Today has been the first of a four part interview that Derek Llambias has given to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle and you can read it here.
Llambias and Ashley at the game Saturday – we just scored!
Llambias and Ashley have made some terrible mistakes at the club, and now they have the task of trying to get the fans back on their side, and yet a lot of the things they say today make sense.
But why they have not communicated for so long is unbelievable, and the statement that they have never managed in football before always had a n easy solution – hire someone who had.
There is some good news in all of this, because there will be a fans’ forum, and the NUSC will have a few of their members at this event, and the monthly meeting will allow fans to know what’s happening at the club, and it seems everything they should have put in place 18 months ago. But it’s a good move, no doubt about that.
And it seems that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley will also be taking a more hands-on approach and he will be in Newcastle about 3 days a week, Llambias 5 days a week, and from now on Dennis Wise, who will remain at the club, will be in Newcastle 2 days a week.
But we have to remember Denis obviously travels a lot, watching players and the like, as part of his job.
Joe Kinnear also seems to get on well with Ashley and Joe seems an easy guy to work with, and has made it clear for anybody who wants to listen, that he handles all player personnel, as he should of course, and Dennis helps him do that.
Derek Llambias also said they were disappointed not to get a right back and another central midfielder in January, but expect those to arrive on the summer.
Llambias told the Evening Chronicle.
“Dennis is our director of football, he is out there looking for players,”
“He will remain part of our management structure. It works quite well with Joe and Dennis and ourselves.”
The acquisition of Gutierrez, Bassong, Guthrie, Lovenkrands, Nolan and Ryan Taylor have all been excellent buys for the club l good deals, and if Dennis had something to do with these, then that’s good.
One good thing about Dennis, is you never hear from him, and it seems he gets on well with Joe, and while fans may never like the Cockney kid, there is an argument that he’s been doing a decent job at Newcastle.
If you look at our new recruits in the first team, and the many great youngsters we’ve brought in, then he’s done a decent job so far – and we hope for more in the summer. Certainly the three players we got in during January are all great!
We are willing to give Llambias and Ashley a chance to right the situation, but the thing of first priority is staving off relegation in the next 4 months.
Then in the summer watch us go after some of the following players:
- Michael Johnson (Man City)
- Stephane Mbia (Rennes)
- Albin Ebondo (Toulouse)
- Daniel Fox (Coventry)
- Joe Ledley (Cardiff)
- Lucas Neil (West Ham)
- Fabian Delph (Leeds)
- Sami Hyypia (Liverpool)
- Mario Gomez (Stuttgart)
- Giles Barnes (Derby)
If we can get five or six of the above players in, and maybe some others, then our squad will be stronger and bigger than it’s been this season.
And with any luck we may not even be fighting relegation next season, and that would be a nice change, especially if we are still in the Premier League. 😀
Howay The Lads!!