Controversial Newcastle United executive secures surprise new football role with Arsenal link

The former director worked at Newcastle United for 22 years in various capacities.
Lee Charnley, the unpopular former Newcastle United managing director, appears set to make a surprise return to football.

According to the Daily Mail, the former Magpies man, who worked across a variety of roles at St James’ Park during his 22-year tenure, is in ‘advanced talks’ to sign up for a senior role at Wasserman Media Group.

The top talent agency represents a number of high-profile Premier League players and managers, including Newcastle’s Harvey Barnes. Others on their books include Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, Manchester City players John Stones and Nathan Ake, and Steven Gerrard, who is now based in Saudi Arabia.

Charnley is said to be on the verge of joining Wasserman in a senior football operations role, with his appointment seen as a coup given his ‘expertise and experience’ in operating at the highest levels of the English game.


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The former Newcastle director was a divisive figure on Tyneside in his later years, thanks in part to his relationship with then-owner Mike Ashley.

Charnley was fired after a brief transition period, following the October 2021 buyout of Ashley and his Frasers Group empire by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, PCP Capital Partners, led by now-director Amanda Staveley, and the Reuben Brothers’ RB Sports and Media.

The 45-year-old most recently played for Premier League club Nottingham Forest. Charnley was hired as a consultant there in August of last year.

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