Mike Ashley To Be More Involved At Newcastle


Along with the appointment of Lee Charnley as the new Managing Director at Newcastle, essentially replacing Joe Kinnear as the top executive at the club, Newcastle also announced that owner Mike Ashley will serve on the Newcastle United Board of Directors.

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Mike Ashley – formally joins the Newcastle Board

This is the initial part of the statement issued by the club this afternoon, that announced the appointment of Lee Charnley:

“Newcastle United have announced the appointment of Lee Charnley as the Club’s new Managing Director.”

“Lee, who previously held the position of Football Secretary and has been a Director at the Club since 2008, has taken up his new role with immediate effect.”

“Owner Mike Ashley will also be formally appointed to the Club’s Board of Directors, joining Lee and Finance Director John Irving.”

We like the appointment of Lee Charnley as the new Managing Director, and not to get too carried away – we also think this is a good move to get Mike Ashley more involved with the club’s activities.

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Lee Charnley on the left – before Southampton disaster

Mike will probably never be popular with Newcastle fans, but we think Lee has the will and also the information to inform Newcastle fans of what’s going on at the club, and certainly his very long statement on his appointment today, was tremendous in the amount of information he conveyed to the fans.

As we said earlier, we don’t want to get carried away – but this is another good move to have Mike Ashley more integrated in the goings on at the club.

Now it seems the transfer team consists of Mike Ashley, Lee Charnley, John Irving, Mike Ashley and Graham Carr  – and maybe John Carver.

We now need to have a very successful transfer window this summer – there’s no doubt about that.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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163 comments so far

  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 7, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #1

    Yes that’s what we like big mike to the rescue

    Everybody jump on my welsh train

    Choo Choo

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  • Thump

    Apr 7, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #2

    Uh… is this good or bad news…?

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Apr 7, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #3

    geordie

    sorry its a welsh train? this is more appropriate

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDWk0BCeblQ

    😉

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  • Toon Tang

    Apr 7, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #4

    I have also been appointed

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Apr 7, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #5

    @3

    welshie*

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 7, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #6

    There are rules if you want to join my welsh train

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  • firebug666

    Apr 7, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #7

    Repost

    The club have told us they have no ambition, The have told us the will not be spending much on players, they have told us they only wish to remain in the Premier League, They have told us they have no wish to play in Europe. In the end they have told us they do not intend to achieve anything other than staying out in the Premier League. We should now tell them… We ain’t coming no more!

    They have taken the heart and soul out of the club and it’s supporters, Why should we give them anymore?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 7, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #8

    Ed

    can you stop using the royal we please.

    That speech by charnley was the biggest turn off imaginable.

    firebug666 // Apr 7, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    The club have told us they have no ambition, The have told us the will not be spending much on players, they have told us they only wish to remain in the Premier League, They have told us they have no wish to play in Europe. In the end they have told us they do not intend to achieve anything other than staying out in the Premier League. We should now tell them… We ain’t coming no more!

    They have taken the heart and soul out of the club and it’s supporters, Why should we give them any more?
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    sadly because we have 50000 who refuse to see the bigger picture and what their actions are achieving.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 7, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #9

    having ash on the board is just cosmetic window dressing.

    We have no one of substance, quality and footballing knowledge on the board or as D.O.F or most importantly as manager . Horrible, horrible scenario with no end in sight.

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  • jimiley

    Apr 7, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #10

    So Big Mike is going to personally take every fans 30 quid from them? Bandit and moron fans. As dumb as a one celled jellyfish.

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  • firebug666

    Apr 7, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #11

    If the “BOARD” only bring in 1 or 2 players this summer then we are down next season. To stay up we would need at least 5 first team players, and then 6 or 7 in the development squad, what we have at the moment are not even good enough for the Championship, the results speak for themselves.

    Rotonda heights

    Absolutely correct, a few games with an empty stadium would set the backsides nipping, and something would have to be done. Never going to happen though.

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  • jazzyp

    Apr 7, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #12

    That’s what I like to hear jimiley.Lets turn on the fans now as well just because they go to the games ffs

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 7, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #13

    So basically Mike will join the transfer team twice 😉

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 7, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #14

    Now now jazzyp don’t start arguing on here, you know I don’t like people doing that

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  • jimiley

    Apr 7, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #15

    Jazzyp,

    You might just be one of those Ashley supporters who split this blog 50/50 a couple of years ago, claiming he was good for the club. Even those dead ends have gone quiet. The biggest obstacle to Ashley going are those plonkers who turn up in silence every week and hope for what exactly? And then they shuffle off home content that they have done their duty. Made Ashley a lot richer.

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  • 70TWO

    Apr 7, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #16

    Who are the Board of Directors then?

    To summarise what has been said by Charnley into a Mission Statement, it would read:

    Stay in the Premier League and replace high value players with those who are younger and cheaper. Keep the stadium full whilst providing an ever cheaper and cheaper product, motivated by fear of failure.

    No mention of entertaining football with the hope of achieving any success. Now Ashley will have a salary as well as free advertising for his principle company and will still remain uncommunicative and unappreciative of an alternative points of view.

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  • jazzyp

    Apr 7, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #17

    Welsh
    Not arguing at all pal.I just cant stand poster’s coming on here and slagging fans off just because they go to the games.As much as I cant stand what Ashley is doing to the club,the fans will be still attending in there mass long after these bandits have gone

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  • jimiley

    Apr 7, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #18

    Apparently Ed thinks Lee Charnley is a good appointment Why exactly?????????

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  • jazzyp

    Apr 7, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #19

    Jimiley
    Im no Ashley fan……Far from it pal. I hate what he has done to the club as much as anyone on here. But just because I choose to go to the games with the family for a day out makes me and my family morons……wind ya neck in pal just because someone has a different view to yours

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  • jimiley

    Apr 7, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #20

    Jazzyp,

    I stood there for FIFTY years and I know when a guy is taking the piss. The fans are mugs for supporting this regime and they are making him rich. As long as they attend he will never sell up as he is making a fortune. They are stupid. Does he actually have to urinate in their face before the penny drops?

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Apr 7, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #21

    Charnleys statement is sensible. There aren’t any quick fixes. Whether the club really intend to live up to it and deliver is another matter.

    The club,however,need to make a statement about its commitment in cup competitions because if it isn’t prepared to take them seriously, why should the fans? The MAOC would do well to target only cup matches for a boycott because they have better grounds to show the club’s lack of ambition.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 7, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #22

    Why do people think a boycott has to be long term, believe me 2 or 3 half empty stadiums would make a huge statement of intent in a very short time.

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  • Lucky Les

    Apr 7, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #23

    Is Charnley saying we are only going to buy 2 first team players in the next “trading year” ie the next 2 transfer windows? We have bought no one in the last year and have sold our best player.Are the 2 players in addition to the replacement for Cabaye or does that include the replacement.Similarly what about the replacement for Remy? Is Shola classed as a first team player?If so to replace him we will need a new first team replacement.Could our new Managing Director please explain so the clubs supporters can understand? Are we getting replacement first team players plus 2 new players to improve or are we just standing still or even going to be in a worse position than now.Glad to see the Organ Grinder finally joining the Board so can now share in corporate responsibility for the Club’s affairs.

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  • toon22

    Apr 7, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #24

    Isnt this what he said the last time,and the time before?

    Just how hands on is he intending to get?
    Its management speak of the usual bullshit order.

    Nowts changed the fat guys assistants are plying the fat git with what he wants to here,the emperor wants new cloths.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 7, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #25

    I’m not sure there are many positives to Charnley’s appointment. He does know the club inside out having been there for 15 years, but does a longevity really mean you are suitably qualified for a role as MD?? Maybe he will be okay in the role, but we are still lacking that person to oversee the football side of things, someone who is able to assess where things are going wrong on the pitch, instead of just on the Profit and Loss account.

    Mike Ashley onto the board? Not sure that makes any difference at all. We have always been told that he had to sign everything off anyway, so it hardly makes a change, other than he will probably draw a wage from the club now.

    As for the fans, each and everyone is free to support the club the way they see fit, insulting others just cause they don’t follow your stance loses the argument and viewpoint credibility.

    Although, I would say that for those who say they still go cause of the day out and a few beers pre and post match with mates, then the Heed are only just over the water, and looking a far better bet for entertainment at the moment! You might even get to see a goal or two!

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Apr 7, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #26

    The makems are getting beat 2-1. I don’t understand why players go overboard expending energy on celebrating an early goal when they’ve still got a massive job to do in the game. Cattermole celebrated his goal like it had won the game. I know it was his first goal, but they all do it. Just shake one or two hands and concentrate on the rest of the job in hand. Celebrate if you win.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 7, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #27

    What do people on here think about what the score is going to be when newcastle play swans

    God I’m dreading that match

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 7, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #28

    More meaningless boardroom butt shuffling. Two or three transfers a year means we will need academy kids to break through and keep the team young. Won’t work, especially not with this crew.

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  • toon22

    Apr 7, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #29

    You know what,its the best feeling ive ever had knowing they club is in such financially good order.
    It makes me smile knowing MA has managed to turn us around and we are now able to feather his pockets at the cost of whatever his slimey little shits are able to grab.
    Who cares if we dont intend to compete,why should we mind if he will sell his dead granny for profit,what does it matter if we are nothing more than a fun piggy bank.
    A joke club for a circus created to make money.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 7, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #30

    Lucky Les,
    At no point does Charnley say we will ‘buy’ 1 or 2 players in a trading year. He says sign, just like we signed Remy and De Jong on loan in a trading year/over 2 windows.

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 7, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #31

    B&b yeah a shake of the hand and ‘jolly well done, Sir’ and trot back to their own half. I think it would catch on. 🙂

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 7, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #32

    28Tsunki

    Do you want to come on my welsh train

    you can’t moan about pardew though because he’s a legend

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  • jazzyp

    Apr 7, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #33

    Jimiley
    Well done sir for loyalty to Nufc for all those years.But what are you asking is for Fans to stop going to Sjp until he may one day sell the club………..not gonna happen pal

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 7, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #34

    Sorry I should have deleted that pardew bit

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  • 70TWO

    Apr 7, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #35

    NUFC are not the only ones:

    “Now, it feels like they have slipped into an uncomfortable numbness, a state of nothing. Like the best thing that can happen this season is for it to end. It will end empty: not even relief, probably not even pride. There’s no drama, no rebellion, and pretty much no resistance, just a kind of purgatory. Mid-table mediocrity and institutional limbo.

    Valencia are up for sale.”
    http://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2014/apr/07/valencia-mediocrity-la-liga-sid-lowe

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 7, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #36

    Sounds like a quiet train that.

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  • theartfuldodger

    Apr 7, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #37

    Its too late Mike..

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  • toon22

    Apr 7, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #38

    A long time ago i was at the ground,at the time the crowd wasnt too happy with the current owners.
    Ardiles was the manager,i think Mashey hasnt seen just how bad it can get once the crowd turns.
    Things will get ugly eventually and when they do nobodys going to be able to help the fat man.

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  • Toon Tang

    Apr 7, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #39

    cracking finish erriksen

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  • mattyNUFC

    Apr 7, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #40

    ED

    how can this possibly be a good thing? Better yet, how do you honestly believe it to be a good thing??:
    “Our transfer policy and strategy is very clear and will remain unchanged. We will focus on identifying and recruiting young players whose best years are ahead of them, which in nearly all cases means players in their early to mid-20s and not beyond.”

    “We don’t look at transfer windows in isolation, but rather as a full trading year, and our intention for the first team is to sign one or two players per year to strengthen the squad.”

    ………

    and the fact that MA is now on the board is somehow encouraging? Is there anyone here who honestly believes he wasn’t calling every single shot already?

    Get real, Ed

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