There have been two reports in the last few days on reports that Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley may be willing to sell the club, but Derek Llambias has today accused some of trying to unsettle the club.
Derek Llambias – somebody is trying to destabilize this club
Today Newcastle United’s Managing Director, Derek Llambias, has again spoken out against the rumors surrounding the club about possible takeovers, which we know has some Newcastle fans very angry.
He has spoken out, after reports the family of Osama bin Laden had contacted the club about a potential deal.
But the Evening Chronicle is reporting today that The Bin Laden family construction business has made no approach at all to Newcastle.
Those reports came after rumors that a New York-based firm, InterMedia, had been approached by Newcastle about a takeover.
So we’d love to know who it is that’s spreading these rumors, and reports even said the New York-based private equity firm, after Llambias’ denial, that they had been approached.
Somebody is up to no good here, and they are trying to get at the club for some reason.
Mr Llambias said today:
â€œAt a time when everyone at Newcastle United is working hard to prepare for the new season ahead, it is annoying that we have to continually correct inaccurate newspaper stories.”
â€œWhoever is putting these stories around is clearly trying to destabilize the club and you wonder what their motives are for doing this.”
â€œBy putting a new management structure in place this year, by investing in new signings at first team and academy level, and by introducing cheaper tickets for our younger fans, the long-term commitment and vision for Newcastle United is there for all to see.”
â€œThose actions speak louder than any words and Iâ€™m sure supporters see these stories for what they are – utter nonsense.â€
Excellent comments by Derek, and he needed to do that because even we were starting to suspect there may be something in the reports.
SBG (Saudi Bin Laden Group) has severed links with Osama bin Laden since 9/11 and their International Relations Officer Mr Yahia al Yahia today told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle:
â€œIt is the wrong information. We are not interested.”
â€œNobody has asked us about it. We are not interested at this time. Maybe in the future, about six months or so.”
“We have not spoken to anybody in Newcastle. Nobody has visitedÂ Newcastle.â€
It’s also good work by the Chronicle to actually approach the company who was supposed to be interested in the purchase of the club, and get the denial, from the horses mouth, as it were.
We’ll have to be wary of these reports on Newcastle, because some of the media out there seem to have it in for the club.
If we knew who they were we’d have it in for them.