According to the Shields Gazette, Head of Recruitment Steve Nickson is another key figure set to be relieved of his duties under Amanda Staveley’s new look Newcastle United.
Nickson is currently on furlough leave, along with all other non playing members of Staff employed at the football club, which seems to be destined to be Mike Ashley’s final (and despicable) act as our commander and chief.
It’s already been reported that the would-be new owners plan to reverse the decision regarding furlough leave as soon as they arrive, however The Gazette claim Nickson will follow Mike Ashley, Lee Charnley, and possibly Steve Bruce, out of the NUFC exit door before long.
Here’s a snippet from their piece:
“Staveley’s consortium plans widespread changes at St James’s Park, head of recruitment Steve Nickson is also expected to leave should the deal, which is opposed by Amnesty International and broadcasters beIN Sports, be given the go-ahead by the Premier League.
“Nickson – who drew up a list of potential summer transfer targets before the coronavirus pandemic saw football suspended across the world – was put on furlough by Charnley last month along with his recruitment team and a large number of the club’s non-playing staff”
Nickson was highly thought of in January when he scouted and secured the deal of Miguel Almiron, a then club record fee from Atalanta.
He also is largely responsible for bringing in Allan Saint Maximin. However his copybook has been somewhat blotted as a result of him and Lee Charnley sanctioning the £40m deal for Joelinton last summer.
He could still come good, of course, but £40m worth of good? Seriously doubtful.