Derek LLambias – Miniscule Money Available For New Players

Derek Llambias has come out this morning, and at least he has talked to the Newcastle fans, but what he has to say isn’t positive – not positive at all.

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Derek LLambias – no money for transfers – well maybe £1M

Whay Derek says is that essentially no money is available for new players in January, but he  promised to back manager Chris Hughton in whatever he wants to do in the transfer market, even if it means buying players rather than loaning them this season.

That’s not exactly true but if the player is available for say £1M, then Derek and Mike may be able to come up with the money.

And we know right now that Llambias and Mike Ashley are as unpopular as they’ve ever been on Tyneside – and that’ saying something.

But they say they want to get Newcastle promoted – well why not – it doubles the price of the club – at least – and it’s a good PR thing to say – juts like when they said Kevin was responsible for all players coning and going.

The £20M put into the club by Ashley last week is to cover operating costs – which is the day to day running of the club and covers wages. But it will not be used for any transfer funds.

Derek said:

“The money that Mike put in last week was to cover costs like wages and so on because we wanted to keep the core of a squad together which would have the best possible chance of being able to get us promoted this season.”

“It has not been put aside for transfers. However, we have had a meeting with Chris last week and we have told him we will do whatever we can whenever he needs it.”

“We are looking at it now, at this moment we are looking at players he has given us the names of.”  “If he wants a player, we ask for the name and the position and then we will try to sign them.”

“At the moment, in our present circumstances, we would prefer that to be loan signings.”  “However, in January, when the transfer window opens, if Chris sees a player he wants to buy for a million quid or so we will go out and get him for the team.”

“We are particularly interested in player under the age of 22 because we have always had an idea of building something for the future as well as the present. We are currently talking to two 16 year-olds from Ireland who we are going to sign for our Academy.”

“But there will be money invested in the team because the most important thing is getting us up – and if Chris feels the team is short in a particular area, we want to be able to do something about it for him.”

We have the feeling they are trying to keep the financial books looking good so that if somebody comes along, say at the end of December, with Newcastle still top of the league, a sale will be more likely.

But on the other side of things the squad is just too small and with Steven Taylor and Coloccini out of the squad for 4 games recently we managed just 2 points – so we know the squad is paper-thin, at best.

And apparently new protests are planned against Ashley this Saturday’s home game against Peterborough.

We have to be very careful that these protests don’t upset the playing side of things – after all they were not too successful last season were they – we’re now a second division side.

If we don’t win on Saturday we’ll put out an article to the protesters reminding them they were responsible for whatever points were dropped, against the second bottom side – Peterborough.

The team comes first – not the protesters – even it means we cannot attack Ashley as much as our gut tells us to.

I’m for the team and Chris this season, and don’t see how protests can help our players on Saturday, and if more news comes out that the planned protests are real, I’ll put put out an article saying  it’s a stupid move.

Why?  Because it is.

Comments very welcome.

42 comments so far

  • G

    Nov 4, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #1

    I loved the chants at the Sheff Utd match, wer’e having a party when Ashley dies. Perhaps the 2nd verse could include that clown? Bare assed cheek if you ask me!

  • G

    Nov 4, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #2

    Well said on the protests thing though Ed, glad I’m not the only person to see that.

  • Purely Belter

    Nov 4, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #3

    does anyone else get the urge of punching derek llamias right between the eyes whenever u see a picture of him…

    i swear i almost hit my screen

    hate them muppets

  • G

    Nov 4, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #4

    I could punch him all day and never get bored belter.

  • DevonMag

    Nov 4, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #5

    he has one of the smuggest, most thumpable faces I have ever seen in my life. The game at St Jame’s when he was there alone and smiling as the cameras rolled over him, I can’t remember ever having a stronger urge to hurt someone!

  • MacToon

    Nov 4, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #6

    “If we don’t win on Saturday we’ll put out an article to the protesters reminding them they were responsible for whatever points were dropped, against the second bottom side – Peterborough.”

    Sometimes I think you are too far removed and miss the feeling around the City.

    We are sick of being used and abused by this regime to the point MANY people refuse to go to the match now. You may change your mind with the wind but there are some who are sick of the thought of this guy owning and ruining this once fine club.

  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 4, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #7

    The club will die under this regime…no promotion prospects,terrible manager,wafer thin squad and an owner that is clueless when it comes to running a football club.

    I wish the pair of them would shut up as I don’t take a blind bit of notice as it is all spin and double speak.

  • dan in france

    Nov 4, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #8

    i just dont get him he wants to get back up to the premiership if he spends like £10 million atleast we will easyily make it for sure with the team we have already then he will recoup the money just from going up and then we wont have 2 spend so much wen were already there!! + this team wont survive in the premierleague we will b down b4 it even starts if we dont get n e 1 in !!!

  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 4, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #9

    Fans have every right to let the owner now how they feel Ed…..I am sure once the club starts selling more assets in January the hatred will be mutual.

  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 4, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #10

    Agree Dan this current side is nowhere near premiership quality….it is more like a pub team and the football is dire most weeks.

  • Kevin Nichol

    Nov 4, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #11

    Am i the only one reading this incorrectly?

    Don’t get me wrong; i feel that both Ashley and Llambias are completely inept and out of their depth; but is the statement not just a flippant one in saying “a million quid or so”? From what they are “saying” is that they will look to back the manager in the transfer market and bring in players permanently. That has to be a positive sign compared to the last transfer window.

    I’m sick of the moaning, whinging, constant negativity around the place….

    All i care about is the team and the coaching staff giving 100% in their attempts to get us back to the PL. We are top of the league. I’m focusing all my attention upon that.

    If we get promoted then the current regime will sell up in an instant. Support, Support & more Support on sat please!

  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 4, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #12

    I would appoint Roy Hodgson,give him £50m and a free reign on the 1st team.
    All this loans,cheap deals,journeymen is just going to make matters worse…loan players are here and then they are gone…there is no chance for team cohesiveness with these types of signings.

    We are now way behind the likes of Stoke,Birmingham,Villa,Hull,Wigan,Burnley etc

  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 4, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #13

    Kevin we are top of a terrible Bunch at the moment…we will begin the slide down the table for sure and will not be promoted without serious recruitment of capable players on perm transfers.

  • hitman

    Nov 4, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #14

    where you going to get a player to improve our squad for a mill like,answer no where

  • magpie6699

    Nov 4, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #15

    Kevin Nichol – you are too trusting. And if it was a “flippant” remark – it speaks volumes about Lamearse’s incompetence! Is that how to get the fans on board at a time of (to put it mildly) strained relationships? The man is either an idiot or an idiot – I can’t decide which.

  • premier

    Nov 4, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #16

    Should be able to get Harewood for a million–couple of Barn Doors thrown in anarl for him to practise on

  • Trent Toon

    Nov 4, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #17

    I am behind ashley! We must start thinking positive, as for you ED…

    Brilliant, that is very great that you will bring out an article it is a demonstartion of the actual responsiblity and voice of us fans….

  • komfort

    Nov 4, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #18

    if we dont win on saturday it’ll be the protesters fault !!!!!….rubbish !!! – nowt to do with any protest regarding selling the naming rights of SJP….it will be completly down to fact we have a team lacking in any flair littered with loaned players that are unwanted by the clubs holding their registrations & coached by a yes man who knows no other than playing the long ball game.

    …as it happens i think we will win regardless.

  • ToonMobile

    Nov 4, 2009 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #19

    Make no mistake this will be the most important window for Ashley ever – promotion probably depends completely on what the club does in the next few months – and therefore the complete short/medium term future of the club. I dread to think of our future under this regime should we not get promoted this year.

    We need to get players in and extend some of the loan deals we have since they have become core members of the first team. On the plus side it would appear as though a lack of commitment to buy players is either an indication that the club is still really up for sale and its an accounting exercise to keep the books looking good – or that Ashley is more short sighted than we think. Anything is possible…

    As for protests not doing any good last time around I would disagree. KK leaving, the protests and the subsequent actions of the club showed the hierarchy in their true colors (Spurs? lol), misleading the fans, something which might have not come out had the events of that time not came to pass. There is no correlation between the protests and the teams relegation – that was all down to the team at the time and the management/motivation of it. It was one protest at one game – there were plenty more points to play for…

  • AlanSmith.

    Nov 4, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #20

    another day.. and mactoon and sir jason toon are being negative yet again..

    ed i agree with you 100% on the protests side. protest might get him not to come to games.. but it will just make him even more unlikely to sign a player and spend money.. and he’ll still have the club so we wont be any better off!

    get behind the team when the team has won a game.. then stay in the stadium and shout abuse if you really have to!.. BUT DEFINATLY NOT BEFORE ITS STARTED!

  • AlanSmith.

    Nov 4, 2009 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #21

    sorry should read..

    get behind the team!. then when the team has won the game…

  • stuart no9

    Nov 4, 2009 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #22

    Im sorry mr lamparse , but using emotive words to make us feel guilty if the side dont do well,is rather naive on your part.these gypsies have come from london to use NUFC to sell their cheap, tacky, crap that lets face it , if people had more money to spend, would not even enter one of these market stalls they call sports direct (you get what you pay for) the problem that they have is that they didnt do their homework before they bought the club.if they had of they might of realised that we are a proud lot up here, we are also not stupid, they are starting to find that out now, they stink of every thing NUFC dont want to be assosiated with they have not took a ounce of blame for any thing that has happened over the last year , he is even now wants to try and blame us, he even says in the sun that sports direct will add more status to the club (i think mental health problems are stating to kick in) this club need a change we need to boycott a couple of games and if pinky and perky want to blame us then so be it , BUT DONT FORGET THE WHOLE COUNTRY KNOW WHAT THEY ARE, AND THAT THE IMPORTANT PEOPLE IN FOOTBALL KNOW THAT THESE FANS WOULD NEVER EVER,DELIBARATLY,GO

  • Graeme

    Nov 4, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #23

    FCB is a contented man. He has his toy; its costing him withing his stated objective ie £20 million a year. He’s getting his jollies.

    The only way to get his attention is to hurt his pocket. If the income stops coming in, he has to put his hand deeper in his pocket and he will soon get fed up with the extra expense.

    FCB is a disgraceful man, an admitted incompetant when it comes to the club, so he employs an even bigger buffoon as MD. If he employed someone who actually knew how a football club worked, it would help, but then, that would demonstrate that he actually cared and its not going to happen.

    You FCB, get out of our club.

  • UTD111

    Nov 4, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #24

    “If we don’t win on Saturday we’ll put out an article to the protesters reminding them they were responsible for whatever points were dropped, against the second bottom side – Peterborough.”

    You’re kidding Ed?? OK – so whats your excuse for the other points the team have dropped this season, then???

  • lesh

    Nov 4, 2009 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #25

    Yes, given their admission of publicly lying over the KK issue, we’ve every right to be sceptical about Llambias’ utterances.

    However, let’s be realistic and there’s no way I’m being an apologist for the guy, but what they’re aiming to do with the club’s financials make sense.

    And, I’d like to think that they must surely realise the need to invest to ensure promotion staying up. Another season in the Championship will surely jeopardise the future on NUFC. Do we want the club to go down the Swanee?

    I have the feeling that they’ve had a big wake up call and they now acknowledge that they’re not exactly top of the fans’ christmas card lists.

    Fans really must keep the pressure on but please, no demos at SJP!

    On another but related note, I’m not convinced about the merits of a name such as is very bright….. could it be mistaken for an email address?

    That’s just detail but the @ suggestion makes me think Llambias is thinking on the hoof…. as ever he has!

  • stuart no9

    Nov 4, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #26

    LESH lamparse has already said that at best £1M available for new players, i usu the word players lightly , i dont know if there are still players available at that price, also you sayu no demos , as you dont want to jeopardise the clubs future, as that was what mr lamparse said, it sounds like he has got you believing its your fault already

  • listie

    Nov 4, 2009 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #27

    All those for the protests, just remind us how successful where they last time……..
    Ashley is still here, and we are now in the fizzy pop league, not what I would call a sucess!

    I believe that more protests will be the undoing of the team and chances of promotion, and I dont say that lightly as I as much as anyone what MA and Penfold to F*** off now, but lets face it noe one came to buy the club, even for the bargain of £80m, so a protest will be 100% pointless and cause untold damage. I know I dont live in the city any more but still have family and friends in Newcastle, we went from being a laughing stock the last 2 years to some new found respect and a lot of that is due to the fans, everyone analysist said the fans would go the club woul d do a leeds, but we have proved them all wrong, yes we are top of a rubbish league, so what we are top, also our attendence have been nothing short of amazing, and that has shut up all the criticts apart from the hardcore toon haters, but they are just jealous anyway. More protests would lead us back down the laughing stock route again, all I can say is please stop and think and then decide dont.

  • listie

    Nov 4, 2009 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #28

    Forgot to add Roy Hodgson as manager, if that ever happened i’d be at the front of the protests!!

  • stuart no9

    Nov 4, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #29

    LISTE who exactly is jeolous of us ? as for not protesting because it may damage the club, i took my dad for a tour of the ground a few month ago, we went to all parts of the ground, exept the trophy room , do you know why, ? nowt in it so what do you exactly mean damage the club, we dont have , our owners are making a perfectly good job of that by themselvrs

  • lesh

    Nov 4, 2009 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #30

    stuart no9 … no way am I a believer in those two, but if debt is going to be a hindrance to Ashley selling the club, then he needs to get rid of it and GET OUT!

  • stuart no9

    Nov 4, 2009 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #31

    exactly m8

  • RetroBiscuits

    Nov 4, 2009 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #32

    Llambias “However, in January, when the transfer window opens, if Chris sees a player he wants to buy for a million quid or so we will go out and get him for the team.”

    This goes back to the dennis wise fiasco the truth behand all that was to bring in cheap young talent not to benefit the team but to sell them on at a profit.

    It amazes me whenever they do announce something they we are too stupid to see through their lies……just goes to show how far removed from reality this ragime is!!?!?!

  • stuart no9

    Nov 4, 2009 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #33

    as you are aware, we live in a worldwhere you have to fight for everything you believe in, if you dont,you get battered from pillar to post,especially in business, mr ashly is battering us from pillar to post,because we as a group are letting him.we have to TRY to stop him. Of course we dont want to demonstrate,who does? but if we dont,our only alternative is to sit back and watch, and for the FUTURE of this club that would be a disaster, We have to think long term as a quick fix never works, as our trophy cabinet has proof of that over the last 50 years

  • listie

    Nov 4, 2009 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #34

    stuart no9 – I was refering to the newcastle haters, no matter what we do they will still want us to fail. Damage the club, lets see, Fizzy pop league, thats the real biggy. I honestly believe the players who where carp for us last season gave up, and unfortunatly I think the constant battles between fans and chairman leading to protests, did not help one bit.

  • Ashley Hole

    Nov 4, 2009 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #35

    Can you now see that these guys are telling lies to us…..

    January transfers: Jonas out
    Barton out
    Enrique out
    Ranger out

    in somebody…maybe two 16y old guys

    Ashley`s gonna make some cash…..

  • stuart no9

    Nov 4, 2009 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #36

    that is what i mean the club is already damaged, so a few protests to show that we are not happy and to try to make him think of the club( though i cant see that happening)for a change rather than his daughters inheritance money, who knows? he might even buy a player

  • Mag 48

    Nov 4, 2009 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #37

    I’m afraid its a case of us and them.
    One of the reasons they did not appoint Alan Shearer full time was because he was on the (Them ) side.They had already been down that road with KK and did quite a good job of distroying his reputation.Employing the likes of CH etc is safer.So in the future these are the kind of appointments they will make not much good but safe for them.CH has done ok holding it together but as for building a squad for the premiership??? (And we have had a great deal of luck) Protests are for the individual to decide.I have decided to stay away but understand those that decide to go.
    Howay the Lads

  • MacToon

    Nov 4, 2009 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #38

    AlanSmith. post 20, Prat!

  • stuart no9

    Nov 4, 2009 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #39

    mag 48your right mate , dont expect big personalities coming through the door. there are plenty of yes men out there,who are finished but would love a chance to make a last few bob, coz one thing for sure,I f we go up CH has got to step down

  • stuart no9

    Nov 4, 2009 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #40

    alan smith comment 20
    so we have to behave our self now before our owner
    will buy anybody, He”L be telling you where to drink next


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