Derek Llambias today has attempted to clarify his statement made on Tuesday evening, that Newcastle United are intent on emulating Aston Villa’s achievement.
Aston Villa’s American Chairman Randy Lerner
What Derek Llambias is telling the local Newcastle Journal this morning, is what he had actually meant to say, was that he wanted to copy the way the Birmingham-based side are attempting to break into the Champions League qualification places.
Aston Villa are currently in 4th place, and 6 points ahead of Arsenal, and it may be a different top four this season, for the first time in a long time.
And Llambias believes the club could be challenging for honors within five years.
“When I said we wanted to be like Aston Villa, what I meant was we want to be in a position where we want to challenge for honors and the ‘Big Four’,”
“I didn’t mean their business plan, that got twisted.” “We want to build a solid platform which will enable us to replicate what they have done, but it has to be done gradually which is why I said five years.”
“We have our own idea how we are going to be where we want to be and it isn’t the same as Villa’s.” “But, in five years time, why shouldn’t we believe Newcastle can be back up challenging at the top of the league?”
“This is a massive club and the potential is huge.”
Five years seems an awful long time in football, and we’ll point out that in the last 5 years we’ve had Robson, Souness, Roeder, Allardyce, Keegan and Kinnear all managing the club.
We’d be happier with two years, and if we have a good summer transfer market and unload more of the dead wood, there is a chance Newcastle could have a more than decent squad next season, but how many times have we said that?