The latest on Newcastle United’s director of football search amid ongoing Michael Emenalo speculation

Eddie Howe was asked about the director of football position ahead Newcastle United’s fixture with Norwich City.

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Newcastle United’s search to appoint a director of football into their new boardroom structure is ongoing.

The club’s new owners want an experienced, knowledgeable and well-connected candidate to work directly above head coach Eddie Howe.

Part-owner and director Amanda Staveley, who leads the day-to-day running, is doing her due diligence amid reports an appointment could be delayed until after January.

What has Eddie Howe said about a new DOF?

When asked if he’d like to see someone arrive before the New Year to help share the burden, Howe said: “I think to get the structure we want in place will be important for the long-term benefit of the club, for sure.

“It’s something I know that the club is looking at and when they believe they’ve identified the right people, that will happen.

“But, at this moment in time, I’m happy working in the way that we are, focusing on the team of players and focusing on the training pitch.

“I’m sure everything else, in time, will take care of itself.”

Who has been linked with the role?

Former Chelsea and Monaco technical director Michael Emenalo has been heavily-linked having held talks over the position.

The 56-year-old spent a trophy-laden six years at Stamford Bridge between 2011 and 2016, spotting the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Mo Salah, N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard.

Manchester City academy director Jason Wilcox had previously been considered for a role at St James’ Park.

Why is a new DOF so important?

The appointment of a director of football, sporting or technical director is crucial as United look to take great strides on and off the field.

Since the £305million takeover was completed in October, Staveley & Co have been reviewing the football operations side of the club.

In that time, former Liverpool, Rangers and Nottingham Forest director Frank McParland has been advising the new owners.

A director of football will have a defining say on decisions and bring insight and knowledge that, to some extent, is currently absent.

That would include input in the January transfer window but Newcastle, understandably, want to conduct a thorough process to ensure the person is appointed.