Llambias – Carroll Wanted £80K/Week – We Couldn’t Pay That

The sickening story of Andy Carroll leaving Newcastle on Monday continues today as the club and Andy fight a PR battle to tell what really happened, and therefore who was to blame.

Derek LLambias – we cannot afford 80K/week

But of course to Newcastle fans the local icon is gone, and it’s just very painful to have to watch Andy become a great player – but wearing the red strip of Liverpool.

It’s just soul destroying to most Newcastle fans – including me – in truth I feel devastated by what’s happened – but I’ll get over it don’t worry – but only when Andy retires or when I kick it. 😀

Llambias was said upset and dismayed at Carroll’s false claims that Newcastle  wanted to cash in on him.

Newcastle’s Managing director Derek Llambias said today:

“We didn’t push Andy Carroll out, far from it – he asked to go.””The fact is Mike Ashley didn’t want to sell him, it’s not like he needs the money is it? And remember we turned down bids of £30m and then £35m from Liverpool.”

“That’s serious money for a 22-year-old with only six months’ experience in the Premier League. But finally Mike’s point of view was the player’s put in a transfer request, so what can we do?”

“Andy was already earning top money at the club after signing a new deal recently.” “But he said he’d been offered £80,000-a-week from Liverpool and asked what we would pay to make him stay.”

“We told him the club just couldn’t afford to give him a deal like that, nothing close.” “And when we said ‘No’ – well, that’s when he put in his transfer request.”

The press will be very happy about all of this, and will try to prolong all the discussion and discussion, but we all need to move on from this sorry and sad state of affairs soon.

Llambias added:

“Yes, he went in our helicopter. But the sooner the deal was done the sooner we could make our own moves in the transfer market.”

“It was already very late.”  “We will spend in the summer. Every penny of the £35m will stay in the club.”

The problem that Mike and Derek have is that they’ve lied too often to Newcastle fans, so  that whenever they tell us anything there’s always that suspicion that surrounds their statements, and whether they are true or not – or just for PR.

As they admitted,  when they said Kevin Keegan was in charge of all transfers at the club, but actually wasn’t, which they later admitted.

Did we say this was a sorry state of affairs for Newcastle United?

Hey, by the way, we need all 3 points tonight at Craven Cottage.

Comments welcome.

60 comments so far

  • JohnnyBrookes

    Feb 2, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #1

    Absolute rubbish, as if most that comes out of there mouths.

    You have seen what Derek has said about Shearer today??

    And what Keegan said about them? Those who choose to buy this over what Keegan, Shearer and Carroll has said are clueless

  • taiwantoon

    Feb 2, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #2

    How stupid do they think we are????

    Why couldn’t they just say “Sorry, there is no chance of us getting a replacement now. You just signed a new contract. You’re staying until the summer when we can line up a replacement.”

  • g300

    Feb 2, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #3

    that f…ing c..t lam.rse is a rat just a puppet for f,t ashley if i ever met him i would c.t his throat

  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Feb 2, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #4

    he take advantage fro what liverpool offer to Carroll.

  • TS -77

    Feb 2, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #5

    Of course they could have said No, you have a contract here for another 5 years, you aint going anywere but to the training pitch.

    But, is it worth keeping an unhappy player eventhough hes name is Andy Carroll?

    Its really, really sad but the boy became greedy!

  • g300

    Feb 2, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #6

    taiwantoon they think we are stupid but can you blame them look what they did to shearer and keegan and got away with it and now carroll

  • Mags

    Feb 2, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #7

    Proven liars him and Ashley, and I do not believe one word that comes out of that man’s mouth.

    They make me sick to my stomach. I will never ever ever trust them.

  • g300

    Feb 2, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #8

    couldnt give carroll 80k a week but can give taylor 50k a week what a joke

  • john_cena163

    Feb 2, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #9

    S.Taylor is a true Gordie. AC IS A SCUM

  • Seabass

    Feb 2, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #10

    C’mon. Yes Llambias and Ashley have been lying etc. This time though. Isnt it pretty obvious Carroll is the dirtbag? He has never commented on the contract claims. I find that rather telling. Then offcourse its easy for Carroll to put the blame on easy targets Llambias and Ashley.

  • benscott123123

    Feb 2, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #11

    Who’s available for tonights game and has Tiote finished his ban?

    Simpson Taylor Colo Enrique
    Barton Toite Jonas
    Ameobi Loven

    Guthrie Krul Willo Ranger Best Perch Ferguson

  • wilson33

    Feb 2, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #12

    ashley didnt need the money but seeing he could not afford to match the wages bollocks more like ashley and ap out

  • Charlietoon

    Feb 2, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #13

    Lets move on from this sad and sorry event by rehashing it every five mins.

  • JohnnyBrookes

    Feb 2, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #14
  • TS -77

    Feb 2, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #15

    Just as Newcastle could have said no to the AC transfer and keept an unhappy player, the player, AC could have said No, I have a contract here for another 5 years and I want to stay.

    I would loved to seen AC in the nr 9 shirt at Newcastle for many years to come but sadly it wasnt to be. He choosed money in front of playing in the legendary nr 9 shirt in his hometown. Move on!

  • jimmymagpie

    Feb 2, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #16

    Seabass, wake up man don’t you know that our reputation stinks in the game because of the ownership. I t gets really great when that arsehole Redknapp is able to laugh on TV at our expense. Tiote is still suspended – back against Arsenal.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Feb 2, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #17

    You just have to look at the photograph to see the man is not to be trusted

  • hitman

    Feb 2, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #18

    the sooner ashley and this penfold looking muthafka are gone from the club the better..

    but the judas wanted more money,no one forced him to go and sign for liverpool,that was all his own doing,and lets not for get his agent in all this..
    but someone on the other thread is saying that the cockney spivs told him if he didnt sign for liverpool he would be kept out injured and fk his england chances up..come on

  • Charlietoon

    Feb 2, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #19

    Lets look at it this way. If Carroll had ANY respect for the shirt he was wearing at Newcastle would he have taken number 9 at Liverpool????

  • NorseMag

    Feb 2, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #20

    @ Seabass; spot on, why no words from Carroll about these contract claims?

    btw, I’ve given up hope for Ameobi as a premiership striker, way to slow. Hope Alan chooses to test lovenkrands, best and ranger more.

    Anyone seen Airey play? Is he any good?

  • Preston_toon

    Feb 2, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #21

    Dont know what to belive after what Daglish said today
    “A very important factor for us is that both players wanted to come here,” he said of Suarez and Carroll’s signings.

  • bazzer

    Feb 2, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #22

    I really think AC going could be the making of Nile Ranger. You can see that he’s got it and I just wonder whether, given the opportunity, we’ll be looking back in the summer saying Andy who. I think all it would take is a couple of goals, a bit of confidence and the boy could fly.

  • stuckdownsouth

    Feb 2, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #23

    Let’s move on 3 points tonight.

    To be fair, we slate them when they say nothing and we slate them when they say something because really all we want is them to say we’re leaving!

    They could have said no and so could Andy. I do agree that you can’t offer a new contract 3 months after signing one, if Andy didn’t think it was enough at the time he shouldn’t have signed it!

  • TS -77

    Feb 2, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #24

    Hitman, do you really belive that they would stop our topscorer to play if he had refused to move?? No chance..

  • hitman

    Feb 2, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #25

    nar i dont but toonruz (who says he is m8 with judas)says thats what the cockney spivs told judas

  • bobby_ollox

    Feb 2, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #26

    The fact he went in MAs helicopter is a clear sign that they wanted him to go. I dont blame them for that ( £35 million – say it slowly and then say Andy Carroll) .
    Once AC got sight of a signing on wedge and 80K a week he was going to want to go too.

    After that its like two naughty schoolboys pointing the finger at each other – it doesnt matter who started it – they both did it.

    I dont blame the club for letting him go, but I do blame them for not having anyone lined up , for the embarrassment of the late bids for zog, and the bickering in the papers. It is all amateur, and this club deserves better.

  • Seabass

    Feb 2, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #27

    Thea sbolutely strangest thing in all this is that they didn’t negotiate to get Ngog on loan for the rest of the season as part of that deal

  • ToonLegend

    Feb 2, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #28

    we all know ashley will sell any of our players if the bid is good
    BUT that doesnt take the blame of Carroll all u have to do is look at that smug smile on his face when he turned up at pool wasnt the face of a man forced out

  • cla5hb0y68

    Feb 2, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #29

    Because AC put in the transfer request he wouldn’t get a signing on fee.

  • carrollsinger

    Feb 2, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #30

    Why are people blaming the board Carroll SiGNED the paperwork at Liverpool nonobe else if he didn’t wanna leave then don’t sign sinple wait tip summer and see what happens if we spend 20mil plus I’ll be happy

  • carrollsinger

    Feb 2, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #31

    Why are people blaming the board Carroll SiGNED the paperwork at Liverpool no one else if he didn’t wanna leave then don’t sign simple wait tip summer and see what happens if we spend 25mil plus I’ll be happy

  • Jarrajackie

    Feb 2, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #32

    AC will get a signing on fee (from liverpool) to ease his hardship of changing clubs, lets look at it another way, the player wanted to go, his head was turned by the propect of getting his locks permed to fit in with the locals and we got top drawer money. Yes he was good, a handful, could find the back of the net etc, etc, however he’s not worth £35m in anyones books really. Lets move on and find our next #9, it could be someone better, now theres optimism!

  • benishiryo

    Feb 2, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #33

    there r no gd guys here. mike ashley wanted to sell, AC wanted to go. either of them cld hav prevent it from happenin but didnt.
    really gutted. AC’s a geordie livin the dream wif the no 9 shirt. guess loyalty means nothin nowadays

  • Doctapaul

    Feb 2, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #34

    I’m tempted to believe Llambas for once – mostly.
    Newcastle probably didn’t know for sure how high Liverpool would go. Credit to them for getting it as high as £35M and squeezing AC’s 10% of the transfer fee as well.
    Whether he was pushed or not is now a side show – the lesson learned is that everything, everone in football has a price.
    Just ask yourself – if somebody asked you to name your price to stop supporting Newcastle? What would you answer be? £10K, £50K, £100K, £1m? how much?
    So now multiply that number by 10… let’s say £10M – any takers????

    when the money gets so high to the degree when it’s gonna significantly change our lifestyle and those around us whom we love – then we think twice.

    the 2nd learning is – look at history, when we sell our stars and dont replace them we go on a downward spiral because the players who remaon stop believing the club.

    Years ago we sold Macdonald and McDermott and within 2-3 years we were relegated. 10 years later we sold Waddle, Beardsley and Gascoigne – ditto. 2 seasons ago we sold Milner and lost Keegan – (and replaced them with???)

    But when we replaced Andy Cole with Les Ferdinand&David Ginola – albeit at the end of season – we got back on track and nearly lifted the Premiership Trophy.

    We are not a big club yet. We can be if we follow the Arsenal model – buy them young, nurture them and sell them just after their peak. Sometimes they go beforehand – eg Anelka – but still get a generous price.

    It’s difficult to love a team and stay with the big picture, day by day. In this instance, let’s be patient and see how wisely the money is spent. Our future is in our own hands.

  • Davies

    Feb 2, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #35

    It’s all a bit late, but has anyone seen this?


    Honestly, I’d be happy if this is how we’re going to reinvest the money. I’m not going for knee jerk reactions and I know it’s unlikely to be true, but if we’re looking at the likes of Hulk and Benzema come the next transfer window, I’ll be ready to let the whole Carroll thing go.

  • RichK

    Feb 2, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #36

    Benscott – Tiote is serving the last of his 3 match ban and S.Taylor is still injured.

    Team is likely to be:

    Simpson Willo Colo Enrique
    Barton Guthrie Nolan Jonas
    Ameobi Best

    Subs – Krul, Perch, Ranger, Dummett, Richardson, Lovenkrands, Ferguson

    Not sure if Sol Campbell is fit enough to make the bench?

    Will be a tough game but think we have enough to get at least a draw.

  • MrMojoRisin76

    Feb 2, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #37

    What is Larry The The Lamb talking about?, in his statement he say’s “Andy was already earning top money at the club after signing a new deal recently.” “But he said he’d been offered £80,000-a-week from Liverpool and asked what we would pay to make him stay.” Why would Liverpool offer him £80,000 a week if he had not been to Liverpool for talks?,did someone from Liverpool offer him his wages before the deal was accepted?,Andy wouldn’t know he was getting £80k at Liverpool before he went to discuss terms.We already agreed to renew his contract in the summer,if you want to stop your star player going elsewhere it’s common practice to offer him a new contract if other teams are bidding for him,why not give him what he want’s.If you were a Newcastle player and you genuinely wanted to play for the club for a long time and you heard of Liverpool’s interest wouldn’t you use that to try and get a bit more wages?,i’d go see the manager and ask him if he was prepared to re-negotiate my contract because a big club was in for me,bearing in mind i wouldn’t want to leave and thinking the club wouldn’t sell me,just using the situation to try and get a new contract earlier than the summer,gives the club the perfect excuse to cash in and say “well your not getting a new contract so you better get yourself off to Liverpool”.What do you do now?,bit of a mexican stand off,if your Andy do you back down and say ok fair enough,no new contract,or do you think hang on a minute thought this club loved me? and they are not prepared to re-negotiate my contract early to keep me at the club and on top of that accept a bid from Liverpool to sell me.i think that’s what’s happened,he has used the situation to get more wages and the club have used that as a stick to beat him with.My 2 cents anyway

  • daneevz

    Feb 2, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #38

    But How could u explain tripling Carroll’s wages and telling J.Barton u need to have a pay cut!! f***k Carroll greedy Judas b*****d he gone !!

  • mickguk

    Feb 2, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #39


    Slow moving traffic on the M6 as Andy Carroll has chosen today to move his caravan down to Liverpool !!!

  • singamagpie

    Feb 2, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #40


    Agents. Agents. That’s how he know. The press can also leak this info.


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