Some interesting stats, regarding Lee Charnley and those others charged with running football clubs in the UK.
The figures relate to what the highest paid person receives as the top executive/director responsible for delivering a successful club.
As you are always working a year behind, the latest accounts available for almost all of the clubs are for the 2016/17 season, via each club’s accounts.
Kieran Maguire lectures in football finance at Liverpool University and also has his own Price Of Football website.
He has published a table of the top clubs (see below) in the UK when it comes to paying their highest placed executive.
Daniel Levy banking £6,010,000 at the very top of the list.
Next highest was Man Utd’s Ed Woodward on £2,600,000.
With Ivan Gazidis at Arsenal, received just a shade short of £2,600,000.
Five other clubs paid at least one Director £1m or more as per their latest accounts, these being Bournemouth, Sunderland, Brighton, Celtic and Crystal Palace.
Meanwhile, at Liverpool the top (unnamed) paid director/executive at Liverpool was paid £914,000.
You then have a whole load of other UK clubs paying their top man (or woman) half a million or more, these include Bolton, Stoke, West Ham, Fulham, Swansea and Watford.
Heading further down the list, you have the likes of:
Eventually we get to Newcastle United and Lee Charnley, Mike Ashley’s fall guy getting £150,000.
Highest paid directors of EPL, EFL & SP clubs. Top earner Daniel Levy at THFC, 8 earned over £1 million including 2 outside of EPL, many clubs don’t pay a penny, although some might be creative in their accounting…Figures based on 2016/17 accounts unless more recently published pic.twitter.com/KGytJ5Saip
— PriceOfFootball (@KieranMaguire) October 31, 2018
Many of you will look at the above and make the conclusion that if you pay (relative) peanuts you get….
Bottom line of course is that rather than having a dynamic top headhunted Chief Executive given the authority and financial backing to make Newcastle United the very best it can be, instead we have Lee Charnley, who appears to have all the power of what say a Sports Direct branch manager might have, if that.
The widespread belief/understanding being that when it comes to decision making at the club, underneath Mike Ashley, it is the behind the scenes moves of Ashley confidante Justin Barnes who pulls the strings on the owner’s behalf.
Newcastle have no recognisable management team compared to other comparable sized clubs, with only Lee Charnley holding the keys/paper clips.
Whilst when it comes to having a proper board of directors to help steer the club, Mike Ashley doesn’t even bother to pretend, with…Lee Charnley the only named director at Newcastle United.