Who will lead the ‘new look’ Magpies after Newcastle United directors’ sudden departure

Who will lead the ‘new look’ Magpies after Newcastle United directors’ sudden departure

Newcastle United CEO Darren Eales is effectively the top figure at St James’ Park following the departure of Amanda Staveley.

The former Atlanta United boss is responsible for the day-to-day running of the football club, which was first taken over by Ripon financier Staveley and her husband Mehrdad Ghodoussi in 2021.

After being informed by the Public Investment Fund about a reshuffle. This means that its 6% stake in the club will be taken over by the Saudi Arabia-based PIF.

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Eales assumes the role of day-to-day “chairman” in many respects, but Chronicle Live understands the PIF has influence with a UK-based contact at the St James’ Park building. Authorisation from the top in Riyadh is required for all major decisions.

But Eales will now have to fit in with CCO Peter Silverstone, sporting director Paul Mitchell, CFO Simon Capper and COO Brad Miller. Eales has been the friendly face in boardrooms around the country on Premier League off-days and has travelled with the team around the world on promotional tours.

Now the Chelmsford-born 51-year-old will have a clearer run at the club’s top spot at St James’ Park. The club’s chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan said last year: “I think we should have an ambition and aspiration to be number one.”

After failing to qualify for the Champions League last season, a shake-up of some kind was always expected on Tyneside. And a boardroom shake-up plus the appointment of Mitchell appears to have been seen as the answer following a drop from fourth to seventh in the 2023/24 campaign.

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