Derek Llambias has explained how and why two of our players, Charles N’Zogbia and Shay Given, left the club in January.
Zog – joined a more ambitious club at Wigan
Llambias told the Evening Chronicle today about Charles N’Zogbia:
“Since I’ve been here Charles was always trying to get out of the club.”
“He seemed to have this delusion that he was going to Arsenal or Man United and he’s ended up at Wigan.”
“What’s all that about? It makes you think what are his motives.”
We were not unhappy to see Charles leave for Wigan, and it will not be long before he tells Steve Bruce he wants to move to Arsenal, because they are after him.
The lads nuts, and he causes too much distraction from club business and onto himself – and we were not unhappy to see him leave Newcastle.
At least it now prevents Andy Carroll from hammering on him again in training.
And speaking on Shay Given, Llambias added:
“The Shay situation was really difficult for us – he was an icon here, he was like Alan Shearer.”
“We didn’t want to lose that. “We never wanted to lose him.”
“We emphasised that to him. “Mike Ashley flew into to see Shay and tried to make him realize how valuable he was to us.”
“We want to continue working with Shay on his Macmillan charities.” “We don’t want to lose this relationship with Shay and I’ve made that very clear with the charity.
“It’s unfortunate, but what can you do when a player wants to leave? “It’s no good having a player sitting in the stands, what can you do?
“It doesn’t do anybody any good.”
We can almost guarantee that if Derek had come out after the Liverpool games, and said everything about what’s going on at the Newcastle club, that he’s revealed this week, Shay would have still been here.
You cannot over-communicate at a club like Newcastle United, but you can seriously under-communicate, which is what Derek and Mike have done since September. But hopefully that mistake is now behind them.
But it was too late for Shay, and Given’s gone, and it’s a huge loss to Newcastle.
But on the bright side, Steve Harper has every chance now, in the next few seasons, to show he’s almost as good as Shay, and we hope he’ll do just that.
Of course he’ll have Tim Krul and Fraser Forster both breathing down his neck for the first team goalkeeper jersey very soon – which is good. 😀