By Noel Whelan

12th Oct, 2021 | 12:30pm

Newcastle tipped to appoint senior man with great 'contacts' amid Wilcox update - pundit

Noel Whelan has backed Newcastle United to poach Jason Wilcox from Manchester City as a “priority” hire following the takeover.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker suggested the 50-year-old has the experience and contacts to step up from City’s academy setup to a senior role at St James’ Park.

As reported by The Telegraph (7th October), the City academy director is among the candidates for the sporting director position on Tyneside.

As revealed by Football Insider (8th October), Newcastle are plotting an overhaul of their recruitment setup following the successful takeover.

Wilcox was appointed the academy director at City back in 2017.

Whelan suggested he would provide the contacts and experience necessary to help Newcastle grow under their new owners.

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Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Right now, we can all sit there and say: ‘That’d be a great appointment.’

“You’ve got to be successful in the job that you do. Jason was a great player, a great player for Leeds. He’s been at Man City, a long, long time now and he has the contacts.

“He does have that experience that you expect to go from Man City’s academy to a first-team role. I don’t think that would be a bad appointment, absolutely not.

“Everyone’s got a bit of pressure on their shoulders to succeed when you come with a new consortium, a new club owner. You want to hit the ground running.

“It’s not going to be all smooth sailing. There are so many changes going to be happening at that club.

“There’s lots of behind the scenes that are going to take priority before things are put out there on the field.”

In other news, Newcastle United making contact with Steven Gerrard and two Premier League managers to replace Steve Bruce.