Karren Brady Blast At Derek LLambias

West Ham Vice-Chairman Karren Brady has criticized Newcastle Managing Director Derek Llambias.

Karren Brady – criticizes Derek Llambias

Newcastle issued their financial results for the year June 2009 through June 2010 last Wednesday, for the time that Newcastle were in the English second division.

The revenues dropped almost 40%,  but it appears the club managed things extremely well under the rather dire circumstances, and Newcastle were able to stay afloat, even with a massive wage bill of £47.5M, through interest free loans from owner Mike Ashley.

And that strategy of keeping top players at Newcastle paid off big time, when Newcastle easily won automatic promotion and were 32 points clear of 3rd placed Nottingham Forest.

Just think Newcastle could have lost 10 of the games that they won in that season, and still been automatically promoted, and that;s just one measure  of the terrific job manager Chris Hughton did that season for Newcastle.

To put things in perspective,  WBA and Blackpool were also promoted and had wage bills of £15M and £6M respectively.

That was a good news story for Newcastle,  but Karren Brady has taken exception to Derek LLambias over-praising owner Mike Ashley last Wednesday, and particularly the statement that Newcatsle wouldn’t have survived without Mike’s money.

This is what Ms. Brady said in her Sun dairy:

“I can’t let one comment from his (Mike Ashley) chief executive Derek Llambias go quietly.”

“Rubbing his boss with the embrocation of gross flattery, he says: ‘Quite honestly, Newcastle United would not be here without him.’ Quite honestly, that’s rubbish.”

“The club is bigger than him, just as West Ham is bigger than us all.”  “Newcastle United will exist when Mike Ashley has gone to the great casino in the sky.”

We suppose Karrren had to write something in the Sun, and of course the more controversial it is the better, we suppose.

What Derek meant was that Newcastle couldn’t have kept so many good (and expensive) players at the club, without Mike Ashley’s loans during the season, because the incoming revenues couldn’t have supported the wage bill.

But we hope this is the end of this little story, and Derek doesn’t come back with any stinging response to what the outspoken Karren Brady has said – sometimes saying nothing is the class thing to do.

The facts are that Mike Ashley is disliked by many (most?) Newcastle fans, and whatever he does will not sway them one little bit.

And it’s not surprising that Llambias tries to over praise the owner and his boss, who still surprisingly refuses to say anything to the Newcastle fans.

That’s a very strange way of treating your customers, and he couldn’t have learned that in business school – but we better leave it at that.

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • DerkaSayWhat

    Apr 2, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #1

    What a hero she is,Shes a keeper.

  • geoff777

    Apr 2, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #2

    Wow, why are you trying to explain what Llambias meant Ed?

    Llambias clearly thinks that “quite honestly” the club would have ceased to exist but for Mike Ashley’s loans.

    Got to agree with Ms Brady.

    Llambias is so far up .. his toenails are brown.

  • dave 1961

    Apr 2, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #3

    never a truer word said, what Llambias should of told us was that Mike Ashley’s blunder’s cost him £35m how he can portray him as a hero is strange, when you buy a football club, you get with it the obligation to run it well, & if you don’t do that you pay the price.

  • Manx Magpie

    Apr 2, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #4


  • Oba

    Apr 2, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #5

    I’m not the only one slightly concerned about todays game am I?

    If we lose and teams around us pick up points again we’re going to be properly dragged down towards the relegation zone.

    Don’t let us down lads.

  • CheickTiote

    Apr 2, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #6

    Mike Ashely is just plunging Newcastle into further debt; he loses the club money for his terrible mistakes then he loans the club money to cover his stupid mistakes.. When he leaves Newcastle will be in a financial mess having to pay fat ash £100m+

  • Spotlight Kid

    Apr 2, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #7

    ‘What Derek meant was…’ Ed.

    Wooaahh there Ed, the moment this blog goes from being largely pro-Ashley to being a mouthpiece for Ashley is when it ceases to be an independent blog and itself turns into an Ashley mouthpiece!

    Llambias has said this more than once, and he MEANS it. The last time he did, I commented on this blog in exactly the same way Karen Brady has here. Llambias has in fact been peddling this line for some time in the hope the drip-drip will wear through supporter’s skulls.

    If Cashley hadn’t bought the club in such a half-assed way & without due diligence towards the accounts he (and the club) wouldn’t be in so much debt in the first place (his fault).

    As I said last time Llambias spewed forth, and I will continue to say it, the club has existed for over a century and would have survived without his bumbling intervention and will continue to do so long after this Laurel and Hardy partnership have departed.

    I am only pleased Ms Brady also shares this view, but whether she does or doesn’t will not alter the fact that Ashley is but a temporary ‘guardian’ of a much greater thing than he or his minions (including Llambias & Pardew) deserve to be in charge of (IMHO).

  • ToonDownSouth

    Apr 2, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #8

    Leave the Ashley hating to people who know what they’re talking about.

    I don’t like the guy, infact I hate him, but would still defend him over the scumbag british press. Brady has a habit of not keeping her posh nose out of everyones business.

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Apr 2, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #9

    ChiekTiote – Newcastle wont be in debt when Ashley leaves because he’ll simply add to the value of the club the loans he has given it.

  • Spotlight Kid

    Apr 2, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #10

    ‘the club managed things extremely well under the rather dire circumstances..’

    For ‘the club’ read Chris Hughton. He was subsequently treated extremely shabbily, and, Mr Ashley, what goes around always comes around…..

  • ochytoon

    Apr 2, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #11

    Of topic, hearing that Raylor and Barton and possibly Nolan off to Merseyside, very worrying :/

  • Sav

    Apr 2, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #12

    I’d rather Karen Brady streaking the length of the SJP pitch than Chubby Dekka.
    Defend him if you feel its necessary, Ed. I think the point she was making was that it was rather an insulting remark Llambias made to the loyal fans of Newcastle United. Like all club owners, whether oligarchs or sheiks, U.S. or U.K. magnates Ashley needs to recognise he is a custodian, not an owner in the normal sense. If Llambias wants to see more respect and gratitude from fans, many of whom have been following Newcastle for 50 or 60 years, I’m afraid that must be earned.

  • MrMojoRisin76

    Apr 2, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #13

    1 word for Llambias,Smithers.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 2, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #14

    Well said Karen. You are echo-ing what thousands of us are thinking. Ashley, Lllambias and Pardew are the biggest bunch of creeps in football. Possibly with the exception of the porno kings Gold and Sullivan.

    I can no longer stand up for Ashley. Not a day goes by when I don’t wish he, Llambias and Pardwho would move on. Yes Shepherd put us in dire straits, but if we hadn’t got relegated largely due to some stupid decisions like employing JFK, then a lot of the debt wouldn’t have been added to (ie £100M.)

  • dave 1961

    Apr 2, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #15

    yes Nolan off to to be with his big mate, but I doubt he will play that often, wee only want players that will put as much into the club as the fans. i have dumped my puma top as its unlucky i am putting on an older lucky er one. and i have the strepsils with me.

  • Rangerman

    Apr 2, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #16

    Llambias hasn’t said much wrong, if Ashley hadn’t funded the club then we would have gone into administration, if no deal could be struck to pay off our creditors then the clubs assets would be liquidised and would have ceased to exist.

    Lets not be naive enough to think it wouldn’t have and buy in to Brady’s romantic guff.

  • shearermania

    Apr 2, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #17

    sorry brady love….but leave the football to us men honey……go do some knitting

  • cupiddstunt

    Apr 2, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #18

    Well said Karren

    I am not an Ashley hater as any of my posts will show he was somewhat of a recluse when he bought the club so I respect the fact that the guys lack of communication with the fans is just part of his nature, but there is something about that owl that gives me the creeps.

    Mojo has it just about right “Smithers”

    As an aside Ed it would be nice to have the replies numbered again it helps when replying to particular posts.

  • Jammydodger

    Apr 2, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #19

    Must be the menopause

  • dave 1961

    Apr 2, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #20

    off to the game soon it feels like an age since we last played, but at least I have dug an older to out & retired the puma stuff, too unlucky by far so cheer up lads the last time I had this top on we had a big win so long may it continue.

  • lewman

    Apr 2, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #21

    why doesnt this attention seeker just keep her mouth shut unless its about west ham and their loud mouth crank owners.

  • oldbobaycliffe

    Apr 2, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #22

    i agree with brady every time llambias makes a statement its to praise ashley always about how much money he puts into the club its as if the money the supporters pay is just chicken feed.his latest statement is about the 42 million he has put into the club because of relegation why we only lost 17 million or did we lose 59 million.

  • ebol

    Apr 2, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #23

    Not a fan of Llambias AT ALL but can’t applaud that kind of petty bitching from Brady. She should have a bit more dignity for someone with such a high profile.

  • boater

    Apr 2, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #24

    Ed, since when were you the unofficial spokesman on what Llambias means or doesn’t mean?
    forcing opinions like that undermines your credentials as a blog writer.

  • stuart no9

    Apr 2, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #25

    well said karen, what lamparse means is , we wouldnt be in this mess if it wasnt for fat ash


    Apr 2, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #26

    TBH this is the opinion of a lot of people in football and I for one commend KB for saying exactly what she and many others think. For Llambias to say the club would not have existed without MA is quite frankly ridiculous, and has been fabricated to make his buddy (who pays him over £160,000 per year) look good.

  • Rangerman

    Apr 2, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #27

    What would have happened if Ashley didn’t put money in to fund the club from day one then, Astoria?

  • thepict

    Apr 2, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #28

    If fat Fred had still been in chargen, this club would no longer exist.

  • solano

    Apr 2, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #29

    Ed…….what has happened to you lately? First, a personal anti-Ashley editorial, then daft icons change to silly patterns, then an ill-judged April Fools, now you’re interpreting and speaking for Derek LLambias……you seem to change with the wind……maybe we should get John Snow’s swingometer to study your ever-changing moods? You can’t run with the fox and hunt with the hounds…….get a grip, man!!

  • solano

    Apr 2, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #30

    Pict…change the record…..that is a complete myth propounded only by Big Mike and his cronies…. nobody in the game, the banking/business world or informed journos believe that administration was a direct and inevitable possibility……………MA bought in blind when Cameron Hall were desperate to sell up after a big deal in North America went boobs up….that’s why he is here, through his own bad judgement……there were big problems to address but we were not going bust and we didn’t have to get relegated to solve them….

  • chuck

    Apr 2, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #31

    Ed. mind if we make our own minds up about what people mean, a translation is not required, thank you !
    As for Ashley saving NUFC by keeping many highly compensated players, well that`s just bullshit!
    He sold as many as he could and cheaply at that.
    The rest were on big bucks and long contracts and were going nowhere.
    So he had the choice of a season that showed a loss, or sell at a bargain price, the first choice was the better of the two.
    Now that the club with a bit of luck can survive the drop back to the second tier, he has an opportunity to get his money back.
    He`s got thirty five million and will get a nice piece of change for Enrique and Joey (yes I heard, it`s all going to be re-invested in the club). Sure !
    As for Dereck, no one has any respect for him, just an Ashley echo.

  • moonraker

    Apr 2, 2011 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #32

    The promotion season worked out really well, as has the first season back in PL but I think a lot of the things that happened were not planned at all.

    For a start there was no policy to keep some of our so called “big” players; they were just on contracts that no club would match as they were perceived as useless. If PL clubs had made offers for Colo, Jose, Barton etc they would have been gone on the first flight out of Newcastle!

    As it happened the squad was far too strong for the Nationwide and so here we are.

    Selling AC wasn’t planned either! They just couldn’t turn down £35m, but the idiots hadn’t the sense to suss out a replacement just in case we had an offer.

    I think Ashley has done some good things but he’s like a bull in a china shop and needs to offload Lambiarse, who’s an embarrassment frankly. his statements about Ashley have an element of truth, but he’s not clever enough to make them without causing a storm, where they are ex

  • moonraker

    Apr 2, 2011 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #33

    sorry problems with laptop!

    excellent PR opportunities.


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