Damning – Newcastle´s Top Executive Lacked Credibility


Jonas Gutierrez won his disability discrimination claim against Newcastle yesterday and now the amount of the award will be decided by a panel.

There was a 64 page document of the findings of the panel who reviewed the case and it makes for interesting reading.

And  the panel expressed ¨concerns¨ with Newcastle´s top executive Lee Charnley and the evidence he gave was said to be ¨surprising¨ and to ¨lack credibility.¨

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Lee Charnley – lacked credibility on the witness stand

Here´s some extracts from the findings pertaining to Charnley:

“Our assessment of his credibility was relevant to the way in which we resolved disputed facts between the parties.”

“By way of example he would not accept in cross-examination that the claimant was an established international player when it was not disputed that the claimant has played for Argentina 22 times including playing in the 2010 World Cup.”

“When asked whether he agreed the claimant was an established international player he responded that he did not have the claimant’s international record.”

“He appeared reluctant to agree that the claimant had played in the World Cup – saying that “he thought the claimant had played some part” and when asked how many other international players were in the squad as at September 2011 his response was that “he could not say”.”

“Given that Mr Charnley (along with other members of the Board) was responsible for decisions as to the composition of the squad this seemed a rather surprising answer.”

Not knowing much about Jonas playing in the World Cup in South Africa in 2010 reminds us of Kevin Keegan’s comment on beIN Sports about Charnley´s overall football knowledge last December:

“If you asked Lee Charnley to write what he knows about football on a postage stamp he wouldn’t fill it”

This kind of devious behavior from Lee Charnley will come as no surprise to members of the Fans Forum – his answers to straight forward questions at their meetings are so vaguely and generically worded that he manages to say nothing every time.

He seems to think he must defend the club against the fans every time, rather than having an honest discussion about the club.

As we have said many times before we don´t think Lee has had any management training or executive experience and has been put into a position at Newcastle where he has been way over his head for two years now – and Newcastle´s results and dramatic decline are indicative of that.

The fact the top executive of Newcastle United was found not credible on the witness stand is damning to the club.

It is yet another embarrassment for Newcastle United.

Comments welcome.



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6 comments so far

  • Jib

    Apr 15, 2016 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #1

    Why the number of caps and World cup appearances (in 2010 in South Africa at right back 3 years before his cancer) should have any bearing on whether the club deliberately did not play him to avoid his contract extension eludes me.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 15, 2016 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #2

    In fairness, at the time in question, Jonas was far from an established international player. Post the 2010 World Cup Jonas featured in just 20 more minutes of international football during a period of just over a year (before his last call up Oct 2011) which saw Argentina play 23 fixtures.

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  • jimmysmith

    Apr 15, 2016 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #3

    I think Janmaat, Mbemba, Colo, Sissoko, Tiote, Shelvey, Townsend, Mitrovic, Wijnaldum, De Jong, Cisse and Perez at least have the capacity to save us. Not that they will.

    I don’t think the others could. I don’t think Lascelles and Dummett are EPL quality for example, no matter how hard they try, and the situation requires something extraordinary, and unlikely.

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  • ToonMatt

    Apr 15, 2016 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #4

    More bad press for the club and more importantly more bad press for Mike Ashley, You never know with all the bad press and him spending £80m on new players, then being relegated, He might finally think enough is enough and sell up? Fingers crossed.

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  • magicmac

    Apr 15, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #5

    That little toe rag, Charnley never had any credibility in the first place, he is just like his pay master Ashely a liar and a total scumbag, they are all a total waste of space, and are distroying Newcastle before our very eyes, its bad enough that the so called football board know nothing about football, but the fact they know nothing about football, and are also total liars , well it was always going to end in tears and failure. Ashely does not deserve tp own a great football club like Newcastle United, and for sure he does not deserve to be with Newcastle in the premier league, you usually get what you deserve in life, what goes round, comes round. I think most fans would like to chuck Ashely, Charnley, and that silly old fart Carr, of the tyne bridge, head first into the tyne, they are all a cancer at our great club. Ho way the lads

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  • isleofmanman

    Apr 15, 2016 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #6

    Through no fault of his own Charnley was promoted to his own level of incompetence by Ashley

    Nevertheless he should have had the decency to resign by now. He hasn’t. He won’t. Ever.

    I used to refer to him as ‘Ashley’s Bag Carrier’

    I now think ‘Ashley’s Twat’ is more appropriate

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