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Newcastle United owners appoint short-term consultant to get ideal January signings in

1 month ago
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An exclusive on Friday morning has revealed that the Newcastle United owners have made a short-term appointment of a consultant to help ensure they have the best possible January transfer window.

The Athletic report that the new Newcastle United owners are committed to a sporting director model and hope that in time, they will have the kind  of ‘detailed executive set-up Liverpool have in place’ to help the club run on a far higher level.

However, any permanent appointment of a Director of Football won’t be made in time for this January window, with recruitment firm, Nolan Partners, assisting the club in sourcing that key senior football official for the role.

Having inherited a set-up with a skeleton staff at St James Park and a total lack of executive set-up, the Newcastle United owners have now turned to Nick Hammond.

The Athletic say that: ‘Hammond will provide counsel and expertise ahead of one of the most important windows in Newcastle’s history. His task — to help the club secure, as a minimum, a centre-back, full-back and central midfielder who will immediately improve the first XI.’

Nick Hammond has taken the temporary role at St James Park as he was free to take it, having resigned as Celtic’s head of football operations in March this year.

Previously, Hammond spent two years as technical director at West Brom but is best known for the job he did at Reading. Nick Hammond credited with playing a key role in the club’s rise to playing in the Premier League for the first time in their history in 2006, handling player recruitment and contract negotiations, also appointing Steve Coppell, the manager who got them promoted.

It is only 15 days until the transfer window opens on January 1 and The Athletic say that the short term consultant will be ‘using his knowledge of the game and array of contacts to advise the board on recruitment.’

The report adds: ‘Sources at Newcastle say that Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi, the husband-and-wife team who have the management contract to run the club, have been working “flat out”, pursuing potential new signings. They and their fellow director, Jamie Reuben, have taken hands-on roles in planning and negotiations, in tandem with Howe and Steve Nickson, Newcastle’s chief scout, who have identified prospective targets. Lee Charnley, the former managing director, left last month and the hunt for a heavyweight CEO is also taking time.’

With top of the shopping list said to be a ‘ball-playing, athletic centre-back, a dynamic midfielder and a progressive full-back’, here’s hoping Nick Hammond can help the Newcastle United owners to deliver the very best post-Christmas presents.

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