Lee Charnley Should Put These Plans In Place Now

One of the things that identify good and successful companies is the level of planning they do and you see detailed planning behind all of the most successful companies.

And one of the things that caused Newcastle United´s precipitous fall from grace from last January was a lack of foresight from the person running the club – Lee Charnley.

Maybe it was just a lack of experience in the job.

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Lee Charnley should always be thinking ahead

Lee admitted that he had no plan to replace Alan Pardew when Alan left in early January and that it was a total surprise to him.

That was even after the early season troubles when our results were hopeless and there were demonstrations from some fans that Pardew be sacked.

Why hadn´t Charnley thought through what he would do if Alan kept losing games  before we finally won at home to Leicester and then had some very good results?

And Charnley then compounded that first mistake by putting the inexperienced and untested John Carver in charge mainly because it was the easy choice – he was already there.

And even when it became obvious to most that Carver was simply out of his depth and was saying weird and strange things during his press conferences Charnley didn´t make a move to replace him.

Well not until it was too late with Newcastle flirting with relegation and Charnley was lucky we won our last game of the season an were not caught by Hull in that final game.

He was lucky because he had done absolutely nothing to correct a very bad situation.

We cannot imagine that Mike Ashley was too happy with that.

Lee Charnley hopefully is now working with the rest of the Board to see who we can bring in during January and getting from Mike Ashley exactly how much money can be made available at that time.

And the other thing he must do is have a plan for what he will do if Steve McClaren presides over the real disaster scenario that say – Newcastle lose the next five games.

We hope that doesn´t happen, but that thinking has to be done now.

It´s not negative to do that early on, so that Newcastle are not again caught flat-footed as we were last season when Alan walked out the door.

That´s the work the Managing Director needs to do.

Lee has only been in the job 18 months and at the end of the 2013-2014 season we lost seven of our last eight games.

Newcastle then had a bad start to last season and then Alan Pardew left and we only just survived – and now we are in trouble again at the start of this season with Steve McClaren – who Lee appointed.

So an awful  lot has happened in  the 18 months since Lee Charnley was appointed Managing Director, most of it unfortunately negative.

One last thought – we wonder when the plans for the new state-of-the-art training ground at Benton will start to be implemented?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

117 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Sep 25, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #1

    this is PR damage limitation they seen the fans mood change in the last game and our pr guru keith bishop was at the game the pr shit will come thick and fast now to try and calm the uprising that they know is coming

  • Jib

    Sep 25, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #2

    Hibbit man it’s an interview with a player who has been at the club for 10 weeks , was the Eredivisie player of last season and who is clearly shellshocked and thinks the club doesn’t do what it says on the tin .

    Do you actually know what PR stands for ?

  • ShirebrookToon

    Sep 25, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #3

    how many will we concede tomorrow I wonder

  • barkel

    Sep 25, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #4

    I think we need to go gung-ho tomorrow, all out attack for the first 20-25mins and try to force a goal. It’s the only way the team will get the crowd excited and we all know what a great place St James’ is when the crowd are in full voice

  • stan anderson

    Sep 25, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #5

    In all honesty if we were to get stuffed the next 2 games by double figure scores i would not be to upset.It would just show how piss poor we are.
    I dont want it to happen,but i do expect a tonking.

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 25, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #6


    We have simply paid the price yet again for going for the ”safe” option in SM. Another bang average, mediocre Brit manager who had a couple of seasons in the sun way back when.

    Tuchel, Viera and a host of better more exciting, dynamic options were out there but Carr cosied up to SM afte rhe rejected us twice and look where we are now. This club has no self respect whatsoever.

  • stan anderson

    Sep 25, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #7

    Wishful thinking Barkel.If only it would happen,but it wont .We will try to contain them and get clobbered as they will score early on and we will not have a plan B.

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 25, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #8


    I don’t think SM has realised that we actually want to see our team attack!! Same with Allardyce, AP, Dalglish, Souness etc etc. Only KK & SBR seemed to get that.

  • hibbit

    Sep 25, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #9

    jib i do know what pr stands for and the the club use it like north korea bishop is a master in the art damage limitation and the damage was done on wednesday night…. the staff and players dont just give these interviews promising to do better there stage managed not for the fans but to try control the situation to the clubs advantage the mood in the crowd changed in that game big time and the club know the next 3 games are going decide the mood of the fans for the rest of the season if the players had put the effort in on wednesday the fans would have been a lot more tolerant in the next 3 games but they didn’t did they hence the pr blitz

  • Jib

    Sep 25, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #10

    Unless the team start like a train , the crowd will get on their backs – whoops Steve Howey talking about the toon on SSN – he’s saying the same as me – fans can accept defeat – it happens – but they require players to show commitment to the cause it is time to for everyone to get on the players cases .

  • Ian Toon

    Sep 25, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #12

    Rotonda- I have it on good authority that were not in for Klopp as Manager/ Coach
    to replace Macca. But it’s not all bad news as his twin brother Klippity is in the frame.

  • scrotty

    Sep 25, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #13

    Has anyone else noticed the ironic fact that the type of player this squad is missing is a Joey Barton type figure. I’m not sure if he still has no club but at this moment in time I’d have him back.

  • runheed

    Sep 25, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #14

    Rotunda…. You have, as they say, hit the nail on the head as usual. That, my fine friend is exactly what we want to see. That is what the game is and should be all about. Attack is the only real philosophy of football. Does anyone have an alternative?

  • runheed

    Sep 25, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #15

    Jib. Nice backup comment. We want to see them look like they have some intent.

  • Oldgit1

    Sep 25, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #16

    Here’s a plan, drop sissisco and put his World Cup plans down the toilet.

    Persevere with obreton on the right wing, move Mbamba upto a defensive midfielder. And bring in mike Williamson as C H. Sorted.

  • barkel

    Sep 25, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #17


    Is sissisco a player we’re going to buy before the world cup in 2018? 🙂

    Seriously tho, I think we should keep Mbemba as a centre half, I would however bring in another centre half and go either 3 at the back with wing back or 5 at the back and Colo as a sweeper

  • Sav

    Sep 25, 2015 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #18

    I think we are under the illusion that Charnley actually knows anyone in football or could pick a good manager if he had a choice. He is an accountant. Bob Moncur has been on the outside too long, Carr is largely overseas and seems to have his own agenda and obviously, he can’t ask Macca. We’ve had this situation before with Ashley (Joe Kinnear, anyone?) and Llambias the casino manager. Charmless is out of his depth. If Macca goes, it may be Caithro who gets promoted, if only because the Chinless One knows where to reach him.

  • beefman13

    Sep 25, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #19

    barkel i always thought Colo would make a very good sweeper and even Anita for that, but Mclaren is rigid in this one up front stay in the prem bollocks, which isnt working at all, every team we play have us sussed, i still say our Academy sized midfield has no fear factor or forward thinking to it, we are in a mess, i dont know how they can look at themselves in the mirror, even while shaving!

  • jimmysmith

    Sep 25, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #20

    This team wants to attack, but has lacked a player to hit, in the absence of Mitro. Macca, like Pardew before him, wants to attack, but without the right outlets up top, is quite rightly worried about getting a pasting if we leave ourselves exposed at the back. Teams will just soak it up, and do you on the counter attack, especially us, so low on confidence.

  • beefman13

    Sep 25, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #21

    last season we started appallingly, young Aarons was introduced, mainly through injury and we started flying, and i give that kid a lot of credit for our turnaround, then he gets injured and we just were not the same, did he make such a difference i really think he did, now this year he has been in and out, with Mclaren saying he is bringing him along slowly, utter utter horsecrap , if you are good enough you are in, simple as. look at Martial and Stirling etc, and while Aarons may not be at that level yet he is for me one of the first on the teamsheet.

    Mclaren, this job has pressures mounting by the day, you cant escape, you could for England.

  • AncientC

    Sep 25, 2015 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #22

    Carver deserved his chance at the gaffer role – it may not have worked out, but I don’t have a problem with that decision. Carver comes in for some criticism that seems almost personal, which I don’t quite understand.

    For me, I enjoyed Carver stepping up and calling a few players out… at the very least it showed he cared.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Sep 25, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #23

    Off-topic I know, but has everyone been as surprised as me with Windjalum? (never know if I’ve spelt that right). Technically average at best (being kind), lacks stamina, no physical presence, poor awareness of what’s happening around him. I wondered why he wasn’t a target for bigger clubs, but it’s obvious now. They have proper scouts who can see these things even in a lesser league. No doubt he’ll give us the odd good performance (like Anita) but I think we have yet another duck egg on our hands.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Sep 25, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #24

    “And even when it became obvious to most that Carver was simply out of his depth and was saying weird and strange things during his press conferences Charnley didn´t make a move to replace him.”

    Do you reckon Makro is out of his depth, Ed? You’ve criticised Carver relentlessly, even in umpteen posts that have nothing to do with him. You have always highlighted Carver’s weird utterances at press conferences, but now you appear to be shifting the emphasis to that as you increasingly realise he didn’t have such an easy job. (You’ve just stated in a previous article that Makro has a better squad.)

    What’s weirder than anything Carver ever said or did is Makro’s inane grin after every defeat as if he’s just been pleasured. What do you say about that?

    You’ve criticised Charnley. Has he made the wrong choice again? Is it obvious to you now that Makro is out of his depth? Or are you backing Makro as the right man for the job going forward from today?

  • hibbit

    Sep 25, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #25

    blackley by all accounts Mc was carrs choice not charnley

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Sep 25, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #26

    McClaren’s inane/smug/smarmy and generally annoying grin has gotten under everyone’s skin at a million miles an hour it seems….

  • archaeomag

    Sep 25, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #27

    “Lee Charnley should always be thinking ahead”

    You assume that he is capable “thinking”- I think the jury is out on that one.
    Looks like a rabbit starring into the oncoming headlights.

  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 25, 2015 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #28

    If we are going to lose then we may as well give an opportunity to players who are not regular starters. There is no culpability and only the potential to win a starting place in the first team. Those who have played consistently poorly over the last three games should not be able to take to the field, as they represent the great amount of frustration that Supporters feel and need to see addressed.

  • jimmysmith

    Sep 25, 2015 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #29

    De Jong needs to play now that he’s fit. He’s a mature player and this is a crisis happening that needs to be contained. Widj and Sissoko i’d partner behind him alternately holding while the other gets forwars. They’ve both played there and are two of our more dynamic players. Mitro as an outlet up top, and Perez and Aarons, I think, buzzing around him. Aarons deserves a run if only because he’s the only one he hasn’t been handed his chance, and of course we know of his great natural ability. I think that side would get stuck in and not get outmuscled and would also have something going forward. Anita can sit down and Colback can play at left back.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Sep 25, 2015 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #30

    I don’t buy the line that Charnley takes the old man’s list and draws a red line through his top player choices. Charnley is not a football man. He should have no input on the player side other than negotiating in accordance with the old man’s assessment of worth. Is anyone saying that Charnley is qualified to assess a player’s worth? And the old man must surely know his budget and criteria when drawing up his list?

    But when it comes to the choice of a manager/coach/figurehead, chief executives will invariably have a strong view and the final say along with the owner. In our case, I reckon Lucky Lee has fancied Makro and taken comfort from the old man’s blessing. Anyone who knew next to nothing about football could point to Makro’s considerable experience and say that’s why I appointed him.

  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 25, 2015 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #31

    Thinking logically about our tactics to date, we haven’t had any real options going forward without a proper frontman to hit balls to whether long or short.
    To try and play the ball up to a pipe cleaner with a pea stuck on top , it’s obviously not going to stick and get held up for others to join the attack.

    I’m hoping Mitro is as good as I think he is and can keep his cool enough to become the saviour we need now . What a chance for him to become a hero.

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 25, 2015 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #32

    At this point, we need a manager with real personality and “zing” , to get the team believing and attacking. Sadly we have got SMC and its that dull inane grin again…

  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Sep 25, 2015 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #33

    Prediction New 0 Chelski 7

    next game

    also drubbing of epic proportions…

    Then panic ensues and we will only get worse.
    People are right, its not a relegation fight…

    its just relegation, I actually do rate Mitrovic funny enough.

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 25, 2015 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #34


    The old ones are the old ones

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 25, 2015 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #35

    Cheers Runheed

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 25, 2015 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #36

    lots of poor managers have a wealth of experience (of being poor)

  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 25, 2015 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #37

    Scrotty….. I would have Barton back in an instant ,baggage and all he would generate some motivation and has plenty of PL experience to help get us out of this mess.

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 25, 2015 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #38

    Appointing inadequate managers doesn’t make it an easy job for them.

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 25, 2015 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #39


    that said he didn’t keep us last time (sending off at liverpool with shearer glaring at him sticks in the mind) He hardly helped QPR’s cause either. 2 relegations already, wouldn’t want him to make it a triple, although some fire and passion certainly wouldn’t go amiss.

  • Ian Toon

    Sep 25, 2015 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #40

    The Daily Telegraph – by Luke Edwards. Friday 25th September 2015
    Mike Ashley, the Newcastle United owner, will remain loyal to under-fire managing director Lee Charnley and chief scout Graham Carr as they draw up plans for a risky January overhaul of the first-team squad. Carr and Charnley have attracted intense criticism for the way they have conducted player recruitment, focusing entirely on young players from abroad, with head coach Steve McClaren floundering as he tries to improve results.
    The quality of the four players signed in the summer at a cost of more than £50 million – players described as “exceptional” and capable of making an “immediate impact” by Charnley in an email to season-ticket holders – has also been questioned.
    Carr was responsible for recommending all of them and his recent track record in the transfer market is poor.
    But, rather than dismiss the two most powerful men at St James’ Park and bring in new people to run the club in his absence, Ashley is determined to show he will not be swayed by public pressure or media criticism and will sanction more signings in the January window.
    Carr, though, could be replaced in the summer as he is almost 71 and McClaren will argue the case for a more innovative technical or sporting director to help Charnley with recruitment.
    The transfer kitty will be supplemented by player sales, with ­McClaren keen to rid the dressing room of the players whose poor
    attitude, flimsy commitment and flaky mentality have left him facing calls for his removal after just eight games on Tyneside.
    McClaren defended them publicly, but Newcastle are expected to listen to offers for Cheick Tioté, Papiss Cissé, Gabriel Obertan, Vurnon Anita and Moussa Sissoko in the new year. They will also sell the likes of Mike Williamson, Sylvain Marveaux and Yoan Gouffran if ­anyone is willing to take them.
    Carrying out a major overhaul of the squad in the middle of the season is a gamble, but it will suit ­McClaren if he can persuade his squad they are playing for their ­futures, even if it is to earn a move.
    McClaren is not under any immediate threat as he holds a place on the board and there is sympathy for him because of the problems he inherited. Instead, he will push for players to be signed in January who have already played in the Premier League or who have international experience.
    Despite his place on the board, McClaren was repeatedly overruled in the summer, most notably on the non-signing of Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin. When he asked for an experienced international centre-back, Newcastle decided to extend the contract of captain Fabricio Coloccini instead.
    The faith in McClaren could vanish if David Moyes became available, although his problems at Real Socieded were eased by victory over Grenada on Tuesday night.
    Moyes, however, would not work as a head coach without the final say on players coming in or out. McClaren is willing to work under those conditions, which is one of the reasons he was the only candidate interviewed to become Alan Pardew’s permanent replacement.
    Newcastle began the campaign with optimism after signing Aleksandar Mitrovic, Chancel Mbemba, Florian Thauvin and Gini Wijnaldum, but McClaren inherited too many players who either wanted to leave or who had already shown they are not good enough.
    The tension in the dressing room has been hinted at by both goalkeeper Tim Krul and new signing Wijnaldum. Asked what needed to change for Newcastle to recover, Wijnaldum replied: “I think the attitude – we must stay positive because if we don’t stay positive it is going to go wrong, but we need men now out on the field. Players who want to work hard and give everything to get a good result.”
    Krul added: “Everybody has to look at themselves in the mirror and ask if they gave everything [against Sheffield Wednesday]. If not, they have to start straight away, because what we are doing at the moment is really not good enough. Everybody needs to grow now. We need to come out and show we are real men.”


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