Former Newcastle boss Steve McClaren says the club needs to hire a director of football as matter of priority.
Michael Emenalo is reportedly the leading candidate for the job, however the Magpies' search could extend beyond January, as they look to conduct a thorough process.
Speaking to talkSPORT, though, McClaren thinks that his former side must appoint someone in the near future in order to provide Howe with the adequate support in day-to-day decision making.
He said: “I think Newcastle made a good appointment in Eddie Howe.
“I think they next need to get a good sporting director because behind the scenes, that's a tough one.
“Creating a DNA at Newcastle is going to be very, very difficult and will take quite a while. Eddie can't do it on his own, he needs the support of football people."
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