Romano lists three names Newcastle are talking to, to fill sporting director void

Fabrizio Romano has told his Here We Go podcast that Newcastle United are speaking to three separate candidates for the sporting director role.

Newcastle appointed Eddie Howe earlier this month, and last week confirmed the departure of managing executive Lee Charnley.

But Amanda Staveley and the rest of Newcastle’s co-owners are still yet to bring in a sporting director. Plenty of names have been linked with the role.

The likes of Jason Wilcox, Luis Campos, Marc Overmars and plenty more have been suggested as candidates for the role. But Romano has an update.

The journalist says Newcastle are in talks with sporting directors this week – naming three; Michael Emenalo, Michael Edwards and Ramon Planes.


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“I’m told that they are starting interviews,” Romano told his podcast. “They are talking with Emenalo, they appreciate Ramon Planes.

“They are talking with Michael Edwards who is going to leave Liverpool. Timing could be longer than expected. It could take weeks and weeks.”

Planes, Emenalo or Edwards: Which is best for Newcastle?

Last week, Barcelona agreed to end Planes’ contract. He oversaw some seriously expensive incoming signings, and incredibly big contracts.

While he is a big name, with big contacts and could tempt some Barcelona players to Tyneside – Coutinho, Clement Lenglet etc – he is not perfect.

Emenalo is a better option, credited with some of Chelsea’s best-ever signings – Eden Hazard being one – and the rise of their academy.

But he struggled at Monaco and has been out of the game since 2019. Edwards is arguably the best in the Premier League.

He has a knowledge of Premier League football, and has sold players to Howe in the past. Edwards is the best of the trio.

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