Huge off-field blow for Newcastle as finance director quits club

Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley
Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley

Relegation-threatened Newcastle United have suffered another blow – with finance director John Irving set to quit the club.

Long-serving Irving is third in charge behind owner Mike Ashley and managing director Lee Charnley.

And Irving’s departure couldn’t have come at a worse time for the beleaguered club, which could be relegated on the final day of the season and faces a hugely-challenging summer whatever its fate on Sunday.

Irving – who, along with Ashley and Charnley, is on the club’s board – is understood to be leaving for Newcastle Airport, where he will take up a similar position.

He has spent the past seven years at St James’s Park.

David Gilroy, Irving’s assistant, is reportedly leaving for Manchester City.