Top Brass At Newcastle Have To Be Accountable For The Mess

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.

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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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22 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 12, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #1

    Everyone of them who has spoken and lied publicly should take responsibility for the mess we are in, I don’t know where Collocini fits in to that mind.
    As for Carver on the previous thread bringing his family in to it, that seems to be a common theme now, blame the fans for singling family members out, good for public sympathy, who apart from his friends and neighbours know who Geordie John’s family are, the guy is full of sh!t.

  • sing in the corner

    Apr 12, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #2

    I think the phrase is ‘Jam tomorrow’ folks?
    There’s nobody in the club who will tell it like it is. Moncur disappoints me with this…its the same old story and an insult to expect the supporters to just keep swallowing it.
    Howay the fans. Its now or never.

  • stan anderson

    Apr 12, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #3

    What a load of Bollox from a once hero at our club.
    I can understand it as he is a jock and not a proper Geordie like J.C.
    How low can you go to make a few quid.
    A genuine fan would do the job for the honour .

  • sing in the corner

    Apr 12, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #4

    Why won’t someone like Shearer, Ginola, Rob Lee or ANY toon icon come out of the comfort zones they are in, be vocal, back the fans publicly? It would be no skin off their noses and wouldn’t take any ongoing effort, and it would help so much raising the awareness / profile of the campaign! Mick Quinn is about the only ex player I’ve heard being remotely critical of the set up

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 12, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #5

    Do you know which team Charnley supported when he was growing up in Lancashire?

  • joeinthecheapseats

    Apr 12, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #6

    The club may buy players in the summer but only the ones that are at cheap prices with sell on values. This is why we seem to struggle walking away from deals because Ashley can’t get them for half the market value.
    It should after the last several years be based on buying players that we need to strengthen the team and make it stronger.
    The club shouldn’t be run like sports direct full of cheaper products and until he goes nothing will change.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 12, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #7

    Unfortunately, and it’s a quite sad situation for Bob Moncur but as a player he won’t have earned much money, he has been in a good job with the club for awhile now which has afforded him a good lifestyle, if he was to stop toeing the party line he would be out of a job and back on the after dinner circuit, I’m not sure what the deal is with Beardo though as he must be very wealthy. Olivier Bernard who now has his own football club as been quite supportive of the regime, hidden agenda perhaps ? Peter Lovenkrands was quite vocal in saying how well we are run until Mikey lost a bit of power at Rangers, now Peter is saying we need to spend money, money we never had while Mikey was trying to own Rangers, makes you wonder ?

  • clinath@ed

    Apr 12, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #8

    “We will be spending money in the summer to take the club forward.”

    Depends where the money comes from , as to whether is an ‘investment’ or not. If we sell to generate that money, how have we moved forward, where is the commitment?
    The Fans will see the difference, and so will the players. We have a very stressful 15 or 16 months ahead of us, I fear.

  • lochinvar

    Apr 12, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #9

    Carver Reveals What He Did After Sunderland Embarrassment

    Please tick relevant answers
    1. Behaved like a spoilt 5 year old
    2. Ate a pie
    3. Looked in the mirror
    4. Went on the lash
    5. Bent down put my head between my legs and kissed my ass goodbye

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 12, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #10

    Ron Knee,
    I thought Charners was a local lad, I know that PR rat Lee Marshall is a smoggy and you know what they think of us.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 12, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #11

    I was talking to a guy at work this morning who isn’t going to be home for the match but he was saying he would have boycotted even though his young son would have been gutted and that loads of his mates are doing the same. 87% . I hope, as catchy said even half of those don’t show !

  • sing in the corner

    Apr 12, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #12

    A lot of players took a lot of money out of the club over the years when we were challenging intermittently, while not running with the highest efficiency financially. Now I know they owe us nothing really but you would think people with a special affinity with the fans and what the club used to be would care enough to lend a hand, a word here and there given many of them have the mic

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 12, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #13

    From The Chronic last year:
    “At 36, the Lancashire-born Toon director will now be the club’s main figurehead when it comes to signing new faces at United.”

  • scout

    Apr 12, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #14


  • scout

    Apr 12, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #15

    If we have the clearout we need, we will have to sign about 15 players, its not happening.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 12, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #16

    At the end of the day Pardew had to go, he was more than happy to keep Mashleys reign of destruction propped up until he couldn’t take anymore. If he was still here we would have still been hammered off of M City and turned over by the mackems, we would have been about six or seven points better off sitting in 12th with the rest of the country wondering what we are moaning about. Pardew leaving has well and truly exposed Mikey and his fraudulent sidekick Churnley for what they are, greedy deceitful parasites with no interest in the game of football. With Pardew gone we can now bring attention to the real cause of our problems as Carver simply doesn’t have the skills to give Mikeys circus the flimsy façade of respectability that had a nation thinking we were feeling sorry for ourselves.

    Ashley Out.


  • scout

    Apr 12, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #17

    Great post Jail

  • G peart 83

    Apr 12, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #18

    And here’s me remembering john moncur on the three legends football phone in slating the regime every chance he got just a few years ago how times change

  • nufc 11

    Apr 12, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #19

    They were that incompetent and aragent/ignorent they thought that splashing cash on cabella and de jong would be enough they were even that slow they bought a cb and gk and gave them back for the season then sold 2first team defenders and banked the money oh and sold our great manager for 3million and replaced him with an underling wouldn’t pay out for a top manager yes yes this all of their own doing and I for one hope it all blows up spectacularly in their faces with relegation they were told and warned but they are immune to good advice so for me it’s down with this ship down with this regime and Ashley and his minions out.

  • wynsleap

    Apr 12, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #20

    Ed – you are asking why Charnley, a ‘top executive’ is saying and doing certain things which are unusual. The problem is that Charnley is not a ‘top executive’ but just another nobody Ashley lackey who has been put into a job far outweighing his limited knowledge and capabilities.
    The likes of Moncur and Beardsley, who were once respected club icons, have completely tarnished their images in their doff capping sycophancy to their nasty, greedy and controlling Paymaster.
    Shame on them all and shame on the fans who can’t or won’t accept what is happening to this once great club.
    Boycott now. ASHLEY OUT!!!

  • Sav

    Apr 12, 2015 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #21

    2 little, 2 late, Fk Off.
    They’ve disrespected KK and Big Al, Now they are turning Beardo and Bob Moncur into sickening mouthpieces for Churnley and that Wendy so-and-so. Right now I’d take a nutter like Joey Barton to manage us because at least we’d get less BS.

  • Sav

    Apr 12, 2015 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #22

    Charnley looks like he’s forcing one out in this photo.


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