Newcastle co-owner denies offering Michael Emenalo technical director job

Several media outlets over the weekend
reported that the former Nigerian international had rejected an offer to be a director of the Premier League’s richest club

Mehrdad Ghodoussi, a co-owner at Newcastle, has denied a report that Michael Emenalo was offered a sporting director role at St James’ Park.

The former Super Eagles left-back had been tipped as the favourite to land the juicy role at the new mega-rich club after a successful seven-year spell in a similar role at Chelsea.

But many were caught by surprise when a few media publications quoting the Telegraph claimed that Emenalo had been offered the job, and he rejected the offer.

But co-owner Ghodoussi has taken to his Twitter account to rubbish the reports and made it clear that the club did not offer the former Monaco technical director the job.

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“Contrary to a newspaper report, Michael Emenalo was never offered the job of Sporting Director or Director of Football at Newcastle United,” the NUFC owner tweeted on Sunday.

Ghodoussi is a part-owner of PCP Capital Partners, which holds a minority stake in Newcastle and was part of the consortium – led by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund – that completed its £300m takeover of the club in October.

Emenalo has been without a job since leaving his position as Monaco’s technical director in 2019.

Before that, he enjoyed seven successful years at Chelsea, initially as an assistant manager before he was made the sporting director.

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During his time with the Blues, the club won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, the coveted UEFA Champions League, and the 2013 Europa League.