Newcastle United quickly followed up today’s official confirmation of Steve McClaren as the new head coach, with one that named a new look board of directors.

Recent days had seen press reports stating that, for whatever reason, Mike Ashley was going to step down from the board of directors, which was already going to lose Finance Director John Irving, who is moving jobs to one at Newcastle Airport.

Both Ashley and Irving have indeed stepped down, which would have left only Lee Charnley, but legally you need a minimum of two directors.

The new look board of directors gives you the impression that they have named pretty much everybody left at the club who isn’t a player and then claimed it as some great triumph! Though apparently Peter Beardsley is gutted….

You have to be pretty naive to think that Ashley, Irving and Charnley ever met in any form that resembles a normal board of directors and it is anybody’s guess what this latest circus will achieve.

As always, Mike Ashley’s PR aim appears to be trying to convince everybody that they are doing things properly, instead of just getting on and doing precisely that.

The big gimmick they are promoting with the new board line-up is that it includes Head Coach Steve McClaren, as though this is some revolutionary thing that puts us ahead of our competitors.

The new four man board is Charnley, McClaren, Chief Scout Graham Carr and club ambassador Bobby Moncur.

A great player and captain for NUFC, sadly Moncur is now seen as a total joke by many fans, prepared to say anything in support of Mike Ashley to keep a position within the football club.

God forbid they brought in some top people onto the board of directors with experience at successful football clubs.

The official NUFC club statement:


Newcastle United today announced changes to its Board of Directors.

Head Coach Steve McClaren, Chief Scout Graham Carr and Club Ambassador Bob Moncur have today been appointed to the Board, joining Managing Director Lee Charnley.

Mike Ashley has relinquished his position on the board along with Finance Director John Irving who is leaving the club.

Newcastle United becomes the only club in the Premier League to have its Head Coach on its Board of Directors, a move which the club feels adds significant strength to it.

Managing Director Lee Charnley commented:

“This is a very positive step forward for the club and I am delighted that Steve, Graham and Bob will join me on the board.

“It was particularly important for us that the Head Coach also became a board member in order to gain a full understanding and appreciation for the club and its operations as a whole, not just the football side. In Steve we have an individual that embraced that responsibility.

“Graham and Bob’s passion for the club is beyond question and I believe given the collective skills, knowledge and experience, together, we are incredibly strong.

“Whilst, of course, we all have our individual primary duties, there is a huge common desire for the club as a whole to move forward and succeed.”