Kevin Phillips insisted he is not in favour of Newcastle United appointing a director of football and suggested it could “cause real problems” at St. James’ Park.

The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed managers should have total power over transfers as he is the person that has to work with the players on a daily basis.

Football Insider understands that the Amanda Staveley-led consortium is prioritising the appointment of a top-class director of football as well as a “world-beater” manager.

L’Equipe have reported that Lille’s current director of football has already rejected an “astronomical” offer to take the role.

Phillips recalled his negative experiences with directors of football from his time as a coach at Derby County and Leicester City.

“I am not in favour of it but I understand that is the way the football is going,” he told Football Insider.

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“Having worked as a coach at Derby and Leicester, I have been in meetings with Directors of Football and when their opinions differ from the manager’s it can cause friction and confusion. It can cause problems.

“I understand why they are there but the manager should have the say on the players he wants at the football club because he is the one that has to coach them and play them in the game.

“If you get it wrong then you do not have any grumbles. If you get the sack you hold your hands up.

“However, when you have got someone trying to get a player over your head it can cause real problems. I am not a big fan.”

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce

Football Insider revealed on Monday, that the Premier League are close to ratifying the deal for the Saudi consortium to buy Newcastle.

Staveley not expected to enter the transfer market until a new manager and director of football are appointed.

In other Newcastle United news, Alan Hutton has tipped midfielder to leave if takeover is completed.