Llambias certainly has had a lot to say these last couple of days, and we suppose there’s more to come on Thursday and Friday of this week.
Derek Llambias – where’s the fake beard?
Derek has today commented on the fateful Hull City game, which was our first game following Kevin Keegan leaving the club. And to make matters a lot worse, Newcastle went down to Hull City by a score of 2-1.
Danny Guthrie was sent off right at the end, and the Newcastle fans were none too happy before the game, and even less so after the defeat to a newly promoted club, who most fans thought should have been an easy win.
And of course it was that particular day that fans protested against “The Cockney Mafia”.
Owner Mike Ashley, as you recall, didn’t attend for safety reasons, leaving Derek Llambias on his lonesome, shown above, to take the significant abuse that came from the Newcastle fans, who were rightly furious at the goings on at the club, that had culminated in Kevin Keegan leaving.
Derek was also surrounded by many empty seats in the Newcastle Directors’ box, and seemed to have a smirk on his face the whole game, which was hardly well received by Geordies who saw that on the TV.
That particular game was beamed live around the world.
Llambias said to the Evening Chronicle today:
“They are Mike’s seats. Now he’s back he will sit next to me again.” “It was difficult as far as fans were concerned, I felt a bit isolated.”
“But quite honestly my position is to run the stadium side of things and the income of the club.” “It’s all part and parcel of my job, that’s why I was there.”
“I don’t manage the team and don’t get involved with the team.” “I certainly don’t know enough about football to start telling Joe Kinnear who to put on and take off.”
“I’m there to support and run this business for Mike.” “I can understand why he didn’t come and I can understand why Dennis didn’t come because they are associated with the football side of things.”
“But for me, I run the business, we sell the pies and chips.”
Llambias also commented on the Cockney Mafia banners, which was in every newspaper in the land the following day:
“The one thing about fans is that they chant some great stuff.” “They are funny and they are so quick. When I saw that banner, I had a wry smile.
“I knew they had gone a long way to do that.” “I thought ‘that’s their statement’ so I had a wry smile.’ ”
“People said I was being smug – I wasn’t. I thought they’d gone out of their way to do it.” “I have heard the chants as well, some of it’s very funny.”
“I have a sense of humor and they aren’t being spiteful so I can understand it.” “I can understand their passion. There is so much passion here and you have to appreciate that.”
“So as far as the lonely times in the stand are concerned that was just me getting on with my job.”
“It wasn’t a case of ‘up yours’, it was a case of the club is bigger than us, it was always the factor.”
That particular Saturday will of course go down as a very bad day in the history of Newcastle United, and we hope we see nothing more like it, to be quite honest.
It’s 11 days until our next game, but things will look a little better if we can win for the second game running, a rare event indeed, against 6th placed Everton.
By then Joe Kinnear will have had his heart bypass operation, and hopefully will be recovering nicely.
We hope the players will in some way dedicate the game to Joe, who seems to have given more than he had to the Newcastle United cause.
And win it for the gaffer!