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.
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.