Newcastle United are reportedly set to step up their efforts to appoint a new chief executive in the coming weeks.

There has been criticism from the media outside of Newcastle that the new owners have been getting things wrong. The club are yet to bring in a CEO or a director of football – hires that people seem to believe PIF and co should have prioritised.

Instead, Newcastle pressed on with replacing manager Steve Bruce without having a club identity in place.

But those critics are forgetting how poor Newcastle were under the previous manager and how desperately change was needed. Or they choose to ignore how poor Bruce was – a man who was strangely championed despite such poor results.

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Ideally, Newcastle’s new owners already would have brought in the people required behind the scenes. But the timing of the takeover has made that difficult.

The deal happened at an incredible speed, midway through the season where the Magpies were already fighting for survival.

The new owners have had to prioritise matters on the pitch, as they look to put out the fire that was left roaring by Mike Ashley.

While problems on the pitch persist, it looks like progress is being made in the boardroom.

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Lee Charnley replacement on the way at Newcastle

According to the Athletic, the interview process to appoint a new chief executive is under way. They add that Newcastle expect to complete the proceedings ‘over the next few weeks’. The Athletic also state that a sporting director will arrive first.

The Magpies have been without a chief executive since Lee Charnley left the club. His title was managing director, in charge of the day-to-day running of the club. In the meantime, Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi have been in charge.

One man mentioned over the weekend as a possible candidate was Peter Kenyon. The Sun’s Alan Nixon claimed he was in the frame for a role behind the scenes.

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Kenyon has a wealth of football experience, previously working with Manchester United and Chelsea. Interestingly, he was involved in an attempt to buy Newcastle after Staveley’s first bid fell flat.

But like so many takeover attempts, Kenyon was unable to get a deal over the line.

Now new owners have arrived, but it doesn’t look like Kenyon will be coming to St James’ Park after all. The Shields Gazette state that the 68-year-old isn’t in the running.

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