There was news in the national papers last week that Mike Ashley was so put off by Joe Kinnear’s woeful performance as the Newcastle Director of Football, that he would not be appointing another one at Newcastle.
Lee Charnley on the right here with Ashley and Kinnear
Joe was a disaster in the position and Dennis Wise wasn’t too much better either.
But with so much transfer business to be done this summer, and with the news that Newcastle want to bring in six or seven new players, there needs to be somebody out front who can negotiate the deals – such as the transfer fee and the wages of any new players, and that’s not what football managers do.
The Journal is reporting that a new executive will be appointed, and a man in the running for that new position is Lee Charnley, the current Club Secretary, who is only 36 years old.
Lee has been at the club for a while, and has been involved in a lot of the transfer work that goes on, and he already has worked well with Alan Pardew, and it could be that Lee is appointed as the new executive.
It could be a Director of Football, Chief Executive, Managing Director or Chairman – whatever title the owner chooses, but that position will include responsibilities for the transfer business at a financial level.
And Lee has essentially been operating in that position since early February since Joe was fired, so that’s an advantage for him.
He’s said to be a shy and very quiet man, and this is what a source told the Chronicle about him about three weeks ago:
“He never puts his head above the parapet and he doesn’t get involved in the politics.” “He’s very, very quiet and doesn’t get involved in arguments.”
“He’s been at the club for a long time and he joined when he was only a young lad.” “He likes to keep in the background and he doesn’t give interviews.”
Seems like the perfect man to us – Lee’s quiet but gets the job done – and doesn’t involve himself with politics.
Alan Pardew, or more accurately Lee Charnley, will get a transfer budget and new targets will need to have fees (and wages) that Newcastle can afford, and fit within that budgeted figure – that’s what budgets are in any business.
And given the turmoil that Joe’s appointment caused, a Lee Charnley appointment would reward a good job already done by the Club Secretary at Newcastle, and mean that the transfer team has already worked together over the last few years.
That would be good news.
What do you think?