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Report details what Newcastle's new owners plan to do with Lee Charnley

The Daily Mail claims that Newcastle United’s new owners could keep managing director Lee Charnley – despite being set to sack Steve Bruce.

The consortium now in charge at Newcastle are expected to pay the £8million compensation to oust Bruce, days before his 1000th game.

The decision to rid Newcastle of Bruce is said to be because his stay would dampen the atmosphere in a first game under new owners, against Spurs.

Graeme Jones is expected to be interim manager, with numerous options being linked. Antonio Conte, Steven Gerrard, Lucien Favre and more.

But what of Charnley? Having spent more than half of his career at Newcastle, Charnley has gone from secretary to managing director.

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He is crucial to the way the club is run and is notorious for having a good relationship with much-criticised, previous owner Mike Ashley.

But despite that, it is believed that Charnley could stay. Thanks to his loyalty, understanding of the club and being seen as a ‘good operator’.

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He might be a good operator, he might be well-suited – the best man for the job. But given he was seen as Ashley’s right-hand man, he needs to go.

If Newcastle are ousting Bruce because they are worried about the atmosphere if the gaffer remains – Charnley deserves the same criteria.

Judged on that basis, fans will be disappointed to see the managing director in the stands. That is, because of his relationship with Ashley.

Newcastle have been linked with German supremo Ralf Rangnick and that would be a brilliant move. But Charnley looks set to stay.

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