Newcastle closing in on Michael Emanalo as director of football with Toon set to spend £50m after Eddie Howe appointment

EDDIE HOWE will form a dream team with former Chelsea bigwig Michael Emenalo after becoming Newcastle manager.

Toon confirmed Howe as Steve Bruce’s replacement on Monday and are closing in on Emenalo as their director of football.

The club’s Saudi-led owners will give the former Bournemouth boss a January transfer kitty of £50million, plus loan deals, to get the Magpies out of  relegation trouble.

Emenalo resigned as Chelsea technical director in November 2017 after ten years with the club.

He is believed to have  travelled to Saudi Arabia last week for talks and is now the first choice to work alongside Howe, who has signed a 2½-year deal.

The ex-Nigeria international was a key figure at Stamford Bridge in recruiting managers and players and had a  pivotal role in the  development of the club’s youth academy.

He joined Monaco after leaving Chelsea but has been out of work since leaving the French club  in August 2019.

Emenalo is said to have spoken glowingly about the prospect of working with Howe at St James’ Park.


And Newcastle’s new boss said: “It is a great honour to become head coach of a club with the stature and history of Newcastle.

“It is a very proud day for me and my family.

“This is a wonderful opportunity, but there is also a lot of work ahead of us.

“I am eager to get  onto the training ground to start working with  the players.

“I would like to thank the club’s owners for this opportunity and thank the club’s supporters for the incredible welcome they have already  given me.

“I am very excited to begin our journey together.”

Howe, 43, will take  training for the first time on Tuesday after arriving on Tyneside.

He will be joined by Jason Tindall, Simon Weatherstone and Stephen Purches, who  all worked with him  at Bournemouth.

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