Keegan Wants Closer Relationship with New Chairman

There is some news today that Kevin Keegan wants a close relationship with Newcastle’s expected new Chairman, Derek Llambias.


Kevin Keegan – needs to know what’s happening at Newcastle

The news today is that Kevin Keegan will insist on a close working relationship with Derek Llambias, who is expected to be announced as the incoming Newcastle chairman.

Current chairman Chris Mort will leave later this summer to return to his work as a lawyer at Freshfields back in London.

Mike became Chairman in early August of last year, and has presided at the club to get the financial end of things sorted out, and to also set the ship’s course.

He has wiped out £100M in Newcastle debt, thanks to Mike Ashley, and has concentrated the club’s efforts on a number of new initiatives:

  • Listen more to the Newcastle fans and act accordingly – certainly the new season ticket announcement was well received yesterday
  • Clear up the financial mess from Shepherd’s hapless reign – Newcastle now have no debt
  • Concentrate more on youth development at the club – we will continue to but good young players who are still developing
  • Focus on recruitment of players world-wide to help out manager Keegan – Dennis Wise and crew are now in place

Chris Mort was seen as an ally of Keegan, but the Newcastle manager asked for greater involvement than just the playing side of things, in his summit meeting with Ashley two weeks ago.

Kevin is the sort of person that wants to know what’s going on, and it shouldn’t bee too difficult to keep the Newcastle manager better informed.

A meeting of the board and Kevin should take place a few times a year so everybody is aware of the direction of the club and what’s happening, and what the club’s targets are.

Llambias is a former managing director of Fifty London, a capital gambling firm, and is expected to be announced as the new Newcastle Chairman in a few weeks time, and maybe even earlier than that.

We think this will be a longer term appointment by Mike Ashley, and we expect Derek to be of the same business caliber as Mort, but we have no idea what kind of personality he is.

One good thing is that Derek has moved to Newcastle, and will be located in the region, and will not commute to and from London, as Chris did, which always pointed to his short stay as Chairman.

Keep Kevin happy and all will be well, could be a good mantra for Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • cooldj

    May 24, 2008 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #1

    wall virginity

  • Tom4NUFC

    May 24, 2008 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #2

    I want a football man as chairman,

    David Dein any1?

  • The Entertainers

    May 24, 2008 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #3

    I understand NUFC not making the chairman role official until they are ready to do so. But with some much speculation around i wish they would put out a statement and clarify Llambias’s position and long term views. As for working closely with KK, should this not be the case anyway.

  • Mags

    May 24, 2008 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #4

    Tom4NUFC – I will second that.

    I am trying not to be a pessimist but I have to admit to concerns and I think they all stem from so much of what is happening to Newcastle is being decided down south and there is an ever increasing void at Barrack Road.

    I would suggest you all read the article by Luke Edwards in the Journal ‘Uncertainty isn’t Encouraging Fans’ where he lists Mark Bolam’s concerns. I find it an enlightening yet worrying article.

  • Slam Dunc

    May 24, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #5

    Looks like as part of the Sir Bobby Robson Charity matches you might be able to get a game at St James’s Park

    Lets hope the new Chairman supports these initiatives as well as giving backing to Keegan.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 24, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #6

    david dein or frank arnesen would be great, aslong as derek the owl, is as nice as bloke and as switched on as chris mort i will be happy. i liked the mort

  • Dave

    May 24, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #7

    Have to agree about all the uncertainty surrounding the club. The Club its self needs to use its own offical web site to make more announcements, instead of keeping tight lipped about everything. The Public relations setup at St James needs a total overall, especially where you see headlines like “Newcastle try to sell star to Liverpool”.

    Another good example is whats happenning about Owen’s Taylor’s and Martins contract renewals, things like this the fans need to know what is happenning. The old saying of no news is good news stinks, no news means supoporters start to get worried .

  • Sun'lun's Burnin'

    May 24, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #8

    cant believe gay jokes arnt out on this story

  • Jim

    May 24, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #9

    It’s interesting that Derek the Owl has a background in casino’s, Ashley loves hisvisits to these dens and St. James’ together with development news is that Casino’s are on the up in one form or another.

    This leaves me to wonder if Llambias is there for the football

  • Leo

    May 24, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #10

    im suspicious about the whole ‘freeze’ in season ticket prices… if you buy 3 seasons at once. that is a rediculous propersition, barely anyone will do that.

    season ticket where i sit are around 850quid plus we have 4 so thats nearer 3and a bit grand multiplied by 3 which gives you an idea of how much the tickets would cost for me, and if you dont renew i wonder how much they will hike the price

    how can they hike the price after the season we have just had its shocking

  • Sun'lun's Burnin'

    May 24, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #11

    stupid name aswell. You cant have a bloody roulette merchant running a footy club, this is rediculous. He will be clueless! you need someone in there with footy knowledge or at least played a few seasons on champo! lol


    May 24, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #12

    Confusing times

  • Hadrian

    May 24, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #13


    shocking blog post Ed .

  • Slam Dunc

    May 24, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #14

    Jim’s comment 9 is an interesting one about the casino link. An ex casino manager as Chairman who’s actually moved up to Newcastle and an owner who loves gambling with all the links between football clubs and new casino’s ??

    Leo’s point in comment 10 is a brilliant one, do they realise how difficult it is for many fans to raise the money for their season tickets ??

    Dave’s point in comment 7 is also what is concerning a lot of fans I know. You are being asked to fork out a lot of money without the club telling us officially what the plans are for next years squad, even in broad terms. It’s a bit like buying a lottery ticket, for all we know we could be watching a load of unheard of foreign young players after having sold off Owen and Martins. Are we expected like Leo to fork out £3,000 for the family tickets and watch that ??

    Also a reminder, we still need to support Sir Bobby in his battle agianst cancer, cmon you Geordie’s !! :

  • Yorkie Dave

    May 24, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #15

    I hope that every single blogger here is going to sign up for this petition!!!!

  • Bill F

    May 24, 2008 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #16

    It’s a pity you can’t get season tickets on the NHS, after all it could be seen as a treatment therapy for a lot of people.

    As for KK is he saying he did not have a relationship (not meant in gay terms) with CM.

    Who has he been talking to, the cleaner?

  • Obafan

    May 24, 2008 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #17

    Yorkie Dave – I just signed the petition for Sir Booby foundation.

  • Doctapaul

    May 25, 2008 at 7:15 AM

    Comment #18

    KK wants to be involved in the things important to him; that are not necessarily in his day to day job spec. Principles, high standards: the sign of a top performer – so good on him.

    The new chairman needs to do two things.

    1) Earn KK’s trust
    2) Seek agreement and keep aligned over the things that will keep KK happy and motivated.

    For example, we the fans are very important to KK. Far more important than any City of London slickers. Start messing us about and KK will come out fighting.

    KK is here for the medium to long term. So any short term wheeling and dealing (eg selling Oba to make a quick buck) is gonna pi$$ him off. Yes?

    So my advice to the new chairman is:

    be honest and open
    consult with KK
    agree decisions as much as possible
    and acknowledge courses of action when you disagree.

    The chairman has an important role in keeping KK motivated and confident. That’s what leadership is about, is it not?


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