Newcastle United owners have No.1 target in mind for new sporting director

Date published: Monday 11th October 2021 10:47 - Matthew Briggs

Ralf Rangnick RB Leipzig May 2019

Newcastle United have a number one target in mind as they look for a new sporting director, according to a number of sources.

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce is on the brink of the axe at St James’ Park. Multiple sources report that Bruce will see his 27-month tenure come to an end this week.

The Telegraph claim the club’s new Saudi ownership, Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), are looking to make a change imminently. Although The Times suggest he will not be axed until the new owners have met Bruce and his backroom team this week.

What is unlikely is that Bruce takes charge of his 1000th game at home to Tottenham next Sunday.

Bruce can expect a pay off close to £8m with non-executive chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan to make the decision on his replacement.

Assistant manager Graeme Jones could well oversee the Spurs game. But while the club are looking for a new coach, they also want a new sporting director.

And one experienced man looks to be in the driving seat.

According to The Chronicle, Ralf Rangnick has emerged as a possible target.

The 63-year-old is currently Head of Sports and Development at Lokomotiv Moscow. However, he is according to talkSPORT, Newcastle’s number one choice.

Rangnick is highly regarded in Europe after plotting the rise of RB Leipzig and RB Salzburg. He was also considered for the director of football role at Manchester United, before they appointed from within.

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Rangnick was also on the short-list to replace Frank Lampard at Chelsea before they went for Thomas Tuchel.

The Times report that Newcastle’s new owners also have a “longstanding interest” in Rangnick.

Frank McParland is the man advising Newcastle’s new owners.

McParland has a lengthy CV and has worked at Liverpool, Rangers, Brentford, Burnley and most recently at Nottingham in recruitment roles.

He worked closely with Rafa Benitez, in the Spaniard’s time at Liverpool and so it’s no surprise the Benitez link has emerged.

Lee Charnley is currently responsible for recruitment as managing director, but he will only remain in his role in an interim basis to help smooth the transition.

Asked about the sporting director position, new Toon director Amanda Staveley said: “We have thought about sporting directors and Directors of Football but we need to sit down with our board and look at what we have today. You can bring in the best Sporting Director in the world but you’ve got no infrastructure.”

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