A journalist has revealed that Michael Emenalo is Newcastle United’s ‘top choice’ to become their Director of Football (DoF).
The Lowdown: Overmars alternative?
After the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) consortium finally completed their takeover at St. James’ Park, it was widely reported that a sporting director was wanted in order to work in tandem with their new manager, which has now been confirmed as former Burnley and AFC Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe.
Should Newcastle hire Emenalo?
Former Arsenal player now Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars was named as a potential candidate for the role, and according to The Athletic, Overmars was ‘one of the most prominent’ names on the list of the new owners.
However, as per The Athletic, Ajax were desperate to keep hold of him and so he has now agreed to stay, meaning that the North East club will have to look at other targets.
The Latest: Emenalo ‘top choice’
According to The Daily Telegraph journalist Matt Law, Michael Emenalo, who was the former technical director of Chelsea, is the ‘top choice’ for the DoF job, after talks in the KSA.
Law adds that there are ‘more talks to follow’, and claims that getting him would be a ‘huge coup’ for the new ownership.
The Verdict: Get him in
After the appointment of Howe, the Tyneside outfit should now look to bring a DoF in as soon as possible to work with him, and Emenalo is a fan of the new coach.
The Nigerian would be an inspired choice given his fondness of Howe and the work that he did as technical director at the Blues, in which African football specialist Tunde Adelakun praised his involvement in their success at youth level, with the women’s team and development squads that came ‘directly under his care’ (African Football).
He also touched on Emenalo’s ‘wealth of knowledge, exposure and experience’ as he helped grow the game in Africa, and cited the two Premier League titles and UEFA Champions League trophy that he has won as part of the crew.
With ambitions to get to the top like Chelsea have, Emenalo seems like the perfect fit for the Magpies, and currently being out of work, should be attainable for the consortium.
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