Newcastle have announced vice-president Tony Jimenez has left the club.
Jimenez was appointed vice-president (player recruitment) by owner Mike Ashley when he installed his off-the-field team under executive director (football) Dennis Wise.
Jimenez's influence was reported to be one of the reasons why Kevin Keegan decided to quit the Magpies in September.
With Ashley actively looking to sell the club, Jimenez has decided to move on to "pursue other interests".
A club statement read: "Newcastle United can today confirm that Tony Jimenez has left the club.
"Tony, who was appointed vice-president (player recruitment) in January, has made the decision in order to pursue other interests.
"Newcastle United thanks Tony for all of his hard work and efforts and wishes him every success in the future."