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07 Oct 2021 21:19:39
Hi Ed002,

With the takeover now having gone through, it seems like it is a case of when, not if, Bruce will leave. Do you know who the managerial targets are for the new leadership?



{Ed002's Note - Amanda Staveley's PCP Capital Group has continued to push ahead with the purchase of Newcastle with the backing of the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund, the chairman of which is Mohammed bin Salman who is heir apparent to the King of Saudi Arabia. This put the Premier League and the Government in a difficult position regarding the "fit and proper persons" test given that he has been involved with significant civil rights concerns, repression of women's rights, war mongering, diplomatic issues with numerous countries, mass executions and specifically the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Pressure has resulted in the UK Government and Premier League shifting their stance slightly allowing the sale to go ahead based on a rather subtle argument that the consortium and the Saudi state are separate entities.

However, in terms of funding they need to comply with Premier League rules and with FFP, and when the qualify for Europe, UEFA FFP. As such, they can make an initial investment as new owners (there is a process they need to go through including making a request before December 31), but they cannot simply poor money in to transfers.

Previously the consortium had addressed the key issue of brining in a Director of Football as part of the bid process, and they approached a candidate that would have been innovative and I expect successful and he would have defined the working structure of the football side of the club. But he wasn't interested although he advised them that they need to either bring in a DoF and empower them to define a structure and make sure roles and responsibilities are true, rather than simply looking to through a different manager/coach in to the mix. A former Newcastle player was suggested but he was happy to work as an advisor but had no interest in working with the owners. At that point they had spoken with Andre Villas Boas and Rafa Benitez. The key thing for me is the DoF role, building the whole structure (including integrating the academy), filling the roles and planning the way forward over say five years - setting reasonable targets - and sticking to it. I don't know Jason Wilcox, but he is well repected for what he has done at the Manchester City academy but this would be a huge step up and they should bring in someone with experience of building and integrating (in the same way the likes of Brands, Zorc, Wenger, Campos and Begiristain have done).

In recent weeks there have been discussions with ex-Blackburn player Jason Wilcox who has been in charge of the Manchester City academy and I understand they are confident he will join as the Director of Football (Technical or Sporting Director). As for Stev Bruce, I suspect he will not have a long-term future at the club and clearly their is fan pressure as well. I am pretty sure that no decision has been made yet but it is easy enough to come up with options from those available (Conte - I very much doubt he would be interested; Lampard - I think he would be interested if asked; Eddie Howe - lower profile but well liked) and those who are perhaps looking to step up when the opportunity arises like Steven Gerrard. If they want to take a sensible approach, then perhaps they should look to Brendan Rodgers.}

1.) 08 Oct 2021 10:31:31
Thanks for all the information Ed going to be interesting to see how it plays out.

2.) 08 Oct 2021 21:23:01
Thank you for the detailed reply Ed002, have a good weekend.

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3.) 09 Oct 2021 11:35:19
Suddenly the Newcastle pages have become very interesting.




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08 Oct 2021 21:23:01
Thank you for the detailed reply Ed002, have a good weekend.


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