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This Is The New Manager Charnley Has Identified If Benitez Leaves

9:09 am, Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 81 Comments

There is some hope and that is all it is at this stage – hope – that Rafa Benitez could stay at newcatsle if we are relegated and hopefully we will get a decision within the week.

But if the 56 year-old Spaniard doesn’t stay it seems that Managing Director Lee Charnley has again picked a candidate who would likely be willing to accept the way he and Graham Carr currently run the club.



Steve Bruce – Hull City manager

Geordie Steve Bruce seems to be their first choice – but we would be surprised if Mike Ashley doesn’t make some big changes in the way the club is run – otherwise we could end up in free fall.

Appointing Bruce would keep us as a fairly mediocre side and would have none of the potential and excitement for fans that a Rafa Benitez managed Newcastle United would have.

But we also want to see owner Mike Ashley hold those fully accountable for what looks to be a self-inflicted relegation caused by sheer ineptitude at the top of the club.

Those responsible are mainly the Managing Director and Chief Scout who have essentially been running the club for owner Mike Ashley.

In any well-run organization there has to be accountability when the club, through complete ineptitude and poor management,  will miss out on over £140M in funds from the Premier League in a year’s time.

That’s some real money lost right there and the inability to take decisive action when it’s necessary has a cost – in this case a huge cost.

If Mike Ashley wants the Newcastle club to be successful, he should do two things:

  1. Keep  Rafa Benitez at the club and give him full control of those things he wants control over.
  2. Clear out those people who have proven they cannot do the job at Newcastle.

That would be a good start to follow a probable second disastrous relegation in a short seven years.

Comments welcome.

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81 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ben3arfa // May 11, 2016 at 9:18 AM

    Charnley should stick to working on the club’s finances, relegation wont be pretty.

  • 2 stuart no9 // May 11, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    stuart no9 // May 11, 2016 at 9:17 AM

    strange to say tonights game is the biggest game in newcastles history. There will be more geordies watching that game , world wide , than mackems.
    As for the game itself , i’m not banking on everton to turn it on and play scum off the park, why ? their form is as bad as ours and if it was left to football alone then we will be down by 9-45 this evening , however ,sometimes games dont go as planned , maybe the ref might frustrate them a bit , the everton players might frustrate them ( remember palace at SJP a couple of weeks ago) some decisions may go against them that will wind them up, defoe has an offday ( yep it can happen )
    ” unfortunate” injury to their main man , ok , we wont want to see anyone getting hurt but these things do happen in football just when you least expect it. If everton can hold them for 70-80 mins , panic will set in as they will want to do the business tonight and not have to travel to do it on sunday. i still expect everton and watford to be professional regardless of reports about holidays etc, these sides wont throw a game, these sides dont NEED to win , sunderland do, the pressure is on them it all depends if they can handle it, if they cant we live to fight on sunday , if they do – at least well have raffa next year, so either way there is something to look forward to.

  • 3 stuart no9 // May 11, 2016 at 9:22 AM

    where does it say anywhere that bruce is favourite for the job ??

  • 4 Rotonda heights // May 11, 2016 at 9:28 AM

    The tragedy is these inept t—s who’ve cost the club millions in disastrous signings and managers, Benitez apart, will still be in situ to return to making the same desperately mediocre and uninspiring choices.

    If it is Bruce, that really, really, really will be the end for me after 46 years.

  • 5 Jib // May 11, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    “Rotonda heights
    If it is Bruce, that really, really, really will be the end for me after 46 years.”
    That’s a bit kneejerk

  • 6 Rotonda heights // May 11, 2016 at 9:35 AM


    even if under performing everton don’t beat sund, they’ve then got under performing watford and we couldn’t score past Villa and have to somehow beat the 2nd placed team.
    Too many odds against. Saturday was one of the blackest days in our hstory

    The only thing giving the club any credibility and morality is Rafa. if Rafa goes and ashley’s goons are left then I hope it all goes to hell. I’d take league 1 to finally see the back of these.

  • 7 Jib // May 11, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    Hull are defo in the playoffs and have a very very slim chance of an automatic promo spot !

  • 8 Rotonda heights // May 11, 2016 at 9:45 AM


    I don’t think so

    Allardyce, souness, pardew, carver, mclaren……bruce!!

    Bruce would just continue the cycle of mediocrity perpetuated by the chuckle brothers. Hull fans want Bruce gone the way derby fans did with SM.

    I might fnd something useful to do on saturday afternoons. After 46 years I think it’s quite a measured response. Kneejerk would be if we had only been s—e for a season or 2.

    The club’s run by a ”wrongun” who had a last desperate gamble long after the horse had bolted. Bit ironic after his talk of bolting on carts to horses.

    Other clubs seem to be able to find previously
    unheralded up and coming managers like karanka, pochetinno etc, but Bruce for me just represents everything that has been going wrong at the club (Rafa apart) in terms of ambition or rather lack of.

  • 9 Fabricio - out of position - Coloccini // May 11, 2016 at 9:48 AM

    Carr out!

  • 10 Jib // May 11, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    A much more measured assesment of the situation

  • 11 stuart no9 // May 11, 2016 at 9:56 AM

    Rotonda —- You say watford are under perfoming, just last week they came from 2-1 down to win 3-2, to me thats not underperforming even if it was against villa, the fight was still there. it would be foolish to underestamate them . we found that out on saturday

  • 12 Wayayman // May 11, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    Where is the report that this supposed news came from Ed?

  • 13 BandB // May 11, 2016 at 10:06 AM


    Ed is referring to a report in yesterday’s Daily Mail.
    The Telegraph’s north east football reporter Luke Edwards also reported similar details yesterday.
    Jb has kindly posted a link to the article just above.

  • 14 Ibizatoon // May 11, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    Trying to convince Rafa to stay, Bruce is the fall back.

    It does sound like lessons have been learnt after all.

    This summer re-build should be a breeze then!

  • 15 lesh // May 11, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    If Rafa were to stay with us to both restore our Prem status and undertake a rebuild of footballing operations, then success for him would surely rank as a far greater achievement than winning a major European trophy with an already established top top side?

  • 16 BandB // May 11, 2016 at 10:17 AM


    It seems that Rafa is amenable to staying ….on his terms.
    If he leaves, he will want to say he couldn’t get the necessary assurances, while the club would no doubt prefer that was not the version of events that got put about.

  • 17 lesh // May 11, 2016 at 10:17 AM


    Of course Ashley’s board will have learnt from last year. They’ll not fanny on as long before swooping for Bruce!

  • 18 Ibizatoon // May 11, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    BandB…Exciting times then. Has Ashley realised that his terms don’t work or is Rafa an unreasonable so and so.

    The idea that Bruce is part of the equation doesn’t bode too well imo.

  • 19 lesh // May 11, 2016 at 10:20 AM


    G’day to you and a hope that you’ve no need to beat Jib up today.

  • 20 hibbitt // May 11, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    got to ask who says Bruce would take the job ???

  • 21 stuart no9 // May 11, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    Band B —- Yeah just read it. First , how the hell does rob lee know that raffa withoiut doubt is going to leave if we go down, second , what makes him think bruce will do a good job and get us straight back up ? Im sorry but , like shearer, lee was one of my all time mid field heros as much as shearer was my no1 striker, however i do think they should both take a step back and let raffa make his own mind up where his future lies . Lee and Shearer – by speaking out of turn and put negative thoughts into raffas head about what he should do . These EX players should be doi ng all they can to keep raffa here , not give him reason to leave , so the whole of tyneside would ask that they kindly refrain from expressing their negative thoughts to the nation and just STFU, and let raffa decide if he stays or leaves.

  • 22 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 11, 2016 at 10:23 AM

    Having Bagpuss as a fall back for if Raffa doesn’t stay, is like having a salmon paste sandwich as a fall back for not being able to secure a booking at The Loch Fyne

  • 23 Ron Knee // May 11, 2016 at 10:28 AM


    Good point!

  • 24 BandB // May 11, 2016 at 10:29 AM


    Now now Lesh.
    No need to go stirring animosity between comrades.
    Jib and I have a working relationship, and one which I prefer to the one I have with some less obviously aggressive bloggers.

  • 25 Ibizatoon // May 11, 2016 at 10:29 AM

    Stuart…Whilst I do agree, a bit of positivity can go a long way, do we really think Rafa will allow the views of pundits etc to determine whether he stays on, if we’re relegated?

    He’s either already decided or will be waiting for assurances from the club as to what the master plan is.

  • 26 stuart no9 // May 11, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    anyway , this bruce story is all hypothetical, coz come sunday 4-45 raffa will not want to go anywhere ,
    I have said this from day 1 , raffa will stay no matter what happens on sunday . As shearer and Lee will be very surprised if he stays , i will be more surprised if he leaves , Raffa can see a big opportunity here to turn this club around and to become one of the all time greatest managers in the world, The temptation must be there

  • 27 SPRINGY // May 11, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    i would agree with that comment @25,but that does mean ashley has to agree to what we all pretty much agree is the best for the club…but he very rarely does anything that is right for the club…if its gauranteed right for his pocket he’ll be all in.
    morning all by the way.

  • 28 Toon_Tom // May 11, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    All these stories are still premature if you ask me – 9hrs premature really.

    Yes we are probably going down but if you guys can count it still isnt certain – everton could beat sunderland and with the pressure going in to the last game sunderland could crumble against watford – hell even Norwich could stay up!!!

    why talk about Bruce, why talk about Rafa leaving, why talk about Rotherham away – while there is still a bit of a chance I will remain hopeful.

  • 29 JAMSHA // May 11, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    some1 tell Lee Charnley to fk off

  • 30 BeeGuy // May 11, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    Raffa ain’t staying. Charnley will diddle until he has to take the post himself. NUFC will drop down to League 1, but make a pile of cash in doing so.

  • 31 stuart no9 // May 11, 2016 at 10:50 AM

    ibiza — no, raffa probably wouldnt allow opinions by EX players to sway his decision , my point though is , it dosnt help . There could easily be a point made by anyone that may just trigger a thought , that COULD make him have a rethink . It could be anything , family , the spain job , having another go at a big club , anything could trigger a last second change of heart , it happens and there ex players should be writing stuff of how good we could be be raffa and the fans behind him , the stadium , wgat we have here , – nor saying things like ” done blame him if he leaves ” and crap like that .As i said , just shut up and dont try to put last second thoughts into his head

  • 32 Tsunki // May 11, 2016 at 10:58 AM

    Jib Re your post 6:46 this am, my apologies I did misunderstand.

    Average – thanks for that on the Android boxes, gives me scope, apology reserved for you if I seemed dismissive. I was kind of leaning towards Reilly and his suggestion of windows as a platform, I do actually like open source (I’ve used various flavours of Linux and prefer working with it as opposed to Windows for everyday work use) but Chrome is badly clipped to fit on cheap and economy – conscious choppers. Plus it’s still so buggy after all these versions!

    Anyway I’m done being humble now. But I’ll still be more humble than all of you put together! 🙂

  • 33 Tsunki // May 11, 2016 at 11:01 AM

    Why oh why does his name always crop up, the archetypal non-geordie Geordie in a mu-mu. Can you imagine the mirth the mackems would derive from that bent-faced traitor rocking up to sjp? Please just stop.

  • 34 Tsunki // May 11, 2016 at 11:03 AM

    Muu Muu. Better get it right or Dano will be on my case.

  • 35 Ron Knee // May 11, 2016 at 11:08 AM

    Can someone tell me why Steve Bruce is not a Good Thing? Serious question – I know nowt about him!

  • 36 Rotonda heights // May 11, 2016 at 11:11 AM

    i think the fear is not so much even sunderland only needing 2 points from 2 games it’s how the hell could we beat spurs with the misfiring mitro, perpetually offside cisse and shot shy wijni.

  • 37 Thump // May 11, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    @Ron: he was a defender for United when we were going toe to toe with them, he was Sunderland manager when we beat them 5-1 (then he almost took them down), and since then he’s been flirting with relegation and promotion. His football is also atrocious.

    In short: not a good choice.

    Notice how Rafa is talking in past tense now. He’s gone.

  • 38 stuart no9 // May 11, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    RON —- if you know nowt about him , i would leave it at that . you may start to panic .

  • 39 Ron Knee // May 11, 2016 at 11:14 AM


    So he sounds like Charnley’s type of manager!

  • 40 Mister Tuff // May 11, 2016 at 11:17 AM

    I know it’s a big IF -but if Everton win tonight -what a weekend of football it would be in a few days time.
    Nerves, anticipation highs and lows, excitement, frustation etc etc.

  • 41 Ron Knee // May 11, 2016 at 11:18 AM


    I think I started to panic when we couldn’t beat York City!

  • 42 Rotonda heights // May 11, 2016 at 11:19 AM

    Ron Knee

    Typical comment after one of agent Bruce’s sackings.

    ”You were a great defender Brucey, but I agree with a lot of the comments here, time to face up to the fact you’re not a great manager. Just kick back and enjoy retirement”

    Wigan, Brum, Hull, CP not quite the same ring to it as Valencia, Real Madrid, Livepool, Napoli .

    Bruce always used to amuse me when he would say I’m not goint to make excuses and then immediately trotted out a load!!

  • 43 BandB // May 11, 2016 at 11:19 AM

    There’s a bit of collective amnesia about Ashley’s efforts last time we went down.
    The club did not respond to Shearer’s costings for a rebuild, but let him leave.
    They then re-appointed as caretaker Chris Hughton, whom Shearer had previously superseded.
    The first signing was Danny Simpson on loan shortly after the new season kicked off.
    This was despite the club receiving about £25m in transfers out and additionally seeing Viduka, Owen, Duff, Martins, Cacapa et al off the wage bill.
    A few dribs and drabs came in as free agents and loans in the run up to Christmas, when it had become evident we were a force in a weak league, at which point the purse strings were loosened at little.

  • 44 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 11, 2016 at 11:21 AM

    Bruce would be a disaster a former Mackem manager who would be in a similar vain to Pardew and Mclaren eg not good enough for our club !

    If he was such a promotion expert Hull would have went up straight away this season considering they still have most of their squad that went down

    If we don’t get Benitez its going to be really hard for any manager to come in but we can do better than Bruce surely!?!

  • 45 Ron Knee // May 11, 2016 at 11:26 AM


    So we have to hope that Hull get promoted!

  • 46 beermonkey // May 11, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    bruce should go full time with churchhill insurance

    if rafa does go i think he will put forward some1 who he thinks is suitable

    i think it might be cathro

  • 47 stuart no9 // May 11, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    Band B – The big difference now though is , unlike 2009 , the TV money now is different gear to what it was in 2009 , Ashley knows we have to come straight back up or risk losing at least £400M over the next 3 years

  • 48 BandB // May 11, 2016 at 11:29 AM

    Everything is different Stuart.
    But is Ashley?

  • 49 BandB // May 11, 2016 at 11:36 AM

    He knew relegation would be a disaster this year.
    The only practical difference is that we finished last season on 39 points and we can’t even get near that this season.

  • 50 yorkshire_magpie // May 11, 2016 at 11:38 AM

    Sorry to say lads but the odds are stacked against us and we are almost certain to go down! I just can’t see Everton beating them. Goodbye premiership

  • 51 toonluvva // May 11, 2016 at 11:38 AM

    I find the news that Mr Charnley has identified a replacement manager in the event that Rafa departs a little worrying.

    First, because it is Mr Charnley who should be departing, or at the least, stepping back into a admin position.

    Second, I’ll leave to each blog reader to make their own minds up about Mr Bruce, but can you imagine Mr Charnley appointing Mr Bruce only to be replaced himself?

    What will the new MD make of the decision? They might well have wanted to appoint someone else, someone who can pick up the phone and contact any manager, any where in the world.

    It fear a summer of missed chances followed by a hasty appointment ahead.

  • 52 yorkshire_magpie // May 11, 2016 at 11:39 AM

    Cathro would be a good choice as manager in Championship.

  • 53 toonluvva // May 11, 2016 at 11:39 AM

    * That should read ‘I fear …@ in the last para.

  • 54 bettyswallocks // May 11, 2016 at 11:43 AM

    I’m fairly confident that Rafa will stay. He has come from a very hostile environment in Madrid where it was very political and where he under massive scrutiny every game.

    He has been made to feel more than welcome here and he genuinely loves to see passionate fans that get behind their team. We all need to feel loved and respected so all this coupled with a free rein to reorganise things from top to bottom should be enough to convince him to stay.
    He won’t be under pressure from us fans as we love him already and apparently he’s already planning the new training complex. Let’s Hope.

  • 55 Jib // May 11, 2016 at 11:45 AM

    Beermonkey is right – A clear family resemblance

  • 56 BandB // May 11, 2016 at 11:47 AM


    “Bruce always used to amuse me when he would say I’m not goint to make excuses and then immediately trotted out a load!!”

    Are you trying to talk the man into a job?

  • 57 hibbitt // May 11, 2016 at 11:48 AM


    how do you work that out what i’ve seen of him ithink he would be best suited the acadamy

  • 58 hibbitt // May 11, 2016 at 11:49 AM


  • 59 Jib // May 11, 2016 at 11:50 AM

    You are so right
    I was reading one of the RM blogs the other day complaining that Rafa only got 37 points from his first 18 games.
    The article was headed
    Benitez costs Zidane 17 points !
    The RM supporters are so far up their own asses it’s not funny !

  • 60 solano // May 11, 2016 at 11:53 AM

    “But we also want to see owner Mike Ashley hold those fully accountable for what looks to be a self-inflicted relegation caused by sheer ineptitude at the top of the club.”
    Like himself, Ed? Remember the “buck stops with me” ???
    The rubber faced ‘Plastic Geordie’ Bruce would be a perfect match for the grotesque caricatures that many NUFC fans have become.FFS have some dignity this week and try not to cry in your Gregg’s pasties. It’s been on the cards for years and you asked for it…collaborators!

  • 61 juan // May 11, 2016 at 11:56 AM

    I would love to know where ED has picked this story from?? Can’t see any truth in that whatsoever. Charnley and Carr should be and hopefully will be sacked for getting us in this position. If the fat former Mackem does turn up i won’t be the only one cancelling my season ticket. Relegation does not bother me. I’ve been thinking we’re doomed all season. Only thing that bothers me is if RAFA leaves

  • 62 bettyswallocks // May 11, 2016 at 11:58 AM

    All the pressure and stress working for that fickle Madrid outfit can’t have been an enjoyable experience. He was confident of keeping us up when he arrived here but even if he doesn’t he’s still the messiah.
    That says it all really. I don’t know what money he was on there but I’m sure his wages won’t be the stumbling block. He’ll stay.

  • 63 BandB // May 11, 2016 at 11:59 AM


    There have been several attempts today to draw attention to the source of Ed’s story.
    Obviously, if you don’t look at them, you’ll remain in the dark.

  • 64 hibbitt // May 11, 2016 at 12:06 PM


    its just Bishop letting the press know we have the situation in hand drip feeding bullshit little stories here and there
    that’s what a good PR man does

  • 65 bettyswallocks // May 11, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    If The Mackems send us down tonight ( what a vile scenario) then they will have to make a statement before Sunday surely. There would be no reason for Rafa to delay his decision until after the Tottenham match as that game would become meaningless.

  • 66 BandB // May 11, 2016 at 12:19 PM


    Tune in on Sky Sports News about 2pm on Sunday.
    We might see a humble and chastened Ashley talking about horses and carts.

  • 67 beermonkey // May 11, 2016 at 12:20 PM

    will rafa stay or go

    i think he likes the love he is getting and i am sure he is tempted

    but i think its down to the club to sell him the dream, and for this i think its down to ashley
    is he willing to make the cash available to rebuild the club from the ground up
    is he willing to hand over control of all football matters to rafa

    its difficult to know what way ashley will go

  • 68 Ron Knee // May 11, 2016 at 12:21 PM


    It would depend on his decision. If it was to say he was staying it would sugar the pill. But if he has decided to leave …

  • 69 wolfshead@toon // May 11, 2016 at 12:21 PM

    call me a massive cynic but i think fatty brought in rafa so late hoping he would fail so if the fans accused him of not bringing in a decent manager he could turn round and say i did and look what happened

  • 70 mindshaft // May 11, 2016 at 12:21 PM

    Cheer up Stevie Bruce
    Oh what could it mean
    to be a
    sad mackem b’tard
    with a sh!t football team oh ho ho

    Surely he knows he’s hated by the fans even before he comes – oh and Hull are in the playoffs and could yet get promoted – not sure why he would drop back down to ‘manage’ toon ( hopefully)

  • 71 SPRINGY // May 11, 2016 at 12:23 PM

    i thought carr was almost a certainty to leave,but then thought, would ashley want to pay off whatever contract he’s on,when he can reduce his say in what happens at the club with regards to player recruitment,and effectively castrate his envolvement,maybe forcing carr to leave of his own accord…cant see rafa letting carr have a big influence on who comes in… if rafa is to stay,carr will just be rafas scout, thats it.
    i’ve said for a while charnley is a hell of a shite buffer for ashley,there is a lot shite directed at charnley that would be squarely pointed at ashley,so gettin rid of this yes man lacky is probs not in ashleys best interest….hope im wrong on all fronts and both are pedalled the second relegation(if its to happen) is confirmed…but some how doubt it will unfortunately.

  • 72 beermonkey // May 11, 2016 at 12:24 PM


    is ashley doing another interview?

  • 73 bettyswallocks // May 11, 2016 at 12:27 PM

    I think we will know before Sunday what Rafa’s intentions are . If he’s staying they’ll announce it before Sunday’s match to give us something to cheer. If we’ve heard nothing by then I think we can fear the worst and it remains to be seen how they try and quell the discontent.

  • 74 bettyswallocks // May 11, 2016 at 12:29 PM

    If we are down by Sunday and Rafa’s away, I can’t imagine Ashley fronting up.

  • 75 SPRINGY // May 11, 2016 at 12:30 PM

    i’ve not heard he will,but i expect him to tbh,what will be said,which direction he’s going to go is any buggers guess…like everything with the club…its all over the place ,up in the air….just a complete farce at times.

  • 76 bettyswallocks // May 11, 2016 at 12:32 PM

    BandB………. Steptoe and son with their old horse and cart should be brought in to chuck Ashley and co. On the scrap heap. That would be a good PR stunt for the fans. TV would love it.

  • 77 BandB // May 11, 2016 at 12:35 PM


    It depends on whether intrepid truth-seeker David Craig can “twist his arm.”
    I doubt it.
    I hope our survival is still up in the air after tonight. If not, the press and everyone else will be distracted by the issue of Rafa’s future and away from the bigger story….our relegation.
    It’s a two edged sword, PR-wise.
    The fans may choose to sing for Rafa on Sunday rather than have a go at the regime.
    But if there is an outpouring of love for him, and then they later say “he wanted too much” then they’d have made things worse.

  • 78 BandB // May 11, 2016 at 12:40 PM

    Most firms realise that if they have a fundamental problem smart PR can only help if they intend to honestly address the problem.
    It’s when they don’t intend to address the problem that they turn to reputation management consultants.

  • 79 MidlandsMag // May 11, 2016 at 12:41 PM


    I went to that York City game with family and I think we were all panicking as well. It was definitely on the cards then that we were not going to be very successful.

  • 80 SPRINGY // May 11, 2016 at 12:50 PM

    if the worst happens,ashley really is ganna have an awkward situation bar rafa saying he’s not stoppin as he doe’snt want to be in championship,if rafa states he wants to stay by his terms ashley will have to relent or there will be a torrent of abuse heading his way if rafa leaves coz he did’nt agree to his terms,if the club take up the option to not keep rafa there will be a shit load of abuse for the lack of ambition yet again.
    and if ashley agrees in full to rafas terms it will cost him alot of mone, which we all know is something he doe’snt like doing,unless he’s earning from spending…all in all, its ganna be a tricky end of season and summer.

  • 81 isleofmanman // May 11, 2016 at 3:19 PM

    There’ll be no Rafa next season. And no Townsed. Everton are all over the place and Sam has got the Mackems rockin’ and rollin’

    Charnley and Carr should have had the decency to resign by now.

    Ashley will get rid of them once he condescends to spend some quality time at NUFC instead of trying to grab the rock-bottom remnants of BHS – but NOW would be better

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