Newcastle United's imminent new owners 'line-up' ex-Leeds United ace as first major appointment

Newcastle United’s imminent new owners are reportedly eyeing Manchester City academy director Jason Wilcox for a new sporting director role.

Thursday, 7th October 2021, 11:01 am
Updated Thursday, 7th October 2021, 1:55 pm

Eighteen months on from first agreeing a £300million+ deal to buy the club, Amanda Staveley’s PCP Partners, the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia and the Reuben brothers are finally set to be handed the keys to St James’s Park.

It is the Gazette’s understanding the deal is set to be confirmed today, bringing an end to Mike Ashley’s miserable 14-year ownership.

As part of the new strategy, as per reports, Wilcox is being considered for a sporting director role. If successful, it could be the new owners’ first major appointment on Tyneside.

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Manchester City head of academy Jason Wilcox. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Wilcox is a former England international and played for the likes of Blackburn Rovers, Leeds United and Leicester City.

The 50-year-old has overseen Man City’s huge academy drive since 2017, which has seen the Premier League champions develop a whole host of talent.

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