LEE CHARNLEY has left his position as managing director at Newcastle United.

Charnley, who has been involved with the Magpies for the last 22 years, has left the club in the wake of Amanda Staveley's Saudi Arabia-backed takeover.

He remained in position for a handover period, and was involved in the recruitment process that led to Eddie Howe's appointment as head coach.

However, his time at St James' Park has now come to an end, with the new board, led by Staveley, assuming full control of the club's day-to-day operations.

Staveley and her advisors have started the process of recruiting a new Chief Operating Officer, and are also set to appoint a sporting director, with Michael Emanelo and Luis Campos both in the frame.

Charnley said: "To have been at Newcastle United for 22 years has been an honour and a privilege, and the club, its people and our city will always be very special to me.

"As it enters a new chapter in its history under new owners, I wish Amanda, the rest of the board and everyone connected with the club every success."

Staveley added: "I would like to thank Lee sincerely for his support and professionalism during this time of change. His knowledge and assistance have been hugely appreciated by the club’s new board.

"Lee ends a long association with the club and on behalf of the board, staff and players, I’d like to wish him the very best for the future."