On Saturday morning, The Telegraph released an exclusive claiming that Michael Emenalo had REJECTED the chance to become our new director of football.
The piece stated that he had held talks with Toon chiefs in Saudi Arabia – suggesting he was a top contender – but state he has now turned down the chance to accept the role as the club ‘could not match his ambitious plans’.
Barely 24 hours on from this ‘blow’ for the new owners of Newcastle United, The Chronicle’s Lee Ryder has a different tale to tell, insisting the 56-year-old is still keen on the job and keen to re-open talks with the club.
Then, to muddy the picture even further, co-owner Mehrdad Ghodoussi stated on Sunday afternoon that Emenalo hasn’t actually been offered the job, playing down The Telegraph’s report that he’d ‘rejected’ the DoF role.
So is he really out of the running (as The Telegraph state) or is he eager to get back in talks with the club (as The Chronicle have been told)….or does Ghodoussi’s update suggest he’s not actually a contender and one to scribble off the list?
Here’s what Lee Ryder’s had to say:
‘Former Monaco technical director Michael Emenalo has left the door open for Newcastle United to reconcile their talks on him becoming the club’s new transfer supremo.
The former Chelsea director of football held talks with Newcastle in Saudi Arabia about taking the vacant slot in the boardroom on Tyneside.
Over the weekend it emerged via multiple reports that Emenalo’s ambition plan for Newcastle was not matched by the powers that be at St James’ Park.
However, Chronicle Live has learned that Emenalo would be interested in continuing his discussions with the club and that the door was not closed completely by the 56-year-old.
Newcastle have so far avoided making any rash decisions on appointments with Yasir Al-Rumayyan and Amanda Staveley eager to go through a thorough process as demonstrated with Eddie Howe’s appointment as boss.
Emenalo is believed to not only have a recruitment plan in place but also wants to use his links to improve bringing in younger stars.
The one-time Notts County player believes he can restructure the club’s Academy for the better according to those close to him.‘
Only time will tell…