Former Arsenal backroom staff target Ralf Rangnick is reportedly being eyed by Newcastle United as a sporting director for the club.
According to the Telegraph, the former RB Leipzig manager is on the list of names the Toon are considering to take up the position in what could be the first significant move made by PIF since their takeover of Newcastle.
The Saudi Arabia-backed sovereign wealth fund completed the purchase of Newcastle last week. And in doing so, the Magpies are now one of, if not the, wealthiest clubs in all of football.
Indeed, it is all go around Newcastle. The Telegraph also report that Steve Bruce will likely depart the northeast side before the Toon’s game against Tottenham next weekend.
And Rangnick could be the first key arrival Newcastle make under their new owners. The German football official is currently head of football operations at Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow.
However, the lure of the Premier League and the potential to work with an essentially endless pit of money at Newcastle could be appealing to Rangnick. Yet for Arsenal fans, they are fuming about the news.
Arsenal fans can’t believe Rangnick could join Newcastle
The German sporting director was linked with joining Arsenal in the summer as a potential replacement for Edu Gaspar. However, it now appears that Rangnick will join Newcastle if a deal can be agreed upon.
Her’s what some Arsenal fans had to say on Twitter about Newcastle plotting a move for Rangnick…
Im scared about Newcastle bro 😭 what if they overtake us— Lukman Ali (@lukmanali1221) October 10, 2021
😭— Onyeøma™🎌 (@onyeoma_kelvin) October 10, 2021
Gonna be this every summer pic.twitter.com/JITpXWmefA— Seb (@AfcSeb1) October 10, 2021
I’m pretty sure we felt the same way about Raul becoming sporting director but we all know what that brought us— Yash (@Yashman67) October 10, 2021
Newcastle will win the PL before Arsenal— James (@qukety) October 10, 2021
if you spend £1B with a poor and incompetent management, you can't achieve much.
Newcastle's new owners appear to be laying a solid infrastructure before injecting any money.
Vinai, Edu and Arteta – an inexperienced trio
The scariest thing is we going to fall behide Newcastle now too 😭😭😭— Ricky Marvin (@ricky_marv26) October 10, 2021