Amanda Staveley makes double move as Saudi consortium step up plans for 2022 – Report

Newcastle have hired sports recruitment firm Nolan Partners to assist with our search for a new director of football, with Amanda Staveley also holding talks with recruitment advisors ahead of next month’s transfer window.

A Daily Mail exclusive from Craig Hope claims the new consortium will allow the London-based firm – considered experts in the field – to lead the process, which could take up to two months.

It had been reported by the Telegraph that ex-Chelsea chief Michael Emenalo had rejected an offer to become our new DoF, but board member Mehrdad Ghodoussi was quick to play down such claims, with The Mail suggesting that the Nigerian had held talks over an advisory role instead.

The piece also reports that Amanda Staveley will bring in somebody in the short-term to help with the upcoming January window – arguably the most important in the club’s history as he looked beat the drop.

It’s believed that former Swansea recruitment chief Andy Scott has been recommended, while Nick Hammond – formerly Cetic’s head of football operations – has also held talks with the club regarding an advisory role.

Here’s a snippet from the piece itself:

Staveley has been hands-on in her involvement and the hiring of Nolan Partners – who have worked with the FA and Premier League – will lighten her load, although the co-owner will still lead the search for a new chief executive.

Former Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo had been in discussions about an advisory role, but attention has now switched elsewhere for the short-term appointment.

Nick Hammond, former head of football operations at Celtic, has also been spoken to, while ex-Swansea recruitment chief Andy Scott has been mentioned by others, although sources said on Tuesday night said that no decision has been made and the process is ongoing. 

Frank McParland, the former Liverpool academy boss, has previously been used as a sounding board by some connected to the consortium.

2 thoughts on “Amanda Staveley makes double move as Saudi consortium step up plans for 2022 – Report

  1. I hope nufc don’t just buy players for the sake of it ie Everton, look at the mess they have created when they got a few bob into their coffers? 3 to 4 top quality players that will be starters or close too. Wilf Zaha, Max Aarons, Tarcowski, and someone like Bisouma and we would be mid table pushing top half, as a starting point to eventually starting to push onto next level. Biggest problem the big 6 have is bloated squads draining wage bill. Every player should earning their crust at the club going forward. Clean out the deadwood and get a good lean youngish/hungry squad together no free loader need apply here mantra going at the club.


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