting CEO since December 2018.
Lutz Pfannenstiel– latest man linked with Newcastle director role
The report claims that the Saudis want someone who will be able to take a ‘measured’ approach to the transfer market despite significant funds being made available.
This is what Sami Mokbel writes in his report:
But Sportsmail sources claim the Saudis, while there will be significant funds available, will take a more measured approach to their recruitment – and want a technical director with a reputation of working within a budget and framework, particularly as football comes to terms with the coronavirus financial crisis.
Pfannenstiel has made the moves in the transfer window to keep Dusseldorf in the Bundesliga since their promotion in 2018. They finished 10th last season but are struggling in 16th during this campaign.
The 47-year-old former goalkeeper played for 27 different clubs during his career, including stints at Wimbledon, Nottingham Forest, and Huddersfield.
He seems like an odd choice for the director’s role at Newcastle, so we’re not too sure what to make of this report.
Here’s an article on the marauding German from the BBC done 8 years ago.