Club reporter reveals what could happen to Lee Charnley if Kenyon completes NUFC takeover

The Chronicle’s Chris Waugh believes Lee Charnley’s position at the club would be under serious threat if Peter Kenyon completed a takeover – with the ex-Chelsea man hoping to take on a chief executive role at the club.

We all hope the takeover happens of course, but like this time last year, with each passing day it is becoming more and more unlikely due to how important the January transfer window would be to interested parties.

Here’s what Waugh had to say during the Chronicle’s latest Q&A when asked what would happen to Charnley if and when Ashley sells up:

The future of managing director Lee Charnley would certainly become uncertain following a takeover.

Charnley has risen through the ranks at NUFC and, though he often receives the ire of Newcastle fans, he is trusted by Ashley. What’s more, Benitez valued the closeness of his relationship with Charnley during the summer of 2016, and there is a belief behind the scenes that the pair would work well together once again if Ashley loosened the purse strings.



It is understood that Kenyon wants to become chief executive of Newcastle if he took control, meaning he would place himself above Charnley.

As for the three other consortia interested, it is unclear what shape the club’s hierarchy would take under them.

The future of Charley would be the last concern of Newcastle fans if Kenyon did complete the purchase of NUFC. Whether it is due to the restrictions from Ashley or not, Charnley has proven to be totally out of his depth as CEO of Newcastle United. An embarrassing lack of communication with fans is the main issue – as there is there no excuse for it.

Not getting deals ‘over the line’, failing to improve the academy or SJP, overseeing two relegations – all can be attributed to Ashley in the main. But the reality is that we have a yes man in charge who has little impact at the club and personally, if a takeover is completed, I hope we have a clean slate and Charnley moved on.

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About Simon Riddlesden

Lifelong Newcastle United fan and East Stand season ticket holder. Observations from a supporter who has followed NUFC during Champions League participation and through relegation, taking me from Milan to Scunthorpe.

3 thoughts on “Club reporter reveals what could happen to Lee Charnley if Kenyon completes NUFC takeover

  1. Is it beyond the realms of possibilty that there is a scam going on here. It seems to me that Ashley and Kenyon are working together.

    Also could Ashley deliberately be trying to get the club relegated?

    I feel he has no intention to sell up. Instead I feel what will happen is Ashley will employ Kenyon. And his first job will be to find someone to manage the club with Rafa stepping down.

    I feel Mike Ashley is comfortable in the Championship where the pressure to invest is far less. He still gets his merch sold, free advertising, full stadium every other week and can happily compete there. I think his Sky Sports interview said as much, he doesnt want to be in the Premier League as he doesnt want to compete at that level.

    Newcastle is nothing but a vehicle for Ashley. Maybe his plan is to be a yoyo club getting promoted, tryng to consolodate, if not go down, sell all the top players and start again with bargain basement players.

    I think the takeover is nonsense and Kenyon is in on the plot, maybe being paid by Ashley to front it.

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  2. My take is that Penfold is under an all encompassing gagging order which is why he is being made to appear totally incompetant.
    He may well be not up to the job as such but hey, “a blind chimp on a galloping horse “”couldnt fail to see most of the things he’s missed or messed up.
    Surely he just cant be that dumb.
    I’m comvinced hes proper under fattys thumb.
    FATBASTADOOT.
    HWTL.

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