LLambias Makes Peace – 10 Players We Could Pursue In Summer

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!!

Comments welcome.

217 comments so far

  • valle

    Feb 10, 2009 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #1

    I doubt we will get that many Ed… We will have 8 mill + the 10 MA will ad, so that about 20 mill to spend

  • geordie jock

    Feb 10, 2009 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #2

    But how many of these will we still be trying to sign on the last day of the transfer window.

  • big boomer

    Feb 10, 2009 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #3

    Why Sami Hyppia and Lucas Neil. We have moved on from signing other club cast offs. The plan is for young ambitious players.
    The talk of a five year plan is interesting the danger being in the premiership you don’t get time to develop. We do need a base so lets hope it comes off.

  • gonufc

    Feb 10, 2009 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #4

    Good, especially Fox and Giles Barnes however, Lucas Neill?!?!

  • jonny_rubber

    Feb 10, 2009 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #5

    every thing he said was complete b0ll0cks

    5 year plan to become like villa?

    what happened to the 5 year plan to become like arsenal?

    villa have an owner who has invested heavily in their first team squad —- ashley is turning a profit on ours

    villa only buy players the manager wants

    we buy players wise wants

    villa have kept hold of their best players

    we are slowly getting rid of ours

    more complete and utter bull from the chuckle brothers

  • jim

    Feb 10, 2009 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #6

    valle-not really-we made a profit selling old wood that didnt want to be here-expect the same again-duno if we will get anything for owen tho as his contract is up and he can go for free-be nice to get a cple of players in from his sale alone ide say-and who knows who else will go-ide sell half the defense me-collo-s.taylor-duno why we gave butt an extension-and viduka and smith mite go-so that will all generate a few million- maybe we mite have 20/30 million!

  • Greg P

    Feb 10, 2009 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #7

    Its important to remember that out of the players brought in so far Wise seems not to have influenced any!
    Jonas, Xisco, Gonazales were all down to the Jiminez links
    Nolan was Joe pushing Ashley as a replacement for Barton last minute
    Taylor was linked to the Zog deal
    Lovenkrands was JFK’s links to Rangers
    So that leaves Guthrie who potentially could be, but certainly isn’t a signing which justifies £1m a year in salary!!!
    We’re also yet to see any of the youth players feature in the first team or even shine in the reserves. Indeed Zamblera has already been let go.

  • jordi

    Feb 10, 2009 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #8

    Ed – Para 8, which Kevin???

    I think (hope) Hypia and Neill were for the experience to help in the relegation battle this season. Not for next season.

  • crossy87

    Feb 10, 2009 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #9

    Giles Barnes signed for Fulham.
    Neill is too old – wages to high
    Hyppia – offered extension at L’pool
    Everyother club in England is after Delph.

  • Turkish Magpie

    Feb 10, 2009 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #10

    We’ve got a good youth policy.

    Why dont we use it!

    We’ve got some class youths at the club and only about 2 have made appearances this season!

    Scrap it or use it Ashley!

  • bozo

    Feb 10, 2009 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #11

    Once again back to the finances a 35 million loss on a years trading? People quote the last available finaces from http://www.nufc-finances.org.uk/ to support this figure but anyone who looks at those figures must wonder how a loss of 12million in the year we signed owen for 17 million can become a loss of 35million when revenues have increased (SKY TV money) and transfer expenditure has been reversed from a huge outgoing to a net incoming. Either the club is being very badly run or that 35 million loss is straight from ashleys mind.

  • NE3 NICK

    Feb 10, 2009 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #12

    I reckon they will blood a few younguns next year a la Everton.
    These (or some) will become first team squad players.

    We will ship out Owen, Viduka etc high earners.

    Then, bring in (hopefully) 4 or 5 new faces.

    Would that be so bad????

  • bozo

    Feb 10, 2009 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #13

    Greg P keegan spotted guthrie he also arranged Bassongs trial with the club.

  • gibbotwg

    Feb 10, 2009 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #14

    we should definitely try and sign Delph, he would be perfect for the five year plan.

  • valle

    Feb 10, 2009 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #15

    jim… Ill be as happy as a bunny if we have 30 mill as you say… I still doubt it tho, but instead of naming players i think we need, id rather name positions…

    Exp EPL Centreback
    Central box to box mid
    Right wing with pace and a good cross
    Big strong forward

  • Nobby_Long

    Feb 10, 2009 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #16

    Ed – that’s got to be one of the most misleading headlines you’ve posted.

    When I first read it I thought Llambias must have said we will chase 10 signings this summer. He actually has said nothing of the sort, and this is just pure conjecture on your part without any substance to it whatsoever.

    This is your blog and you have the right to post whatever you like – but it is a very misleading headline, and it would not surprise me in the least if we did not sign any of the above.

  • tripp

    Feb 10, 2009 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #17

    apparently, Arsenal also fancy Delph, so that could be a tough one. FIFA ’09 don’t rate him. lol

    Do we really have any idea who identified who? How do we know that KK spotted Bassong? That seems like a stretch given Bassong’s obscurity. Gutherie makes a lot more since given his time at Bolton and being at LFC.

  • Turkish Magpie

    Feb 10, 2009 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #18

    The best signing for me would be Carew and i reckon if we payed 6mil+Owen they would take it and we get a skillful,Strong,Fast striker, perfect for Martins!

  • Little Willie

    Feb 10, 2009 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #19

    Ed – Any chance of getting a list together of players from other clubs around Europe that are out of contract this Summer?

    I can see us looking to get some free transfers in to boost the squad size.

  • Turkish Magpie

    Feb 10, 2009 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #20

    a man can dream!

  • TheToonKing

    Feb 10, 2009 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #21

    I don’t know why most of you are still so angry.

    Don’t get me wrong i’m not an Ashley fan but i don’t hate him either….he made mistakes yes, but he made good things happen too.

    Llambias has made sensible comments……can’t wait for the rest of the interview.

    We won’t get relegated but this season is gone…….but i feel we do have a decent future ahead of us. Newcastle United is a club with immense potential and the board are learning too.

    As Lambarse said….why would you buy a business and then run it into the ground….?

  • jonny_rubber

    Feb 10, 2009 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #22


  • Little Willie

    Feb 10, 2009 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #23

    bozo – The clubs accounts are audited by Ernst & Young so I’m not sure how they can be straight from Ashley’s mind.

    Btw Owen was bought with the future income from sponsorship deals which is why we have been getting nothing from Northern Rock since.

    Also I’m not sure where you heard Keegan arranged the trial for Bassong, it seems like something you’ve made up to make Keegan look good because Bassong’s been so successful, the fact is he didn’t even know all of our own players when he signed and had to look some up on the internet, now knowing that I highly doubt he headhunted some young lad from a relegated French team.

  • Little Willie

    Feb 10, 2009 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #24

    I’m just looking forward to hearing what happened with Keegan when it gets settled.

  • Jan Stavik

    Feb 10, 2009 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #25

    Lucas Neill is crap.

    Don’t need him when we have R. Taylor and Beye, two very good right full back.

    We need a good partner for Martins and two creative midfielders.

  • MarkO

    Feb 10, 2009 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #26

    we are going after Serge Gakpe

  • Nobby_Long

    Feb 10, 2009 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #27

    I beleive Bassong was offered to the club by his agent – the club agreed to give him a trial – (which happens in many cases, and quite often results in nothing) Keegan would have sanctioned his signing after seeing him play in pre-season. Don’t really think it was a case of his scouting him necessarily – either by Wise/Jiminez/Vetere or Keegan. Keegan would not have been involved in the negotiation of the deal.

    TBH – its a bit of a moot point anyway.

  • toooooonfan

    Feb 10, 2009 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #28

    we should do an arsenal and play all our youngens in the carling cup
    we would do alrite as they will want to prove something and will therefore try hard

  • Nobby_Long

    Feb 10, 2009 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #29

    I don’t expect the truth about Keegan’s departure will come out for a very long time. There is likely to be an out of court settlement that involves a non-disclosure clause on both parties.

  • Nobby_Long

    Feb 10, 2009 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #30

    toooooonfan – when you’re as desperate as us to win something, the Carling Cup becomes very important so we always end up playing as full a strength team as possible.

    We always seem to manage to screw it up though regardless, so playing the kids would not really make any difference…….however if we played the kids and got knocked out in the first or second round, everyone would be screaming for the manager’s head !!!

  • geordiehammer

    Feb 10, 2009 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #31

    What a load of bollox!
    I want to know why we have’nt added significent numbers to our squad when clearly its paper thin?
    Why have we made a profit in the transfer window when we should be spending to avoid relegation?
    Can’t the board see that we are on the verge of relegation? check out the fixtures we have ahead of us.
    why is’nt the manager given the right to bring in his own players?
    Clearly, Dennis Wise is the one bringing in the first team players, when we were told he was only in charge of youth team recruitment.
    It’s true that Wise has brought in some good players, however, he has brought in some rubish aswell.

    The first part of the Chronicles interview does’nt ask or answer any of the questions i would have asked.

    Waste of time in my opinion.

  • Readingmag

    Feb 10, 2009 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #32

    Have we not heard all this before ?

    Amazing how we win one game, and suddenly everything is better. I still am very worried, if we do go down it will not be the end of the world.

    Just gob smacked how many people are won over with the same old pap.

  • MDS

    Feb 10, 2009 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #33

    Fox, M’bia, abd Ebondo please

  • Prince Bassong

    Feb 10, 2009 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #34

    The difference with Arsenal though is that their kids are far better technically. Their movement with and without the ball is very good and their passing is of a high standard.

    Our youngsters lack these qualities (as does our first team) so we are still more likely to batter teams off the park than play them off.

    It’s not a big leap, the changes are actually very small albeit difficult to master. I’m not saying we need to imitate Arsenal exactly, but if some of those ideas can be built into the teams we have then possession football will be much easier, improved movement will help open up gaps on the field to exploit and the temptation to hoof the ball long will diminish.

    We have seen that the team can be a very solid defensive unit like our games at Chelsea and Pompey but if our attack was a little more freeform we’d reap great rewards.

  • ashleys wallets cobwebs

    Feb 10, 2009 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #35

    what a load of rubbish

    we have heard the same rubbish and excuses over and over again, we were all told dennis wise was he to bring in 5-6 top young players a year, and had nothing to do with the first team, now he is in charge of transfers and apparently its working very well, (lambsarses words not mine )well i would hate to see it not working, they are totally inept and we are doomed.

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 10, 2009 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #36

    Ed – Your list of players is absurd and obviously just picked from your brain. I’m willing to be the only ones we look at in the summer are Fox, Delph and Johnson.

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 10, 2009 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #37


  • Alex

    Feb 10, 2009 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #38

    I think their is a good chance we will get Ebonda in the summer , he wanted to come and is probably not happy that his club tried to hold us to ransom by upping the price after it seemed to be agreed . As for the rest of Eds list half the premiership will be after Fox ,Delph , Barnes & Ledely . As for Johnson their is so many bad rumors about his life style we should leave well alone . Neill & Hyppia are past there best and too expensive and Mbia is either too expensive or Kinnear changed his mind after watching him . I would say for next season a LB , 2CB , AM & 2 strikers should do the trick to add to those that will stay .
    Squad for next season

    GK Harper , Krul , Forster
    Lb Enrique + signing
    RB Beye + S Taylor
    CB Colo , Bassong , + 2 signings
    MF Nolan , Barton , Guthrie , Butt , Jonas , Lovenkrands , Duff , + creative midfield signing
    CF Martins , Carroll , Ameobi , Xisco + 2 signings
    I have left R Taylor out of a specialised position because he can play anywhere left and right side . Plus we will have hopefully a few young lads stepping up to the plate to complement the squad .

  • DJG

    Feb 10, 2009 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #39

    Er Ed I dont think we want Hyypia or Lucas Niel. Their Has-beens. The club only sign younger layers now anyway so I find it highly unlikely.

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 10, 2009 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #40

    Also, I cant say any of the players mentioned would improve us much, a lot would probably make us worse if anything.

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