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Top Sporting Director Back In The Frame For Newcastle

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.

36 comments so far

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Oct 12, 2021 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #1

    Bruce Oot!!!

  • magpie6699

    Oct 12, 2021 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #2

    My worry about allowing Bruce to continue even for a couple of games, is if we end up in a tight relegation battle and we regret more lost points under his management.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 12, 2021 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #3


    Have watched every game its not made up tosh we have looked unfit and tactically unprepared which is why we have so little points

    Bruce is incapable of making subs or changes in game

    West Ham – fell apart fitness in 2nd half Bruce didn’t adjust to tactic change by Moyes
    Villa – didn’t lay a glove on them weird formation never gave us a chance
    Southampton – lucky to get a point
    Man Utd – we played better for a bit of it then fell apart again
    Leeds – yes we got a draw but they could have been out of sight before we got going Jones had to step and thank goodness he did
    Watford – Only game where we really deserved the win still couldn’t get it though
    Wolves – tactics all wrong bullied for most of it

    Bruce needs to go he isn’t good enough its why we are bottom of the table we should be on at least 7 or 9 points with an easy run in

  • Mund

    Oct 12, 2021 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #4

    Great to see you make an appearance Top Banana 🙂

    What a rollercoaster mate and what a continued ride we are about to go on.

    Hope all is well you’re side and you are all living the dream.

    Don’t be a stranger

  • WLtoon

    Oct 12, 2021 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #5

    I think there are quite a few worried the club bring in Lampard, i dont blame them. Staveley, unlike Ashley, seems to listen to fans so if she gets enough of a heads up that the fans don’t want him she could change her target, thats if Lampatd is on the radar. Do it, send her an email.

  • Mund

    Oct 12, 2021 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #6

    I want Bruce gone 100% but even if he is in the dugout come Sunday it won’t burst my bubble.

    We are in this for the long term and there’s the hope that this good feels we have will be exactly the same for the team and fingers crossed they can push on and start getting some points on the board.

    Bruce or no Bruce come Sunday. It doesn’t matter as the future is bright,

    I personally wanted him gone already but it won’t ruin the best feeling ever for me with the fantastic news this last week

  • sparky55

    Oct 12, 2021 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #7

    Magpie6699…that’s exactly my thoughts as well…and I kinda think all the players on takeover day would have been secretly thinking…”Brilliant…we won’t have to put up with Bruce any more” which would have given them a huge lift…and if then they’re told today he’s staying on for an unknown length of time til we get someone else in, that could be the biggest downer they could possibly have imagined.

    I really don’t think we can afford to keep Bruce for more reasons than I can list…but lost points in a potential relegation battle is a major one, and the negative impact on the squad is another, and the impact on match day with the crowd is another…it just doesn’t sit right with me.

    Onwards and upwards!

    Sheikh rattle and roll 🙂

  • cleveleysbob

    Oct 12, 2021 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #8

    I don’t hate Bruce, I never have. I dislike his attitude, his negativity, his press conferences, his laziness and all round lack of coaching ability.

    For those reasons, I cannot see any benefits or positives for him being any where near the dug out on Sunday, I simply can’t.

    If he must be kept on board to help out Jones in the interim as a “back room” member of team so be it, but not to do press conferences or be in dug out as “head coach”, no way, please!

    Amanda has admitted in at least one of the interviews that I read or watched that TO took them by surprise, the speed at which the whole BeIN settlement and cave in by PL happened caught them on the hop and they are having to play catch up. Also decisions made have to “go upstairs” to PIF for approval. These things take time, so I can curb my impatience a bit, but not my resolve over the SB conundrum. 🙂

  • sparky55

    Oct 12, 2021 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #9

    Lee Charnley@ 3

    Couldn’t agree more!

    Onwards and upwards!

    Sheikh rattle and roll 🙂

  • TheTinman

    Oct 12, 2021 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #10

    If the current thinking is there is nobody to replace the chasm that would be left by Bruce and his team in the interim, I would like to challenge it.

    Harper can stay, Darlow has actually shown some signs of improvement. Our situation is not down to goalkeeping.

    Bruce can be replaced by Jones, now Jones was an addition to the coaching team, so there is no need for him to be replaced.

    That leaves Agnew and Clemence who need replacing. As far as I can tell these two effectively just bring the balls out to the pitch, put the cones out and make up the numbers. They’re not going to take much replacing.

    We can bring in anyone who has a positive relationship with the fans and the club to fulfil those roles on a temporary basis. King Kev, Shearer, Woodgate, Lee Clark are a few with managerial experience who are not working at the moment who could easily fill a coaching role.

    Jones has been about, I’m sure there are coaches he could bring in himself too if required.

    Remember this is all temporary until DOF is in place and we sign the manager we want, possibly in the summer.

    Worst case scenario it’s still going poorly by January and we have to bring in Big Sam 😆

  • cleveleysbob

    Oct 12, 2021 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #11

    Sparky, almost a “snap” moment there 😉

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Oct 12, 2021 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #12

    We were not the better team at all, we were very much in the game is all. We lost 4-1. Yesterday another 3+ hiding in Bruce’s short reign. Against Watford we should have been out of sight. Bruce publicly insisted we didn’t need another striker in the summer. West Ham blew us away second half. Soton were apparently the much better team. Villa didn’t really need to get out of second gear and probably would have done if Wilson had of scored.Leeds aren’t the same team as last season so far. Wolves hadn’t scored a goal at home. What is the point you’re trying to make?

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Oct 12, 2021 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #13

    Yet another

  • cleveleysbob

    Oct 12, 2021 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #14

    Tinman, haha, I made that Big Sam suggestion a few days back and I still feel dirty 😆

  • cleveleysbob

    Oct 12, 2021 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #15

    Raj (jail), you have to remember Catchy views everything though a prism, so what he sees is totally different from the rest of us. 😀

    Fragmented and lots of rainbow colours 🙂

  • 9

    Oct 12, 2021 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #16

    St James’ will be a hotbed of joy and enthusiasm on Sunday and the bad smell that is Bruce will definitely not be there – would spoil the atmosphere; no brainer.

  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Oct 12, 2021 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #17

    PSG have spent billions and underachieved, and have they unearthed any gems are promoted any youths? On the other hand, they have gone for two decent managers although both very obvious choices. Even Charnley could do that.

  • TheTinman

    Oct 12, 2021 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #18

    Bob, it’s one of those where if there was a report comment feature I’d probably report myself

  • TheTinman

    Oct 12, 2021 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #19

    Zhongguo Geordie, I think PSG have a problem with recruitment though. They constantly have to bring in mercenary sort of players because they’re effectively only playing for the Champions League. Ligue 1 status is so low compared to the Premier League.

    We will likely be trying to avoid the mercenary sort of player for the first 2-3 years at least before we’re established. But then when we’re at the top end of the league and in Europe we shouldn’t have a problem bringing in players.

    I would always look to draw comparisons with Man City rather than PSG.

  • Swlabr

    Oct 12, 2021 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #20

    Refectory Chugs, sorry I didn’t respond a couple of days ago. Yep, Bob Mortimer is, indeed a National Treasure. I think he more spontaneously funny than Vic too. Have you watched his fishing series with Paul Whitehouse? It’s the very definition of gentle humour.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 12, 2021 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #21

    PSG have produced some fine young players but they don’t really get a chance and get shipped out early doors

    It would give us a supreme advantage if we became a club that could play young players when you see the churn from Chelsea, City, Liverpool etc who are good enough but never get games

    Think it was the Brentford guy who said you need to give players 45 games to see their full potential now imagine we could end up snapping up the next Salah or De Bruyne before they hit the big time

  • Mund

    Oct 12, 2021 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #22

    Get French Football News
    Newcastle United’s new owners have made contact with both Leicester City & Wesley Fofana (20) about their intention to submit a bid – the Frenchman is a priority target, according to RMC.

  • niafron

    Oct 12, 2021 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #23

    And RMC is generally a good source about football.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 12, 2021 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #24


    Fits the profile of young exciting talent that we should be looking to sign although is he not injured till next season?

  • Optimistic prime

    Oct 12, 2021 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #25

    JFK scouting players again?

  • niafron

    Oct 12, 2021 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #26

    About comparison between PSG and NUFC, there’s one big difference.

    In la Ligue 1, it was quiet easy for Paris to be qualified every year for the CPL.

    Wich was both a blessing and a curse.

    A blessing cause the club grew up quickly.

    Now a curse cause the lack of competition in la Ligue 1 have a bad effect on players commitment all along the season.

    For NUFC, will be a totaly different problem.

    To reach a critical size and status and attract the best players in the world, the club got to play the CPL. Wich will be hard to achieve considering the extremly competitive nature of the PL.

  • SholaShow

    Oct 12, 2021 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #27


    The new owners themselves aren’t going to be signing anybody, that’s for the future manager and/or sporting director.

    Maybe they’ll have their sights set on one marquee signing they’ve been advised on or made prior contact with, but to think Amanda/Mehrdad, Reubens or Yasir are making phone calls about Fofana right now is ridiculous.

    Media and Twitter just throwing names around so they can point and say “see, told ya’!” if they get 1 out of the scatter gun 100 they speculate about. Scrambling for credibility.

  • Pottsclock

    Oct 12, 2021 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #28

    Staveley might listen to fans but most fans, myself included, don’t know what we’re talking about or do not have the necessary insight to make the right strategic choice. That’s why a top notch DoF needs to come with some urgency and, unlike a decent manager, is more likely to be quickly available early season to help make these decisions. For example, Watford are welcome to Ranieri – he was available for a reason and I believe they will be relegated mostly because of their player recruitment rather than who they have as manager.
    In January, quality managers will be more willing to leave their current clubs as they will have a good idea of how the season is panning out. We will also have no issues in attracting the players we need to make us safe, either on loan from the likes of PSG etc. or as permanent signings.
    To attract a driver like Lewis Hamilton, you either need to already have a decent racing car or to be able to describe the plan you have for getting one quickly. At the moment, the new owners are still working what we have in the garage.
    It’s a shame Rafa is at Everton. It’s a shame Bielsa signed a new 2 year deal at Leeds.

  • niafron

    Oct 12, 2021 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #29

    The source about Fofana


    And if you don’t speak french, first, it’s a shame for this is the greatest language in the world, second… well could try to translate, but only if you admitt how badly you let us down in Dunkirk.

  • mctoon

    Oct 12, 2021 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #30

    But niafron, we chose France to liberate first via Normandy?
    You owe us a translation at least.

  • cleveleysbob

    Oct 12, 2021 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #31

    I tried this anagram of name nonsense, but could only come up with bolscevybeel, which sounded too close to Lesh for political comfort, so I’ll stick with Cleveleysbob for the moment. 😆

  • niafron

    Oct 12, 2021 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #32


    Fair point. So for the brave paratrooper who took Pegasus Bridge, will translate that… in the next topic or no one will read it!

  • mctoon

    Oct 12, 2021 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #33

    Good man, thank you.

  • cleveleysbob

    Oct 12, 2021 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #34

    And Niafron, you’re getting your own back with your own “small boats” invasion we are getting right now 😆
    Translation sought si vous plait. 🙂

  • Harley

    Oct 12, 2021 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #35

    Don’t get the Fofana link. They only signed him a year ago for big money and they’ve been terrible without him. I can’t see them letting him go unless for silly money (which I don’t think we’re planning yet).

    I’m not sure how their contracts work but couldn’t we just get rid of Bruce, keep Clemmence and Agnew on with Jones managing, until the manager comes in? Why “must” the coaches have to go also?

  • lesh

    Oct 12, 2021 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #36


    Bolscevybeel could easily morph into Bolshybob.

    Sounds good though I get the impression you’re not keen on it.



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