Newcastle Close To Appointing Top Executive


It was interesting that Mike Ashley was at the game on Saturday at Southampton accompanied by Newcastle Secretary Lee Charnley – who could very soon become Newcastle’s top executive at the club, and be responsible for handling the transfers into and out of the club.

alan pardew meets Mike ashley soton before game

Lee Charnley, Pardew and Ashley – all smiles – but before the disaster

Lee has already been involved with a lot of the real work that goes on with the Newcastle transfers over the last several seasons, and it would be a smooth move for Newcastle to make the 36 year-old Newcastle’s top executive, and he would have earned it too.

It would probably work if the club announces soon what the new position will be for Lee Charnley, and then the transfer team would be in place for the summer transfer window, which has to be a good one for the Magpies.

Alan Pardew has his players back in training today – and that’s good – since the very last thing they deserve is a day off – but the rumors that the players will get 10 lashes each (apart from Rob Elliot), are simply not true.

This is what Alan has said in the local papers today,  about what needs to be done this week and in the summer:

“We need a week of work on the training ground.” “And we need to try to find a formula that is going to work for us.”  “We are under no illusions about next season.” “

Nothing that happened on Saturday will change our thinking.”

Hopefully we will have Loic Remy back in the side against Manchester United, but of course he will be a little bit rusty.

But it will still be a boon for the side to have the top French striker back – and hey – we may even be able to score a goal – that would be something.

We need to beat the Red Devils on Saturday to make up for last Saturday’s debacle.

What do you think?

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142 comments so far

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Mar 31, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #1

    There are obviously just certain personalities who are negative and whinge about their football team. The kind who hired a plane to fly an anti-Moyes banner, the kind that booed Ronaldo and the kind who are slagging of our club.

    Those people are frankly just miserable gits and that is why I would like to have the option to block them.

    They whinged about Southampton spending a lot more money than us last summer, and yes they’ve done well but we see the new director saying their financial situation is “difficult”…they made a £7M loss, they owe £27M in transfer fees and they have to pay £30M for their new training ground. That has worked out well for them as it happens, but we’ve seen clubs do that before, struggle, get relegated and then be consigned to the wilderness for years while they rebuild everything.

    We got thrashed by Saints but we’re still toe to toe with them for 8th place, we were missing out top scorer and they stupidly let our playmaker go in January without replacing him.

    I would say that we’re having a decent season. Probably the only teams to be having an excellent season are Saints and Liverpool while Man Utd, Spurs, Fulham, Sunderland and Swansea could be said to be having very poor seasons. Every other team is pretty much where you expected them to be, including us.

    So why the negativity? Is overachieving the only way to make some people happy?

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  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 31, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #2

    Aha – TDS – you posted the other day that JFK was fired because he did not do his job. I asked for you to provide details of where that was officially reported. To date you have not provided that information. So can you please tell me where I can find the “official version” outlining the details of JFK’s termination of employment.

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  • kevymartins

    Mar 31, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #3

    People need to realize our season is over we win lose or draw it’s most likely that were going nowhere in the table neither up or down. So lets just look forward to next season see what players we get in. Stop fussing over Southampton or whatever because it doesn’t matter. We will be back stronger next season. A big plus is the world cup is on this year. We signed Tiote based of the world cup so I wonder who we can get in this year.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Mar 31, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #4

    Mister Tuff

    Hello there. No, I don’t think I posted that as a fact. I don’t know it for a fact any more than anyone else (other than him, MA and a few others) knows why he was sacked.

    However if it wasn’t for people looking for conspiracy theories then the obvious reason would be that he was sacked for not doing his job properly.

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  • cyprus

    Mar 31, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #5

    Please,
    Not one more year of this embarrassment. We are miles away from the teams above us and Chris got fired for way less. I for one accepted that our 5th place finish bought him some time. But enough is enough. Forget results for a minute: Our football has not improved. The players look like they just met. Our set plays are just funny. We don’t have a system, just depend on a moment of class to get us a result. I really have no idea what they do on the training ground, but whatever it is, it ain’t working. Pardew must go. Now.

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  • WWSBRD

    Mar 31, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #6

    TDS
    Negativity could be down to a number of things, not signing a player in over a year, that had we not loaned a player from a championship club we’d probably be relegated by now, our players wishing they played else where, our strategy of selling players and ignoring the replacing them side of things, our season being over as soon as we were mathematically safe, getting turned over regularly, playing depressing football, being forced BS club propaganda at every turn, having a MIA chairman, a manager who embarrasses the club regularly and having no ambition what so ever

    But hey I could be wrong maybe it’s just in the water?

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  • south coast toon

    Mar 31, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #7

    he probably did get the sack for that or simular
    but why havent the whole team been sacked and manager because that wasnt what i call doing your job properly on saturday lol

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  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 31, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #8

    TDS – thank you – as long as we all accept that we do not know the exact/official reason for his dismissal. We may like to believe JFK was sacked because he did not fulfill his role but for all we know – the parting of the waves so to speak could have been for something completely different -such as his health for example.

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  • cyprus

    Mar 31, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #9

    “We need a week of work on the training ground.” “And we need to try to find a formula that is going to work for us.”

    Still perplexed mate AP? Every week, same statement it’s like groundhog day only without the improvement.

    That formula is lost man.

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  • oldbobaycliffe

    Mar 31, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #10

    stoke are only 6 ponts behind us and playing well so we could end up 10th

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Mar 31, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #11

    WWSBRD

    Except most of what you said isn’t true…

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  • gonufc (Release the Hatem Bomb)

    Mar 31, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #12

    So a bloke who is already involved is becoming even more involved…

    Wow, the revolution has begun…..

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  • WWSBRD

    Mar 31, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #13

    TDS
    What’s not true?

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  • Ben3arfa

    Mar 31, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #14

    what a stupid last name – Charneley

    must be an ashley bum boy

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  • AaranD

    Mar 31, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #15

    8th – 10th in the league is where we are at, financially wise. However, to me personally achieving that shouldn’t be good enough but then what can we expect from Newcastle these days? We have had abysmal cup runs over the past few years, nearly finished in 4th, qualified for Europe, did well in Europe, nearly got relegated again and now back at mid table. We’ve lost many derby games convincingly but also beaten some of the top teams in exciting games. All in that time we have sold some of our better performing players, for whatever reasons they were still sold, and not replaced them.
    It just seems that constant uncertainty revolves around the club at every level. A Premier League football team should be able to go out each week on to the pitch and know the way they are going to play. Newcastle don’t, Pardew focuses so much on eliminating opposing teams that his team don’t have anything about them. Yes it can work and you can get the odd result but when it doesn’t work it just looks embarrassing and we have seen this many times over his tenure.

    This coming summer is vitally important for the club, a lot of improvements are already needed even before other players leave.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 31, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #16

    oldbob – Stoke have, it would seem to me an easier run in to the end of the season. I originally thought they would not be able to catch us -but now it’s a distinct possibility. Their remaining fixtures are :-
    Chelsea
    Newcastle
    Cardiff City
    Tottenham
    Fulham
    West Brom

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  • Having a decent season? I’d say we’ve had a good half a season, and a beyond poor second half of the season which has utterly wiped out the good first half.
    Regardless of factors we have utterly crumbled and there is a blatant aura of discontent looming over the players.
    All in all I’d say we’ve had a below par season on average. We could absolutely finish below 10th judging on our current form. It’s not been a disaster season, but considering we had no European football and were bang out of the cups straight away it’s been a thoroughly disappointing one.
    My biggest concern is that without absolutely everyone fit, our performances are woeful. Even when we do have everyone fit we often struggle and rely on some individual skill to nick us a win. We have the odd great performance of course, but who doesn’t?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 31, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #18

    A possible 4 points for the remainder of the season would give us 50. It doesn’t sound that bad but some of our matches have been absolutely shocking. Some of the worst football I can ever remember watching us play. Forget the smiles and handshakes Alan and Mike and get to work.

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  • gonufc (Release the Hatem Bomb)

    Mar 31, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #19

    I used to be fairly reserved about Pardew, he hadn’t had a great deal (or anything lately) to spend but going through it earlier I can’t think of a single thing that he has genuinely improved in all his time here.

    Style of play is still as abject as it’s often been under him which is just unbelievably poor for a ‘coach’.

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  • GEORDIE69

    Mar 31, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #20

    Lads, if you want to make some decent money, follow oasisracing on twitter! Top tipster.

    Howay the Hammers!

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 31, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #21

    GT…think I my timing for quiting was top notch 😉 lol

    …it only got worse didn’t it?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 31, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #22

    Some of the worst football ever played in the Prem was what we produced against Southampton. Did you enjoy it Mike? That’s what you’ve built in 7 years. And several other games this season were just as bad by the way so it’s not a one off.

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  • Average_Contents

    Mar 31, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #23

    We need to find a formula that is going to work for us! Really? Really? After 3 year’s worth of trying! The guy is a complete and utter waste of skin because even with the players before they were sold out from underneath him he still didn’t have a clear style of play! Never has and never will the Fcuking dinosaur! Just ask west ham, Charlton and saints fans he has always set up to play containing football with the gameplan to nick a goal on the break, the only problem with this is:

    1) we don’t have the defence to play like this even though puppet is a defensive minded manager (says a lot for his coaching skills)

    2) he doesn’t like to play attacking flair player’s purely for the above reason

    3) tactically inept with no plan B apart from hoofball if we can’t nick “that” goal

    4) the worst substitutions in the history of the premier league

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 31, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #24

    GT…I think Pardew is starting to reap the fruit of his three year hard labor 😉

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 31, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #25

    Beautiful!

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Mar 31, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #26

    Mister Tuff

    Could well have been I suppose. But he still didn’t do his job properly…

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 31, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #27

    Aye jesper mate. I still watch as often as I can but it has been very, very disheartening. 🙁

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 31, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #28

    But is that good for your blood pressure you think?

    …stress can cause a cerebral hemorrhage you know 😉

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 31, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #29

    How were you to know when you’ve gone astray?
    That happiness would go like a lost emotion
    You have always gone your way
    Are you happy today?

    Hope both Mike Smallberries and Alan Parsnip are happy cause I sure am not 🙁

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Mar 31, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #30

    Not signing a player in over a year – excluding loan players and you players…

    Had we not loaned a player from a championship club we’d probably be relegated by now – Hardly! And I’m sure we’d have got someone else instead as we clearly needed it.

    Our players wishing they played else where – No evidence of that, in fact quite the contrary

    Our strategy of selling players and ignoring the replacing them side of things – We have only chosen to sell Carroll and Cabaye of any significance since we were back in the PL, hardly a strategy. And unfair to say “ignored”. A fair criticism would be to say our club have been late to replace key players. Carroll was an anomaly but they should have known it was coming with Cabaye.

    Our season being over as soon as we were mathematically safe – this isn’t an MA policy! There are often clubs in mid-table who don’t seem to fight as hard in the latter stages as those at either end. Blame that on the players if anyone…but it’s just human nature.

    Getting turned over regularly – what does this mean? We’re still firmly in the top 10.

    Playing depressing football – it’s not great I admit but we haven’t got the players. And we’ve been spoiled on some fantastic attacking teams that we’ve had in the past. There are several PL clubs playing worse football.

    Being forced BS club propaganda at every turn – like every club and every business they put spin on things but that’s all.

    Having a MIA chairman – Missing In Action? Not the only club…but yeah I’d like to see him out in front more, but he’s not that kind of man.

    A manager who embarrasses the club regularly – Occasionally

    Having no ambition what so ever – that’s rubbish. The problem is that MA’s idea of ambition doesn’t exactly match with the fans. Like every club in the PL, league comes before cup and the Europa League is a drain.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 31, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #31

    That post at 30 has to be the biggest load of absolute boll0x ever written by any NUFC fan on any NUFC related web site……..ever

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  • Average_Contents

    Mar 31, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #32

    Tds

    Wow! Just wow! Your either the love child of fatty and pardspew or a automated “bot” that has been created solely for the purpose of trying to justify the clear lack of ambition and to promote fatty!

    But alas, not all NUFC fans are blind and deaf to the shenanigans at the club so go spew the spreadsheets to other like minded “bots”

    Yours faithfully,

    Eyes wide open.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 31, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #33

    As for being firmly in the top 10, it wasn’t that long ago we were a couple of points off Europe with a 10 point march on Southampton
    Funny, they don’t seem to think there season is over

    As for this
    “Playing depressing football – it’s not great I admit but we haven’t got the players. And we’ve been spoiled on some fantastic attacking teams that we’ve had in the past. There are several PL clubs playing worse football.”
    You f**king what!?!?! You’ve said all season “were only a couple of players off of top6” now we suddenly don’t have the players!!!!!!
    And no, nobody is playing worse football than us in the f**king league

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  • WWSBRD

    Mar 31, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #34

    TDS
    Haha I wish I saw things like u bud. Must be a damn sight easier for u to watch NUFC currently for me it’s painful

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  • AndyNUFC

    Mar 31, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #35

    My irony radar has broken reading the comments at 31 & 32 in regards to the names.

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  • WWSBRD

    Mar 31, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #36

    Seems am not alone in believing these false truths then

    Viva la resistance

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 31, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #37

    WWSBRD
    Beyond painful tbh

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Mar 31, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #38

    For the whingers, kindly see post 1…

    Apparently we play the worst football in the PL…

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 31, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #39

    toondoonsooth
    Gan on bonnie lad – yes we were crap Saturday and crap against the Spuds at home – but all in all I think we have a decent season.
    Just added my points tally up for what I thought they would get at the beginning of the season.;
    I had us getting 45 points so beat that by one so far.

    Also people are saying we are in relegation form so thought just look at the results for the last six games. makes interesting reading.

    Last 6 home /away pts
    1 Liverpool 1 W W W W W W 18
    2 Everton 5 L W W W W W 15
    3 Man City 3 D W W W W D 14
    4 Stoke 10 W D W W W 13
    5 Man Utd 7 W W L W L W 12
    6 Chelsea 2 W W W L W L 12
    7 Southampton 8 L L W W L W 9
    8 West Ham 11 W W L L L W 9
    9 Newcastle 9 W W L W L L 9
    10 Arsenal 4 W L W L D D 8
    11 Norwich 15 W L D L W L 7
    12 Aston Villa 12 D L W W L L 7
    13 Spurs 6 L W L L W L 6
    14 West Brom 17 D D L W L D 6
    15 Hull 14 W L L W L L 6
    16 Swansea 13 L D L L D W 5
    17 Crystal Palace 16 L D L D L W 5
    18 Cardiff 18 L L W L L D 4
    19 Fulham 20 D L L W L L 4
    20 Sunderland 19 W L L D L L 4

    Two half decent London teams have a worst last 6 record than us

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  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 31, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #40

    Charlie…Can that list be right? If both Soton and us have got the same amount of points from the past 6 games, how have they overtaken us in the league?

    Or has Monday got the best of me?

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