The Magpies want another football specialist who can help Howe identify and sign the players needed to avoid relegation and then build a team that can challenge for European places in the Premier League.
Newcastle have reportedly spoken with Michael Emenalo about the role, who was previously in such a role at Chelsea.
"I think to get the structure we want in place will be important for the long-term benefit of the club, for sure," said Howe, per the source.
"It's something I know that the club is looking at and when they believe they've identified the right people, that will happen.
"But, at this moment in time, I'm happy working in the way that we are, focusing on the team of players and focusing on the training pitch. I'm sure everything else, in time, will take care of itself."
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