Luis Campos – the man who made Monaco and Lille title winners in France – is one of many names being considered to become Newcastle’s new sporting director.
Only two teams other than Paris Saint-Germain have won the French league title in the past nine years – and what they have in common is Campos.
The new owners of Newcastle have wealth beyond the dreams of most other clubs, but they have made it clear that they want to run their new business in a sustainable manner.
And that’s another reason Campos does the trick.
While taking Monaco and Lille to the top in France, Campos also made huge profits on player sales – over £ 500million in just four years.
Kylian Mbappe, Fabinho, Thomas Lemar, Bernardo Silva and Anthony Martial were all discovered for next to nothing and sold for a lot of money.
Raising trophies while earning hundreds of millions from players has become a habit for Campos who has been dubbed “The Capital Gains Magician”.
After working with his close friend José Mourinho at Real Madrid, Campos became the sporting director of Monaco in 2013 and in four years built the team that brought back the title of champion of the Principality for the first time in 17 years.
Then, in Lille, Campos developed and then sold a number of players including Nicolas Pepe and Gabriel to Arsenal for a profit of almost £ 90million.
Even after their departures, Lille won the title last season for the first time in a decade and denied Mauricio Pochettino a first league crown after joining PSG.
Campos would view Newcastle as a very similar project – a team with past glories that have waited too long to lift silver again, a club with great potential and a loyal and passionate fan base.
Consortium leader Amanda Staveley has made it clear that she wants the club to fight for the Premier League title over the next five years and, while Steve Bruce’s future is a priority, the search for a sports director is also in progress.
Campos is now a free agent after leaving Lille last year and his departure seems to have hit Les Dogues hard because they are currently eighth in Ligue 1, already 10 points behind PSG boosted by Lionel Messi.
He has previously been linked with Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United, and said Sky Sports News in May: “I consider myself privileged to be on the shortlist of clubs of this profile, and I obviously feel proud and honored. As a competitor, I would obviously like to take up the challenge. I’m ready.
And now Newcastle fans might well consider this “wizard” to be the right man to sprinkle some of his magical dust on St. James’ Park, where the good times have been long gone.
Bruce’s sacking reportedly cost around £ 8million
Sky Sports News reporter Keith downie on Steve Bruce’s uncertain future at Newcastle …
Steve Bruce will also want this issue resolved quickly, that can’t help with all of this speculation hanging over his head.
The new consortium put together a strategy, this week was planned – they wanted to talk to Steve Bruce and his team backstage as well as the players on Monday on the training ground.
I heard that the discussions were quite informal and pleasant with Steve Bruce and the players. They also said up front that they didn’t want to make knee-jerk reactions or make quick decisions, that they wanted to think things through first. It would correspond to the fact that we are here six days after buying the club from Mike Ashley.
You have to remember Steve Bruce got a pretty high salary of almost £ 8million and I don’t think it was just handing him a check and asking him to walk away. There are contractual issues that need to be addressed and addressed.
The consortium has said it wants to do things right, gradually, and make sure they make the right decisions. Above all, the consortium – those with whom I have spoken here on the pitch – are very respectful of those who are already there here at the club. They want to make sure they’re making the right decisions and that they don’t make quick or rash decisions that they later deem wrong, which is why Steve Bruce is still here Wednesday morning.
You must feel for Steve Bruce in all of this – the uncertainty and speculation over his head won’t help his state of mind. I guess he just needs to see it as usual, he coached the players on Monday, Tuesday and today alongside his staff and Graeme Jones. If the club decide to move Steve Bruce, and I expect it to be before Sunday, I think it will be Graeme Jones who takes over for this game on Sunday because they have no one lined up to take over. .
This takeover happened very quickly last week, there was no plan in place to bring someone in, they had no one on standby like they did 18 months ago when he Seemed like the sale was close to being done above all the issues with the Premier League so they want to take their time on that.