The Telegraph’s Sam Wallace is reporting that one of the moves Newcastle’s prospective new owners could make early on is to appoint a Sporting Director. Wallace believes that Manchester City’s Academy Director Jason Wilcox is high on the list.
Exclusive by @SamWallaceTel: #NUFC's prospective new owners considering a move to appoint a sporting director, with Jason Wilcox, the Man City academy director, among targets. Live developments from Newcastle through the day with @UcheAmako https://t.co/XoJAO9Tv2b #nufctakover
— Telegraph Sport (@TelegraphSport) October 7, 2021
The 50-year-old Wilcox was named Manchester City’s Academy Director in 2017. The former-winger enjoyed a long playing career in which he was capped by England three times. He spent the bulk of his career with Blackburn rising through their academy before departing for Leeds in 1999.
According to the report, Wilcox has been instrumental in Manchester City’s rise to become one of the top development centers in the world. Wallace writes that his departure would be a massive loss to the reigning Premier League Champions.
There is also news emerging that the takeover has now been completed with an announcement imminet. The Athletic’s George Caulkin has just tweeted the following.
At this point, we’re just waiting for an announcement. The takeover is done, the money is there and the Premier League have signed it off. All that remains is to make it official. Could be any time now. #NUFC
— George Caulkin (@GeorgeCaulkin) October 7, 2021