Darren Eales has switched Atlanta United for Newcastle United to join as a chief executive officer as the Magpies continue to assemble their boardroom staff.
On the other hand, Newcastle convinced Dan Ashworth to leave Brighton and Hove Albion to become their sporting director in May, seven months after their controversial Saudi-backed takeover.
However, Ashworth will now join Eales, whom he worked with at West Brom between 2006 and 2010.
With the 49-year-old leaving MLS side Atlanta, where he was president and chief executive officer (CEO).
However, Eales heads to Tyneside with sizeable boardroom experience.
Meanwhile, He has been named the MLS Executive of the Year twice and the World Football Summit Executive of the Year in 2019.
Eales said, who also has administrative experience with Tottenham:
“Newcastle United is both a giant of a club and the heartbeat of its community.
“Every time I have visited St. James’ Park, the fans have had an overwhelming amount of passion.
“This is a club with a vibrant heritage.
“And I am happy to be joining for this new chapter in its long history.
“I am grateful for the opportunity and look forward to working with the rest of the team.
“And to help this storied club fulfil its potential.”
Meanwhile, Eales has a previous history with Newcastle, having sold Miguel Almiron to the Premier League side after the forward helped Atlanta become MLS Cup winners in 2018.
Newcastle’s investment group added:
“We are happy to announce Darren Eales as the club’s new CEO.
“He is an exceptional leader and is an excellent fit for Newcastle United.
“We have conducted an exhaustive recruitment process to ensure we identified and secured the right individual for the CEO position. We are confident we have found that person in Darren.
“However, He profoundly understands the football industry and what it takes to achieve growth and success.
“He will be a key member of the club’s leadership team as we look to deliver on the club’s potential on and off the pitch.”
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