Newcastle United have named Majed Al Sorour as a new director.
His appointment has been confirmed on the club’s Companies House page. The Saudi Arabian businessman was officially appointed on May 12th.
He joins Yasir Al-Rumayyan, Amanda Staveley and Jamie Reuben on the club’s board.
Al Sorour becomes the first person to join the club’s leadership from outside the consortium, but who exactly is he?
Who is Majed Al Sorour, Newcastle’s latest hire
Al Sorour was born in February 1973 and is the CEO for Golf Saudi. He began that role in 2018, and is aiming to make Saudi Arabia a ‘prominent force‘ in the world of golf.
He actually played professional football earlier in his life. Al Sorour represented Al-Nassr as a youngster between 1987 and 1994. That’s the club that Cameroon star Vincent Aboubakar currently plays for.
The 49-year-old has experience of working for a football club behind the scenes. He was a board member at Al-Nassr between 2016 and 2018.
Al Sorour is also an advisor for PIF, who obviously own 80% of Newcastle United.
Al Sorour arrival has been expected since January
It’s no real surprise to see Al Sorour join Newcastle United. The Times reported in January that he was going to be appointed, subject to Premier League approval. That approval has obviously been granted now.
Al Sorour has been at St James’ Park a few times this season, often accompanying the chairman Yasir Al Rumayyan. The Golf Saudi CEO was at the first game after the takeover, and recently witnessed the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.
His arrival raises fresh questions about sponsorship. Leaked shirts for next season have emerged online, but have no sponsor. That suggests that a new one is on the way, but could it be Golf Saudi? Or would that be a conflict of interests?
Al Sorour’s appointment is a fresh reminder of Saudi Arabia’s role at Newcastle, which is under fresh scrutiny following a leaked white and green away shirt for the Magpies next season.