As well as speculation surrounding Steve McClaren and Rafa Benitez this week, the spotlight has also been shone ever more powerfully on the likes of Lee Charnley and exactly how Mike Ashley runs his football club.

An excellent article on The Mag earlier today made the point – if Ashley is really going to commit to a proper manager such as Rafa Benitez, is it conceivable then that he would then stick with Lee Charnley as the visible person allegedly in charge of running the club.

How do you compare those in charge of running Premier League clubs and what their capabilities are, as opposed to just basing it on what the players do on the pitch?

How does Lee Charnley rate against the other 19 top (non-football) people at Premier League clubs?

The only realistic way is surely money.

How much do those who own Premier League clubs value the staff that they put in charge to run their businesses?

The Mail have put together the following table based on the annual financial accounts published by all clubs, which include the remuneration level of their top-paid director, even though they don’t always name them.

(The exception is Crystal Palace, where the owner-directors don’t draw pay.)

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Many of you will look at the above and make the conclusion that if you pay (relative) peanuts you get….