Nick Hammond: Newcastle hire former Celtic and Reading director of football as transfer consultant on short-term deal | Football News

Newcastle have hired former Reading and Celtic sporting director Nick Hammond on a short-term contract as transfer consultant.

Hammond will oversee the January transfer window and has been tasked with bringing players to help Eddie Howe’s side in their battle to avoid relegation from the Premier League

Howe said last week that he was looking forward to working with whoever was appointed by the club.

Hammond’s arrival is the second to arrive at the club following the arrival of Mark Leyland from Liverpool in the newly created role of first team technical analyst.

Hammond was Celtic’s head of football operations

The 36-year-old, who worked with Howe during his time as Burnley manager, was “eager to take the next step in his career,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said ahead of Newcastle’s visit to Anfield on Thursday evening.

“Mark has been here longer than I have and has been an incredibly important member of our staff with his post-match analysis and the individual work he has done with the players,” said Klopp.

“He was a great guy, but he had a chance to get a more senior role at Newcastle that we couldn’t offer here. He was eager to take the next step in his career.”

Newcastle’s search for a sporting director continues.

Stunner Alexander-Arnold seals Liverpool win

A stunning goal from Trent Alexander-Arnold sealed Liverpool’s 3-1 victory over Newcastle at Anfield and brought the Reds back within one point of Premier League leaders Manchester City.

Jonjo Shelvey’s superb shot from distance (7) brought the Magpies into an initial shock upon his return to his former team, but Liverpool equalized under controversial circumstances.

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Eddie Howe says he can’t understand why Liverpool’s draw in Newcastle’s 3-1 defeat at Anfield was left standing.

Diogo Jota (21) turned at home the second time he asked, but Isaac Hayden was in the box, clutching his head after being caught defending a corner of Liverpool moments earlier. Newcastle’s protests were understandable, but the goal remained.

“It was clear to me that Isaac fell holding his head immediately,” Newcastle manager Eddie Howe said after the match.

“In my opinion, the game should have been stopped. It had a huge impact on the game. We had the advantage. It seems unfair to me and I feel it was doubly hard for our players.”

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