Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley leaves the club after 22 years
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.