LLambias Finally Apologizes To Newcastle Fans


Newcastle United Managing Director has finally apologized to the Newcastle fans for the lack of communication on Tyneside, that has had the fans rightly in uproar.

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Derek LLambias – finally says something

But what took him so long to do this is the obvious question. They should have done this as soon as Mike announced he was keeping the club and Shay Given may have still been at the club.

In the interview with the Newcastle Journal and Chronicle today, Llambias has finally outlined plans that owner Mike Ashley believes can have Newcastle United challenging for all honors within five years.

That sounds great, but we’ll have to wait and see, because we’ve heard this all before, many times.

Derek Llambias has also revealed:

  • How he and Ashley were gutted to see Kevin Keegan quit
  • How the current board have regretted the huge mistakes they’ve made
  • Why fans will now be given a voice at St James’
  • How the director of football model, with Dennis Wise still at the club, will put the club in great shape for years to come
  • Why Ashley will splash the cash in the summer.

Speaking on the club’s complete lack of communication at the club, Llambias told the Chronicle:

“We apologise and I personally apologise for the miscommunication.”“Historically, with Sports Direct, Mike stayed under the radar for 20 years until he floated his company.”

“Then all of a sudden people realized there was a £2.5B company there.”  “He stayed under the radar because he had very little Press communication.”

“But we do realise owning Newcastle United is a totally different forum.”  “When Chris Mort was here he was very proactive with the Press.”

“When I came on the board, Mike and I discussed it and we basically wanted to keep a lower profile.”

“Then within no time at all KK happened.”  “And then it just got worse and whatever we said got worse.”

“So we decided to keep as low a profile as possible, get on with our business plan, move forward with what we were doing with our management team and to assist whatever manager was coming in as best as possible.”

“Maybe we have made mistakes on the communication side.”  “We freely admit we have made mistakes and we put our hands up.”

“But now we’re in a position where Mike is back on board and we’re not selling the club.”  “Our intention is to go back on the track we were on before with our business plan.”

“We think that is the only way forward for the particular club.” “And I think it will be a model going forward for a lot of Premier League clubs.”

“So we’re now trying to put the stability back into the club as far as that is concerned.”  “We apologise and I personally apologise for the miscommunication.”

“Mike has gone out and made some generic statements.”  “We try to do generic statements through the club Press office which people have seen.”

“Basically now we’re saying The Chronicle and the Journal are welcome to come in and ask the questions on a regular basis.”

“We haven’t got anything to hide.” “We’re realistic about where we need to be in the next year or so.”

Well that is very good to hear, and we hope this is only the first of many regular interviews in the press, and it’s also a good thing they are doing it with the local Newcastle papers.

The Journal and Chronicle have been very fair to Mike and the Board in tough circumstances and we think their reporting has been supportive of the club, in terrible times for the faithful Newcastle fans.

But things have been so bad, that we think a number of Newcastle fans will just not believe this, and of course the proof of the pudding is in the eating.

We’ll see what happens in the summer, and of course we are still in a relegation battle, for the second year running under Ashley’s ownership.

Why they let this nonsense continue for so long is still a mystery to us, but it’s good if it’s come to an end.

Let us know what you think of this.

Comments very welcome, but please keep the language decent.



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230 comments so far

  • stevep

    Feb 10, 2009 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #1

    interesting but I think it’ll be a case of damned if you do , damned if you dont regarding the fans reaction

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  • Macas35

    Feb 10, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #2

    According to Llambias we have £8M left to spend in the summer. Since we made a profit of £1M in the summer and £7.5-8M in January one has to ask just what exactly is going on, and whether they are ever going to invest in new players. The £10M we supposedly had to spend in January was just another lie. They must think the fans are stupid. There are other clubs with financial problems but they still make sensible funds available to buy players.

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  • stevep

    Feb 10, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #3

    to little to late and now he says wait till summer and we’ll splash some cash (when no doubt they’ll be offloading Oba and a number of others on high wages)

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  • sahota

    Feb 10, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #4

    Lets hope that they take some action and show fans something. Some progress. Also it should be on their agenda to keep majority of fans happy, and try to avoid conflicts. Rest not all FANS can be ever happy. But they need to work for future of club. If they really do take positive steps forward, I have no doubt we will be way up in league table next year, atleast will be fighting somewhere between position 6th to 8th. They just need to go out and buy 3-4 good players in summer. Or if we can get rid of high wage earners, then buy 6 new players in. In my opinion, we should not go for big names at this moment, rather than go for players who wants to prove something, who have not been given chance by some other clubs. That will help us improve and also help them to raise their profile for better future ahead. I hope , just hope that these guys now take Newcastle seriously and don’t run it as CIRCUS (as Joe has said in past 🙂 )

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 10, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #5

    thank you for answering our questions,

    p.s ashley do most of us a favour and sell in the summer please

    ryantoon

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  • stevep

    Feb 10, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #6

    not surprised he waited until after the transfer window closed before making this statement as he knows we can’t judge him on signings with the window closed.
    I agree we def need a wage structure in place but it may have to be higher than teams such as Spurs / Arsenal due to the fact we have to get players to come up north rather than hang out in the bright lights of london.
    What has Wise done to justify his wages, he sat on his ass all january and apparantly made a load of “bids” at the very last minute for players he knew weren’t available, I could easily do that.

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  • MAG PIE

    Feb 10, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #7

    Just posted this on Duff thread but better here :

    Llambiarse – he really has a problem with NUSC doesn’t he!! Probably because they have asked some probing and well considerd questions (unlike Chronicle so far – hopefully better to come). Makes it all the more important that those inclined to join the rally on 22nd do so – to show that NUSC can be the fans’ voice. After all, what chance do the fans have of being heard and listened to if we don’t speak with one voice – at least on the major issues.

    Surely, we all can agree that

    1 We would like moderate investment in players
    2 Agree wage bill should be trimmed
    3 Support youth policy
    4 We have reasonable expectations – no trophies any time soon
    5 We want better and more honest communication from the owner

    This is what NUSC is striving to get across. Join NUSC and the rally. It is by standing together that we will be able to exert a positive influence.

    Sound a bit preachy – sorry – it’s just my opinion.

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  • Nick 69

    Feb 10, 2009 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #8

    far too little far too late as far as im concerned

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  • magsie1

    Feb 10, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #9

    Actions speak louder than Words!!!

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  • Phillippe Alberrrrrrrt

    Feb 10, 2009 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #10

    Take a long hard look at the picture of that man and tell me if you believe one word that he utters to you

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  • Stardust

    Feb 10, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #11

    NUSC look like total morons – they accuse the club of terrible PR and have worse themselves. Their message and demands were just so poorly thought out they desreve their reputation for being what it is.

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  • Stardust

    Feb 10, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #12

    Nick 69 – too little too late? well leave the club – its better off without you if all you want to do is hate – please leave – the team doesnt need you.

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  • magforlife

    Feb 10, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #13

    I say, draw a line and move on, no more dirty washing in public giving the chip papers ammunition. Im sick to death of the carry on to be honest and want the club to go forward, i have seen better teams over the past 40 years but also a hell of a lot worse, believe me. We are stuck with Ashley and co, he owns the club, end of story, one whinge i have is ok, Ashley has put a lot of money into the club but so have the fans but with no other return than constant heart ache!

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 10, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #14

    stardust. actions speak louder than words. see where we are in five years. i can ASSURE YOU, we WONT be challenging for EVERYTHING, whilst mike is at the club. 100%!

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  • beyethegreat

    Feb 10, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #15

    mag pie

    why are they protesting?

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  • Stardust

    Feb 10, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #16

    Ryan youre too young to have an opinion, you havent even got pubes yet – is there not a NUFCJOONBLOG?

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  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 10, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #17

    It does come across as a bit of telling us what we want to hear. I will wait for tomorrow for the next part in the Journal.

    My question – JFK and his press statements.

    We all know what I am on about. Has he added to the problems?

    So what happens now? How do we move forward? What is the next step?

    I agree we need a wage cap and get rid of the overpaid players.

    There must be a business plan in place to go forward.

    Can we forgive and forget?

    Only time will tell and they say time heals all wounds. Or can it??

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  • MAG PIE

    Feb 10, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #18

    Stardust – why are NUSC total morons?

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  • NotAGhostToon

    Feb 10, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #19

    There success hangs in the balance of whether we stay up this season. If we go down, its been failure, more money should have been released for players, should have communicated more to keep the players we had.
    If not however, then I think our youth system is very promising, and within a year or two, we’ll see the fruits of this, with one or two coming through, then hopefully more and more. Ones we sell, even if they’ve been deemed not good enough, will probably still generate more money than we paid for them, which can be reinvested in either the 1st or youth team. Getting rid of a player like barton and bringing in nolan (barton’s not gone yet but will) is a clever move, get someone who is very similar, with more experience, less off-field problems and commands less wages. Doing this for almost every position will mean we can push for the individual players that will make all the difference, the ones that cost a fair bit more, like a good creative midfielder. If we add those types of signing, to the likes of bassong and gutierrez, cheap foreign risks, which with the right scouting should pay off more than not, then its potentially a very succesful model, and who am I to argue with a mil/billionaire on models of success. Like i said though it relies on us staying up………first to beat Everton!

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 10, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #20

    stardust dodges the question, are you llambias??

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 10, 2009 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #21

    stardust answer me this

    why do you ALWAYS think your opinion is bigger and better than everyone elses??

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 10, 2009 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #22

    I would bet my house on newcastle not having any major success(winning a trophy) or even challenging for a cup within the next 10 years unless they are bought by a billionaire. If Ashley remains in charge and kinnear stays on i think the club will be relegated within the next 5 years.

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 10, 2009 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #23

    stardust- young ryan is also a londoner so his opinions are worthless as he knows nothing about the club or the area. Plastic fan!

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  • bozo

    Feb 10, 2009 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #24

    So they appologise for the mistakes they made. Like having a director of football whos presence means no decent manager will want the job? The he tells us that Denis Wise staying will assure us of success. Lets be honest KK may not be the best manager in the world but he was probably the best Newcastle could hope for, more lies from what used to be our club.

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  • stu

    Feb 10, 2009 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #25

    I dont agree im afraid with the majority of posts. The main gripe with the board is that there has been no communication, DL has acknowledged this and apologised. The financial picture of the club has been explained and it is obvious why there are reasons for why there is no money to spend.

    They have now communicated and explained the reasons for why they felt they took this course of action and the fans have moved on to say that actions that speak louder than words.

    What actions are these? are you willing to give them the benefit of putting in place their five year plan?

    It is clear that all that the fans are interested in is having a successful team on the pitch, and if we were in the top six there would none of this negativity. By paying the sixth highest wage bill in the premiership the board are putting in enough money on the playing side.

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 10, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #26

    still waiting stardust

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  • Stardust

    Feb 10, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #27

    MAG PIE // Feb 10, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    Stardust – why are NUSC total morons?

    Simply because their main message is for the club to communicate with the fans. One it is already in place – therefore EGO is attached to the demands of thir small group.

    Secondly they have made themselves look so ridiculous in their attempts for recognition by demanding x and y from the club and then making it public.

    I advocated for ages that they are “well intentioned” but extremely foolish.

    To accuse the club of terrible PR (which was more like terrible lack of PR) then to go onto your stage and design a campaign that makes your organisation look like the biggest bunch of t*ts isnt well thought out. they needed running properly – but they were formed in a knee jerk rage – so planning and rationale was not aforethought.

    You can see by the statement the “esteem” in which they are held. they had their chance and they blew it.

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  • beyethegreat

    Feb 10, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #28

    bozo

    also

    kk has a gd track record of buying players

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  • MAG PIE

    Feb 10, 2009 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #29

    beyethegreat – it’s not a protest mate, its a rally to try and show the owner that NUSC has a right to claim to represent the fans’ views (generally speaking). If enough people take part it makes it harder for Llambias to say, as he does in the Chronicle – that NUSC is only a small group who don’t represent the majority.

    Llambias is right at the moment – membership is small – hundreds – but look at their website and the committee member biogs – these are normal supporters with views very similar to most of us on here.

    If we don’t organise to get our voices heard we will continue to be ignored.

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  • Derek The Bingo Caller Llambias

    Feb 10, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #30

    Two little ducks, number 22

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  • MAG PIE

    Feb 10, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #31

    Stardust – a reasonable argument – we will have to agree to disagree on that one.

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  • a.l 9

    Feb 10, 2009 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #32

    @Ryan Toon

    Because he is extremely opinionated and thinks extremely highly of himself. Commely these symtoms are seen in 3 kinds of people, Tarty Women, Stuck Up Men and Gays. Take your pick.

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  • Stardust

    Feb 10, 2009 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #33

    Bravo Stu

    Ryantoon – “why do you ALWAYS think your opinion is bigger and better than everyone elses??” because I relied on fact, knowledge of circumstance and events not supposition to form my opinions Ryan.

    And I dont think they are better than everyones – but I DO KNOW they are better than some who only take into account 5% of facts and 95% of newspaper headlines. Luckily there have been a few on here supporting the club throughout.

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  • beyethegreat

    Feb 10, 2009 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #34

    ok mag pie

    bingo caller

    lol

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 10, 2009 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #35

    a.l9 id say all three at somepoint in his big headed life

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  • beyethegreat

    Feb 10, 2009 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #36

    stardust

    do u see the board as the club

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 10, 2009 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #37

    thank you for clearing that up stardust

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  • Macas35

    Feb 10, 2009 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #38

    So what happened to the £10 million we were told we had to spend in January?? I’m sorry but if the club keep lying to the fans then they cannot expect any respect.

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  • WesToon

    Feb 10, 2009 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #39

    bennytoon,we all know who the plastic fan is you D!ckhead,its YOU!!!!!

    Mr Spuds/Arsenal!!

    P.S if ryantoons opinions are worthless JUST BECAUSE he is a londoner… WELL how much water do you think your PATHETIC comments hold??? F@ck all you muppet!!

    How SAD are you son? A Spurs/Arsenal fan reading NUFC articles & posting on AN NUFC BLOG,ALL DAY EVERYDAY??

    You are an undercover Newcastle fan,just admit it,dont be scared, I mean WHY THE F@CK else would you be here everyday??

    HAHAHAHAH….. Shame

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 10, 2009 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #40

    stardust do you see the board as the club?

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