Newcastle United is apparently looking for a new sports director after the £ 300m Saudi takeover last week and has identified Ralf Rangnick as a candidate.
According to telegraph, the coach of Lokomotiv Moscow, was also a target for Chelsea earlier this year. However, the Blues wanted him to be their manager.
The German has been successful at clubs like RB Leipzig and Red Bull Salzburg in the past and could prove to be an outstanding date for the Magpies.
Newcastle needs massive rebuilding and an experienced football director to run the operations.
Rangnick is widely regarded as one of the best in the business and it remains to be seen whether the Premier League can lure him to Tyneside.
Some of Ralf Rangnick’s new signings as Leipzig sports director:
-Kimmisch (€ 500k)
-Werner (€ 14 million)
-Upamecano (€ 10 million)
-Forsberg (€ 3.7 million)
-Keita (€ 1.5 million)
-Sabitzer (€ 2 million)
-Poulsen (€ 1.55 million)
-Klostermann (€ 1 million)
-Laimer (€ 7 million)
-Tyler Adams (€ 2.6 million)
– Maxi (@MaaxiAngelo) March 3, 2020
Meanwhile, Steve Bruce is likely to be sacked ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s weekend clash.
Apparently, the Newcastle manager will be paid around £ 8m and assistant coach Graeme Jones is expected to lead the Premier League home game against Spurs on Sunday.
Antonio Conte and Graham Porter have been linked as potential successors for Bruce, and it will be interesting to see who they end up naming their new manager.
The new owners are extremely ambitious and plan to bring Newcastle back to the top of English football. To do this, they have to arrange the right dates and use high-quality players.
Someone like Rangnick could make a huge difference with their expertise and experience at the top. He could help identify top talent and guide the club hierarchy in finding a new manager once Bruce is released from his duties.
Rangnick could be hired by Newcastle to help with recruiting – he now has his own agency and can work for a number of clubs – but any prospect of his moving to Newcastle as the next full-time sporting director or DoF strikes me as something unrealistic.
– Stefan Bienkowski (@SBienkowski) October 11, 2021