A Quiet Man Newcastle Are Completely Dependant On This Summer

This summer is the first real test of our new top executive at Newcastle United – 36 year-old Managing Director Lee Charnley.

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Lee Charnley – Newcastle’s Managing Director

Lee is said to be quiet and shy and to shun the limelight, but he gets the job done, and in my time at IBM,  people who could get things done were precious, like gold, and there’s nothing wrong with being quiet and shy.

I knew top executives at IBM who were shy and even retiring, and although there weren’t too many of them, they were still enormously successful, and what we’ve heard of Lee, he could become a (very) successful Managing Director,

Of course there’s a lot of hope in that statement we know, and fans were not too happy with his appointment, because he simply, echoed the words of his boss Mike Ashley.

64% of voters thought he was not a good appointment at Newcastle – about two in three.

Newcastle’s revival is dependent on having an excellent summer transfer season – and the man who has most responsibility for getting the targets through the door is  Managing Director Lee Charnley, who is still only in his 30s but has a good name for getting the job done.

And if we do manage to bring in some top players, don’t forget who was responsible for that – and it’s Lee who has that very difficult job this summer.

And in early March the Chronicle quoted a source as saying this about Lee:

“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.”

Charnley has held a number of positions with Newcastle over the years, and in the last several seasons he has been involved in getting players to the club, but in  a background position – but he’s not exactly starting from  scratch.

It’s not often we have a shy and retiring man in the top executive position at Newcastle United, but Lee Charnley might shock us all.

We hope he does.

Comments welcome.

Boy – I’m really sore – where’s those pain-killer tablets. 😀

11 comments so far

  • cyprus

    May 19, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #1

    That even probably is more important, I agree. Shepherd hitting the panic button. Still, I am not aware how much the great SBR still had in him, for reasons beyond his control. But, losing Bellamy is directly related to the slide too. Sometimes, it’s silly decisions like that (Milner too… what was it, a measly 10 mil or so?) which can change the whole direction of a team. Two three players can make a difference, as the rest of the team aren’t usually completely useless, and they get a lift, and space. Think Chelsea… without Hazard they looked decidedly average and beatable. Liverpool without Suarez? That’s why we need 2-3 awesome signings (to use Zlatan’s favourite word) and we’ll be ok.

  • Sazzer

    May 19, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #2

    Soccer Sauce ?@soccer_sauce
    Lots of #NUFC fans asking us about Kenwyne Jones.As far as we understand-there is absolutely no interest in the player from the club

  • cyprus

    May 19, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #3

    switch on spell checker mate… Dependent… dependant is a noun 🙂

  • jazzyp

    May 19, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #4

    Thank f@ck for that. Cabella link’s looking good bud

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 19, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #5

    Although he’s been with the club awhile my worry is that he’s another Mashley yes man more concerned with his pay packet than the good of the club.
    Like hindsight, it’s also impossible to say what might have been, although my all time footballing hero, I’ve never totally forgiven SBR for not joining straight after KK.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 19, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #6

    The 11M Mashers pocketed for Milner cost the club the extra 50M in debt, imo.

  • Ancientcoptic

    May 19, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #7

    Perfect picture of Lee Charnley, very symbolic of what he actually does and is tasked with.

  • Ancientcoptic

    May 19, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #8

    “Lee is said to be quiet and shy and to shun the limelight, but he gets the job done”

    Gets the job done…

  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 19, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #9

    Listened to Sky Sports doing a telephone interview with Ronald De Boer just there and he was asked what type of football Van Gaal would play at Man Utd.

    He says that you won’t see kick and rush football being played unless it’s for 5 mins if they go a goal down. They will play intelligent football, letting the ball do the work and lots of passing and moving. Technical football. Basically, the Dutch way.

    As nice as that was to hear about football it saddened me to think that is the philosophy I want us to play yet we have an 80’s lower league egotistical wannabe in charge.

    Pardew really hasn’t a clue and we lack in the areas that Ronald said Van Gaal brings. It’s really deflating.

    He even called Van Gaal a “winner”. Funny how Pardew glorifies himself with that title, yet he lacks any sign of doing it. Judging by his record losses he’s actually a loser.

    Ashley and Pardew out.

  • Sazzer

    May 19, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #10

    Yes, it would be the perfect start if we could pull Cabella off but as well all know it’s not over until Fat Ashley decides to open his pocket again.

  • BandB

    May 19, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #11


    “Mike Ashley and his ruinious policies have destroyed this blog !”

    Nah! It isn’t that.
    It’s fanny trying to talk about football (or worse still, play it:/)
    Ask TDS, or Alan Brazil, or Dicky Scudamore.

    Thank the lord that lovely George Caulkin could explain the whole thing in a way boys could get, eh!


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