It is no secret that Newcastle United is ran by a skeleton staff.
Mike Ashley ensuring that there are far fewer people working at the club than was the case when he bought the club in 2007.
Whilst rival Premier League clubs look to employ large numbers of staff, particularly on the commercial side, to try and maximise revenues, Newcastle do it differently.
With maximum promotion of Mike Ashley’s retail empire the main/sole focus, clearly the owner sees little point in paying more than the minimum number of staff.
In the boardroom it is no different.
Rival clubs have at least one board to dictate policy and major decisions, sometimes two boards – with one meeting infrequently and setting overall strategy/budgets, then another meeting more regularly and making decisions throughout the season.
Newcastle United had/have a board but it is obviously in name only.
At one point it was claimed there was an active four man board but that became three when Steve McClaren was removed from it on 15 March 2016, after being sacked as Head Coach.
Then 25 July 2017 saw Graham Carr removed, after his job as Chief Scout ended.
That left a dynamic board of Lee Charnley and Bobby Moncur.
Now today (5 March 2018), Bobby Moncur has been removed as a Director, according to public records at Companies House.
According to local media reports, Bobby Moncur will continue in an ‘Ambassador’ role at the club. He was a great player and captain for Newcastle but sadly, if past public statements from him are any guide, the ‘Ambassador’ role will simply mean a continuation of him saying what a great job Mike Ashley is doing in running the club.
So as it stands, Lee Charnley is the only Director at Newcastle United, as well as being the Managing Director, and any number of other roles no doubt…
Little wonder the club drifts along from one disaster to another, when just like on the playing staff, Newcastle don’t finance and appoint the people needed to drive the club forward.
Instead we have the farce of Ashley’s people in the background pulling the strings, such as Justin Barnes and Keith Bishop.
What a club.