Managing Director Lee Charnley is the man who runs the day-to-day operations at Newcastle United, and he is the leader of the Newcastle Board of Directors which also consists of head coach Steve McClaren, Chief Scout Graham Carr and Club Ambassador Bob Moncur.
Mike Ashley put that new Board in place in June, and gave them the full responsibility on transfer both in and out of the club, and took himself off the Board.
Lee Charnley with Mike Ashley on last day of last season
So they were given the freedom to decide – with the money allocated by the owner – how to best improve the squad for what is hoped to be a successful season of finishing in the top eight in the league and winning a local cup.
The season has not started well, and in fact we have one less point than last season at this time after five games played.
Last year we didn’t win until our 8th league game when we beat Leicester City 1-0 at home.
We really cannot have that kind of start this year and after 2 points from the first five games, there are a number of journalists who are already tipping Newcastle to be relegated.
One of those is former striker Andy Cole – who wrote an extremely negative piece for Yahoo Sport, which we commented on earlier today as simply being far too negative so early in the season.
Mike Ashley has every right to expect some return from spending over £52M of Newcastle’s money in the transfer market this summer, and he will hold Lee Charnley responsible for that.
In fact when John Carver was appointed as the interim head coach for the rest of the season in January, after Pardew left, that was also Charnley’s decision.
It turned out to be a disastrous appointment, and we were nearly relegated, after Newcastle were in the upper half of the league table after the first half (19 games) of last season.
Lee waited far too long to try to get somebody else in, and he doesn’t need another season when we flirt with relegation.
And Lee Charnley was principally responsible for the appointment of Steve McClaren as the new head coach this summer.
If Newcastle do have another poor season – and we really hope that doesn’t happen – Lee is the one at the club who will be held responsible by the owner.
That’s because Mike Ashley is relying on Lee Charnley to lead a resurgence of the club – not have us still fighting relegation.
Steve McClaren has already called that a huge responsibility for the Managing Director.
Steve himself will be in trouble if in May we are fighting against relegation – but Lee Charnley is the one ultimately responsible as the top executive at the club, for whatever happens to Newcastle.
We are really hoping Newcastle have a successful season.
After all there are still 33 league games to play.