Two major concerns now revealed after Emery talks with Amanda Staveley – He has a point…

The Chronicle have offered an update on our attempts to bring Unai Emery to the club, revealing two of his concerns following talks with Amanda Staveley.

Firstly, they report that he is ‘confused’ by the club’s vision moving forward, questioning how he and Eddie Howe can be on a two-man shortlist when the pair are completely different managers.

The Athletic confirmed yesterday that the club had narrowed their search down to these two, with Emery the ‘preferred choice.’

The other issue Emery is believed to have is around the control of transfers. The Chronicle state that he’s concerned by the fact there is no director of football currently in place at the club.

Considering any DoF would have a big say on transfers and the overall project at St James’ Park, you can see why the Spaniard is wondering how that could change things if and when the new owners get their man.

Some have suggested that wage demands are an issue, however Guillem Balague has quickly moved to play down these claims, insisting Emery’s concerns have nothing to do with money.

Here’s a snippet from Lee Ryder’s latest piece on the Emery uncertainty:

The Magpies are yet to react [to claims he’s unsure] and whether this is part of Emery’s negotiation tactics remain to be seen but he was unsure about two big factors after initial talks with Amanda Staveley.

Journalists in Spain have suggested Emery is confused why Newcastle’s short-list was down to just himself and former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe as his own philosophy is far removed from the Englishman and he can’t see how the future can be a “one size fits all” project.

Secondly, the usual issue of control of transfers came into play with no director of football yet to me made and the prospect of an unworkable relationship being placed above him once the ink is dry on the contract.

Emery has a point if these two concerns prove to be true.

It is a little odd that the club could do extensive due diligence then end up with candidates who are polar opposites in many aspects of their approach.

As for the director of football issue, many have suggested that this should’ve been our first appointment to assist our search for a new manager – someone they’d be working very closely with over the coming years.

Either way, let’s hope this situation can be resolved ASAP, with Emery a top manager and the pick of the bunch based on the realistic options out there at present.

About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

3 thoughts on “Two major concerns now revealed after Emery talks with Amanda Staveley – He has a point…

  1. It’s looking like Eddie Howe, played some good football at Bournemouth but ultimately saw them relegated.

    Was homesick at Burnley, will Newcastle be any different, quite clearly didn’t fancy the pressure of being Celtic manager how will he handle the scrutiny of our fans.

    I can’t get excited by Howe, it will be no better than Bruce in terms of name, in fact Bruce has accomplished much more !!

    The fear of relegation and I think it’s inevitable this year has clearly put the big names off, it might be a few seasons until we are approaching them again for Phase 2 or 3 of our new project.

    Oh well let’s see what happens now but the new owners are not gaining much credibility with their plans so far, they should keep quiet until a new is secured.


  2. Funny how nobody mentions the fear of attending the Saudi Embassy New Year reception. One to avoid really.


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