Llambias – We Are Ready To Spend The Money


Newcastle United Managing Director Derek Llambias has said that on the last day of the transfer window the club put in a number of bids, but in the end were unsuccessful, even though they bid the fees the clubs had requested for their players.

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Derek Llambias – we were in there bidding

Derek told the Evening Chronicle:

“All I can tell you on this window is we said no to nobody.”

“We asked ‘who do you want?’ We were given two players. One was Michael Johnson, and we asked how much.”

“It was £8m, and we waited two and half hours before we heard back from Manchester City.”

“So then we asked ‘who else?’ We went for Kieran Richardson, that bid went straight in.”

“We had already agreed Kevin Nolan and Peter Lovenkrands as back-up, and Ryan Taylor.”

“We really wanted another midfielder because of what had happened to Danny Guthrie and Joey Barton.”

“It did not happen – but we never said no to any requests. We are happy to spend the money.”

One thing we do like about the transfer window is that Newcastle are looking to bring in some good players, and those we didn’t get last month will be targets again in the summer.

Derek has already said that will happen, and there”s even news today we will pursue Middlebrough’s David Wheater, who is a very good England U-21 center-back, who has already been included in the full England squad.

There is news that Manchester City’s Michael Johnson is keen to come to Tyneside, so we are hopeful we can still get the youngster in the summer, and he has looked very good when playing for Manchester City.

There also may be a chance for Kieran Richardson, but it will be up to the player, because we think Sunderland will resist letting him go big time.

However, Newcastle have let it be known that Kieran can double his wages at Newcastle, not a bad thing to leak to a player you really want.

But it seems to be shaping up to be a very busy summer for the club, and that’s good news.

Comments welcome.



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88 comments so far

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Feb 13, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #1

    What a load of BS the proof is in the pudding as they say. The summer may be to late

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  • rooks

    Feb 13, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #2

    future looks slightly brighter with Lame@rse communicating & talking the talk and Chubs spending more time in Newcastle seemingly committed to the club.

    seen these false dawns before though & been shat on from a great height.

    I know were skint & trying to run things properly but I’ll reserve judgement for now

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  • broon ale

    Feb 13, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #3

    more drivel from lambs arse

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  • DanToon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #4

    Talk is cheap Gonzo!

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  • Mags

    Feb 13, 2009 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #5

    Deep sigh. More false dawns. Do not believe one single word that man utters.

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  • Stevo

    Feb 13, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #6

    Talks a load of rubbish. I thought he only ‘Sold the pies’ and didn’t get involved with the bringing in and selling of players!

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  • bigj85

    Feb 13, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #7

    i think there doing a good job to be honest apart from the xisco thing !!!

    Gettin the wage bill down a bit will free up money for transfers and remember it was us who made ashley put the club up 4 sale which 100% as set us back in the transfer window as to arranging the finance and things whcih resulted in failed deadline day bids !!!

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  • DanToon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #8

    Stevo – Good point!

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  • Sav

    Feb 13, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #9

    If they were serious, there’d have been candidates to try to buy from 1st January. Heaven knows we needed a LB and a creative midfielder.

    Flogging off the family silver, that’s all these wideboys are good for.

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  • Davies

    Feb 13, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #10

    I’m glad you lot have already predicted that these are all lies.

    Look, I lost my keys last night, can one of you look into your crystal ball and let me know where they are?

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  • ginkoh

    Feb 13, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #11

    No Kieran but Johnson is good prospect for us if we want to build team for the future. Let’s try good, young england rising star include our local lads also.

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #12

    I dont think they had any intention of spending that money which is why they left it to the very last minute. They knew they would be rejected as other teams wouldnt have had time to replace players. Ashley would have been shitting it if the bids had been accepted and he had to pay out 16 mill for 2 players.

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  • rooks

    Feb 13, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #13

    Davies – theyre on the mantelpiece just behind the signed photo of little Dennis

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  • Nobbys Dad

    Feb 13, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #14

    The summer transfer window closed on 31st August giving 4 months to sort out targets who we should have looked to secure when the Jan window opened. Then we had all of January…..and we put in bids on the last day of the transfer window?

    If ever we needed evidence of the complete incompetency of this bunch of clowns to me this is it!!

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  • Little Willie

    Feb 13, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #15

    Stevo

    Talks a load of rubbish. I thought he only ‘Sold the pies’ and didn’t get involved with the bringing in and selling of players!

    ——-

    He uses the words ‘we’ as in the club/board or whatever you want to call it, to try and come to the conclusion that he wouldn’t have a clue what was going on because he’s said he doesn’t make the football decisions so he was lying is pretty pathetic even by the standards on here.

    It seems to be a case of damned if they don’t speak and damned if they do so you can’t blame them for keeping quiet.

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  • Little Willie

    Feb 13, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #16

    I would say the reason the club waited until late to bid was because they don’t have any money and had to wait until the Given and N’Zogbia deals went through to release some cash.

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  • bigj85

    Feb 13, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #17

    if u read properly he says he asks joe who he wanted then they bid !!!!!!!!

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  • bigj85

    Feb 13, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #18

    and also joe was tellin us from the start he had to sell before he could buy !!!

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  • wellplastic

    Feb 13, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #19

    I hope they do bring these players in – but there’ll be no chance if we’re not in the right division.

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  • bowburnmag

    Feb 13, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #20

    The way I see it (as the proverbial fence-sitter), everyone was crying out for communication. Whether you backed this regime or not. Now they’ve come out and started talking, they’re still getting criticsed but I do understand why. I can’t see why they didn’t take the decision to communicate this before January? If they always intended to spend money, why not say it pre-Jan? We’d still be saying we should have spent money but perhaps if we’d believed it was there to be spent we’d have believed more as a whole that it was just more about not being able to get the players than it was being frugal? Those who will never believe this lot would have disregarded it as the tosh it may well be. But it may have encouraged other fans. Now we have promises but they have no opportunity to put them into practice anytime soon. Might the goalposts change again before they get another chance? That money will have been swallowed up in some catastrophe – KK’s compensation, increasing problems in the economy meaning Ashley can’t subsidise as he wanted etc? I want to give this lot a chance even though I’m not convinced it’s the right thing to do.

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  • Little Willie

    Feb 13, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #21

    The club was up for sale before January so I doubt they even considered signings.

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  • pearceet

    Feb 13, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #22

    Why wait until the last few hours of the last day of the transfer window????
    Doesn’t make any sense

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  • bowburnmag

    Feb 13, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #23

    Little Willie – I hope to god they had something in their contingency plan (i.e. sticking around) about needing to do something come January. Or else I’d be really worried about the fellas in charge.

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  • wellplastic

    Feb 13, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #24

    And to sell them a club legend like Given without tying in either Johnson or Elano to move in the other direction is just amatuerish.

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #25

    Ashley couldnt afford to buy spurs so he is turning newcastle into a poor mans version. Mad Mike plans to get rid of the black stripes on the shirt and he has already offered Chirpy (the club mascot at white hart lane,) better terms.

    Mad Mike has asked Levy if he can rent some of the Trophies to pad out the newcastle trophy cabinet. The ones last won by newcastle are starting to turn green.

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  • toonarmyuk

    Feb 13, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #26

    Ed, is this like the 3rd time you have re-hashed these quotes to make an article?

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  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #27

    This guy is a goon,too little to late in my opinion…bidding on the last day..YAWN..they had no intention of spending any proper money on decent players.

    ASHLEY,WISE,OWL HEAD OUT.

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  • stu

    Feb 13, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #28

    lads, got a favour to ask you. Would you possibly spare 2/3 mins to do this questionnaire its for my dissertation.

    Trying to assess a link between football supporter loyalty and their integration within the brand community. Will give you a chance to detail how much you love the toon lol Its based on the marketing principles of brand loyalty and brand communities

    All responses are anonymous If the link doesnt take you straight to the questionnaire can you let me know.

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspxsm=CRCd2rc371YxiQj7PLA7cw_3d_3d

    Many thanks

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  • stu

    Feb 13, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #29

    just ignore that link it seems to just take you to the survey monkey homepage.

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=CRCd2rc371YxiQj7PLA7cw_3d_3d

    if this doesnt work sorry work wasting your time

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  • Whumpie

    Feb 13, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #30

    I think he’s telling the truth in terms of what they tried to do. What he’s not saying (of course) is that they’re a load of amateurs, which is why they failed.

    The agents, chairmen and lawyers sitting across the table from them must have been having a touch time trying not to laugh. .

    Also, it all comes down to this ‘low profile’ howler. If Ashley had got involved right from the start and spoken to Given as soon as his lawyer’s statement went out (preferably before – he should know) then we’d have either been able to keep him, or have had the deal sewn up in time to spend the money.

    Amateurs. But I’m starting to think perhaps amateurs who are trying… but ill-equipped… to do the right thing.

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  • Micky Toon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #31

    stu – I’m not sure how this can help you with brand loyalty. It’s not like the majority of us bought into the NUFC brand is it? I’m not trying to be an arse, I’m just trying to help you out. Brand loyalty is all about knowing what you are going to get when you buy, say, a Pioneer TV or a BMW or even a packet of Daz. With NUFC you don’t suddenly stop supporting just because of a few bad experiences, but you might not buy another BMW if it always broke down or you had a bad time with the local BMW dealer.

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  • SuperShearer

    Feb 13, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #32

    Off topic but does anyone think that Owen needs to be stripped of the captaincy for the remainder of the season. I just think that in a relegation battle we need someone who has something invested in the club’s future. Players like Nolan, Bassong, Colo, Duff all have either the passion or experience to lead us, and furthermore they will want us to remain in the league, whereas Owen can walk if we drop. It sounds harsh but the reality is that we need fighters on the pitch and I’m not convinced that Owen will be one for us.

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  • Mark-o

    Feb 13, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #33

    Stu.

    Just dont your survey hope it helps, good luck.

    On topic, The club and the board need to work there ar*es off over the next 6 month to put in a plan for the summer. Speculating about players isnt going to help if they plan to put a new manager in place, what if he doesnt want those players?

    I suppose its just a waiting game now isnt it?

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  • Toon_Ksk (Huh? u mean David Craig is real?)

    Feb 13, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #34

    Trying to sign Richardson is simply horrifying.

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  • Mark-o

    Feb 13, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #35

    Sorry Stu i meant just DONE your survey

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  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #36

    Hello Stu,
    done the survey hope you get top marks !

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  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #37

    I think they failed to buy players on purpose thinking if we get relegated we would be in the poop.

    I believe nothing that comes out of newcastle anymore I have been lied to for to long…I just wish these Bozo’s would leave us in peace.

    Owl head is just a slime ball,spin merchant and bu;;5hitter.

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  • Stevo

    Feb 13, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #38

    Little Willie

    He uses the words ‘we’ as in the club/board or whatever you want to call it, to try and come to the conclusion that he wouldn’t have a clue what was going on because he’s said he doesn’t make the football decisions so he was lying is pretty pathetic even by the standards on here.

    It seems to be a case of damned if they don’t speak and damned if they do so you can’t blame them for keeping quiet.

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    ok mate I apologise, Llambias is a great guy, a saint….salt of the earth. A prophet!

    Do you feel better now? Yes?……great I’m glad for you.

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  • stu

    Feb 13, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #39

    I understand what your saying Mikey toon but what the real objective is to find out if an individuals loyalty is influenced by their involvment in the community around the brand.

    NUFC is a brand, and has many of the lineage factors associated with brand loyalty. The lessons hoped to be learned are for football marketers, ironic considering one of the key features of a successful brand community is the relationship with supporters, this is shown by communicating and understanding the needs of the fans. The best demonstration of creating a football brand community is Club Vitesse I can give you a link to the academic paper if you want to see how it has increased the brand loyalty.

    This is evident at NUFC with a few individuals refusing to go back to support the team due to the owners lack of understanding of their needs and appreciation of their opinion

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  • stu

    Feb 13, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #40

    Thanks lads I really appreciate it.

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