Sky Sports journalist Michael Bridge believes that Newcastle United need a good Director of Football with fantastic contacts around the world.
The Magpies were recently taken over by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund who got an 80 per cent controlling stake in the club, with the Reuben brothers purchasing 10 per cent and the remaining 10 per cent going to Amanda Staveley who brokered the deal [The Telegraph].
The new owners have been on the lookout for a new manager, following them parting ways with Steve Bruce and they placed Graeme Jones in caretaker charge of the team amid their search.
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Journalist Fabrizio Romano has reported that the club are preparing to appoint former AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe as the new man in the St James’ Park dugout, with a deal agreed until 2024.
However, Bridge believes that Newcastle also need a good Director of Football, telling This is Futbol: “Newcastle need a good Director of Football. That will be the difference between signing ok players and really good players. They need a good Director of Football with fantastic contacts from around the world, a Luis Campos or a Monchi, someone like that. I’m sure they’ll be thinking that.”
Looking ahead to the transfer window, 90min reported last month that Newcastle were putting together two lists of transfer targets for next year with the main focus in January to make additions to the squad that will help them retain their Premier League status.