By Wayne Veysey

8th Oct, 2021 | 7:48pm

Sources: McParland in contention for Newcastle job as talks lined up

Former Liverpool academy director Frank McParland is in contention for a recruitment role at Newcastle United following their takeover, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

The new Saudi-led regime have started a total overhaul of the management and executive set-up after the Premier League approved the £300million takeover yesterday.

A Newcastle source has told Football Insider that the recruitment operation is in line for a huge shake-up as the club prepare for an unprecedented signing spree in the coming transfer windows.

That will see the creation of a number of new roles and one of those could mean the appointment of McParland.

The 62-year-old is set to be sounded out by intermediaries of the new regime.

McParland has an impressive CV that includes senior director and recruitment roles at multiple leading clubs.

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He was general manager at Bolton Wanderers, chief scout at Watford, director of football at Brentford, Burnley and Nottingham Forest as well as head of recruitment at Rangers.

McParland’s longest stint was at Liverpool, where he spent six years from 2007 to 2013, including the last four as academy director.

He is known as the the man who discovered Sterling and helped take him to Anfield aged 15 before putting him on the pathway to his current status as a global star at Man City.

McParland has a strong association with Mark Warburton, who he worked with at Rangers, Brentford and Nottingham Forest.

Intriguingly, he is also a long-time colleague of Rafael Benitez, who is a top target of the Newcastle United owners to replace Steve Bruce.

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