Managing Director Under Increasing Pressure

There’s not just one thing wrong with Newcastle United at the moment – there are lots of things wrong with the club.

It starts with the way the club is being run and one of the biggest problems seems to be that it’s Graham Carr who really selects which players come in and the manager doesn’t seem to have enough power.

Alan Pardew has an interview out today saying he did the best he could  while at Newcastle but he was never fully in charge of the playing staff.

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Lee Charnley – under pressure

That’s a problem for any manager and it needs to change – but whether it will or not – we don’t know.

Newcastle don’t seem to have a good enough manager at the moment and while Steve McClaren is obviously doing his very best he’s simply not good enough and neither was John Carver.

The person who chose those two is also struggling and that’s Managing Director Lee Charnley.

Lee is running the club for Mike Ashley and when that happens you don’t expect the club to go from one crisis to another, but that’s what’s happening.

Since Lee was appointed in April of last year after Joe Kinnear was finally sacked Newcastle have been in terrible form.

We lost the last seven of eight games at the end of the 2013-2014 season and then got four points in seven games at the start of last season.

Alan Pardew was allowed to leave in early January without Newcastle having a plan to replace him and no players were brought in last January.

We ended up getting three wins and 13 points in the last 19 games of last season and were almost relegated.

Lee spent over £52M on new players in the summer and it doesn’t seem to have been money well spent and we are now second bottom of the league with 10 points from 14 games.

So if you are the guy who Lee works for and who appointed him – you cannot be too happy.

That’s Mike Ashley.

Now the real problem at Newcastle is Mike Ashley – because he’s the one who’s responsible for running the club whether its hands on or not.

He’s the owner – an unsuccessful owner at Newcastle – but it’s wishful thinking that he may sell up soon?

So as we said the problems at the club are there from top to bottom.

It’s not clear what Newcastle can do about things right now.

In order to get a decent manager in – like David Moyes or Brendan Rodgers – it’s debatable whether they would take the job unless changes are made.

Newcastle could agree to have the manager be responsible for the players brought in and have Graham Carr take direction from the manager.

But we also need a stronger executive than Lee Charnley in charge.

Lee is great at going out and arranging the deals for players – but it seems from the last eighteen months or so he’s just not suited to being the top man at the club.

We still haven’t heard him speak in public – and that’s ridiculous.

Here’s the question – what would you do at Newcastle right now?

The top priority has to be to keep us in the Premier League this season so we can really do something in the summer to really recover and get back on track.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • John Tudor

    Dec 5, 2015 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #1

    be content with your lot either put up or shut up

  • John Tudor

    Dec 5, 2015 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #2

    asshole out

  • Reyantoon

    Dec 5, 2015 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #3

    Some posts won’t get seen by others until after short while.Not sure that is due to moderation or something..

    Bobbybee – ya me too.Get well soon lad.

  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 5, 2015 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #4

    Here’s the question – what would you do at Newcastle right now?

    Promote Schtevie to Director of Football, Ian Cathro to Head Coach and let him bring in who he wants to assist and oversee the Academy.

  • davetoon

    Dec 5, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #5

    Stoke are miles ahead of us at the minute

  • John Tudor

    Dec 5, 2015 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #6

    if a player came off after a bad result and looked as fresh as when the game started he would be sacked

  • mactoon

    Dec 5, 2015 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #7

    McClaren is not a Manager, he is a coach who only has one voice in a committee that chooses the players. THAT is the problem. It is Ashley who is responsible for this process, and he cannot see it does not work. Until he changes this nothing will change

  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 5, 2015 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #8


    10 places!


    Dec 5, 2015 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #9

    cant see macca moving upstairs if asked…as that would make look a failure….cathro as head coach?…..considering some of the names mentioned myt be worth ago but he will not get control of the players….carr has to much influence at the club by the look of things

  • John Tudor

    Dec 5, 2015 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #10

    they can beat manshitty and we get stuffed thats the difference and and it’ll be more than 10 places by the end

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 5, 2015 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #11

    Didn’t Lee say back in his one off interview that the new HC would only talk about football and Lee would handle everything else?

    …he’s just a slimy little turd who need to be outed at all cost! That should be our first priority. Then the dismantle of the board and the take down of Ashley!

  • Douglas

    Dec 5, 2015 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #12

    What I don’t understand is that FMA seems averse to having one man in charge (the manager) but does not mind totally delegating everything to the Managing Director. But this is still having one man in charge.

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 5, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #13

    Incorrect. Carr chose smc and teaboy did the deal. Carr chooses the players. carr is a major problem at nufc

  • Bert

    Dec 5, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #14

    Charnley is clearly trying to emulate Ashley as the most anonymous successful business man. This would only work if he had the magical gift of appointing the best staff in key jobs. Unfortunately exactly the opposite applies and he would be out on his neck anywhere else.


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