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Lee Charnley rewarded by Mike Ashley – His pay compared to Premier League rivals after accounts release

1 month ago

Lee Charnley has ticked all the boxes for Mike Ashley.

A shameless puppet willing to do his master’s bidding, Lee Charnley treating Newcastle fans with the same contempt as the club’s owner does.

Amongst the many shameless actions, Lee Charnley admitting back in August 2019 that the club had badly failed the Newcastle fans in terms of communication and that both he and Mike Ashley now (then) promised to put that right moving forward. Yet the reality has proved to be what you imagined near impossible, the communication becoming even worse these past two years, almost non-existent.

Anyway, from Mike Ashley’s point of view, clearly Lee Charnley has done everything asked of him when it comes to the way Ashley wants him to run Newcastle United on a day to day basis.

Back in June 2020, we featured a table showing what Lee Charnley and those running the other 19 Premier League clubs were paid in the 2018/19 season, via each club’s accounts.

Back then, Newcastle United were the last of the 20 PL clubs to publish their 2018/19 accounts on Friday 29 May.

The figures below showing the highest paid director at each of the 20 clubs.

The table prepared by the excellent Swiss Ramble, who analyses the finances of football:

As you can see, only Leicester (however, the owners there have a hands on approach running the club and a full senior management team, whereas Lee Charnley is named as the token NUFC director for legal reasons, plus the only named executive ‘running’ the club) paid their top earning director less money in 2018/2019.

The then owners (also directors) of Burnley didn’t pay themselves a salary, whilst Man City didn’t detail the amount for their top earning director but safe to say it was a ‘little’ higher than Lee Charnley’s pay packet, same with Chelsea.

Yet again, Mike Ashley has been the very last Premier League club owner to release accounts for the 2019/20 season, Saturday 7 August 2021 when they finally were able to be viewed by the public at Companies House online.

Lee Charnley received £267,000 for his services to Mike Ashley in the 2018/19 season BUT that has now rocketed to a total of £675,000 for doing Ashley’s bidding in the 2019/20 season (the newly published accounts covering 13 months instead of 12 this time BUT nevertheless a massive hike on what he’d banked previously).

Just as well Lee Charnley isn’t paid on the basis of NUFC’s communication with the fans and keeping the promises he made on this back in August 2019…


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