Renowned football consultant and former Nottingham Forest director of football, Frank McParland, is set for a major role in the future of Newcastle United.
The Magpies were taken over last week and perhaps McParland has the biggest job of all in the aftermath of the £300 million deal.
McParland has also worked for Liverpool and Rangers in a number of different roles. His Linked In profile lists him as a football consultant, although he’s held several titles during his career.
The Independent claims he will be tasked with overseeing a new managerial appointment by Newcastle. Steve Bruce is set to be handed his p45 at St James’ Park ahead of next weekend’s game against Tottenham.
Newcastle are lining up McParland to utilise his vast experience. He has also held positions at Watford, Burnley and Brentford performing similar tasks.
Lucian Favre is the early frontrunner for the job. Antonio Conte, Steven Gerrard and Brendan Rodgers are all thought to be in the mix as well.
McParland came to Forest at the same time as Mark Warburton. He would spend a short time with the Reds, before leaving in February 2018.
Warburton’s time at the City Ground wasn’t overly successful. Likewise, McParland didn’t entirely cover himself in glory with some of the signings on his watch.
Former Forest figure could get important Newcastle gig
Being taken over is one thing but getting things right from the outset is still challenging to say the least.
With that in mind, McParland has got himself a thankless task but it’s bound to be a job he’ll throw himself into.
Whoever replaces Bruce will be charged with galvanizing a team that hasn’t yet won a game during 2021/22.
Newcastle sit second bottom of the Premier League and that certainly represents a cause for concern.
McParland will have to call on his years of experience to ensure this decision is spot on.
Newcastle fans will hope that McParland has more successes in picking a new manager than he did with overseeing the signing of Jason Cummings and Barrie McKay at Forest.