Newcastle United have confirmed that Lee Charnley has officially left the club.
After sticking around for a six-week handover period following the arrival of new owners, the club have revealed that they are now on the lookout for a new CEO and will ‘make an announcement in due course’ regarding his replacement.
Here’s the official statement from Newcastle United on Friday afternoon, followed by Charnley’s parting message and Amanda Staveley’s reaction to his departure:
NUFC official statement – November 19th:
Newcastle United can confirm that its managing director, Lee Charnley, has left the club following a handover period with the new ownership group.
Lee has been with the club for 22 years, the last seven of which were as the Magpies’ managing director.
Newcastle United was acquired by an investment group led by PIF, PCP Capital Partners and RB Sports & Media in October. The club’s new Board will continue to oversee all operations.
The club has also begun a formal recruitment process to appoint a CEO and will make an announcement in due course.
“To have been at Newcastle United for 22 years has been an honour and a privilege, and the club, its people and our city will always be very special to me.
“As it enters a new chapter in its history under new owners, I wish Amanda, the rest of the Board and everyone connected with the club every success.”
“I would like to thank Lee sincerely for his support and professionalism during this time of change. His knowledge and assistance have been hugely appreciated by the club’s new Board.
“Lee ends a long association with the club and on behalf of the Board, staff and players, I’d like to wish him the very best for the future.”
Let’s hope this means a boardroom appointment is close. You’d like to think it does…