Lee Charnley to leave immediately after Newcastle United takeover

Ruben Hill
April 22, 2020

Steve Bruce's position at St James' Park is under threat as a result of the impending takeover.

Sky Sports say that Lee Charnley has indicated he would be willing to stay on for at least an initial period to help with the handover from Mike Ashley BUT that the new owners instead want him out of the door as soon as the deal is done.

The takeover is surrounded in controversy because of the involvement of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince.

There has also been concerns by some fans, including many Newcastle United fans, about the selling of a club to a state owned consortium, especially due to worries over human rights in the Middle Eastern country.

Qatar based beIN Sports has written to all the clubs in the Premier League, and the league's chief executive, and called for them to block the £300 million sale of Newcastle United to Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund.

Four names have emerged as being on the shortlist for the group set to become the Premier League's newest owners.

Kate Allen, Amnesty International UK Director, wrote: "The coronavirus crisis has already thrown a spotlight on football and its need to treat players and staff fairly, and now there's a danger that the pandemic could obscure the need for a cool, measured and genuinely ethical decision over this Newcastle deal".

"So long as these questions [about Saudi Arabia's human rights record] remain unaddressed, the Premier League is putting itself at risk of becoming a patsy of those who want to use the glamour and prestige of Premier League football to cover up actions that are deeply immoral, in breach of worldwide law and at odds with the values of the Premier League and the global footballing community", she wrote.

The Premier League is carrying out its checks on whether the buyers - and their nominees as Newcastle directors - pass its owners and directors test.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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