Darren Eales was appointed as Newcastle United’s CEO in the summer of 2022.
Darren joined the Magpies after eight years in the US, having been President and Chief Executive Officer of MLS side Atlanta United since they were formed in 2014.
During his time with Atlanta, Darren built a franchise that secured the highest average attendance in MLS, producing the most valuable squad, with the largest profits – as well as winning multiple trophies, including the MLS Cup in 2018, the US Open Cup in 2019 and the Campeones Cup in 2019.
In 2006, he joined West Bromwich Albion, serving as Legal Director and Club Secretary, before leaving to become Director of Football Administration at Tottenham Hotspur in 2010.
Born in Chelmsford, Darren attended Ivy League establishment Brown University in the United States, graduating with a first-class degree in economics and being named the Ivy League Football Player of the Year in 1994 while playing in the US college system.
He subsequently read law at Cambridge University back in the UK before becoming a member of the bar in 2000 and practised at 2 Temple Gardens Chambers, where he remains a door tenant.
Eales has a stellar reputation and he has been named the MLS Executive of the Year on two occasions. He was also named World Football Summit Executive of the Year in 2019.