Barcelona chief terminates contract early following ‘contact’ with Newcastle United


Ramon Planes has left his role as Barcelona’s technical secretary after 15 months in charge – seven months ahead of schedule – amid Newcastle United rumours

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Barcelona have agreed to terminate their technical secretary’s contract amid rumours he’s in talks to join Newcastle.

Ramon Planes has left the Nou Camp ahead of schedule and reports suggest he could join the Toon’s fight against Premier League relegation.

The Spaniard was set to leave Barcelona in June but has cut short his 15-month spell at the Nou Camp.

“The club wishes to publicly express its gratitude to Ramon Planes for his commitment, professionalism and contributions throughout this last two years,” read a statement, “and wishes him the best of luck and every success in the future.”

Planes was also the La Liga club’s director of professional football between 2018 and 2020 and has more than twenty years of experience in football administration.

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Barcelona’s technical secretary Ramon Planes has left his position
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He’s previously worked for a host of Spanish clubs and Tottenham between 2014 and 2015. Planes was at Spurs when they signed Dele Alli from MK Dons.

Barcelona’s transfer activity during his time in charge was questionable, signing Spanish talent Pedri for a small fee but allowing Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez to leave the club.

Newcastle are currently 19th in the Premier League – five points from safety – and haven’t won any of their first 11 fixtures.

Eddie Howe’s side desperately need reinforcements in January and it’s crucial they hire the right person to lead their transfer activity.

A Saudi-backed consortium completely a takeover of Newcastle last month and they could have tens of millions of pounds to spend in the upcoming window.

According to Spanish outlet Marca, Newcastle have been in contact with Planes about becoming their new technical secretary.





The Premier League side have also been linked with Liverpool’s sporting director Michael Edwards, although he’s not planning on leaving Anfield until the end of the season.

Newcastle don’t currently have a technical secretary or someone working within a similar role but it’s likely they will make an appointment in the near future.

Howe was hired as a head coach and not a manager earlier this month, meaning someone else will lead the club’s transfer strategy.

“We are preparing for the January transfer window,” Newcastle chief Amanda Staveley recently told the club’s website.

“It’s not a window we would ordinarily want to invest in because you probably don’t get the right deals, but that’s something that is important at the moment.

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“It would have been an easy decision for us not to buy the club – just to wait until post-Christmas and post the January window and see where the club was in the league – and then make the acquisition.

“That would have been the safe investment bet, but we didn’t do that. We decided, if we didn’t do it now, it wasn’t going to happen and we had to take that risk.

“We took that risk because the club was sitting in 19th position at the time and Eddie took the job knowing there was that risk.”


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