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Newcastle appoint Charnley

Newcastle have announced the appointment of Lee Charnley as the club's new managing director, while owner Mike Ashley will formally join the board of directors.

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Mike Ashley: Newcastle owner will formally join the board of directors

Mike Ashley: Newcastle owner will formally join the board of directors

Charnley, the current football secretary at St James' Park, takes up the role which was vacated last summer by Derek Llambias, who resigned following the appointment of Joe Kinnear as director of football.

Kinnear was criticised after failing to secure any permanent signings in last summer's transfer window and he resigned in February.

Ashley joins Charnley, who is expected to have a key role in player recruitment, and finance director John Irving on the board of directors.

He believes the Premier League club is in a great financial position and is dedicated to ensuring the club's progress both on and off the pitch.

"It is a real honour to be confirmed as managing director," Charnley said.

"I have been with the club for almost 15 years and have seen a great many changes in my time here. The club has never been in such a stable and healthy financial position, which gives us the best possible platform from which to grow.

"I am confident that, with our dedicated, hard-working and loyal employees, together with Alan Pardew and his backroom staff, we will progress the club, both on and off the field over the coming years.

"Our immediate priority of course is to finish this season as strongly as possible.

"Our minimum target for this campaign was a top-10 finish, but I can assure our supporters that everyone at Newcastle United will do their utmost to ensure the club finishes in the highest league position it can."

The newly appointed managing director also assured supporters that plans for the summer transfer window were well under way.

"This club is financially strong and there is money to spend if the deal is right and we are confident a player can add quality to the squad," Charnley said.

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