By Kieran Maguire

25th Oct, 2021 | 9:30am

Kieran Maguire issues 'huge' Newcastle claim as Staveley snubbed by Saudi owners

There will be no room for “sentiment” as Newcastle United hunt for a new chief executive.

That is the view of finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the new owners’ plans to overhaul the boardroom.

The Daily Mail reported on 16 October that Amanda Staveley is set to be overlooked by the new owners in their hunt for the top job.

Staveley was instrumental in engineering the £305million Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund-backed takeover in early October.

She is also understood to be exerting her influence on football matters at St James’ Park after being named as an interim director.

As reported by The Mirror on 22 October, Staveley has all but guaranteed the managerial appointment of Paulo Fonseca.

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Maguire emphasised the importance of a top chief exec for new-money Newcastle and argued that Staveley should not be discounted.

He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “I think Newcastle United need a CEO who is experienced in the industry.

“They will be dealing with a rapidly changing environment and so it’s crucial that whoever is appointed is able to adapt.

“If Amanda Staveley has that skill set, she should get the job. I’m a huge believer in meritocracy, but it comes down to new owners.

“Ultimately that decision will be made by the majority shareholders. I don’t think they will be led by sentiment in any way, shape or form.

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