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.¨


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.

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