Newcastle have been woefully led over the last few years and if you look at what´s happened to the club since Lee Charnley was appointed by Mike Ashley as the top executive in early April last year it´s not good.
We lost seven of the last eight games in 2013-2104 – had 4 points from the first seven games last season but then recovered quite well – before Alan Pardew left us suddenly.
Alan was allowed to leave with no experienced replacement being available, and that decision ended up plunging Newcastle into serious trouble and we only just survived.
Lee Charnley – Managing Director – out of his depth
After that terrible appointment Lee Charnley made on John Carver, he then came up with another strange appointment in Steve McClaren, who had only just been fired from Championship club Derby County.
Steve now has Newcastle 3rd bottom of the league with just 17 points in 19 games.
We really do hope McClaren can turn things around and soon – but if he cannot or doesn´t then a good question to ask the Managing Director is what was his logic in appointing Steve McClaren to the position when better managers were available.
Leicester City, Watford and West Ham are three Premier League clubs who appointed new managers in the summer and they are doing just fine.
Here´s Lee Charnley´s Newcastle record since he took over on April 7th, 2104.
January will become a really big month for Newcastle – maybe the biggest January transfer window for many years – but it´s Mike Ashley who will need to come in and make some really big decisions on how much money will be spent.
And if results don´t improve and a new manager is to be brought in then it will not be Charnley´s decision but that of the owner.
We are willing to believe that football is different from most other businesses in the real world, but executives at the top still have to be accountable for the decisions they make and the results they get – based on those decisions.
That´s how things work and executives get the big bucks based on that high level of responsibility.
At the moment Lee Charnley seems completely out of his depth as Newcastle´s top executive.
A good question for Mike Ashley is where is the executive experience and the football knowledge that made Lee a suitable candidate for this position?
Kevin Keegan has already let it be known in public that Lee has very little football knowledge and he knows Lee from when Kevin was manager back in 2008.
Keegan told beIN Sports earlier this month that Lee could write all he knows about football on a stamp and there would still be room left over.
Lee is supposed to be running the club for Mike Ashley and the major responsibility is therefore his for the mess Newcastle have got themselves into this year – based on his poor decisions.