According to the Athletic, Lee Charnley knows he is on ‘borrowed time’ as the Managing Director of Newcastle United.
While Mike Ashley owns the club, Charnley is in charge of the day-to-day running of things at Newcastle.
He’s been with the club for a long time, even longer than Ashley. Charnley arrived at St James’ Park back in the early 2000s when Sir Bobby Robson was manager.
He was appointed as assistant club secretary, and has been with the Magpies ever since.
In 2014, he became Managing Director, replacing Derek Llambias.
Charnley has often felt the wrath of fans during the Ashley era, and has developed a reputation for being slow in the transfer market.
He’s often been branded as a ‘yes man’, simply doing whatever Ashley tells him to do.
However, it looked like his time was up last year.
With a takeover on the horizon, it seemed certain that a new regime was set to call the shots at Newcastle United.
However, the Premier League failed to make a decision over the takeover, unwilling to approve or reject the deal.
In the end, PIF walked away. Now Ashley is involved in a legal dispute with the Premier League as he looks to resurrect the takeover.
According to the Athletic, Charnley’s tone during Premier League meetings has been ‘negative’ since the takeover stalled.
But could he be on the way out this summer?
Until then, Ashley will remain as owner, and Charnley will remain as Managing Director.
When a takeover happens, Charnley will very likely follow Ashley out of the door. But it remains unclear when that will happen.
He might feel like he is on borrowed time, but no one knows for how long.
It could be a month. It could be a year. No one knows.