Ashley Completely At Odds With Newcastle Fans


Some quotes by Managing Director Derek Llambias today details  just  how much the ownership of Newcastle is out of step with the fans.

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Mike Ashley – completely out of touch with the fans


Derek just doesn’t understand where the fans are coming from – and it seems like they don’t want to.

Here’s what Derek Llambias said:

“It’s important that the negativity around the city needs to stop. We need to start concentrating on the team.”

“Supporters may not like us, but we are here and we are investing. We have made mistakes in the past, but we are trying our best.”

“When we originally came up, it was great mixing with the fans. Mike is a guy that likes to talk to fans. Before the games I had trouble getting him out of the pub in time for kick-off.”

“It’s not the same for him now (editor comment – good) – he used to bring the kids. Do we miss being popular? We were never that popular.”

“There are always things you want to change. There’s too much to mention,” “We were nearly spot-on, but certain decisions took us in a certain direction and it’s very hard to recover from them.”

“The fans will come round eventually, but I don’t know when it will be. I might be a very old man.”

We should remind Derek the reason for the change in attitude towards him and Ashley by the fans.

They forced Kevin Keegan out of the club by lying to him and the fans, and we are now a second division side –  some accomplishment in less than 2 years.

For the naming rights to the stadium, businesses may feel they will be buying bad publicity by changing the name of the beloved stadium, but in business you always find somebody willing to do that – and take the chance.

Mark Jensen, Editor of The Mag fanzine, who always makes sensible and down to earth comments on the club, hit the nail on the head again, when he said:

“The idea of turning the history of St James’ Park into something that resembles an email address absolutely beggars belief.”

Ashley and Llambias will be at the game on Saturday and we must bag all 3 points – that’s job number 1 every game.

We hope any protests don’t affect the players or the result – and we have to be very careful of that – we have to do all we can to get the club promoted this season.

As we’ve said before, we don’t like the protests, but we fully understand the reason lots of fans want to show their disgust of Ashley.

Yes, it’s certainly very difficult when Ashley is still around – extremely difficult.

Llambias continued:

“We will showcase Sports Direct until the end of the season. I’m sure we’re going to get a sponsor in for next season.”

“For the remainder of this season, we already have sportsdirect.com on the Gallowgate, so we’d like to take that branding through the rest of the stadium.”

“If it (naming rights) brings in a good chunk of money to the club, that goes straight to the team. it’s a revenue we should look at.”

Unfortunately the way he’s’ talking here, it appears they plan to stay long term – what’s that about being an old man before the fans come around? 🙁

If Hughton can get us promoted this season I’m sure he”s looking to get a substantial wage rise and new contract – from the peanuts he’s getting this season – that’s compared to the white-hot job he’s taken on.

And if he continues to be successful he could be at the club longer than we think.  Hey, we have nothing against Chris, and if he continues being successful in the Premier League that’s just great for him, but most of all great for the club.

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18 comments so far

  • p doff

    Nov 6, 2009 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #1

    A Skunk stating he does not know where the smell is coming from.

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  • Bigbadbob

    Nov 6, 2009 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #2

    I also saw a headline where Lambias has urged the fans to get behind the team?, i beg your pardon.
    The latest PR offensive ( the last one was lies) is just so cringeworthy, they are moaning about the state of the finances but whos fault is that?
    The fans have always kept to their part of the deal by turning up in their thousands and without repeating details, the board have wasted millions, gambled with the team and lost.
    I think Lambias is looking for forgiveness, i hope they get the reception they deserve against Peterborough and it keeps going until they are hounded out.

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  • Mags

    Nov 6, 2009 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #3

    I agree Ed, how can you get your head around the statements that Llambias keeps making on behalf of Ashley? They are contemptible and insulting in the extreme.

    He states we should support the team – we are the 3rd best supported club in the country, what more does he want?

    He complains about the negativity in the city and press – who caused it with your shocking behaviour and lies?

    There is a black hole after relegation – then I ask and whose fault is that?

    I am beginning to think that it goes further than ‘not understanding or wanting to understand’ the fans of the club and more that it is a deliberate and spiteful act.

    As usual Ed, I shall be making the 320 mile round trip to see the lads. I am expecting demonstrations – what other avenue have we the fans got to show our displeasure? However, I am convinced it will be kept to prior to and after the match.

    Like everyon else I shall be hoping for a win, especially after reading quite a few provocative statements coming from ourPeterborough. They were equally very smart mouthed after beating us in the cup when we played the bairns.

    Revenge is best served cold!!!! Howay the lads.

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  • Jsama

    Nov 6, 2009 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #4

    are these guys are just pure moron who do not actually know what they have been doing..?!?!

    sounds as if they are doing us a favor… wtf…

    it is them who cause us going down and instead of them putting more money to run the club, they wanna sell the name of SJP? where the heck is the logic inside?

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  • Chris G

    Nov 6, 2009 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #5

    Bigbadbob – I share your sentiments. This was one of the many things that made me cringe –

    “Mike is a guy that likes to talk to fans” 😀

    Really? He’s obviously not a very good listener, is he?

    This bit sounded about right, though –

    “Before the games I had trouble getting him out of the pub in time for kick-off.”

    Or to put it another way – “Mike is a guy that prefers to stay in the pub and get pissed rather than go out and see how his team is playing”

    Yes, I agree. As a public relations exercise, this has been yet another disaster

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  • stuart no9

    Nov 6, 2009 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #6

    dear mike and derek
    you will rot in hell before we start to like you
    you used to mix with fans as a ploy to get us on your side befote you ripped our hearts out as for not understanding where we are coming from, you understand perfectly now f..k off

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  • dave 1961

    Nov 6, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #7

    the best thing i could say about Llambias is he’s a lying stinking weasel, hes every thing that is wrong with our club, i cant put into word what i think of him or i would be locked up, like Maggie thatcher i will have a party when he dies, & just hope its slow & very painful.

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  • dave 1961

    Nov 6, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #8

    also im sure that picture is of MR creosote just waiting for the tosser to burst.

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  • Nick D

    Nov 6, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #9

    It’s funny Chelsea are looking to change their name to bring in big bucks and no one bats an eyelid. Fat boy sees an opportunity and gets crucified !!.

    Llambias is an odious little man and a truly awful replacement for Mort.,

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  • stuart no9

    Nov 6, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #10

    nick d
    thats because nufc is steeped in history, apart from having a lot of money NOW, what are they famous for?

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  • Nick D

    Nov 6, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #11

    Been in the top 4 for the last few 7 years.
    Also in the last 7 years they’ve won the league twice, runners up twice, league cup winners, FA cup winners, European semi finalists.

    Oh yeah we’re playing Peterborough tomorrow!!!

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  • premier

    Nov 6, 2009 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #12

    Nick D lol!!
    At least it is good that the first fans welcomed to sportsdirect.com are Posh ones and not riff raff

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  • stuart no9

    Nov 6, 2009 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #13

    nick d
    so thats it then , their history stems back a WHOLE 7 years WOW, like i said ,since they got the money, comes close to our 120 years,( or am i missing something)

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  • cupiddstunt

    Nov 6, 2009 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #14

    I think the Chelsea selling off the name is seen as raising cash to advance the club (keep it near the top and in Europe) as this is just about the only way they have to raise more revenue it appears acceptable.

    Whereas ash(ole) and llambias(terd) are having to do it as a way of trying to dig them selves out the massive hole they put themselves and the club into, a bit like having to hit the pawn shop to raise the rent money.

    With Chelsea it’s seen as inspiration and at the toon it’s desperation there is a subtle difference 😉

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  • Ashley Hole

    Nov 6, 2009 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #15

    This is war and it`s not over…………..untill

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  • Geordie Matriarch

    Nov 6, 2009 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #16

    What a load of twaddle, Mr Lambias.

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  • dave 1961

    Nov 6, 2009 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #17

    i am sure that’s a picture of the oracle out of Benidorm, no friends and hangs out with an old senile hag, well that describes Llambias to a tee, the homo fagot.

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  • Brewcastle

    Nov 7, 2009 at 2:58 AM

    Comment #18

    As a Norwegian NUFC-supporter I have allways had respect for The Geordies. They have full-filled and given the colours to the “picture” it is for a foreigner to support an English football-club.
    So when I – here in Norway – is deeply hurt by the way M. Ashley and his men runs the club, I feel very sorry for The Geordies. This great fans, and the club, doesn’t deserve a little sheare this. But this misrable Ashly give it all…. I’ve started to belive he went in to the club just to be (d)evil.

    Howay The Lads – Ashley F*** Off!

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