Ian Wright has a left-field suggestion for Newcastle's new owners, as they look to appoint a sporting director
Ian Wright has told the Kelly & Wrighty Show that Newcastle United’s new owners need to have Michael Emanelo on their director of football shortlist.
Emanelo, 56, has been out of work since leaving Monaco in 2019 – where he had spent two years. But his reputation was developed at Chelsea.
Joining the club under Avram Grant, he was initially on the coaching staff. But then, the ex-Nigeria international was made technical director in 2011.
He is attributed for the big signings of Juan Mata, Cesc Fabregas, N’Golo Kante, Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Mo Salah. He left in 2017.
Emenalo has now been out of work for a couple of seasons since leaving Monaco. Wright believes he should be high on Newcastle’s DoF radar.
“If they have a list, and Michael Emenalo is not on it or high up on that list – then you know they have a massive problem,” Emenalo said.
“For that man not to be in some of football employment, at that level, is criminal. He is the calibre of person they need.”
Wright on Newcastle and Emenalo: Surprise addition could be ideal
Of course, Newcastle are being strongly linked with a move for Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars – and that would be a stunning addition.
Luis Campos, another impressive operator, has also been linked. But Emenalo, unlike the aforementioned, has Premier League experience.
Overmars knows the Premier League, but only as a player. That is a world away from being a technical director, sporting director, director of football.
Emenalo has a track record in English football and has the contacts to go with it. Slightly left-field, certainly a surprise, but potentially perfect.
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