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This Man In Big Trouble If Newcastle Have Another Poor Season

7:51 am, Thursday, September 17th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 7 Comments

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.

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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.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Financial Fair Play · Financials · Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ron Knee // Sep 17, 2015 at 7:53 AM

    I thought it was too early to panic?

  • 2 firebug666 // Sep 17, 2015 at 8:01 AM

    How will any of them be in trouble, look at the inept one’s vile record here, was he in trouble?

    As long as we don’t get relegated Ashley will be very happy, and everyone’s jobs will be safe.

    If we were to win something however, it could be a different story, Ashley may have to keep his word and sell his cash cow, and the rest could find themselves out of a job for over achieving.

  • 3 kakaobi // Sep 17, 2015 at 8:07 AM

    Think it’s time we looked at Graham Carr his signings have been poor we replace cabella with someone as just as bad up to now we have a striker who is now a marked man with refs he’ll get more yellows than goals this season guaranteed

  • 4 Tsunki // Sep 17, 2015 at 8:13 AM

    I don’t think it’s SM as coach that is causing the problem, it’s the ‘New Board’ same as the ‘ Old Board’ in that the boss might have left the room but he left instructions to carry on business as usual. The decision making is still money first, churn through the playing stock, balance the numbers through the season, bang out the averages, keep the PR going, bums on seats promotions etc. The players know the score and they lack heart because of it. It’s a boat going round in circles because there’s only one oar. When will these nuggets realise it’s a top down entertainment business, if it’s not successful, if it’s not sports – motivated, all that will happen is the club will degrade as an attractive brand, the fan numbers will distil down to a diehard core, and we will slowly turn into the Smoggies mark II. A tread water outfit.

  • 5 The next Mike Williamson // Sep 17, 2015 at 8:40 AM

    I’ve only ever seen two of McClaren’s sides play (Boro, England) and they were renowned for playing unadventurous boring sideways football. So boring that I stopped watching England play under his reign and haven’t watched them since. Now it looks like he’s bringing his style to Newcastle. Why on earth did we bring him in? It’s well known that only attacking managers will get the fans on side.

    I think we have good players, but huge holes. Ie ariel ability of defence & midfield. Lack of forward passes from DM. Where to play Sissoko? These are small issues and could easily be solved.

  • 6 Laurent Robert The Legend // Sep 17, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    Our big problem has been to score goals. I wonder why all coaches since pardew are so obsessed with it this 4-5-1 formation. I think we need to get to 4-4-2 and try to cause some spark in attack. The team for watford should be
    Janmaat mbemba whoever heidarra
    Thauvin obertan/aaarons
    Seim de jong
    Cisse perez

    Defensively we’re still shit. We atleast need to try n make it up in attack. Wini is not good enough, compare him with payet last weekend. So is sissoko on d wings.

  • 7 banjax // Sep 17, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Charnley carries the weight of success and (currently ) failure at Newcastle. The worrying aspect of his tenure is that he seems to be lacking in knowledge in the aspects of running a football club and learning ‘as he goes’ along. There something very definitely wrong at the club and the important areas of player scouting and recruiting in particular. The policies of buying young for sell on value means that we have players who still have things to learn and are not fully up to the speed and pace of the Premiership and that is the key area where we are failing miserably. We are also hanging on to too many squad and utility players who, quite frankly, not up to the job. So the recruitment and scouting policy on age needs to change for a start by buying older more experienced players who are in the 26-29 age bracket. One thing is for sure, now is the time to act, identify players who are not cutting it and get rid and adopt a zero tolerance to lack of effort and graft on the pitch or get rid.

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