It seems that Bob Moncur talked to Lee Charnley last week about the mess that is Newcastle United at the moment, and Lee told him things, which no doubt he hoped the former Newcastle captain would pass on to the fans.
Chief Executive Lee Charnley has to be accountable for the mess
We’ve covered some of this before, but here is some of what Bob said in ChronicleLive:
“In my position as club Ambassador of Newcastle United I was bitterly disappointed and upset about getting beat against Sunderland, just like everyone else.”
“From my position as not only a club Ambassador but also on the corporate side, there are a lot of people asking me questions and I didn’t have the answer to some of these.”
“With that in my mind I caught up with Managing Director Lee Charnley and having spoken to Lee in the meeting he was very open. First and foremost Lee wanted to make the point that the club’s current position is not down to one person.”
“It’s not about individual blame, everyone at the club takes collective responsibility.” “John Carver and his coaching team and the players are getting a lot of stick but Lee’s view is that we have to share responsibility as a group, starting with the Board right the way down the club.”
“He believes that if we win, we win as a team. If we lose we do so together and when we do, we have to accept the criticism and be big enough to deal with it.”
“I also asked Lee about investment in the squad in the summer and he reinforced the message that John Carver had already given. We will be spending money in the summer to take the club forward.”
“I am a lot happier now I’ve spoken to Lee and I understand how things are going to pan out. We still have seven games left and there’s a big game to prepare for at Liverpool.
The people at the top in any business must take the responsibility (call it blame if you like) and be accountable when a business is foundering, and Newcastle are now a global business and we are in (very) bad shape at the moment on the playing field.
The reason we are in bad shape is that the people holding the purse strings at the club – the men in charge of things – basically Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley made some very poor decisions and deals in the January transfer window.
We allowed seven players to leave the club and let the manager go too – and we brought nobody in to replace them to strengthen the squad.
And while that earned the club around £12M it weakened the squad – and we are now paying for that lack of foresight.
It’s unusual for a top executive – Lee Charnley – to say that everyone down the ladder has to share the responsibility (called blame when things go wrong), because he more than anybody else is responsible for the mess the club is in right now.
He’s the top man and he gets the big bucks – and therefore he has to take the main responsibility and be accountable for the mess Newcastle United find themselves in now.
That’s the way it works in business, whether it’s good, bad or indifferent – that’s the way it works, and as an executive you will be held accountable for the decisions you make when things go wrong – you cannot just hide out.
And you cannot blame those lower down the ladder for what’s happened either, and certainly Bob Moncur doesn’t share any of that responsibility.
And hopefully the tea lady isn’t sharing any of that responsibility either.
John Carver has a threadbare squad from which to pick a team, and it’s the second year in a row that Newcastle have weakened the squad in January and then tried to get by to the end of the season.
It’s simply a ridiculous way to run a football club.
Instead of sending Bob Moncur out to try to placate the fans and say we’re going to spend big money in the summer, we should be hearing directly from Lee Charnley himself.
It’s not easy being the top executive when things go wrong – but that’s all part of the job – part of Lee Charnley’s job at Newcastle.
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