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Lee Charnley Has Much To Explain To The Fans Forum

9:44 am, Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 23 Comments

From what we’ve written over the last few months you may get the idea that we think the Managing Director’s job is way over the head of a certain Lee Charnley, and you’d be right about that.

We haven’t got anything against Lee personally or anything like that, but it’s just on a professional basis, the way he’s performing his job,  you get the idea he just doesn’t  know what to do a lot of the time.

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Lee Charnley – struggling as Managing Director

The top executive at the club  hid out when we were losing eight games in a row and were in a crisis, and he never said a thing – well actually he did say something to the Fans Forum – but he didn’t follow through on what he told them.

It was after the Leicester City defeat – that’s the game I convinced myself we were going to be relegated in what would be a complete disaster scenario – losing the final 11 games in a row – I was wrong thank goodness.

After the Leicester debacle when John Carver blamed the players for the disaster, the Fans Forum took some initiative (Lee didn’t) and requested an immediate meeting with Lee and company.

This is the first paragraph of what Lee said after the Leicester game near the end of April – in response to that request:

“In order to discuss the issues you raise, I intend to bring forward the date of our next Fans Forum meeting which was originally scheduled for the end of the season.”

So immediately Lee is under a cloud because he didn’t do that – he didn’t hold the Fan Forum meeting before the end of the season like he said he would.

You cannot say things in as an executive and not follow through on them – well you can – but you lose credibility.

So we expect Lee Charnley to set up a Fan Forum meeting asap, and he might apologize for not having arranged it before the end of the season as he had promised.

And if Steve McClaren has been appointed as the head coach by then, he should explain to the Fans Forum personnel how that will allow Newcastle to be a top four clubs and/or win a Cup soon.

That’s Mike Ashley’s new policy for Newcastle United.

His answer to that question should be interesting.

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23 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ibizatoon // Jun 3, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    Lee doesn’t have time to meet with fans. He’s too busy getting pound to pound value for Ashleys continued investment.

    We have an ambitious summer ahead – don’t worry about fans.

  • 2 JackButler // Jun 3, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Got a feeling that meeting will be put off as long as possible as he know’s he’d be walking into the lions den!

    As poor as Charnley obviously is, the fault lay’s solely at Ashley’s door and will continue to do so as long as he employs the wrong people

  • 3 Lindisfarne // Jun 3, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    More communication and less biscuits!

  • 4 dave 1961 // Jun 3, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Too right he needs to explain why hes still in a job after the fiasco he has overseen, or engineered.

  • 5 Rotonda heights // Jun 3, 2015 at 9:56 AM


    I think I can hand on heart say I am not a thick geordie stereotype.

    I gave up my ST a long long time ago now and don’t regret it at at all, but for those who still support Ashley and parting with their hard earned it’s getting harder to view them in any other way.

    Apart from Ash’s (Bishop written) placating speech before the whu match, they’ve even told the fans to their face they have no ambition.

    No club the size of NUFC would ever employ the likes of Llambias, Charnley, Wonga, JKF twice, pardew, Wise, Carver et al

  • 6 Lindisfarne // Jun 3, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    If a protest was to take place to demand the promised Fans Forum when and where would be the best place?

    A weekend when an event is occurring?
    A week day presuming that LC has a full time office at the stadium?
    A week day at the training ground when a potential signing is occurring?

  • 7 LooneyToon41 // Jun 3, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    Go back 2 years. June 19th 2013. Derek Llambias resigns (or pushed) the day after Joke Kinnear rejoined the club.
    Make no mistake, this was Ashley’s decision.
    My point is, that I’d be surprised if Charnley stays in charge. With Irving resigning (a Director) last month, as well as Irving’s assistant Gilroy leaving for Man City, the on field debacle this season too, creates a picture that’s just a mess to be quite frank.
    And all on Charnley’s watch!

  • 8 Vask // Jun 3, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    Lindisfarne. How about a rugby world cup match?

  • 9 BandB // Jun 3, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    There’s no training going on so there is nothing for a manager to do under the current model.
    We’ll likely get a “just in time” delivery.
    Lowering costs seems to be the over-arching long-term policy aim, as you would expect from a Mike Ashley company.
    If signing a retread like McClaren is the club showing ambition on the manager front, its possible to imagine the summer signings being about as ambitious.

  • 10 JackButler // Jun 3, 2015 at 10:02 AM


    How many would turn up to any protest?

    The vast majority seem happy to take whatever is given to them

  • 11 Vask // Jun 3, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Scratch that it’s not on til october

  • 12 JackButler // Jun 3, 2015 at 10:04 AM


    We seem to be sticking to the same blueprint that has failed every time it’s been used, but you never know, maybe this time it will work out for us and we’ll all be happy for once 🙁

  • 13 Lindisfarne // Jun 3, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    If AO would announce something I am sure there would be enough people to make enough noise and I would be willing.

  • 14 WLtoon // Jun 3, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    It seems Ashley passing the buck onto Charnley in the tv interview has worked.
    I think Charnleys hands are tied,he,s also a yes man who would,nt speak over the Fatman.
    Charnley probably did,nt consider Viera for the HC job and i guess that was because Ashley would of told him not to be such a silly little man,how dare you be so ambitious.

  • 15 Lindisfarne // Jun 3, 2015 at 10:07 AM


  • 16 sickandtired // Jun 3, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    @Loonytoon – Llambias happened to immediately walk into a job at RFC had you missed that.
    Ashley knew exactly what he was doing and so did Llambias.

  • 17 sickandtired // Jun 3, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    @B&B – “There’s no training going on so there is nothing for a manager to do under the current model.”

    What, like take part in deciding which players are staying and who we intend to buy? Now, wouldn’t that be a novelty.

  • 18 jimiley // Jun 3, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    McLaren has the perfect credentials for the job. A safe unsafe pair of hands. He could not catch a cold. Takes Derby from top to 8th in 4 months in the Championship. Gets the sack at Derby. A perfect manager for the new ambitious Toon. Well done Penfold . Award yourself a 8 year contract coz you are playing a blinder.

  • 19 JackButler // Jun 3, 2015 at 10:18 AM

  • 20 Nedders // Jun 3, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    This is a joke, surely it’s gone far enough? There MUST be a way to get to Mr. Charnley?

  • 21 LooneyToon41 // Jun 3, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    @16 SickandTired.
    “Llambias happened to immediately walk into a job at RFC had you missed that.”

    Llambias left NUFC on June 19th 2013. He joined RFC as a consultant to the Board on 28th October 2014…. over 15 months later mate :-/

  • 22 davis_toons // Jun 3, 2015 at 11:47 AM

    “No club the size of NUFC would ever employ the likes of Llambias, Charnley, Wonga, JKF twice, pardew, Wise, Carver et al”

    Yes. This only happen in Newcastle. This Owner should pack his bag and get back to where he belongs.

  • 23 davis_toons // Jun 3, 2015 at 11:53 AM

    Lee Charnley is just another …… worst than Lams

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