Newcastle Under No Illusions About Premiership Challenge


Newcastle’s Managing Director Derek Llambias has talked about the task ahead, and has made it very clear the Newcastle club is under no illusions as to how difficult next season back in The Premiership will be for the club.

Derek Llambias – we are under no illusions about next season

The conventional wisdom is that Mike Ashley has given Chris Hughton just £15M to use in the transfer market this summer, but we still expect Chris Hughton and chief scout Graham Carr to come up with some decent buys for that money.

Llambias talked about the fans this season and offered the appreciation of the club:

“You have packed out St James’ on numerous occasions this term and from our very first game of the season down at West Brom, have helped create an unbelievable atmosphere in every game we’ve played in.”

“That support has undoubtedly rubbed off on the players and go them through some very tough fixtures.  “I’d like to say a big thank you for your incredible backing this season.”

“It has been a monumental effort from all concerned here at Newcastle United this season, from Chris Hughton and his players and all of our staff at the training ground and here at St James’ Park.”

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone at this football club for everything you’ve done this season.

“I’m well aware of how difficult things were this time last year and the potential struggles we faced going into this season, but all of your efforts have helped contribute to what has turned out to be a successful campaign.”

“Going back up to the Premier League was always our aim this season and we’re delighted that this great club is now back where it belongs in the top flight.”

“We now have the opportunity to plan for life back in the Premier League and are under no illusions about the challenges that lie ahead.”

Those are good words from Derek, and he’s right it’s been a monumental task, but the players and coaches have been magnificent this season for the Tyneside club.

It’s hard to overstate the great job manager Chris Hughton has achieved this season, and  now Mike Ashley and Llambias have to support manager Chris Hughton big time.

We’d like to see at the very least four new good players come in during the summer, as well as at least a few top-class youngsters.

Now is the time to keep the concentration on our Youth Policy, which seems to be paying off much quicker than we thought it would.

If we can get some decent buys this summer the squad may be strong enough to do fairly well next season, but there’s no doubt it will be very tough.

Very tough indeed.

Comments welcome.


9 comments so far

  • nuttyward

    Apr 25, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #1

    we will need more than 15 million thats for sure we need experianced prem players for the next level is for tougherr than the ccc and much togher at that please ma/dl get the cheque book out and lets carry on from where we have finished this season

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Apr 25, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #2

    Tough times ahead is a bit of an understatement. We need £25m to spend on at least 4-5 PL statndard

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  • UTD111

    Apr 25, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #3

    Ed!
    If you’re going to show pictures of Owl-heed’s ugly mug in your articles, you could at least carry some kind of warning in the title so we can brace ourselves?

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  • cupiddstunt

    Apr 25, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #4

    I would love to know where this 15 mil has come from, we have an owner that was being called the British Howard Hughes, he was a billionaire and the papers knew nothing about him, the tabloids never even had any pics of him, his lifestyle or any business details, the fist pics of him were when he suddenly appeared in the crowds at games.

    He was forced with threat of courts to divulge info about his business dealings when he floated his company on the stock market as even then he was giving up nothing, and plc’s are meant to be transparent.

    Then all of a sudden he is giving up info left right and centre? Give me a break I think these are just fantasy figures that are being dreamt up be the tabloids in the hopes that MA is going to come out and deny or confirm them, do you honestly think that someone who has spent all their business life keeping things close to the vest is suddenly going to give up info for free?

    I think he is yanking every bodies chains I think he is sitting back laughing at people talking figures that he know is incorrect.

    And I agree with utd111 do you have to show pics of that mug, ok mention his name but leave the slimeballs pic in the folder.

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  • cupiddstunt

    Apr 25, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #5

    I like to think the figure of 15 mil has been leaked just to put clubs and agents of boosting the prices of players.

    I personally think CH will get what he needs in the way of backing to get in the players we need to consolidate next season.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 25, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #6

    What is everyone expecting?25 million?
    And i suppose the same in January when we have some players injured!!
    Get real,15 million will go a long way when you can buy smartly like Birmingham.
    We will do fine in the market and probably spend 10 mill in January also.

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  • yuwing

    Apr 25, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #7

    dont think that pl is = to championship, we at least need 20m to buy decent player, seriously say our player are far below from the standard of PL, if we only add a few youngsters, i believe that next season we will struggle to stay afloat in pl.

    and another thing is that the youth policy which i totally not agree with it, we need a few experience player like keane and wright phillip, or else with youngster, we really cannot get into top 10 next season..

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  • Nella

    Apr 25, 2010 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #8

    I agree with Marty-Toon if we spent £15 million but on the right players we can more then hold are own, and while I also agree that we lack some quality I still think there’s not much between the likes of Bolton, Blackburn, W.B.A, West Ham, Wigan, Wolves, Scumderland, Stoke and ourselves and I much rather see young hungry players then the mercenaries we’ve had in the past I think the like of Keane are way out of both our salary and Transfer budgets, surely with the likes of Harper, Colloccini, Smith, Nolan, Ameobi, Jonas, Lovenkrands we have plenty of experience.

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  • Charlietoon

    Apr 26, 2010 at 2:06 AM

    Comment #9

    What’s all this talk of premiership quality. It’s a ridiculous all encompassing term. Do we expect to pop out and buy players of man u quality? No. Does this mean we cant compete against bolton, blackburn etc? We need to look at players who will improve the overall quality of the squad and this will be done over time.

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