How Lee Charnley's salary at Newcastle compares with his Premier League counterparts

Lee Charnley is one the lowest-paid directors in football's top two divisions, according to new research.

Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley.
Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley.

Football finance expert Kieran Maguire has collated the wages of the highest-paid directors from Premier League, EFL and Scottish Premiership clubs.

The figures are based on the the 2016-17 accounts published by clubs.

Newcastle were in the Championship that season following their relegation from the Premier League, and managing director Charnley, the club's only director, was paid £150,000.

That puts him 44th on the list, which is topped by Tottenham Hotspur chief executive Daniel Levy, who was paid more than £6million.

United's next set of financial accounts will reveal whether he was given a pay rise following the club's promotion back to the Premier League.

Maguire – who lectures in football finance at the University of Liverpool and runs the website – posted his research on Twitter.

"Highest paid directors of EPL, EFL & SP clubs," he tweeted. "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."