June 20, 2024

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 26: Dougie Freedman of Nottingham Forest looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Queens Park Rangers on January 26, 2016 in Nottingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

It has been an interesting week off the pitch for Newcastle United. A deal to sign Lloyd Kelly from Bournemouth is close, while the same goes for Tosin Adarabioyo.

The Magpies are on course to land two Premier League calibre centre-backs on free transfers, which would represent a great start to the summer.

But the pursuit of a new sporting director is proving to be less seamless, while the noise surrounding Dan Ashworth continues to make a racket in the background.

Newcastle United were hoping to appoint Dougie Freedman

Newcastle United have been hoping to appoint a new sporting director very soon, with Dougie Freedman the frontrunner for the role.

The Crystal Palace chief, who has been described as as ‘absolute master‘ at signing players from the Football League, impressed Toon officials during his interview, and it looked like he was on course to replace Dan Ashworth at St James’ Park.

However, there appears to have been a change of plan.


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