This summer is the first real test of our new top executive at Newcastle United – 36 year-old Managing Director Lee Charnley.
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.
Boy – I’m really sore – where’s those pain-killer tablets. 😀