LLambias Bland Statement Will Do Little To Lift Fans’ Frustrations


Newcastle did issue a statement today, as the Newcastle Journal suggested, and it was surprisingly from Newcastle Managing Director Derek LLambias.

Derek LLambias – it was not for lack of trying

Newcastle fans are more than a little frustrated that the net transfer spending this summer has been zero, although the club has signed some very decent players in Yohan Cabaye, Davide Santon, Sylvain Marveaux, Demba Ba and Gabriel Obertan.

But of course the club also lost experienced and proven Premier League players in Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique and Joey Barton, two of whom left in frustration at the club’s apparent lack of ambition.

This is what Llambias said:

“We have a very clear transfer policy.” “We will not make knee-jerk decisions at the last minute which are not in the best interests of the club.”

“Work to bring a striker into the club began early in the summer,” “Negotiations were complex and protracted and unfortunately it was disappointing that ultimately we could not secure our priority target.

“We did turn our attention to alternative prospects in the latter stages of the window.” “We understand that supporters will feel frustrated that we did not sign another striker during the window.”

“But it was not for lack of trying that we did not bring our final target in.”  “Our aim was to secure young players who represented value for money and could add real strength to the squad. We feel we have signed some players of exceptional quality.”

“Yohan Cabaye, Sylvain Marveaux, Mehdi Abeid, Demba Ba and Gabriel Obertan were all brought in early and we have seen these players settle quickly into the squad and perform well on the pitch”.

Derek LLambias doesn’t say much there of any note, other than in short the Newcastle Board didn’t get the job done to replace Andy Carroll, with a striker good enough to wear the number 9 shirt on Tyneside, and they had plenty of time and ample funds to do just that.

But the bottom line seemed to be the club was just  not willing to spend the money, and didn’t meet the asking price for the many different strikers they went after over the summer months.

Derek’s comments will not do much to satisfy the Newcastle fans, who, if the comments on this site are anything to go by, are still extremely annoyed and angry at the club’s weak efforts to replace Carroll this summer.

Well at least England beat Bulgaria 3-0 tonight  in European qualifying, and go through 3 points clear at the top of Group G and really 4 points clear because of their vast superior goal difference of +11.

And that was thanks to Wales beating Montenegro 2-1 in Cardiff,  and England now play Wales at Wembley  next Tuesday night.



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172 comments so far

  • Edd Case

    Sep 2, 2011 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #1

    1st

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  • Edd Case

    Sep 2, 2011 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #2

    Ok, now I’ve got the “1st” bollox out of the way…

    It’s a dreadful statement.
    What cant Mr Ashley give a statement?
    Why doesn’t he come and face the fans face to face and actually tell us about our concerns?

    Strange man Ashley is, albeit he’s successful in the business world, he has no idea at all how to treat football fans.

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  • Toonboy_83

    Sep 2, 2011 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #3

    LLAMBIAS IS A EED CASE!!!!!!

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  • Toonboy_83

    Sep 2, 2011 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #4

    no pun intended hahahahahahhahahahah im so funny

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  • sammydolan

    Sep 2, 2011 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #5

    Pathetic really… I heard he was going to take questions from the paper… did that happen? Saw Lee Ryder say something..

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  • kevymartins

    Sep 2, 2011 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #6

    Tbh its got 2 the stage were i dont even care about ashlee were stuck with him and thats it

    But i just want to know what the fcuk is derek Llambias doing at are club??

    seriozly he should be sacked like right now

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  • Jan Stavik

    Sep 2, 2011 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #7

    If you are too stingy, you’ll never get what you want. Gameiro will be worth 3 times what we offered in a couple of years, not giving him a fair salary was a huge mistake

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  • Thump

    Sep 2, 2011 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #8

    If anything it made us worse. Roll on Monday.

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  • Toonboy_83

    Sep 2, 2011 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #9

    Jan Stavik – Gamiero didn’t want to come to Newcastle fullstop; he has never been to England anyway.

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  • DublinToonArmy

    Sep 2, 2011 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #10

    “but it was not for the lack of trying”, yes Derek you tried so hard to spend the remaining £34,200,000 left of Andy Carrolls transfer fee…………..TOTAL AND UTTER BOLL*X. These guys need to move on.

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  • Thump

    Sep 2, 2011 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #11

    @kevy: because he’s such a wonderful public speaker of course!

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  • Tonytoon73

    Sep 2, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #12

    Kevy your answer from the chronicle will be. I could never sack dirty Derek, he gives me a fantastic nosh. Regards mike. Lol

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  • If I had to choose between shooting Ashley or Llambias. It would be Llambias getting tied to the post.

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  • Special K

    Sep 2, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #14

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/newcastle-united/nufc-news/2011/09/02/your-chance-to-put-questions-to-newcastle-united-72703-29353296/

    Any chance of a thumps up on my comment lads? (Only if you agree mind) Sort it from Newest to Oldest and its this one

    “Why was Chris Hughton sacked?

    You say the wages of the new signings has come out of the £35m, but what about the money saved on Andy, Kevin, Jose and Barton’s wages? Not to mention Routledge and Campbell.

    “Work to bring a striker into the club began early in the summer. ” – Why did work not start on the 1st of February.

    Why not communicate with the fans more, like Chris Mort?”

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  • Moe-NUFC

    Sep 2, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #15

    what would the “clear transfer policy” do us if we achieve no success?
    trying to get players on the cheap to sell them later ..
    Trying to stay optimistic, but honestly I don’t think players like Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Marveaux, or tiote would stay stay more than coupla years if we achieve to apparent success. quality players don’t wanna stay in mid table crap. Pardew said it!
    if that happens good luck trying to convince other quality players to join ..
    if we keep selling .. makes me wonder when are we gonna finish the “building process” of the team ..

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  • manxpie

    Sep 2, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #16

    i think gamiero didn’t hav the balls to come 2 the prem which says alot i think he’s not exactly gonna show the world much improvement stayin in the same lesser league but again money talks

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  • Graeme

    Sep 2, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #17

    As far as FCB is concerned, we do not matter.

    It doesn’t matter what he does, who he sells, who he fails to sign FCB KNOWS that 40,000+ sheep will pour in to SJP every single home game, without fail. THAT is the only thing he is interested in.

    You want to make FCB sit up and take notice, just stop giving him your money. If only season ticket holders turn up but buy no programmes, food, drink etc how long do you think he can continue to fund the gap from his Pocket? He will be gone within a season because the financial burden on his personal pocket would be unsustainable!!

    It really is as simple as that!!

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  • Tonytoon73

    Sep 2, 2011 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #18

    GG voted the day for the bairn, hope he wins. Agree I hate that w@nker lamearse.

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  • Moe-NUFC

    Sep 2, 2011 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #19

    @7 Jan
    EXACTLY!
    not just Gameiro, even Cissokho!
    I’m pretty darn sure if they’re asking 9M he’ll be worth 20M once he’s PL proven ..
    Are they just not aware of that!?!

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  • Thanks Tonytoon73, although he’s not such a bairn at 30.

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  • solano

    Sep 2, 2011 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #21

    Well said Graeme…sacrifices have to be made in the short term in order to for us to benefit in the longterm. Everyone must think of ways of hastening the departure of these shysters.

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  • Tonytoon73

    Sep 2, 2011 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #22

    GG I wish I was 30 again. Lol

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  • manxpie

    Sep 2, 2011 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #23

    yeah graeme but no crowd = probable relegation we’ve made a great start to the season n the team still has alot of gelling to do, wud you want a relegation just to get him out?

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  • kevymartins

    Sep 2, 2011 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #24

    @Graeme its not as easy as that

    Its so hard not to give him your money. .. Its an addiction he has us hooked and there is no getting out off it

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  • fungus44

    Sep 2, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #25

    once he gets the money back he has put in to the club since he took over he will sell it i am sure as all he seems to want is that back until he does we are stuck with him ,if we do get him out who going to pay the players wage,s and the running of the club .i don,t like what he,s doing to the club like any true fan is but we stuck with him so please support the team as they are what count,s

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  • solano

    Sep 2, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #26

    GG@13…what’s the point in getting Smithers when you can do in Monty Burns?

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  • toonruz

    Sep 2, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #27

    Graeme
    i agree i am paying direct debit for my season ticket and am wondering what would happen if all season ticket holders cancel there direct debit ??? me and my mate are thinking about it if it means getting rid of ashley its well worth the risk

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  • Thump

    Sep 2, 2011 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #28

    @Graeme: I’m tired of explaining to people why a boycott is a terrible idea. You’re cutting your nose off to spite your face and while it might get your desired result, there will be a cost to that result and a dip in the on pitch performance could equate to a dip in morale – do you want to see us at the bottom of the table, potentially facing relegation again?

    Protest if you must but under no circumstance should anybody boycott.

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  • Graeme, May I suggest that you stop buying anything to do with NUFC? As it doesn’t matter where shirts, scalfs mugs or even badges are bought a bit of it always finds it’s way into Ashley’s pocket.

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  • TOONALE

    Sep 2, 2011 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #30

    I am happy with the new players we have got on board.
    Its just a shame we cant off load Dumb @ Dumber, and get a proper owner.

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  • Thump

    Sep 2, 2011 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #31

    @toonruz: You’d have your season ticket revoked and would probably be referred to a debt collection agency.

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  • Toonboy_83

    Sep 2, 2011 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #32

    Thump, are you Ashley’s accountant?

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  • solano, not sure what you mean? Maybe it’s a TV show that we don’t get in Germany?

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  • NOVA2967

    Sep 2, 2011 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #34

    we could have Whelan as owner… just saying

    A striker would of been nice but I think we will do fine. Im glad we didnt get Ruiz. Papiss Cisse looks good but I can wait for the right striker.

    I know most people here would of liked anyone even Ruiz but hes not even an out and out striker and would of been a waste and got in the way of Arfa, VUckic, Obertan and others…

    I dont mind our summer at all. Once we were relegated MA made his mind up and decided this route of young and cheap players and I still think it will work out.

    Its a better option than %90 of the clubs out there right now. Yea, they had alot of time to get a #9 in but we have a chance to have some one step up…

    We have alot of strikers right now and they need to be replaced with better ones but now we have a few months to see were to go.

    Ba-Best
    Ba-Vuckic
    Best- Vuckic
    Ba- Arfa
    Best-Arfa

    Young Ameobi of the bench… we will be fine

    Drenthe a free agent after the year, that should be a priority. Onuaha from City would cover our back line, hope we can get him on loan.
    A striker will come and one will shine. The future looks good.

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  • Tonytoon73

    Sep 2, 2011 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #35

    Thump I was an arsehle last week but I have to say you are spot on @27

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  • toonruz

    Sep 2, 2011 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #36

    Thump we will go down again with ashley ast the helm sooner or later his luck will run out i say its well worth the risk to get this fat basted out of our great club y should we keep feeding that pig cash all the time

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  • Thump

    Sep 2, 2011 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #37

    @Toonboy: No, I’m somebody who cares quite strongly about Newcastle United retaining their Premier League status. Y’know a “fan”.

    And trust me, if anybody hired me to do math for them they’d be getting ripped off lol

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  • NOVA2967

    Sep 2, 2011 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #38

    if nothing else we balance the books and get new owners who should have no problem spending but i’d rather build we a plan

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  • robtheguru

    Sep 2, 2011 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #39

    Basically summed up:

    “If they weren’t willing to take £30,000 a week on a 12 year contract then we didnt sign them.”

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  • Is the loan window closed as well?

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