McClaren appointed to NUFC board too – as Ashley relinquishes director’s role

Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley (right)
Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley (right)

Newcastle United have announced changes to the board of directors, with owner Mike Ashley relinquishing his place on the board.

Newly appointed head coach Steve McClaren, chief scout Graham Carr and club ambassador and former skipper Bob Moncur have been appointed to the board, working alongside managing director Lee Charnley.

Ashley and finance director John Irving have left the board, with the latter leaving the club.

Managing director Lee Charnley told “This is a very positive step forward for the club and I am delighted that Steve, Graham and Bob will join me on the board.

“It was particularly important for us that the head coach also became a board member in order to gain a full understanding and appreciation for the club and its operations as a whole, not just the football side. In Steve we have an individual who embraced that responsibility.

“Graham and Bob’s passion for the club is beyond question and I believe given the collective skills, knowledge and experience, together, we are incredibly strong.

“Whilst, of course, we all have our individual primary duties, there is a huge common desire for the club as a whole to move forward and succeed.”