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.
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.
“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.
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