Llambias Laments The Difficulties Of Newcastle Supporters


The Newcastle United club has begun mailing out season ticket renewal forms this week, but we’d be very surprised if anybody takes them up until the fans are more clear just who the owner will be, and who the manager will be.

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Llambias – does this man look competent?  Hint – answer begins with “n”

And with Alan Shearer still waiting to hear from anybody connected to the club about his own future, things are as uncertain as they’ve been at any time over the last 3 weeks.

Season ticket prices have been cut by 9% across the board and with 23 home games rather than 19 in the Premier League, that’s another reduction of just over 20% according to our reckoning.

Newcastle’s invisible Managing Director Derek Llambias, who hopefully will soon be on his way out of Newcastle for good, said he sympathised with the plight of ordinary fans. That’s nice of him.

“At a time when money is tight for supporters, football clubs have to recognise the sacrifices people make to continue following their team and offer any assistance they can in making games affordable to watch,”

“We have decided to reduce the majority of prices back to 2007-08 levels to help fans because we appreciate the big commitment they make in buying their season tickets every year.”

Apparently the powers that be (excuse those rather loosely used words) have amazingly put together a contingency plan involving Chris Hughton taking up the managerial reins at St James’ Park once again is possible.

Only idiotic people would dream of such a plan, but that’s who’s been running the club this last year, and that’s one reason a £74M squad was relegated to the Championship.

Incompetent people in charge of anything is never good – not even with the US Government, which we have seen these last eight years – whoops no politics on this blog please.

No Newcastle fan will want to do much with the season ticket renewals until first of all they see Ashley and Llambias hi-tail it out of  Toon. Then they will need to wait to see who the new owners are, and they will hopefully appoint Shearer – becasue right now there seems no other choice.

Only if and when Shearer is appointed, and we some stability and competence (and even a forward looking plan!) in the Board Room at Newcastle, will some fans test the Newcastle waters again, and see how cold it is.

But there may still be some ice cubes in there, left over from the ridiculously incompetent and even comical Ashley and crew reign at the famous Tyneside club, which they all but decimated.

And this man was a Billionaire? He must have been lucky.

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57 comments so far

  • RyanToon

    Jun 12, 2009 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #1

    i hate this effin puppet!

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 12, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #2

    Someone give me a spade so I can smack it on this pr*cks head!!!

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  • lesh

    Jun 12, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #3

    So, the bufoons have put together a contingency plan involving Chris Hughton taking up the managerial reins at St James’ Park once again is possible?

    They’ve obviously appraised Hughton’s track as ‘manger’ last season and taken what they believe to be a sensible decision!

    That in itself, exemplifies either their incompetence or their ongoing agenda – to destroy the club!!

    The sooner they go, the better.

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  • SirTitusBramble

    Jun 12, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #4

    god i cant stand to look at this guy.

    i believe that i would lose it if i was anywhere near him.

    hes a complete muppet

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  • bowburnmag

    Jun 12, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #5

    I don’t condone it but I would imagine this gimp was picked on at school.

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  • sahota

    Jun 12, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #6

    I think best move at this moment for all fans would be not to renew the season tickets and don’t buy anything from club , that will force Mike Cashley to sell us quickly.

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  • tooneskimo

    Jun 12, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #7

    Most fans I’ve talked to would rather hire a mini bus and go and watch away games and make a weekend of it, probably work out cheaper to be honest.
    If Ashley is still in charge and Hughton is boss you’ll be lucky to have 20,000 in SJP come kick off when the new season starts.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 12, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #8

    Sahota – I dont think MA or DL give a sh*t either way mate.

    A harsh reality – we just gotta to hang onto hope of the sale.

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  • JackP

    Jun 12, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #9

    competent? he barely looks continent…

    Joking aside, I’m sure he’s good at something. However “getting the fans onside”, “understanding the fans” and “getting the club he is in charge of to do well” seem to be failures so far.

    I’m not sure if I’m renewing anyway (various reasons) but there is absolutely no way whatsoever any renewal will take place until Ashley is gone, I know who is in charge (owner, chairman, manager) and I have some idea of plans for next season.

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  • sahota

    Jun 12, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #10

    @Toon Graeme , You r right. They don’t simply care now. We can just hope sale happens soon.

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  • Sav

    Jun 12, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #11

    Not one season ticket renewal until this lot have gone. Not one.
    That should be the dignified but clear response to Ashley and Llambias. No ranting. No bedsheets. Just customers voting with their hard earned cash.
    This is the one time of year when they HAVE to speak and LISTEN.
    At the moment the loudest communication is by their actions. we have to do likewise.

    When we finally get deliverance from this pair of greedy, spiteful, patronising fools, there will be a flood of renewals to get the positive atmosphere going.

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  • Whumpie

    Jun 12, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #12

    9%?? He’s having a laugh. It it works out at more than £20 a game they’ll be lucky to sell 10,000.

    Another obvious rookie mistake by Ashley’s Muppet Show.

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  • sahota

    Jun 12, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #13

    @sav I agree. I think if we force him this way, he will sell soon. He can not face empty pocket. And the more delay he does more money goes from his pocket. Just don’t give him Penny now.

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  • bassongs_of_praise

    Jun 12, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #14

    I understand that money is tight for a lot of people but I would beg as many people as possible to renew their tickets – yes it all looks pretty rubbish at the minute but supporting your team through the good and the bad is surely what it is all about??

    At the end of the day not renewing tickets isnt going to hurt Ashley one bit really, the main thing it is going to do is have a negative effect on the players playing in front of a half empty stadium and give the media and other fans yet more ammunition against the club when the so called best supporters in the country desert the team in their droves after one poor season.

    I understand that maybe many people just cant afford it which is fair enough but im sure there are plenty of people doing it out of spite towards Ashley which whilst understandable isnt really going to acheive anything positive – him and his jokers are surely going to be out of the door in the not too distant future anyway.

    Your club and your team needs you.

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  • Rangerman

    Jun 12, 2009 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #15

    So, the bufoons have put together a contingency plan involving Chris Hughton taking up the managerial reins at St James’ Park once again is possible?

    They’ve obviously appraised Hughton’s track as ‘manger’ last season and taken what they believe to be a sensible decision!

    That in itself, exemplifies either their incompetence or their ongoing agenda – to destroy the club!!

    The sooner they go, the better.

    …..

    Shearer’s record was hardly better.

    I’m not sure why people read too much into whats in the local paper, Hughton might be in charge of pre season training but he won’t be manager on the first game of the season.

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  • Rangerman

    Jun 12, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #16

    9%?? He’s having a laugh. It it works out at more than £20 a game they’ll be lucky to sell 10,000.

    Another obvious rookie mistake by Ashley’s Muppet Show

    ………

    Leeds charge more than £20 a game in league 1, if the part timers want to jump ship then let them but the club will still clear around 36,000.

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  • ObaFan2

    Jun 12, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #17

    “Your club and your team needs you.”

    Funny we needed a team not so long ago and they didn’t make the grade!

    Most the people I know who have season tickets are mostly hanging on until something happens at the club, that is who is manager, who is the owner etc.

    The club will always have the support of the people, it’s the owners who don’t!

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  • Whumpie

    Jun 12, 2009 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #18

    Ed – sorry to take issue, but can you say what evidence you have for the statement “Alan Shearer still waiting to hear from anybody connected to the club”?

    I’ve not seen or heard anything to suggest that this is the case. For me, all the evidence points to the opposite: that there is an agreed silence on this which Shearer has agreed to, and that he is being kept informed. Otherwise, I think we’d have heard from Big Al quite loudly by now.

    Also, the list of names of players “the club” wants to keep – looks awfully like the names Shearer wanted to keep. I think he is, in effect, our manager, and is continuing his work to get ready for next season.

    Can you honestly imagine Big Al thumb-twiddling quietly while everything went spoons around him and he was kept in the dark?

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  • Sav

    Jun 12, 2009 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #19

    Nobody said anything about not going. Although if Ashley is still here and we have still no manager, have had no preseason preparation, half of last year’s squad has been sold and with no new signings coming in (because that terrible scenario is surely where we are headed until Ashley slings his greasy hook), there’s probably not much point in going along.
    You will be cheering on 11 Sports Direct shirts on tailor’s dummies if they carry on like this.

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  • Whumpie

    Jun 12, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #20

    Didn’t know that, Rangerman. On the other hand, there are Prem teams charging well under £20 a game, so perhaps it’s not that directly related to the league; more about the ground and ‘size’ of the club.

    To be honest, if they just sell to the right lot and get Shearer in, I think they’ll still get a decent renewal rate… but not at that price.

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  • Whumpie

    Jun 12, 2009 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #21

    What really annoys me personally is that while I was living within hitting distance of SJP, you couldn’t get a season ticket for love nor money.

    Now I’m 350 miles away…

    Not that I’d touch one with a sh***y stick right now anyway, but the irony is there…

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  • ObaFan2

    Jun 12, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #22

    Personally I don’t think it’s the price that is the problem but the state of the club.

    If the club is sold and hopefully that’ll be sooner than later I can imagine big crowds filled with optimistic fans. If we are still in limbo then SJP may see some pretty poor attendances!

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  • Ross

    Jun 12, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #23

    Whumpie-i pay per game, my ma would always say “season ticket for your 21’st, promise”, which naturally i was looking forward to.
    My 21st rolls round this year and i just told her not to bother, typical isnt it!..not that she’d shell out anyway, she doesnt seem overly impressed as to whats going on, as little as she knows anyway.

    Love the fact llambiarse decides to come out and show his sympathy just matters after the loyal lads and lasses of the toon are asked by this bunch of idiots to throw hundreds of hard earned pounds back into the club like

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  • Ross

    Jun 12, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #24

    and yes, that doesnt make any sense. just a matter of hours after, is what i was meant to say lol

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  • Robbanufc

    Jun 12, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #25

    Oba martins just told the Chronicle live he wants to stay put and help Newcastle bounce straight back up!

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/nufc/newcastle-united-news/2009/06/12/oba-martins-wants-to-stay-at-newcastle-united-72703-23860925/

    I love this Nigerian!

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  • ObaFan2

    Jun 12, 2009 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #26

    Yep, Oba says:

    “I hope I am not sold.

    “If the club decide to sell me I have no choice but to go.

    “But my aim is to stay and help get Newcastle promoted next season.

    “I love living in Newcastle and there are few better places to live and play.

    “I know the club is for sale and that is hard for the fans.

    “Yet I hear there could be some light at the end of the tunnel eventually.”

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  • Widowmaker

    Jun 12, 2009 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #27

    Keep Martins if he is serious with what he is saying plz!!

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  • Danish_Magpie

    Jun 12, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #28

    I WISH for this team next season:

    ………………….Harper…………………

    Beye….S. Taylor..Bassong..Enrique

    R. Taylor…Guthrie…Nolan…Jonas

    ………………Oba…..Carroll……………

    Unlikely, I know…

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  • ObaFan2

    Jun 12, 2009 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #29

    Nolan wants to go DM and Jonas will need to go so he has a better chance at international football 🙁

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  • Whumpie

    Jun 12, 2009 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #30

    Great words from Oba, although I’d still rather take the money. I do actually think this guy loves Newcastle.

    The ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ thing is the first hint from inside the smokescreen that things are looking up.

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Jun 12, 2009 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #31

    I know it’s a bit wet like but there is ‘something of the night’ about this lamby bloke. Creepy or what?

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  • lesh

    Jun 12, 2009 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #32

    Widowmaker // Jun 12, 2009 at 12:52 PM

    Keep Martins if he is serious with what he is saying plz says Widowmaker……

    Sadly, this crew seem to be concerned only with the present, £s and don’t give a fig about what mess they leave behind them.

    And, they’ve got the nerve to ask fans to fork out for season tickets so they can ‘enjoy’ another year like last.

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  • Danish_Magpie

    Jun 12, 2009 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #33

    Martins is a Geordie!

    Players I want out:

    Owen – Free (110k/week)
    Viduka – Free (65k/week)
    Shola – 2m (30k/week)
    Smith – 3m (60k/week)
    Duff – 3m (85k/week)
    Barton – 3m (60k/week)
    Butt – 1m (45k/week)
    Coloccini – 6m (60k/week)

    Transfer funds in: 18m
    515K/week saved = 26.7m/year in wages

    Leaves us with the following squad:

    GK: Harper, Krul, Foster

    RB: Beye, R. Taylor
    CB: S. Taylor, Bassong, Edgar, Kadar
    LB: Enrique , (new LB backup)

    RW: (New RW Starter), LuaLua
    LW: Jonas, (New LW backup)
    CM: Nolan, Guthrie, (new DM backup), (new CM backup)

    ST: Oba, Carroll, Løvenkrands, Ranger, Xisco

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  • Ericles

    Jun 12, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #34

    The only expertise this lame-arse has is to pour more oil on troubled waters. Prices at the 2007 level? What will the new owners say about that?
    Selling players without a manager at the helm is nonsensical. And that photo Ed – the man does look as though he has just passed wind and is pretending it was somebody else. Ashley and Llambias have no credibility whatsoever – if the fans see that what on earth do prospective buyers think?

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  • Doocey

    Jun 12, 2009 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #35

    Oba Oba Oba Martins!

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  • lesh

    Jun 12, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #36

    Ericles, can someone remind Llambias which league we were in in 2007

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  • RyanToon

    Jun 12, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #37

    martins will be gone imo. i do believe that he does love the club but there’s no way he will be here at the start of the seasom imo

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  • DJM TOON

    Jun 12, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #38

    get rid of oba, i like the guy too, btu he’s never consistent, never prolific and for the money we could get a hell of a lot better, hell, right now i’d swap beckford for oba straight away.

    at the end of the day, the only people i’ve been glad to hear speak from the toon are taylor harper beye and duff… the rest dont deserve to wear the shirt… bar bassong ofcourse but he’s jumped ship already

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  • lesh

    Jun 12, 2009 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #39

    It’s incredible that this clown’s going on as though it’s business as usual.

    If that is so, then perhaps he can appoint a manger and prepare for the coming season?

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  • Big Dave

    Jun 12, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #40

    Lads i am oba the moon that Oba wants to stay and I have a funny feeling that he knows more than us “Yet I hear there could be some light at the end of the tunnel eventually.”. and when I seen Oba push his team mates out of the way to jump into Big Al’s arms that told me there was a bond between the 2. I think Oba would have a cracking and enjoyable seasom in the CCC

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