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It’s Lee Charnley’s Job To Manage The Finances, Why Is He Making Excuses?



The topic of updating the training ground has been a high profile one at Newcastle since Rafa Benitez made some comments to George Caulkin in the Times after his departure from Newcastle. Despite assurances from Mike Ashley when Rafa decided to stay on as manager in 2016, Benitez asserted that only a few walls had been painted.

It seems that Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley are very sensitive to what Rafa had to say in that parting interview. They have come out over the past few days to try and combat almost every point Rafa made in the Times. However, they have chosen the beginning of a new season with a new manager in place as the time to do it.

Lee Charnley is at it again and has made some further comments in the Chronicle. Earlier today, he made some comments defending the appointment of Steve Bruce. We took no umbrage with Lee defending Steve, as that is what he should be doing. We just found the timing to be a bit late.

Now Lee Charnley is defending the club’s reasoning on not updating the training facilities. This is what Lee has said to the Chronicle:

“What we have said is, it is about priorities.

“There is a pot of money. Where is the greater need? At this time it’s on field.

“It’s not unreasonable, the pot of money can only go so far.”

“You go and spend it on the training ground it means there is less to spend on the team.

“Spend it on the Academy, there is less to spend on the team.

“Spend too much on wages, there’s less to spend on the team.

“That doesn’t mean we don’t spend in all those areas, because we do, but our view has been at this point in time the priority is what goes on to the field.

“It doesn’t mean we don’t want to update the training ground.

“Does it mean at some point in time we would like to update the training ground? Absolutely, yes.

“It is about priorities. It doesn’t stop us doing what we need to do on a daily basis.

“Our pitches are very good, our gym is perfectly adequate and functional.

“Do we have a swimming pool or water facilities? No.

“Would we like to have it at some stage? Absolutely.”

The issue with the training ground is that it desperately needs to be updated. It is no longer fit for purpose and if not upgraded soon, could become a hindrance to getting quality players to the club. It has, quite frankly, become an embarrassment for the 19th richest club in the world.

If it is currently not a priority, it needs to become one. It is Lee’s job to manage the finances of the club. Using the excuse that it would come at the expense of the playing squad, is just a transparent attempt to pull the wool over people’s eyes.

As managing director, it is up to Lee to not only get players to the club but to also ensure they have adequate facilities to train at. Other clubs can manage this without issue, so we expect the same from this one.


69 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 14, 2019 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #41

    Tony

    You might as well go back to bed, don’t think there’s much chance of play today. Lords looks to be better suited to water polo at the moment. 🙂

    1
  • Mindshaft

    Aug 14, 2019 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #42

    Can someone send this link to Charnley – https://www.compass-pools.co.uk/

    Clearly he hasn’t done any research – indoor pool packages start from 120k (including constructing the building to house it)

    Plunge pools start from 25k

    He can go for state of the art on everything for 1 million – how about spending the first installment of the Perez money

    3
  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 14, 2019 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #43

    It’s taken DM three months to tell us his info has gone to Singapore. I’ll tell you what Mickey since you’re asking what you can do to while over their in Dubai. Next time there’s a takeover rumour keep your bullshit to your self, or if some bloke in a pub tells you Bruce is getting sacked next Friday don’t shoot the messenger, maybe keep that to yourself as well.

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  • Tony Baloney

    Aug 14, 2019 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #44

    EGB: They are showing repeats of the World Cup and an interview with Nasser, who I really like and has a very dry sense of humour. I might have a nap and then check in around tea time (Dinnington time).

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 14, 2019 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #45

    And as a special treat for the benefit of any who may have missed it yesterday the latest episode of the MA & 4iiiis saga.

    MA
    Well that little wheeze worked out OK 4iiiis, nobody noticed the mannequin dummy’s, how many actual fans turned up.

    4iiiis
    About 30K boss, but the 10K freebies you gave out helped to pad the numbers out.

    MA
    Right but why didn’t you fill the other 5K seats you moron.

    4iiiis
    Not enough Dummies boss

    MA
    Hang on you said there was 30K of them.

    4iiiis
    No that was real fans boss, I mean we ran out of mannequins and the Sunderland fans hate Brucie now so they refused to help us out.

    MA
    OK could have been worse if all of the real empty seats could have been seen.

    4iiiis
    So true boss.

    MA
    Anyway what’s the story on the big demo at the Worthing store on Saturday.

    4iiiis
    Oh that boss was some bald guy was shouting Ashlie out until his Missus gave him a clip across the lughole and hurried him along to the next charity shop.

    MA
    A close call there for us, could have turned nasty.

    4iiiis
    Yes boss might not sound a lot but every little pin prick hurts your cash flow.

    MA
    Yes, baldy bastid!

    Yeah OK I’m a bit sad but as I spent hours slaving over a hot keyboard to write it so a bit of latitude chaps.

    And yes I am a bit of an egotistical bastid, sorry! 🙂

    5
  • Mindshaft

    Aug 14, 2019 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #46

    Brightons training facility has more than 15 pitches, a pool, medical facilities, gym, physio rooms and offices for the club’s analysts, all state of the art for a total cost of 29 million (land also included in this price).
    We already have the land, pitches etc so could upgrade it to state of the art for 10 million – can we really not afford that

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 14, 2019 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #47

    Betcha the bus moves now! 🙂

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 14, 2019 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #48

    I’ll just leave you all with this Microsoft word document before I go to bed….oohhh what a tease I am.

    5
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 14, 2019 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #49

    Mindshaft

    Will they chuck in new wheelie bins into the package?

    1
  • Belfast

    Aug 14, 2019 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #51

    What ever happened to the Dubai superstar dj and bzg spokesman ? I haven’t heard him mentioned for weeks.

    0
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 14, 2019 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #52

    DubaiMicky

    You post whatever you want mate, I’ve got enough brain cells to make my own mind up what I believe or disbelieve!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 14, 2019 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #53

    hibbit,
    Hell Yeah, let’s go for the cups, like it’s some new novel idea that everyone is just cottoning on to.

    4
  • Belfast

    Aug 14, 2019 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #54

    Fifteen minutes of fame eh ? He only got five haha

    1
  • Mindshaft

    Aug 14, 2019 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #55

    EGB – think we might have to pay them to take them away, could be a deal breaker – they might charge a tenner , do you know how many we have and I’ll send em an email to ask

    1
  • Mindshaft

    Aug 14, 2019 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #56

    DubaiMicky – I’m with EGB – post what you want, if people believe every word on here then they probably need locking up

    5
  • Tony Baloney

    Aug 14, 2019 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #57

    Mund was back on after he posted some ITK stuff and again I think he was sincere, if a little naïve. The other ITK, Elmanio has never been back. Then, of course, there is Online Guy the original fraudster.

    4
  • Genjikai

    Aug 14, 2019 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #58

    Mindshaft we have 1 bin its a communal pool.

    6
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 14, 2019 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #59

    A short list of three eh, who were the other two?

    1
  • Tony Baloney

    Aug 14, 2019 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #60

    I said I thought Dubious Mickey was sincere. But he really didn’t have any useful information and portrayed himself like he did. Sincere and wrong is still wrong.

    3
  • hibbit

    Aug 14, 2019 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #61

    Genjikai

    Yeah we have only one bin but it is the commercial size, not just a common household unit,
    no wonder you geordies have a bad never happy always wanting more !!

    3
  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 14, 2019 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #62

    Brighton have also submitted an application to extend their facility with another 20m to be put in.

    Plus they’ve agreed a new 100m main sponsorship deal.

    It really will not be too long until they surpass us.

    1
  • Genjikai

    Aug 14, 2019 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #63

    Hibbit dam you and your fancy bin.
    Bet your collection comes more than 1 every 2 weeks aswell?

    0
  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 14, 2019 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #64

    Essex
    Shortlist of three? Do you mean about the manager?

    Just going by things that came out. Obviously Bruce is one. Allardyce came out on talksport and said his agent was approached. So he’s two. The third, no idea.

    Then there were reports of moves for viera and arteta but not sure about those.

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  • Moonraker15

    Aug 14, 2019 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #65

    Oh dear! Charnley’s opened his mouth again and put his foot in it!
    Imagine stating it’s a question of priorities and saying the money is being spent on players! Yes, but not enough and only £25 million out of the budget of £91 million!
    Jib you are defending your owner again when everyone knows the training facilities are not fit for a club of our size and status! You then go on to suggest alternative facilities thereby admitting they’re not ideal!
    Charnley’s better off keeping his mouth shut as he’s not clever enough to defend his position, apart from being wrong every time!

    8
  • Moonraker15

    Aug 14, 2019 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #66

    SD shares dropping again today!

    2
  • Jib

    Aug 14, 2019 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #67

    Moonraker15

    Jib you are defending your owner

    No I’m not

    She’s shopping at Tesco

    4
  • Moonraker15

    Aug 14, 2019 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #68

    Jib # 67
    Yeah I know, mine’s at Aldi ! Haha nice one!

    1
  • Gummy

    Aug 14, 2019 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #69

    Penfold you’re a businessman, not anything to do with being a football man. Just go sit in the boardroom and count your money and pull your pud. Don’t talk football as you haven’t got a clue!!!

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