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World-Renowned Sporting Director Linked Last Year Is Keen On NUFC Role – Report



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.

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.

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85 comments so far

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Oct 13, 2021 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #1

    Twice in one day I’ve posted only for the Harrisons to beat me to the punch haha

    REPOST

    Much in the same way that some people are still obsessed with Rafa and bring him up loads years after he’s gone, it seems some people will be obsessed with Ashley and bring him up too.

    Let the sad embittered “moderates” (having a laugh ain’t ya?!) have their wee corner of the blog. While the rest of us discuss possible Technical Directors, Directors of Football, Managerial appointments, possible new signings – you know, *actual football* – they will be sat there talking to themselves.

    Step back, smell the roses and smile chaps. You might find you even like it.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Oct 13, 2021 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #2

    I am glad to hear that the consortium are taking their time to try and get the structures right internally before making any snap decisions. Let’s not forget that this club has been run on a shoestring with very limited infrastructure in the past 14 years so it is no small undertaking to get the various moving pieces sorted.

    Sacking Bruce now may be akin to putting the cart before the horse as we may need a DoF appointed who sees eye-to-eye with any new managerial appointment so I’d imagine that is what’s holding things up re Bruce.

    That being said, I’d still prefer to see him sacked andJones take interim charge for Sunday against Spurs.

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  • Adamn_92

    Oct 13, 2021 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #3

    Can’t believe people are still finding excuses to argue with each other on here. Disagree and debate sure, no need to get personnel and have petty arguments. It’s a great time to be a toon fan, can we not find some solidarity in that and all be respectful of each other?

    Now more than ever they’ll be countless rumours surrounding players, DOF’s, managers and other staff appointments. Nobody is realistically off the table anymore so rumours will go through the roof. Take everything with a pinch of salt and hold some faith that we have owners who want to do things properly now, they have the clubs best interest at heart far more than Ashley did. I still expect Bruce to go, I think there’s just a lot of things the owners need to sort out that they’re maybe holding off on the pulling the trigger a bit. Want to make sure plans are in place and lined up first. I’d be very surprised if Bruce is kept on in any kind of meaningful role. Maybe a role where he doesn’t really have much influence, but nothing significant. Gut feeling is he’ll be out of the club completely soon enough.

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  • Mund

    Oct 13, 2021 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #4

    Gianluca Di Marzio
    @DiMarzio
    #Newcastle, Rodgers in pole position per la panchina

    https://mobile.twitter.com/DiMarzio/status/1448305242676793344

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  • Adamn_92

    Oct 13, 2021 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #5

    *there’ll be countless

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  • geordie157

    Oct 13, 2021 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #6

    Shelvey excited about the future, he needs to be one of the first players out the door. One good game every once in while is not what we need.

    Out

    Clark, Gayle, Hendrick, Gillespie and Shelvey.

    That gives them room to bring in 4 quality players in Jan.

    Then Kraft, Fernandez, Dummett (injured too often) plus one more in the summer. Two windows and we’ll be a much stronger side.

    I’m willing to give Manquillo, Lewis, Fraser and Joelinton a year under a new manager to improve. If not they go next winter.

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  • The Prince's Mate

    Oct 13, 2021 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #7

    Adamn_92

    Oct 13, 2021 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #3
    Can’t believe people are still finding excuses to argue with each other on here.

    Aye I know….just 2 weeks ago we’d have accepted Eddie Howe and his dog.. ….Slowly but surely…tick tock tick tock…..put your money on the tortoise not the hare…

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  • SholaShow

    Oct 13, 2021 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #8

    A £16m buyout clause per that article would make Rodgers more likely, rather than having to pay up his full contract, but not sure where info of such a clause comes from.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Oct 13, 2021 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #9

    Geordie157

    Genuinely, the only players I would hold onto would be Dubravka, Lascelles, ASM, Almiron and Wilson as possible first-teamers and I would hold onto Hayden and Ritchie for work-ethic and their voices in the changing room.

    I think it’s important that we retain a core of player who understand what it’s like to be at the club when we were in the mire. These players can be the conduit from our rubbish past to a more promising future.

    Every other player is dispensable in my book.

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  • The Prince's Mate

    Oct 13, 2021 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #10

    Mund

    Oct 13, 2021 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #4
    Gianluca Di Marzio
    @DiMarzio
    #Newcastle, Rodgers in pole position per la panchina

    Is that Nile Rodgers?…he’s, coming to the City Hall……Where’s me coat?

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 13, 2021 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #11

    The annoying thing is lots of people will be saying oh the likes of Campos are only joining because of the Saudi money….

    But Newcastle could have already attracted a decent director of football just Ashley chose not too!

    Especially this guy who doesn’t need lots of money to pick up amazing players

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  • check the toastie

    Oct 13, 2021 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #12

    Rodgers is a sound choice to get this Bandwagon rolling. Plays good footy an all. He is a touch weird tho

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 13, 2021 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #13

    Rodgers ticks a lot of boxes:

    Plays great football
    Good public speaker
    Plays young players
    Has a good ratio of signings that work out well
    Would be a show of strength for us to poach a rival manager

    Leicester should never have been overtaking us in the premier league that’s all down to Ashley

    But stealing Rodgers and letting him spend 200 odd million would almost allow us to catch them back up or even overtake them

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  • The Prince's Mate

    Oct 13, 2021 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #14

    Backdoor Man…I’ve noticed on quite a few of your posts (one of them related to Bruce being in pieces in the Saudi embassy in Turkey….really bad taste) that you refer to Bruce as the human jellyfish, you seem to have a constant negativity against him…..I don’t like him .. as our manager…I think he’s crap ..as our manager and I’ve never thought he was good enough for ANY premiership team….just don’t get personal or nasty.

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  • Toon Tang

    Oct 13, 2021 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #15

    I was thinking the other day it’d be a blast from the past if ruddy came back ahaha

    Just need tads, Ibiza, Belfats etc etc back on now

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  • The Prince's Mate

    Oct 13, 2021 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #16

    Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 13, 2021 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #14
    Rodgers ticks a lot of boxes.

    Does he like bingo?…..Where’s me other coat?

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  • hibbit

    Oct 13, 2021 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #17

    Ruddy good to see you back and i agree with most of what you say , but i have one question, “What does Bruce bring to the table to warrant keeping him in place ?

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  • The Prince's Mate

    Oct 13, 2021 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #18

    .Gini Wijnaldum….decent player but why take him back?…he like many players in the past,used us as a stepping stone….Time to move forward, at last.

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  • IITianToon

    Oct 13, 2021 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #19

    Wish him all the best… really talented young player.

    AFC Bournemouth Cherries
    @afcbournemouth
    We can confirm that midfielder David Brooks has been diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma.

    We’re all behind you, Brooksy Red heart

    #afcb Cherries

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  • The Prince's Mate

    Oct 13, 2021 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #20

    check the toastie

    Oct 13, 2021 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #13
    Rodgers is a sound choice to get this Bandwagon rolling. Plays good footy an all. He is a touch weird tho.

    Don’t get so damn personal….is it cause he’s got big teeth and no lips?…just sayin

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  • hibbit

    Oct 13, 2021 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #21

    Toon Tang
    what about sage and craigcosy

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  • Toon Tang

    Oct 13, 2021 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #22

    Hibbit, bring em all back mate

    Even beattie ahahaa

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  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Oct 13, 2021 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #23

    PIFs priority seems to be employing a good DoF (decision maker), Ashley either didn’t bother or got one of his mates in, or Charnley the former paper shuffler.

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  • Toon Tang

    Oct 13, 2021 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #24

    As long as we don’t revert to the optimism valley days we’ll be reet

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  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Oct 13, 2021 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #25

    Why are we looking at French DoFs. All the brains in football are coming out of Germany or Austria.

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  • onmeedsun

    Oct 13, 2021 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #26

    Don’t want old players that have already done it and who will want too wages. We need a hungry manager who can work with and develop young hungry players circa 24 years old. Rodgers can do that. Just because PIF have funds we don’t have to be flash and all PSG. I want us to earn it. As long as we improve each year we’ll get there.

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  • Mund

    Oct 13, 2021 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #27

    That’s sad news about Brooks

    Wish him the best of luck in the future

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  • lesh

    Oct 13, 2021 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #28

    Cleveleysbob

    Working in engineering training, my long-time concern was the lowering of standards in qualifications, in NVQs, the attainment of which was key to funding via apprenticeship training. The bigger employers had their own training centres and specialist training staff and worked to national standards defined and monitored by Industrial Training Boards (ITBs).

    As soon a government decided that ITBs were a burden on the industry, the writing was on the wall for decent training. Non-specialist training providers and colleges became more involved in assessing training and qualifications attracting funding. That was that! Engineering apprenticeships that used to be at least three years, delivered in a shorter time frame.

    However, that was then.

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Oct 13, 2021 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #29

    Alistair Macgowan seems to think Bruce will be in charge on Sunday as it would upset preparations for Sunday, I wonder if that lad at work has been misinformed. When he said the main man was there on Monday, I said are you sure it wasn’t Mehrad Ghodoussi, he said no it was the main man, surely he couldn’t have turned up without anyone from the press realising he was there??

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  • Mund

    Oct 13, 2021 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #30

    Raj

    IMO if Yasir Al-Rumayyan was at the club we would of heard about it 100%

    He spoke a few times over the last week and what I read is that he hopes to be in attendance for Sunday.

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  • hibbit

    Oct 13, 2021 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #31

    till people start to fall into place it’s all speculation ,
    we might get a bit of a clue from who’s sitting in the directors box on Sunday,

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  • lesh

    Oct 13, 2021 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #32

    Zhongguo Geordie

    If you look at the reported structure of the new board, Amanda, one of the Ruebens and the non-exec Chair, there’s a clear need for an executive director to run the football operations.

    Such a director (a Sporting Operations Director?) would have more responsibility than overseeing recruitment and I’d imagine we’d see a DoF reporting to the SoD, with a head coach reporting to the DoF.

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  • hibbit

    Oct 13, 2021 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #33

    Amanda has staff with her at the hotel could it have been them by any chance

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  • lesh

    Oct 13, 2021 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #34

    So where we’d see a DoF reporting to the SoD, with a head coach reporting to the DoF would that result in a Sod-Dof culture at the club?

    🙄

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  • magscar

    Oct 13, 2021 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #35

    Ruddy

    You name 7 players (Willock a notable absentee) and whlst I would necessarily diagree with your thinking you have highlighted our massive problem

    Come January there is no way we trim a squad of 25 down to 7 and replace in one window (especially January one) and even if we did it would be a fatal mistake in a relegation battle

    Which of the “dispensibles” do we keep and for how many successive windows?

    We’ll get there but i suspect some retentions will be greeted with “what!!”

    14 years of increasing neglect not just in squad but elsewhere can be remedied but it will take time before we see results

    Hopefully we get entertainment to help the patience we will require

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  • Mund

    Oct 13, 2021 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #36

    hibbit

    Staveley speaks about having the infrastructure in place first, so I agree everything is speculation and even tho the type of names being linked is nice to read and hear, well we know what journalists are like don’t we 🙄

    It’s exciting to see in the future when we have the infrastructure of football minded people all in place and the real journey begins.

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Oct 13, 2021 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #37

    Mund, I said him, but he said no, it was the Prince, reckons he goes to a few places without fanfare and just a few bodyguards, I can’t see it myself. He’s surely not going to go unannounced like that?

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  • hibbit

    Oct 13, 2021 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #38

    Mund the first appointment is key from that we will have more of an idea of which course we are about to follow

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  • Mund

    Oct 13, 2021 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #39

    Raj

    Whoa! MBS! Surely not but you never know.

    I imagine people like himself could go under the radar so it’s a possibility.

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  • chancel be a fine thing

    Oct 13, 2021 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #40


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