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