Newcastle fans 'paying tribute' to Saudi owners says reporter
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Ian Wright believes that there will be a ‘massive’ problem at Newcastle if they do not appoint a new sporting director, namely Michael Emenalo, who was part of the setup that helped Chelsea to Champions League glory in 2012.
Emenalo joined Chelsea in 2007 as a chief scout, before becoming a technical director in 2011.
His role at Stamford Bridge allowed him to oversee operations off the field in order to improve results on it.
And that he did, winning the Champions League and three Premier League titles before his departure to Monaco in 2019.
The former Nigeria international transformed the club to help them become one of the world’s most successful sides.
And that they are, including most recently using the academy system that Emenalo reconfigured to win the Champions League under Thomas Tuchel.
And it is for this reason that Wright believes Emenalo is the man for the Newcastle job.
“If they’ve got a list, and he’s not very high up on that list, then you know they have a massive problem,” Wright said on the Kelly and Wrighty show.
“For that man to still not be in some form of football employment, at the level of football management, is still, for me, incredible. It really is.
“Only because it’s what they need. He’s the calibre of person of what they need.”
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Newcastle having new owners has given off a certain deja vu feel following Roman Abramovich’s purchase of Chelsea in 2003.
Global superstars such as Mesut Ozil, Philippe Coutinho and even Erling Haaland have been linked in recent weeks.
But Newcastle must first focus on avoiding relegation and need to reinvigorate their squad, a task that Emenalo could oversee if employed.
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After sacking Steve Bruce, it is believed that Graeme Jones will remain as interim manager until a new permanent manager is appointed.
Paulo Fonseca reportedly looks set to take on the job, with an estimated £190million to spend in January.
And his potential cooperation with Emenalo could be vital for Newcastle’s development.
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