Speaking on The Transfer Window podcast, Duncan Castles had dropped a rather worrying claim regarding Michael Emenalo potentially joining Newcastle United.
The Magpies’ owners have managed to get a new manager in place and hand him sufficient time to work with the squad in Eddie Howe, but now they must find someone to help out the former Bournemouth manager in the transfer market, and that’s where a director of football comes into play.
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Italian journalist Rudy Galetti has claimed that Michael Emenalo could be announced by the Magpies before they play Brentford on Saturday, but although he famously worked at Chelsea when they signed players such as N’Golo Kante and Romelu Lukaku, Newcastle’s new owners have reportedly been advised to not appoint Emenalo to such an ‘important’ role.
This information comes from Castles, who revealed why on The Transfer Window podcast.
He said: “A bigger problem for them is they still don’t have the sports director in place. We told you that they’ve been interviewing candidates for some time now, interviews sometimes taking place outside the country, sometimes taking place by Zoom.
“There was a report last week that Michael Emenalo was close to being appointed; I can confirm that there is very significant interest from Newcastle United in Emenalo.
“But similar to Eddie Howe, I can tell you there’s internal dissent about whether Emenalo would be the right person to put into this extremely important role.”
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With The Telegraph claiming that Emenalo is on a shortlist of candidates, Castles’ fresh information could be of concern to Magpies fans as they know a great director of football could make or break their season in terms of shrewd recruitment in January potentially being the difference in keeping them in the division and then building towards their goal of winning the Premier League.
Someone who has previously been linked with the role, but has rejected a similar position in Serie A, according to Le10 Sport, is Luis Campos, who has worked wonders at both Monaco and Lille as his recruitment helped them dethrone PSG as Ligue 1 champions, so if they could attract someone like him, it would be a major coup and certainly a signal of intent.