Plans for Newcastle to fight for the Premier League title are already being laid out after their Saudi Arabian-backed takeover, having reportedly made contact with a director of football
The Magpies were sold by Mike Ashley last Thursday for £305million to a consortium led by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF).
Following Ashley’s much-maligned 14-year reign which saw the north-east club keep the purse strings tight, Newcastle are not only set to splash the cash in the transfer market, but rebuild the structure of the footballing department – including appointing a director of football.
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Henrique, who hails from Portugal, is said to have been in contact with representatives of the consortium as they put forward ‘their desire to build a team in Newcastle capable of rivalling for the Premier League title in the years to come.’
The 53-year-old left PSG after two years at the Parc des Princes in 2019 but made his name as a director of football at Porto.
There he brought in the likes of Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez and Alex Sandro before selling them on for huge profits.
Henrique is also credited with luring superstar Kylian Mbappe to Paris, along with multiple young talents in his homeland.
His first task could be finding the Magpies a new manager, with Steve Bruce set to be relieved of his duties at his boyhood club this week.
Steven Gerrard has been linked with taking the role but names such as fellow English footballing legend Frank Lampard ex-Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre are also believed to be in the reckoning.
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The Toon Army have been promised that PIF will be making a “long-term investment” in the club by new part-owner Amanda Staveley, chief executive of PCP Capital Partners, who were among the business involved in the consortium.
“We are excited about the future prospects for Newcastle United,” Staveley said in a statement.
“We intend to instil a united philosophy across the Club, establish a clear purpose, and help provide leadership that will allow Newcastle United to go on to big achievements over the long term.”
The 48-year-old went on to explain: “Our ambition is aligned with the fans – to create a consistently successful team that’s regularly competing for major trophies and generates pride across the globe.”
Staveley added, while speaking to fans waiting outside of her hotel in Jesmond: “It has taken us four years to get here today. I know everyone has got a lot of questions about managers and players and things.
“Right now we just want to get in and do a review of the business and we are going to let you all know the plans,” she stated.
“We’re here to invest. We are patient. PIF is an autonomous commercially driven investment fund and we are genuinely here to try and make sure that we try and become the best custodians of the club we can be. You are the greatest fans in the world.”