Newcastle hire specialist recruitment firm to find new director of football with club set to appoint short-term transfer advisor ahead of crucial January window

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  • Newcastle will appoint a short-term football recruitment consultant in the interim
  • The recruiting firm is looking for a director of football while that person is to be in place.
  • Eddie Howe submits a list of names he would like to sign in January

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Newcastle United have hired an outside recruitment firm to help them find a director of football.

London-based sports specialist Nolan Partners is leading the process, which could take at least two months and is seen as an integral part of the Saudi-owned club’s future direction.

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In the meantime, sportsmail Amanda understands Staveley and the board will appoint a short-term football recruitment consultant.

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Amanda Staveley and the Newcastle Board to appoint a recruitment consultant for Jan

The role will not have the same importance as a director of football position and is seen as a temporary measure to aid in the January transfer deal.

Steve Nixon, the current head of recruitment, is coordinating that search and last week had a meeting to discuss the names.

sportsmail Understands head coach Eddie Howe has presented targets that include his former Bournemouth defender Lloyd Kelly, whom he signed from Bristol City in 2019 for £13million. The 23-year-old has also attracted interest from Liverpool.

Borussia Mönchengladbach and Germany centre-back Mathias Ginter – out of contract for the summer – have been mentioned, while Spurs’ Joe Rodan is another defensive option.

It is believed that a move for Sven Boutmann of Lille, while ambitious, would be difficult given the potential competition. Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneni has also been discussed.

Eddie Howe has submitted several transfer targets he wants Newcastle to sign for him

Eddie Howe has submitted several transfer targets he wants Newcastle to sign for him

No decision has been taken on short term appointment but discussions are on

No decision has been taken on short term appointment but discussions are on

sportsmail Given the caution of players and their middlemen amid the threat of relegation, there were reports last month of how Newcastle’s transfer plans were being affected by their league status.

Stavley added his partnership and the hiring of Nolan Partners – who have worked with the FA and the Premier League – will lighten his load, though the co-owner will still lead the search for a new chief executive.

Former Chelsea technical director Michael Amenello was in talks about an advisory role, but now the focus has turned elsewhere for a short-term appointment.

Nick Hammond, the former head of football operations at Celtic, has also been spoken to, while former Swansea recruiting chief Andy Scott has been mentioned by others, although sources said Tuesday night that no decision has been made and the process is ongoing.

The former Liverpool Academy boss, Frank McParland, has previously been used as a sounding board by some of those associated with the consortium.

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