Newcastle hire former Celtic sporting director Nick Hammond

Newcastle United have hired former Celtic and Reading sporting director Nick Hammond as a temporary transfer consultant, 90min understands.

Hammond, who has also served as technical director for West Bromwich Albion, will give some much needed footballing experience to the club’s current hierarchy.


Director Amanda Staveley is the current figure head of footballing operations at the club along with her husband Mehrdad Ghodoussi – who owns PCP Capital partners, part of the consortium who bought the club from Mike Ashley earlier this year.

Fellow director Jamie Reuben is also taking an active role, but Hammond has been brought in for his expertise – especially on the transfer front – ahead of the January window.

54-year-old Hammond left his role with Scottish giants Celtic earlier this year, and had been linked with Newcastle before as a candidate for the sporting director role – a position that remains vacant.

Hammond’s current role is seen as temporary but should he impress sources close to the club believe he could stay on in the long-term.

The appointment of Hammond gives Newcastle the belief that they can get the handful of deals they are looking at over the line.

It is understood Newcastle are looking at players in all departments, and they anticipate at least four new faces coming in next month, but could make six signings if things go well.

90min revealed earlier this month that one of their primary targets to come in is Atletico Madrid and England full-back Kieran Trippier, but it would take a club-record contract to persuade him to join the relegation fight on Tyneside.

Jessie Lingard, Ross Barkley, Aaron Ramsey are some of the other names being linked with a move to St James’ Park.

Newcastle currently sit second from bottom in the Premier League table, three points off safety and with just one win to their name this season.

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