Comparing Lee Charnley with politicians and weather men might be taking things a little far…but maybe not.
Mike Ashley’s fall guy is paid a pittance compared to those people who really run Premier League clubs elsewhere.
Penfold is the convenient stooge to blame when anything goes wrong at the Newcastle United.
Which considering just how often things do go wrong at St James Park, Charnley actually deserves far far more cash, despite his lack of authority at the club, as the likes of Justin Barnes really pulls the strings for Mike Ashley.
However, one place where Lee Charnley is sent out to take stick is the official Newcastle United Fans Forum.
Charnley put up as the supposedly senior figure to represent Mike Ashley’s corrupt regime.
Back in 1938 Neville Chamberlain assured a worried UK population that he had guaranteed ‘Peace for our time’ with Adolf Hitler.
Then in 1987, weather man Michael Fish assured us not to worry…just before the UK was battered by massive storms.
September 2018 saw Lee Charnley assure supporters at the Newcastle United Fans Forum that ‘We’ll do better when we play the lesser teams.’
On this evening of 20 October 2018, Newcastle United are rock bottom of the Premier League, having not even scored a goal when playing four lesser clubs (Cardiff, Leicester, Brighton, Palace) outside of the big six.
Neville Chamberlain – 30 September 1938:
“Peace for our time.”
Michael Fish – 16 October 1987:
“Earlier on today apparently a woman rang the BBC and said she had heard a hurricane was on the way.
“Well I can assure people watching…don’t worry, there isn’t.”
Lee Charnley – 24 September 2018:
“We’ll do better when we play the lesser teams.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 0 Brighton 1
Brighton: Kayal 29
Possession was Brighton 32% Newcastle 68%
Total shots were Brighton 8 Newcastle 27
Shots on target were Brighton 2 Newcastle 6
Corners were Brighton 2 Newcastle 10
Referee: Andre Marriner
Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Fernandez, Dummett, Ritchie, Diame, Shelvey, Kenedy, Perez, Muto (Joselu 74)
Darlow, Atsu, Murphy, Schar, Hayden, Manquillo
Crowd: 50,329 (Brighton approx 1,300)
(Can these statistics from Newcastle 0 Brighton 1 be misleading? Read HERE)
(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the defeat HERE)
(Match ratings of all NUFC players v Brighton HERE)