According to the Telegraph, the soon to be Newcastle United owners want to appoint a sporting director.

After a whirlwind 24 hours, it looks like October 7th 2021 could be the day that Mike Ashley sells the club.

Multiple outlets are reporting that the Saudi-backed takeover could be announced today.

Then the new owners will be able to get straight to work on implementing the changes they want to make at St James’ Park.

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They should have a good idea on what they want to do, considering they’ve been stewing on it since agreeing a deal to buy the club back in April 2020.

Fans will want to see a change of manager, and the Telegraph state that the consortium are already eyeing an appointment – but not on the touchline.

Jason Wilcox reportedly in contention to become Newcastle sporting director

The Telegraph claim that the Magpies’ new owners are considering appointing a sporting director. One person they reportedly believe is suitable is Jason Wilcox.

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The 50-year-old is currently employed by Manchester City, working as their academy director. Wilcox represented England three times during his career, and played his club football for Blackburn, Leeds, Leicester and Blackpool.

Newcastle currently don’t have a sporting director, and it is the first example of new owners taking the club in a new direction.

This is an exciting new era for Newcastle United, where simply surviving won’t be tolerated. The club will show ambition once again, something that has been sucked out of St James’ Park since Ashley took over in 2007.

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