The Newcastle United Managing Director Derek Llambias has issued a short statement about relegation, and it’s the first time we’ve heard form him for many weeks.
Derek Llambias – relegation is huge disappointment
We needed just one goal to survive yesterday, and every other club cooperated, but we couldn’t even score one goal to stay up – which to say the least is disappointing. It also makes it that we can hardly feel sorry for ourselves. We can – but we have little justification to do that.
After the great display against Middlesbrough, we just couldn’t get the job done against Fulham or Aston Villa, and paid the ultimate price.
Derek Llambias said:
“Being relegated from the Premier League is a huge disappointment for everyone involved with Newcastle United.”
“We are all hurting and I feel desperately sorry for everyone associated with Newcastle United; for Mike, who has invested heavily in the Club, and for all the supporters who have given the team magnificent backing up and down the country all season long.”
“Mike and I will sit down with Alan this week to discuss how the Club moves forward again, and I hope to be able to say more to our supporters later this week.”
It will take a few days for the talks and discussions to complete, but we would hope before the end of the week, some strong move-forward plan can be talked about to the fans, as to what the club does now. The Newcastle fans have paid the heaviest price of anyone associated with the club.
If Alan Shearer is at the head, and he signs on willingly to lead Newcastle United long term, you have to believe he has been given significant backing by the club, in the form of Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias.
We hope this turns out to be the case, and in that time hopefully some of the fans can come to grips with a terrible season and the humiliation of relegation.
We’d like to see good new young players brought in during the summer, and some of the dead wood, and there’s plenty of that – moved out.
It has been a disaster to be relegated, and a disastrous season all round, but since we now have been relegated, there are certain things that this allows the club to do, and one of those is to build the club up from scratch – from the bottom up.
We should start by getting in players who respect the club, and want to play on Tyneside, so we can start to restore the great image Newcastle United once had, and which has been more than severely dented now.
We will not be able to attract top world names, but there are lots of great young players out there – and Seb Bassong was a great example of what is out there, if only we have a good enough scouting system in place.
We have Leeds United as an example of a path we don’t want to follow, and something big must be done in the summer to build both the club and the playing staff back up to what it should be. We hope Alan will be given every chance to do everything he wants to do at the club.
But from the end of this week forward, it will be all about how to make this Newcastle club great again, with Alan Shearer manager, and whoever he selects as his back-room staff.
We hope so, anyway.