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Lee Charnley´s Strange Email To Fans

6:52 pm, Thursday, December 10th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 64 Comments

We don´t hear from Newcastle Managing Director Lee Charnley very much and in fact we still have never heard him speak as the lead executive at Newcastle United – which we find extremely strange – whet doesn´t Lee give a press conference – maybe with Steve McClaren also in attendance – that´s the best way to communicate and he could also filed questions for the press.

But at least he has sent an email out today and talks about the great win against Liverpool – well that´s what we thought the email was going to be about but he does a quick switch to trying to sell half-season tickets.

And it comes across as a little crass.

The announcements about the season tickets generally go up on the Newcastle web-site.

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Lee Charnley – Managing Director at Newcastle

Lee obviously doesn´t have great skills in the communications field and he hardly comes across as an executive either.

Here´s what Lee sent out today for those who didn´t receive it:

We have all seen how fantastic a noisy St James’ Park is. The atmosphere you generate lifts the players and turns the stadium into a very special place to be. It does make a difference.

That was certainly the case against Liverpool and I was delighted that our fans could leave the ground with smiles on their faces, something we are all striving to achieve more regularly than we have this year.

We want to fill St. James’ Park to capacity and recreate that atmosphere for every home game.

With that in mind, I am delighted to announce, for a limited time only, the release of half-season tickets for under-18s priced at just £25 in the Family Area, £50 in category 2 & 3 seating and £75 in category 1 seating.

The means our next generation of supporters can watch the final ten home games of the season from as little as £2.50 per game.

Starting with Everton on Boxing Day, these half-season tickets will guarantee a seat at fixtures including the visits of Manchester United and Manchester City, the Tyne-Wear derby, the final match of the season against Spurs and five other Premier League fixtures.

For supporters who have already committed to buying a junior half-season ticket, we will be sending out a free adult and child ticket for you to join us for the Premier League fixture against Aston Villa.

I sincerely hope that you will join us all at St. James’ Park. I would welcome you to take a closer look here.

Tickets can be bought online, over the phone and in person.

We’ll be opening our matchday box office tomorrow & Saturday so supporters can buy their tickets in person from St James’ Park, direct from our expert team.

Thank you for your support.

Lee Charnley

Managing Director

Newcastle United

Since Lee took over from the sacked Joe Kinnear in April of last year as the club´s top executive the results of Newcastle United have been abysmal – and don´t forget we lost seven of the last eight games in the 2013-2014 season.

We then got 4 points in the first seven games of last season and this year after Alan Pardew left the club ……. well I´ll have to stop right there before I get even more depressed.

Comments welcome.

Can you help 3 year-old Kian?

On 31st October 2013 then 18 month old Kian from Prudhoe was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma cancer – and it was high risk stage 4 plus MYCN – which is the most aggressive form of this rare cancer.

The parents were told he had a 50/50 chance of survival during treatment and if successful an 80% chance of a relapse, and while the initial treatment seemed to be successful a relapse has taken place.

Advanced treatment for Kian is only available in Germany or the USA and the cost of treatment is £550K.

His parents are trying desperately to raise the money after an agonizing last couple of years – please take a look on this web-site where there is a lot more information – and see if you can help out.

Many thanks.

Tags: Fans · Newcastle Fans · Newcastle News · Other News · Premier League · Season tickets

64 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Dec 10, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    Ashley Out!

  • 2 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Dec 10, 2015 at 6:56 PM

    Charnley with the begging bowl out !!

    No mention of trying to bring in players funnily enough !!

    To be honest if we get a result against Spurs and beat Villa I could honestly see them sign no one !!

    Mclaren was interviewed saying the squad was full it is but it means we need to shift players out and get new ones in !!

  • 3 John Tudor // Dec 10, 2015 at 6:56 PM

    turds oot

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // Dec 10, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    Remember the film Purely belter based on the book Season ticket, it would hold no relevance at all in this day and age at the club, that was when getting a ticket for the game was a right bonus. I think if they knew there was going to be a few quid spent in the January window they might expect a few more people to turn up, however if they were planning to spend f uk all…………

  • 5 optimistic prime // Dec 10, 2015 at 7:08 PM

    I wonder if Lee sent a similar letter to the players.

    “Hey lads, if you turn up on a match day the fans will get behind you”

    All of them out!

  • 6 banjax // Dec 10, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    A lot rests on the Tottenham game on Sunday so let’s see how that works out Mr Charnley OR you could just resign along with your choice manager and get someone else to run the club who actually knows what they’re doing.

  • 7 welshgeordie9 // Dec 10, 2015 at 7:14 PM

    Finally the news me and my family have been waiting for, found out today that my dad will be in hospital next Wednesday and the operation will be the following day, so he will be in over Christmas, does it feel like Christmas to you lot, it doesn’t to me.

  • 8 Toon Tang // Dec 10, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    He’ll be emailing us pictures of himself draped over vintage motorcycles next…

  • 9 Graeme // Dec 10, 2015 at 7:25 PM


    Good luck to you and your dad mate. Once its over and done with and he’s on the mend, every day will seem like Christmas. Believe me, I’ve been there and got the scars to prove it.

    It will get better. Chin up!!!

  • 10 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 10, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    Ed…it’s not like JFK sad the standards high is it?

  • 11 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 10, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    Welsh…are your dad having the operation?

  • 12 spitfire_ // Dec 10, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    Get Don King for promoter, Charnley sucks as hell.

  • 13 welshgeordie9 // Dec 10, 2015 at 7:33 PM


    Thanks mate, depending on how things go from next week, I might not be on here that much.

  • 14 SPRINGY // Dec 10, 2015 at 7:34 PM

    hope the op goes well,best wishes to you and family.

  • 15 welshgeordie9 // Dec 10, 2015 at 7:35 PM


    he is having an operation for stomach cancer, 2 weeks in hospital then 3 to 5 months recovering at home.

  • 16 welshgeordie9 // Dec 10, 2015 at 7:36 PM


    Cheers mate.

  • 17 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 10, 2015 at 7:38 PM

    Welsh…I’ll say a prayer for him mate! Best wishes to you and those around you!

  • 18 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Dec 10, 2015 at 7:41 PM

    Best wishes to you and your family Welsh!!

  • 19 firebug666 // Dec 10, 2015 at 7:42 PM


    Best wishes to your dad marra, he’ll be on the mend in no time, keep yer chin up.

  • 20 Jib // Dec 10, 2015 at 7:46 PM

    We must be after tough lttle winger / midfielder types.

    After the story about us enquiring after the Chilean Marcel Diaz.

    The story from Turkish media about us enquiring after Besiktas’ Kerim Koyonlu also known as Kerim Frei (Turkish born in Switzerland) is also in the Italian media.

    That’s a Nobby Solano doppelganger and a Little Emre look alike.

    Anyone sensing a pattern here ?

  • 21 welshgeordie9 // Dec 10, 2015 at 7:47 PM

    Thanks guys you have been great.

  • 22 SPRINGY // Dec 10, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    that spanish lad we were linked with in the summer will be next….cant remember his name now like……he was a similar type of player to them

  • 23 lochinvar // Dec 10, 2015 at 7:50 PM

    No problem with the kids coming to watch the Toon and see their heroes – that’s the way it is.
    However you can see the Ashley business model kickin in and Charnley is the messenger boy. It’s a franchise and we are getting closer to popcorn and cheer leaders by the day. Singing section neutralised and announcer shouting ” let’s hear the noise” is one step away from playing ” Let it go ” every time there’s a corner,. No wonder Charnley is peddling cheap tickets – it’s a business model not a football club as we used to know. Does that make me a dinosaur – probably.

  • 24 SPRINGY // Dec 10, 2015 at 7:50 PM

    ever banega….i think it was

  • 25 SPRINGY // Dec 10, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    i said spanish but he’s an argy playing in spain for valencia…so nearly right!lol

  • 26 AncientC // Dec 10, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    The naming rights for the Stadium will be up for sale quite soon. With Wonga paying for the stadium name to be St. James’ park, I cannot imagine we will get another sponsorship like that.

    The naming rights for the stadium will have a higher value with a fuller stadium. Of course, if they cannot lease out the naming rights for the stadium, they can just change it back to SD arena, every cloud has a silver lining and all that…

  • 27 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 10, 2015 at 7:58 PM

    Ancient…who will have their name dragged through the mudd?

    It will probably just be SD Arena like you said!

  • 28 Transfer Sage // Dec 10, 2015 at 7:59 PM

    Hope it goes well Welsh.

  • 29 Jib // Dec 10, 2015 at 8:05 PM

    Here’s a list of SD’s brands

    They wouldn’t dare call it
    The Firetrap Stadium would they ?

    Personally my favourite would be
    The Alice Takes a Trip Stadium

    Ha ha ha

  • 30 JamesToon // Dec 10, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    Hi welshie
    Hope your dads operation goes well mate

  • 31 Jib // Dec 10, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    Chin up Welshie .
    The best Xmas present for the bairns is a healthy Grandad.

  • 32 Jib // Dec 10, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    I just know Tsunki is going to pick
    The Abandon Ship Stadium 🙂

  • 33 SPRINGY // Dec 10, 2015 at 8:12 PM

    god knows what bladeuser will come up with!!lol

  • 34 dok - the horrid colonial // Dec 10, 2015 at 8:12 PM


    as always, I will keep your dad in my thoughts, esp next Wednesday, and ill even set a glass out for him on our xmas table, what’s his name, I don’t want to put the card, ‘welshies dad’, you know 🙂

    be brave, be strong for him, as you can see, in spite of footy differences on here, most are pulling for you and your family lad… keep ya head up, my friend…

  • 35 dok - the horrid colonial // Dec 10, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    why don’t we just name it ‘Dante’s Inferno”, and on the gates we can have, “abandon all hope ye who enter here”….

  • 36 SPRINGY // Dec 10, 2015 at 8:22 PM

    that will be to scary for our players!lol

  • 37 welshgeordie9 // Dec 10, 2015 at 8:25 PM


    His name is David mate.

  • 38 dok - the horrid colonial // Dec 10, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    thanks welsh

  • 39 Graeme // Dec 10, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    Welshie, My mum had her operation for Stomach Cancer almost 8 years ago. She had over 50% of it removed.
    She celebrated her 85th Birthday last Monday.
    Be strong.

  • 40 ronaldo aarons // Dec 10, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    If there is a midfielder from the German league then we should be buying johannes geis.

  • 41 banjax // Dec 10, 2015 at 8:40 PM


    Best wishes to your Dad mate and can I wish him a speedy recovery.

  • 42 jayphoto // Dec 10, 2015 at 8:40 PM

    @jib – The Golddigga stadium be more apt…

  • 43 hibbitt // Dec 10, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    welsh geordie………….have christmas the day he come’s home because that’s what it will feel like……stay strong

  • 44 lesh // Dec 10, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    Charnley didn’t send the email! He can’t communicate, the word’s anathema to him.

    It appears that Ashley owns 51% of Keith Bishop, the firm that is and I’ve no doubt that’s where the email’s source is – albeit in Charnley’s name.

    I’m told that SD lost £245m today – probably the result of the Guardian’s expose – and Ashley’ll no doubt be concerned that it’ll impact on the Club’s attendsnces.

    It’s doesn’t take a genius to see that all Ashley needs to do for Newcastle United is to underline his stated ambition of winning something by appoint an MD and board members who can translate it to reality.

    That’ll require a complete change in philosophy where success is the driver for profitability.

  • 45 toon22 // Dec 10, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    Hope Sd goes bust and takes fatso with him,he will have to sell us then.
    As for any player unless hes a midgit and injury prone hes no use to us.

  • 46 stephen1971 // Dec 10, 2015 at 9:03 PM

    lmao, i think his job must be on the line, a begging bowl is right, if he can come out with small details like this then why can,t he talk freely about how things are all the time ? that speech just justified how i thought about him anyway,

    get the kettle on penfold, thats your next duty

  • 47 Thump // Dec 10, 2015 at 9:07 PM



  • 48 Average_Contents // Dec 10, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    Mental images of that strange looking gypo with the annoying voice from the adverts are invading my brain.

    Thanks thump….

  • 49 Jib // Dec 10, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    toon22 @45

    You may very well get your wish.

    The retail industry is very vulnerable to weak economic conditions and a new crash is being forecast.

    SD’s landmark store 150 Oxford Street has been HQ to Woolworths (went bust in 2009) and HMV (went bust in 2013)

    Ashley personally won’t be affected he’ll see it coming and get out , however the 30,000 people who SD currently employ will be out of a job , they won’t be able to complain about searches then , except at the dole office.

  • 50 Jib // Dec 10, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    Spurs are playing a few second stringers against Monaco tonight.
    No sign of Andros Townsend , this non-appearance in the shop window suggests AT’s transfer is a done deal.
    ( I hope it isn’t us 🙁 )

  • 51 angelswithdirtyfaces // Dec 10, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    As the last crash in 08, or the subsequent recession had little or no lasting negative effect on SD, I think Jeff’s predictions are wishful thinking.

    If 30,000 SD jobs did go in the UK there will still be a market for leisure clothing – so they would be mostly go to successor companies.

    Didn’t know he owned Berghaus – used to be a Newcastle based company.

  • 52 Tsunki // Dec 10, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    Actually Ray I’m going with Can’t Stop The Crooks Arena, can’t think why the lads didn’t just do it and be done

  • 53 Jib // Dec 10, 2015 at 9:59 PM

    I thought you might go with Dupe
    and stick a “d” on the end.

  • 54 Jib // Dec 10, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    I guess you’re right
    The lasses in our local Poundland used to work at Woolies.

  • 55 Tsunki // Dec 10, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    Ray, wrong again with your retail analysis, SD as you noticed is a multi – branded repository which although not technically monopolistic, has many a staple market blanketed, which virtually immunises itself against economic fluctuations. Its immense margins also insulate it from temporary drops from changes in fashion, brand popularity changes and such, as it can easily switch focus to brands that become more profitable. The huge zero hour manpower ensures there is an easily disposable and reusable workforce that costs only when used, and is easily fixed with other costs, just like rent, rates, energy, marketing, shipping, fuel etc. And his market? Poor Joe Public, who will only need even more tatty clothing as recession bites. SD ain’t going down soon, unfortunately.

  • 56 jane // Dec 10, 2015 at 10:39 PM

    what is your job at SD Tsunki?

  • 57 Tsunki // Dec 10, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    Jane I’m sorry but as I said before, I see no point in exerting myself to respond to your goading save to say I observe you as merely a drone, a vassal of more accomplished blog nuisances.

  • 58 Sazzer // Dec 10, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    Seize the days with your dad Welshie and do the things you like to do together or always wanted to do together.

    It’s the only way your last days together, regardless on how many days it turn out to be, will be your best days with him.

  • 59 Sazzer // Dec 10, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    I think David Concha is the spanish player you couldn’t remember the name of.

  • 60 Tsunki // Dec 10, 2015 at 11:06 PM

    Ray did you decide to drop Weekend Offender because it was too limiting?

  • 61 lochinvar // Dec 10, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    angelswithdirtyfaces // Dec 10, 2015 at 9:53 PM
    Didn’t know he (Ashley ) owned Berghaus – used to be a Newcastle based company.

    Just to correct that point – Ashley doesn’t own Berghaus – they are owned by the Pentland Group. Berghaus were a true Newcastle based company but had a factory in Washington before that closed and the business now operates out of the dark side in Sunderland. What irony !

    Ashley bought and owns Karrimor who had financial troubles years ago and while rescuing that outdoor brand now sticks that label onto all sorts of cheaper gear and footwear. Sadly it cheapened the brand but is mega successful for Ashley as a cash cow. What irony !

    So there you have it.

  • 62 Sazzer // Dec 10, 2015 at 11:13 PM

    ronaldo aarons
    Geis recently signed for Schalke so can’t really see him as realistic target any longer.

  • 63 Sazzer // Dec 10, 2015 at 11:14 PM

    Cracking player though.

  • 64 dok - the horrid colonial // Dec 10, 2015 at 11:20 PM


    thank you for @57, spit my coffee at that!

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