Former Rangers head of recruitment Frank McParland is being lined up by Newcastle United following the completion of the Saudi Arabia-led takeover of the club, according to inews.
McParland spent time in a key role at Ibrox during the Mark Warburton era between 2015 and 2017 before leaving on bad terms.
His footballing CV features two stints at Liverpool, firstly as chief scout and then as academy director, while he’s also held important positions at Bolton, Watford, Brentford, Burnley and Nottingham Forest.
He’s been linked with a job at Newcastle for some time and now that the takeover has finally been completed, it’s asserted that Amanda Staveley, who will be in charge of the day-to-day running of the club, wants him to be involved.
It’s unclear at this stage if the proposed role is short-term or if he will be appointed as director of football.
Ex-Rangers figure linked with Newcastle role after takeover
McParland held an important position at Ibrox for over 18 months but initial reactions to this report on social media show that he isn’t highly regarded by Rangers fans.
His last major position with a club was at Forest in 2017 and although he’s clearly an experienced operator by now, this would be an extremely high-profile role to land given the funds Newcastle now have to play with.
Most Bears won’t mind too much where McParland ends up, but if Steven Gerrard’s head really is turned by the developments at St James’ Park, that would be a different story.