National journalists have rounded on Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley’s running of Newcastle United, calling the head coach recruitment policy an embarrassing shambles and alleged that they are sucking the life out of the club.

On Sunday morning, the journalist gathered for the Sunday Supplement on Sky Sports, tore to bits the ridiculous Lee Charnley comments made in an interview with Mark Douglas from the Chronicle.

newcastle unitedAndy Dunn (Mirror), Shaun Custis (Sun) and Henry Winter (Telegraph) let rip.

This is part of what they had to say;

Who will get job?

Shaun Custis

“Somebody who is completely compliant, who is prepared to just train the players, take whoever is bought for them, be told what to do and when to do it, by the Chief Executive and the Chairman.”

Model for success?

Shaun Custis

“It does happen at some clubs and it has even happened at Chelsea. It does happen and you have Directors of football or Chairmen, dictating policy. I think this manager of Newcastle would have less say at a Premier League club than any manager who has ever existed.”

Andy Dunn

“It (Lee Charnley’s interview) was one of the most depressing…monologues, in most places, about what he wants in the head coach. He basically said this head coach will have no influence on who they buy, little or no influence on who they sell, will be told what they can and cannot say to the media.

“The manager should be the focal point of the club, of the fans, of the community. The way Sir Bobby Robson was, that Kevin Keegan was, Ferguson at Manchester United or Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.

“I see Frank De Boer linked but can you really see him wanting to go and just basically be a yes man?”

Shaun Custis

“The soul is being ripped out of Newcastle United. What the manager says to the media is part of what makes the football club great, what generates interest.

“My dad went to the game against Southampton and hadn’t been for a couple of years, couldn’t believe how quiet it was, nobody has got the enthusiasm now, it is permeating down from the boardroom, through the manager and almost through the players. You can’t just suck the life out of a football club like that, it’s gone.”

Andy Dunn

“One of phrases he (Lee Charnley) uses is they want a manager who wouldn’t be nervous of getting a replacement for a player who is sold if the value is good, it was like gobbledegook. In other words he was saying, actually if we get a bid for a player we think is good, he goes and then the replacement will be decided by Lee Charnley or Graham Carr.”

Henry Winter

“They are trying to run Newcastle united like a shop but you can’t, because you can’t put emotions up for sale.”