Former Newcastle secretary Lee Charnley has been appointed as the Magpies’ new Managing Director. The post was formerly held by Derek Llambias, who wasn’t replaced in that specific role when Joe Kinnear joined Newcastle as Director of Football. Charnley will be the main man when it comes to transfer negotiations, an area which Kinnear failed miserably in. The laughable former Wimbledon manager only managed to secure the loan signing of Loic Remy for the Geordies, before leaving the club earlier this season. With Alan Pardew rumoured to be planning a busy summer overhauling the squad, Charnley could become a key figure in the off-season. Rumours are already flying about who Newcastle are looking at signing, including Manchester City defender Micah Richards and a number of strikers. The transfer of Luuk de Jong could be completed if Pardew decides to make the Borussia Moenchengladbach forward’s loan deal permanent, although the Dutchman hasn’t convinced everyone since coming to Tyneside in January. Whoever signs when the window opens again in July, Charnley may well be the busiest man in the North-East.