New York (AFP)
Darren Ailes, president of Atlanta United football club, will become CEO of Newcastle United, which is owned by a consortium led by the Saudi Public Investment Fund, the two clubs announced.
The American club had brought in Ailes, 49, in 2014 and he will stay with him until August 8, before starting his new mission with Newcastle in the English Football League on August 22.
Newcastle finished eleventh in the English Premier League last season.
In a statement, Ailes said: “Newcastle is a huge club and the beating heart of its community. Every time I visit St James’ Park, I am struck by the passion of the fans.”
Ailes also previously served as chief executive of Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich alongside Newcastle manager Dan Ashworth between 2006 and 2010, and has witnessed the launch of Atalanta since 2017.