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Newcastle co-owner Mehrdad Ghodoussi has denied a report that stated he was rejected by former Chelsea and Monaco sporting director Michael Emenalo.

The Magpies were reportedly seeking to hire Emanelo to a similar role at the Tyneside club.

The Telegraph stated that Newcastle could not match Emanelo’s ambitions, but Ghodoussi went onto Twitter to deny the claims.

He wrote: “Contrary to a newspaper report, Michael Emenalo was never offered the job of Sporting Director or Director of Football at Newcastle United. #NUFC #FactsMatter.”

Newcastle have still not appointed a director of football to assist new boss Eddie Howe, which may be concerning to fans as the January transfer window is right around the corner.

It was speculated that Emenalo turned down Newcastle because it was not a good fit for him and ‘The Magpies’ do not match his ambitions.

It had nothing to do with the team’s current position on the Premier League table.

The former Super Eagles defender was the top favourite for the Newcastle top job.

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The ex-Enugu Rangers central defender even traveled to Saudi Arabia for talks with Newcastle United top officials and after detailed negotiations with director Amanda Staveley, he declined the offer.

One of Roman Abramovich’s trusted lieutenants during his 10-year association with ‘The Blues’, Emenalo oversaw the signings of 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winners Kenneth Omeruo and Victor Moses.

The 56-year-old Emenalo has been out of work since leaving Monaco in 2019.


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