|Date of birth||6 August 1972|
|Place of birth||Chelmsford, England|
|Newcastle United (Chief Executive Officer)|
|1995–1996||Hampton Roads Mariners|
|*Club domestic league appearances and goals|
Darren Eales (born 6 August 1972) is an English retired association football striker who played both collegiately and professionally in the United States. He was a 1995 first team All American and earned his Cambridge Blue in 1998. In July 2010, he was appointed director of football administration at Tottenham Hotspur.In 2014 he became Chief Executive Officer of Atlanta United in the MLS. He currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Premier League club Newcastle United.
Eales grew up in Cambridge, England. As he approached the end of his secondary education, he was faced with the decision of attending university or pursuing a football career. When approached by an American university scout offering him the opportunity to both play and attend university, he decided to move to the United States.
Eales attended Brown University, a member of the Ivy League, playing on the school's NCAA Division I soccer team from 1991 to 1994. In his final season, he was the Ivy League Player of the Year and a first team All American. He received a first class bachelor's degree in economics.
In 1995, Eales signed with the Hampton Roads Mariners of the USISL. He spent two seasons with the Mariners, scoring 24 goals in 19 games in 1995.In 1997, he played five games for the Hershey Wildcats.
Eales continued to play at the amateur level. In 2001, he joined the Newmarket Town Reserves in the Kershaw League.He later moved to the Lancashire County Football Association where he played for Millhead Reserves from 2004 to 2006 and Higher Poynton from 2006 to 2007.
In 1997, Eales returned to England, where he read law at Cambridge, and gained his Cambridge Blue in 1998. He became a member of the bar in 2000 and eventually joined 2 Temple Gardens.On 6 May 2006, he was hired as an in-house legal counsel by West Brom. and was subsequently made a Director and Company Secretary.
On 2 March 2010, Spurs announced that Eales was joining them as club secretary at the end of that season.On 1 July 2010, he officially joined the club as Director of Football Administration.
On 10 September 2014, Eales was named the president of the new Atlanta MLS expansion club, Atlanta United FC.
On 15 July 2022, Eales became the CEO of Newcastle United FC
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