Darren Bent admits he has some reservations about the prospective Newcastle United owners looking to appoint a director of football at St James’ Park.
The former Tottenham and England hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists he has “always hated” the notion of a senior figure buying players over the manager’s head.
As revealed by Football Insider this week, PCP Capital Partners have informed intermediaries they are willing to invest heavily in appointing a proven sporting director at St James’ Park.
While Bent believes the director of football model has its benefits, he insists the manager has to have the final say when it comes to recruitment.
Bent told Football Insider: “I always think there should be a link between the manager and the chairman but what I don’t like, and I’ve always hated it, I don’t like directors of football buying the players and giving them to the manager and saying: ‘Work with this.’
“I don’t like that – I like the manager to identify the player that he wants, tell whoever it is he’s got to tell: ‘This is who I want,’ and then they go and make it happen.
“I don’t like this guy signing these players and the manager having to make it work, I’ve never liked that idea.”
As revealed by Football Insider on Monday, the Premier League are on the brink of giving the Saudi-backed takeover bid the green light.
The decision is set to bring Mike Ashley’s controversial 13-year reign at the club to an end.
In other Newcastle United news, the Magpies have been tipped to be without a star player for the rest of the season.