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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

  • jane

    Oct 13, 2021 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #81

    do PCP, Reubens and PIF have shares in the club?

  • magscar

    Oct 13, 2021 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #82

    I sometimes return to the thought that if Everton were prepared to listen something like £16M or more f to buy out Rafa’s contract and made through proper channels before ever speaking to him would he consider it as not breaking his contract?

    May seem like semantics but he was original choice and has fans backing so an honourable way of getting free of his obligations might be viable

    As worth speculating on as all the other “lets put two and two together” 🙂

  • magscar

    Oct 13, 2021 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #83

    @77 i was referring of course to Celtic where his departure did not go down well

  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Oct 13, 2021 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #84


    I think Rafa must be seriously conflicted over this, but his principles won’t allow him to walk out on Everton as we all know. But if we go and buy him from the Everton owner now that’s got legs pal.
    They must need a big wedge right about now for FFP?

  • 9

    Oct 13, 2021 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #85

    Please don’t flog the Rafa horse any more. All of us who adore him know he’s a man of principle. End of story.


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