MICHAEL EMENALO has already outlined his January transfer plans to Newcastle’s new owners, according to reports.
The former Chelsea chief is among the leading candidates to secure the director of football job at the Toon.
Michael Emenalo worked at Chelsea in various roles between 2007 and 2017Credit: AFP or licensors
But Newcastle are holding off on appointing him just yet, as they conduct a ‘thorough process’.
According to The Athletic, the winless Magpies may wait until AFTER January to make an appointment… despite their precarious situation.
Emenalo, 56, is one of the favourites for the job and has held talks with Toon bosses.
He would be ready to start immediately, and has already outlined plans for the January window.
But as the Toon dawdle on finalising an appointment, they may leave their January business to people already in place at the club – despite their dire situation in the league.
As it stands business would be left to manager Eddie Howe, head of recruitment Steve Nickson and Amanda Staveley.
As well as Emenalo, ex-Arsenal wing wizard Marc Overmars has ben linked with the post.
But he is understood to no longer be in the running, having decided to stay at Ajax.
The decision-making process at Newcastle has been perceived to be confused, with power split between the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund, Staveley, and the Reuben brothers.
Long-serving managing director Lee Charnley left the club earlier this month.
Newcastle made just one signing last summer, with Joe Willock’s arrival from Arsenal their only incoming.
Howe’s men currently sit bottom of the table, having failed to win any of their opening 13 games.
The former Bournemouth boss returned to the dugout last weekend after a bout with Covid, but was powerless to prevent a 2-0 defeat to the Gunners.
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Eddie Howe was powerless to prevent a 2-0 defeat to ArsenalCredit: AP