Saudis consider Man Utd legend for NUFC role as six contenders are revealed in new report

Another report has emerged that backs Michael Emenalo to become to new sporting director at St James’ Park – but it seems he’s not the only name in the running.

Writing for 90min, former Sky Sports reporter Graeme Bailey has revealed that Newcastle United have considered five other candidates for the role.

Four of these have been linked before – Marc Overmars, Luis Campos, Ralf Rangnick and Jason Wilcox – however the fifth is believed to be former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar.

The 51-year-old became the marketing director at Ajax soon after retiring in 2011, but has been the chief executive of the Dutch giants for almost five years now.

Overmans, who looks set to reject our interest and remain in Holland (according to The Athletic), has actually been working alongside van der Sar as the club’s director of football, however the current Ajax CEO has been tipped to become a sporting director himself in the coming years.

So, Emenalo is being tipped to land the job on Tyneside and is said to have impressed our new owners during talks in Saudi Arabia last week, but it seems we have plenty high-profile alternatives lined up should we fail to strike a deal with the former Chelsea chief.

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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!

4 thoughts on “Saudis consider Man Utd legend for NUFC role as six contenders are revealed in new report

  1. It appears following a poor and considered bungling start, our Saudi owners have responded with a bit of zest, nothing has happened to alert the fans yet. However we can envision a bright future with the recent
    acquirement of Howe who in turn appears to have enticed Michael Edwarrds (a prime mover in the recent Liverpool resurgence)to tyneside.
    I have made a mantra of complaints against the Ashley regime for the obvious lack of upper management , which is neccesary in any club with ambitions, being Ashley’ obvious plan was to bleed the club and invest it in SD, and he decided to do all management roles.
    It now looks like Hope is not the next cheap manager on the list that stretches back to Big Sam, but someone who has studied the game and the business surrounding it.
    it appears there’s no relationship to copying the City plan, but a more robust and hopefully quicker process and who knows it may bear fruit
    within the contracted time given to Hope, which would certainly please the fans starved and angry for years of awful so called entertainment under a harsh regime.
    Lets hope I’m right !





  2. Apologies for miss naming our new manager, perhaps there’s a certain amount of hope involved , being none of us can be certain, guess that’s why they get short term contracts.
    which ay be just business-like !


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