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.
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.
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?