Before Newcastle’s takeover fell apart in July of 2020, one of the consortium’s top candidates for a director role was former Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Antero Henrique.
At the time, French outlet RMCSport claimed the Saudi-backed consortium was in contact with Henrique over becoming Newcastle’s new transfer guru once the takeover was approved. However, as we all now know, it took quite a bit longer to get completed than initially expected.
The Sun is citing a report from Foot Mercato that Antero Henrique is back in the frame as a candidate for Sporting Director with Newcastle. He has reportedly again been contacted by our new owners.
The 53-year-old left the Parisien giants in the summer of 2019 and was heavily linked with Manchester United in the ensuing years. Henrique also spent a decade as the Director of Football with Porto in his native Portugal before joining PSG.
Henrique faces stiff competition for the role as some top candidates have emerged since Thursday’s dramatic events. Locomotiv Moscow Head of Sports and Development Ralf Rangnick and Manchester City Academy Director Jason Wilcox are being considered for the role.
The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards is reporting that Liverpool’s Sporting Director Michael Edwards is also in contention. He’s been in the role since 2016 and help to set the foundation for Liverpool’s recent success. His contract at Anfield expires next summer with some reports having him stepping down at that time.