Newcastle looking to poach Man City academy director Jason Wilcox after Saudi takeover with Lee Charnley set for axe

NEWCASTLE hope to poach Manchester City’s academy director Jason Wilcox after their Saudi takeover is complete, according to reports.

Managing director Lee Charnley is also expected to be one of the first casualties of the new regime.

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Newcastle hope to appoint Man City academy director Jason Wilcox to a similar role after their takeover is complete[/caption]

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The Magpies’ managing director Lee Charnley is also expected to be relived of his duties once the Saudis take charge[/caption]

Wilcox, 50, enjoyed a successful playing career – winning the Premier League with Blackburn Rovers as well as spells at Leeds and Leicester.

He also won three England caps under Terry Venables.

The Englishman was made City’s academy director in 2017.

And he has become a vital part of their youth development programme since.

But the Etihad outfit face losing him, according to the Telegraph, which would come as a huge blow.

In another move that will please the majority of Toon fans who have long been unhappy with Mike Ashley’s regime, Charnley looks to be one of the first ‘Ashley men’ to go.

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That is according to Newcastle writer Liam Kennedy.

Saudi billionaire Mohammed bin Salman is moving closer to a £300million takeover of the famous north east club.

The Saudi government has lifted its ban on Qatari broadcaster beIN Sports, after they were locked in a brutal dispute.

Doha-based beIN had its feed across the Middle East hijacked, which was believed to have been holding up a deal.

And a deal could be completed as soon as Thursday, with Premier League permission, as Ashley looks to finally conclude a sale of the Toon.

Ashley, who bought the club for £135m in 2007, came close to selling it to Arab Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan in May 2019.

But the latest takeover plan is part of the Saudi billionaire’s bid to take his nation into the 21st century.

He sees the worlds of sports and entertainment as ways to lift his nation to become a global player.

The crown prince funded the Anthony Joshua rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr which took place in the kingdom.

Bin Salman, 36, has already set about improving the kingdom’s human rights record and giving women more liberty.

His Toon takeover would mirror Abu Dhabi’s 2008 acquisition of City.

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Since then Sheikh Mansour, 50, has spent over £1billion on players and improving the club.

In that time, City have won five Premier League titles, five League Cups and two FA Cups in the most successful period in their history.

It’s reported that Bin Salman is motivated by a desire to compete with Abu Dhabi royal family member Mansour.


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