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Newcastle United turn to Nolan Partners for Director of Football

2 months ago
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The expectation of many fans was that the new Newcastle United owners would appoint a Director of Football very quickly after completing the takeover.

Indeed, a lot of the reporting in the media at the time, was suggesting that a Director of Football would be put in place even before replacing Steve Bruce.

The reasoning being that a newly appointed Director of Football would then help with identifying the ideal person to be the new Head Coach / Manager.

However, two months into the process and whilst Eddie Howe was appointed as the new Head Coach a month ago, still no sign of a DoF at St James Park.

Indeed, reports in recent weeks had detailed that the new Newcastle United owners were speaking to various potential candidates, but weren’t in any hurry to appoint anybody. The reasoning on that being that this is a key role to help oversee the rebuilding of NUFC after a decade and a half of Mike Ashley neglect, so they want to make sure it is the right person.

Some Newcastle fans on the one hand seeing the urgency of bringing in a Director of Football to try and help get this January transfer window right. Whilst on the other hand, other Newcastle supporters and the owners seeing the DoF position as far bigger than that and no need to rush the process just for this initial relegation battle, with the complete rebuild set to include a new training ground, new academy, a properly resourced women’s team set-up and so much more, as well as the player recruitment side of things.

Now a new media ‘exclusive’ has reported that Newcastle United have turned to Nolan Partners to help in their search for the best possible Director of Football candidate.

The Mail report that the Newcastle United owners have hired a specialist recruitment firm to assist in finding their new Director of Football.

They also say that their information is that in the meantime before a DoF is appointed, Newcastle United are set to appoint a short-term transfer adviser to help with this fast approaching January transfer window.

Eddie Howe has presented a list of the names he would like to sign in January and with the window opening in only 24 days time, the clock is ticking.

The Mail indicate that Amanda Staveley will still be very much involved in finding the right Director of Football but that Nolan Brothers can take some of that workload off her, in terms of finding suitable candidates. They have previously worked with the FA and Premier League.

A journalist from The Telegraph humiliated himself at the weekend, when claiming that Michael Emenalo had been offered the Director of Football job. The journalist stating that Emenalo had turned the job down because the Newcastle United owners didn’t share his ambitions, the man from The Telegraph in the process making derogatory comments about Amanda Staveley. However, the club’s owners challenged the report and said categorically that Emenalo had not been offered the DoF job, in response to that the Telegraph journalist was forced into an embarrassing climbdown as he admitted that it wasn’t true when he’d stated Emenalo had been offered the Newcastle DoF post.

In addition, Amanda Staveley and the rest of the Newcastle United consortium are also still looking for the ideal person to be Chief Executive.

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