According to the Northern Echo, Lee Charnley looks set to leave the club if Peter Kenyon’s bid to takeover the club comes off – with him likely to replace the current managing director and take over the ‘day-to-day running’ of the club as our new chief executive.
IF the takeover talk is to be believed, this would represent further good news, with it meaning the end for another of Ashley’s ‘yes men.’
Charnley is by far the lowest paid CEO in the Premier League and has had very little, if any, positive impact on NUFC. He has kept fans in the dark, cancelled interaction at fans forum’s and his lack of previous football experience has became all too clear too. He may have had his hands tied due to the financial constraints of Ashley, but he also inspires little confidence in getting deals done on transfers either.
Here’s a snippet from the Northern Echo’s latest piece, suggesting that a ‘huge question mark’ would be placed over Lee Charnley’s future at the club should Kenyon’s takeover bid prove successful:
‘Peter Kenyon is now the clear front-runner in the race to buy Newcastle United – and intends to install himself as the club’s new chief executive.
‘If his bid is accepted, he will take over the day-to-day running of Newcastle as chief executive, placing a huge question mark over the future of the club’s current managing director, Lee Charnley.’
One of the main benefits if his bid is successful, is the knowledge of Kenyon himself. He has been CEO at Manchester United when they won everything in sight during the Ferguson dynasty, before leaving to oversee the successful start of Abramovich era at Chelsea; making the inspired decision to hire Jose Mourinho the first time round.
He is the type of CEO we need to attempt to get back anywhere near that top 6 – and miles apart from Lee Charnley. If the deal goes through, let’s hope all the Sports Direct advertisement and under qualified personnel, like Charnely, soon follow Ashley out the door.