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Sadly – Nothing Much Will Change With Lee Charnley

8:00 am, Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 13 Comments

What is becoming apparent with the new Managing Director at Newcastle Lee Charnley, is that nothing much will change, and the long statement released by Newcastle United on Monday when Lee was officially appointed the top executive at the club, is that nothing will change and things will continue as they’ve been going.

lee charnley and alan pardew

Lee Charnley and Alan Pardew

It was good the statement was released because at least it did go into detail in various areas, about what the club is doing, and Lee pointed out that within two years Newcastle will transform the Benton Training grounds into one of the best training facilities in Europe and that’s good.

And we were told again the financial state of the club is the best it’s ever been, and while that’s good, Newcastle fans want to see Newcastle be a lot more ambitious on the field than we’ve been in the seven years under owner Mike Ashley.

And maybe because of the fact that it’s obvious things will not change, the majority of fans do not think Lee Charnley was a good appointment as the new MD.

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We just have to hope that this summer’s transfer dealing are positive, and at least we know that Lee can get things done, and he will do an awful lot better than Joe Kinnear – that’s for sure – although that may not be saying too much.

We’ve lost top players like Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye because they became too good for Newcastle, but the hope is we can find some new younger players who can turn out to be top stars in the future.

But if nothing changes at Newcastle, then we will eventually lose those players too, unless and until we make European competition and hopefully get back into the Champions League.

But the frustration of Newcastle fans is that it looks a really long way off, with clubs like the two Manchester clubs, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool continuing to spend big money on players in the transfer market.

And Newcastle don’t.

It will be a decent test of Charnley in the summer, to see just how well Newcastle fare in the transfer market, but it doesn’t look like the fans are holding their breath.

But maybe Newcastle can surprise us with some top signings?

Comments welcome.



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13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 cyprus // Apr 9, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    Ed,
    On transfers, the first and main one must be the manager. Unfortunately, he hasn’t brought out the best in what he has, in three years. So, conclusion, same will (may?) happen to new signings.

    BTW, when players come from bigger – higher profile teams to ours they tend to underperform. e.g. Kluivert, Owen, Man U rejects etc. So, Richards, Cardoso et al would not be a good idea. We (as Napoli too for ex.) need to ‘catch’ them on the way up, not the opposite.

    On last night’s game, interesting how Mourinho changed to direct (otherwise known as hoof ball) football when Ba was sent on. Hats off, you change a system during the game; you play to the team’s current strengths.

    Congrats Ba. Cabs, you flunked there last night, personally and as a team.

  • 2 cyprus // Apr 9, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    On this, who knows?

    The poll to conduct is regarding the elephant in the room, i.e. Pards

  • 3 Shot Bru // Apr 9, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    So we are buying 2 players a season and probably making up the shortfall in loans no doubt…

    I wonder how much money we have to spend in the summer??

  • 4 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 9, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    I don’t think playing a more direct style of play is hoof ball!

    …Laudrup tends to play a more direct style than Rodgers and he is not playing hoof ball!

  • 5 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 9, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    Long ball aka WHam or the old Stoke is hoof ball ;)

  • 6 valle // Apr 9, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Its like this… There will be NO good appointments under Ashley. The guy hires his friends to work for him, because for him the important thing is whether or not they will abide by his rules without causing any trouble, and not whether they are actually screwd football appointments. We are talking about the man who hired his pal JFK for pete’s sake!!! Where he will lead us, only his other pal, Satan, will know.

  • 7 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 9, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    The big question here is why is Mike NoNuts friends with the likes of Wise, Jimenez, Parsnip and Joke InEar in the first place?

    …and what other suspect ex football does he know?

  • 8 jimmysmith // Apr 9, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    Now, now,…..c’mon,…. lets give the fella chance, ……it’s only fair and reasonable, …….let’s not be hasty, he deserves the benefit of the doubt, a chance to stamp his authority, to be his own man,…… but no, nothing’s gonna change.

  • 9 Shot Bru // Apr 9, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    If Ashley buys Rangers…does that mean he will use them as a feeder club for NUFC

    And could Ashley buy players for NUFC from Rangers…or would this be considered a conflict of interest?

  • 10 Sav // Apr 9, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Definitely a good appointment. If you are looking to save money, a name-plate change is far cheaper plus you are getting a company man who knows the routine and lets Wind-up Wendy write his manifesto for him. Finally, imagine having to answer embarrassing questions from potential outsiders at interview such as ‘What is the ambition at the club?’ and ‘How much is budgeted for player purchases?’ Nah, definitely Lee’s a good’un. – Local, too. Cheap as chips.

  • 11 geordie066 // Apr 9, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Before you all bite my head I realise that every other club in the premier league has spent more money than we have over the past 3 seasons. Also I am not a pro ashley fan or pro pardew in honesty I am ashamed by how our team is now performing and being controlled.aside from this though every transfer window I see people on here demanding to know what the clubs transfer budget is…. when have you ever seen any other club disclose their budgets or individual transfer plans?? it doesnt happen… if you were going to buy a sofa and wanted the best deal would you walk straight in to DFS or SCS and go to the salesman I have £2000 in my bank and am going to spend it all?? no you wouldnt because straight away he would be planning how to rip you off!!! just as at an auction you wouldnt tell every other person bidding how much you plan to spend and exactely what lots you want to buy because it will increase interest and thus raise the price!!!! I personally do no think we will buy the amount/calibre/positions of plyers we require this summer and once again we will get whatever bargain deals or last minute players that become available… I do tho live in hope of being proved wrong because without hope there isnt much else to go by.

  • 12 lesh // Apr 9, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    It wouldn’t have made any differece to the club’s direction or strategy who Ashley appointed as MD. As we all know, MDs do not have authority to instigate major changes to any organisation unless they have the approval and support of their Board or owner. MDs are usually appointed to do a job for an owner snd because their vision chimes with the owner. Thus, any major change in the club’s aims, strategy and spend would need the approval of Ashley. Without that, it’ll remain SNAFU!

    All we can hope is that Chsrnley is able to exercise some vision and recommend changes that show ambition and that Ashley will accept them. And of course that Charnley’ll prove to be a lot more proactive, dynamic and slicker in the transfer market than his predecessors.

    We can only but hope.

  • 13 isleofmanman // Apr 9, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    Why would Ashley want anything more than a bag carrier?

    So a bag carrier is what he’s got

    The opportunity to appoint a top professional who is known and respected by the football communities at home and abroad and who can conduct hard-arsed negotiations without getting tucked up by the agents has,er, gone. Again




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