According to reporter Liam Kennedy, Lee Charnley will leave Newcastle once the takeover goes through.
It looks like the deal is set to be completed today, signalling the end of Mike Ashley’s time at St James’ Park.
After 14 years, he is finally set to leave. The club haven’t progressed at all, instead suffering two relegations and not even getting a sniff of silverware.
Newcastle’s ambition in recent years has just been to survive in the Premier League. There’s been no desire or necessary investment to get any better.
There’s also been no communication from Charnley, who is the club’s managing director. He’s been in charge of the day-to-day running of Newcastle, but it looks like his time is over.
Adding to the report that Jason Wilcox is being considering for a sporting director role at Newcastle, Kennedy has stated on Twitter that Charnley is going to be an ‘early casualty’ of the new regime. He adds that Steve Bruce is ‘likely to follow’.
It’s all change at Newcastle United. And having been forced to wait more than a year to get this deal completed, the new owners seemingly aren’t going to waste any time.
The main delight will come from Ashley’s departure, but there will be big celebrations if Charnley’s exit is confirmed as well.
He hasn’t been a popular figure at St James’ Park, deemed a ‘yes man’ for Ashley who has always been ponderous in the transfer market.
As for Bruce, it’s been clear for a long time that the players need a new manager. Newcastle are currently 19th in the Premier League and without a win after seven games.
Change is coming at St James’ Park, and it appears to be coming very fast.