Soon after the celebrations of Thursday night ended, the speculation began on who was in contention for key positions at St. James’ Park. We were inundated with managerial candidates and that list seems to grow daily.
It was not only who would replace Steve Bruce that made the headlines. The new role of Sporting Director immediately became an intriguing prospect which garnered a lot of attention in the press.
Manchester City’s Academy Director Jason Wilcox was immediately put forth as a potential candidate. There was also brief speculation surrounding former Liverpool Chief Scout Frank McParland, who is reportedly currently occupying an informal advisory role.
Ralf Rangnick’s name soon starting doing the rounds. The former Sporting Director of RB Leipzig and RB Salzburg is one of the top recruiting talents in football. However, he just accepted a position with Locomotiv Moscow in July.
The Athletic’s George Caulkin believes the 63-year-old is not currently in the frame for a position at Newcastle writing:
For a variety of complicated reasons, I was told there’s “no chance” of Rangnick coming to Newcastle, but I’m not setting that in stone either yet. I just don’t think the club are at the decision-making stage and won’t be for a while.
One man who appears to definitively be in the conversation is Antero Henrique of Porto and PSG fame. The 53-year-old was sounded out by the consortium last year and recent reports have him still high on their list.
Sky Sports has added another name that was touted as a candidate last year in Luis Campos. The 57-year-old was with Lille at the time and turned down the consortium’s advances.
Campos left Lille in December of last year after the club was sold and has still not linked up with another club. Pete Graves has tweeted the following scoop from his colleague Gary Cotterill.
My colleague @gary_cotterill tells me on @SkySportsNews that world renowned Sporting Director Luis Campos would be interested in a role at #nufc and that he expects him to be under consideration by the clubs new owners. Campos helped Lille and Monaco beat PSG to the French title.
— Pete Graves (@PeteGravesTV) October 13, 2021
Campos was a manager with a number of clubs in his native Portugal before joining Real Madrid as a scout. He made his name when he joined Monaco in 2013 becoming their Sporting Director the following year.
Though he left the previous year, his recruiting talents led to a dream season in 2017 when Monaco won the Ligue 1 title and reached the Champions League semi-final. The following summer Monaco was raided as Kylian Mbappe, Anthony Martial, Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy, and Tiémoué Bakayoko were all sold.
Here is Graves’ conversation with Cotterill on Sky Sports.
? Luis Campos is a candidate for Newcastle's new Sporting Director.
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) October 13, 2021