Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley leaves the club

Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley leaves the club after 22 years with the Magpies following a handover period with the new Saudi owners

  • Lee Charnley has been at Newcastle for 22 years, seven as managing director 
  • His time at the club came to an end after a handover period with the new owners
  • The Magpies were taken over by Saudi-led Public Investment Fund last month
  • The club’s new board will oversee operations and look to appoint a new CEO 

Newcastle United have confirmed the departure of managing director, Lee Charnley from the club. 

Charnley’s 22-year stay at the club came to an end following a handover period with the Magpies’ new Saudi-led ownership. 

He had been the managing director at the club for the past seven years but following the £305million takeover by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, the club’s new Board will continue to oversee all operations. 

Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley (right with ex-owner Mike Ashley) has left the club  

The club confirmed  Charnley had left following a handover period with the new owners

The departing managing director had played a key role under former owner Mike Ashley with some influence over transfer activity and he saw 16 managers come and go during his spell at St. James’ Park, including the recently sacked Steve Bruce.

On his departure, Charnley said: ‘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.’

Newcastle’s new director Amanda Staveley said: ‘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.

Amanda Staveley (left with new boss Eddie Howe and Mehrdad Ghodoussi) thanked Charnley

‘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.’

Newcastle announced the new owners have begun the search to appoint a chief executive officer in his place. 

The Board is currently made up of Yasir Al-Rumayyan, Staveley and James Reuben, which stresses the need for a CEO. 

The Magpies are also reportedly looking to bring in a sporting director with former Chelsea chief Michael Emenalo topping their transfer chief wish list. 

Emenalo built a stellar reputation within the game during his time at Chelsea, and harnessed the club’s ability to create youth academy products to great success.

Michael Emenalo has emerged as the frontrunner for the Director of Football role at Newcastle

He was also responsible for bringing in the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Luakaku while at Stamford Bridge. 

Ajax’s Marc Overmars also emerged as a candidate for the position on Tyneside. 

The Dutchman joined the Eredivisie side in 2012 and his deal runs until 2024 but he could activate a clause that allows him to walk away on three months notice for an elite European club. 

But the pair are said to have further competition in Lille director Luis Campos.

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