Newcastle managing Director Derek Llambias has finally hit back at the criticism leveled at Newcastle, from former manager Kevin Keegan earlier this week, when Kevin was answering questions on BBC Radio Newcastle.
Kevin Keegan – while at Newcastle for the second time as manager
Kevin argued that Alan Pardew would see none of the £35M the club got for Andy Carroll, and criticized the club for selling Andy on the last day of the transfer window without being able to bring in a suitable replacement.
Kevin did however, think the deal for Andy Carroll from his former club, Liverpool, was just too good to turn down.
Derek Llambias told the Daily Express today:
“How can Kevin Keegan talk about having any concern for this club’s finances when he took action against Newcastle United that could have finished us? ” “He was claiming close to £26M from Newcastle when he took his dispute over his departure to a tribunal.”
“In the end he was awarded the minimum amount – just £2M, but if he had been awarded what he was claiming, the club would not be here today. His remarks are astonishing.”
“The very reason we got as much as £35M for Andy Carroll is because we concluded the deal on deadline day. Liverpool wanted him but we wanted our price and they had to pay it.”
“As for his comment about not selling James Milner before replacing him, the club had signed Fabricio Coloccini, Danny Guthrie and Jonas Gutierrez in the weeks before he was sold.”
The only thing we have to say about this comment, is that we all have to remember there is very bad blood between Kevin and the Newcastle hierarchy.
Kevin has every right to be bitter because of what happened, but you know life goes on and sometimes it’s better just to let bygones be bygones. It’s much better for your health by the way. 😀
We fully expect Alan Pardew to be given money in the transfer market this summer, and we expect him to bring at least four good players in.
And as some readers on this web-site have wisely suggested, it doesn’t really matter how much Alan is given, just as long as we bring in four or five very good players, hopefully on good deals too.
After all we did get Cheick Tiote for £3.5M last summer, and the hope is that Chief Scout Graham Carr has one or two more good signings lined up for Newcastle.