Michael Emenalo is the leading candidate for Newcastle role

Michael Emenalo ‘is the leading candidate to take on the Director of Football role at Newcastle’ with former Chelsea chief ‘a fan of new boss Eddie Howe’

  • Newcastle’s new owners are looking to revamp the structure within the club  
  • As well as a new head coach, they are also seeking a Director of Football 
  • Former Chelsea chief Michael Emenalo has emerged as the leading candidate 

Michael Emenalo has emerged as the leading candidate for a Director of Football role at Newcastle United.

The new Saudi-backed ownership are looking to transform the club’s structure on the footballing side of the business, and are looking into creating the position.

Ajax’s Marc Overmars had also been heavily linked with the role, as had Frank McParland who had previously worked with Liverpool and Rangers.

Michael Emenalo has emerged as the frontrunner for the Director of Football role at Newcastle

However, according to the Telegraph, it is the former Chelsea chief who now looks the favourite to take up the vacancy. 

Emenalo built a stellar reputation within the game during his time at Chelsea, and harnessed the club’s ability to create youth academy products to great success.

He was also responsible for bringing in the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Luakaku while at Stamford Bridge. 

 Newcastle confirmed the appointment of Eddie Howe as their new head coach on Monday afternoon, The former Bournemouth manager has signed a contract until 2024.

Emenalo is understood to be a fan of Eddie Howe, who has taken up the head coach role

And according to the same outlet, it is understood that Emenalo is a fan of Howe’s approach and practices. 

Emenalo’s last role in football came at Monaco in Ligue 1, although it was not the easiest of periods.

Arriving after the club had secured the title in 2017, he lasted two years during a period which saw the prinicipality outfit sell a number of key assets, including Kylian Mbappe. 

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