Answers To Questions Eleven Through Fourteen – With Responses

Here are the final set of answers from Derek LLambias with some comments from us.

Derek LLambias and Mike Ashley

Question 11:

Are you aware of fans’ disgruntlement with the away ticketing policy given the Toon Army are amongst the most loyal fans in the UK, and will you consider reviewing the policy?

Yes, we’re aware that some fans are unhappy with the changes we’ve made.

There was however a lot of anger from the majority of law-abiding fans at the behaviour of a few at our friendly game against Darlington that evening, and it’s as a result of their behaviour that we have introduced these restrictions.

We did so to protect the reputation of the club. The scenes we witnessed at Darlington were disgraceful and cannot be repeated. The changes we’ve made ensure that the club has better control over who gets access to away tickets so that people who break the law are able to be identified much more easily.

If non season ticket holders want to purchase tickets for away games, then it’s very simple to do so by way of a club membership.


We certainly don’t want to see any more of the antics we saw at the Darlington game, and that sullied Newcastle’s reputation, there’s no doubt about that.

Once again it seems the behavior of a few has spoiled it for the vast majority of Newcastle supporters, and it’s a great pity that some supporters will not now be able to attend the away games.

Question 12:

Alan Pardew said he was 100% convinced he would get a new number 9. What changed?

It was everyone’s desire at the club to bring in a striker. As I said in answer to a previous question, we worked hard to make that happen but ultimately couldn’t complete a deal that we’d hoped to.

Alan was aware of the efforts we were making in our negotiations and as such had every right to be confident. We were making good progress on a number of fronts, but unfortunately we couldn’t get the player over the line.


Well on the positive side Derek at least supports Alan Pardew’s view that it was almost a certainty the club would get a top striker over the line in the transfer window.  

But we didn’t, and we still think it major reason is  because the club stubbornly refused to pay a little over the odds for their targets. We now have to hope the club moves big time in January for two or three top players.

Question 13:

Why was Joey Barton allowed to leave for free and join a club that could be considered to be a rival in the Premier League?

Joey’s a big character and a talented player, which is why we supported him from the moment he came to Newcastle, in spite of the difficulties he faced in his first two seasons here.

In January 2011, we were keen to offer Joey a new contract because we wanted to keep him at the club. We offered him what we considered to be a great deal but unfortunately Joey chose not to accept it.

We felt we couldn’t improve on that offer and therefore would need to consider selling. However with a transfer fee attached we received no formal interest from any club. We eventually made a decision to release Joey on a free transfer after well-publicised differences between the club and the player couldn’t be resolved. We wish Joey all the best at Queens Park Rangers and look forward to seeing him on Monday for our fixture at Loftus Road.


We think Joey didn’t sign that deal because Andy Carroll was sold, and ever since that time, Joey was skeptical about the ambitions of the club, as was Jose Enrique too. Apparently Joey was about to sign the deal in late January, but then Andy was sold.

Unfortunately, Joey then got that Twitter account of his in May, and his criticism of the Newcastle Board, right or wrong, made it almost a certainty he would be moved out, and in a nutshell, that’s what happened.

We still wish he had stayed for the last season of his five year deal, because he was a great player on the field for Newcastle.

Question 14:

Many fans now consider us to be a “selling club” after the departures of Nolan, Enrique, Carroll and Barton. How do you respond to this?

The term “selling club” is a misnomer. In reality all clubs are selling clubs at the right price – even the Premier League’s top six clubs.

We’re no more a selling club than any other in the Premier League – you sell players, you buy players; that’s football. The Manchester Citys of this world operate on a different level to most other clubs, including ourselves, and it’s easier for those with greater financial clout to hold on to their best players and replace those they need to.

The fact is, we’ve done some excellent business in this window and brought in seven very good players. The quality of these new signings shouldn’t be overshadowed by the fact that we were unable to bring in an additional striker.

I’ve addressed the circumstances of Andy and Joey’s departure in earlier answers. In relation to Kevin Nolan, we offered Kevin a new contract at the start of the summer. Unfortunately he wanted a longer deal than we were prepared to offer and ultimately an approach came in from West Ham which worked for the player and his long-term security, as well as for the club..

The situation with Jose was very straightforward. We tried to negotiate a new contract with him early in the 2010/11 season, but the player wasn’t willing to enter negotiations at that time. When we did eventually get round the table with Jose we offered him an exceptional deal. His advisors subsequently made it clear to us that he wanted to pursue a new challenge elsewhere.

If a player wishes to leave the club, then there’s only so much we can do to try and keep him. We did everything we could, but he chose to move on. Faced with the prospect of running his contract down and leaving for nothing, we had to look to sell.


If players want to leave Newcastle for any reason, then so be it, because we’ve found out over the last three years or so,  that only having players who want to be at the club helps to build the team spirit, which thankfully is still excellent, by all accounts.

That doesn’t stop us from still being stunned that we have managed to lose our four top players in Carroll, Nolan, Enrique and Barton, in a short eight months.

The policy taken by the Board is that if a player wants to leave they will sell him, or if he doesn’t accept the terms of the deal offered to him, they will also move him out.

No player is bigger than the club, and we have to at least agree with that.

Players come and go, managers come and go, the Board members come and go – but Newcastle United goes on forever – even if we don’t win anything.


141 comments so far

  • mattnufc

    Sep 10, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #1

    You offered Joey an ‘exceptional’ deal. I’m sorry, if I was offered a contract that was less than my current one I would certaintly not call it ‘exceptional’. What planet do you think we were born on?

  • mattnufc

    Sep 10, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #2


  • Hemel Mag

    Sep 10, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #3

    Sorry Ed but i think you’ve been a tad too Negative, don’t get me wrong i love this blog and appreciate that you have to be provocative sometimes to garner response but these answers have been a long time coming so there is probably enough interest in the responses themselves, without the need for such a negative reaction.
    As for the answers themselves, some of them were bit tame and in the main predictable, and yes the failiure to get a striker in was just inexcusable. But at least we have a response and some feedback, it’s just a shame it took this long for it to happen . We need to get on with it now and put our efforts in to supporting the players.
    You never know if the energy spent on throwing abuse at the owner and people running the club was instead focussed on purely backing the team then maybe just maybe we may see a bit more of what we all want.

    I dont believe Ashley has spent £280m to be a failure, and I think there’s a lot of truth in what DL said about the abuse having an impact on Ashleys appetite to put his hand in his pocket.

    Yes they have done a S**T load wrong and Yes they are appaling at communication but it looks like we’re stuck with them. iIt’s hard enough supporting this club of ours without all of the negativiity .
    So until the Sultan of Bruei decides he wants to buy us or Ashley has a visit from the Ghost of christmas past. I can only hope that the signings we have made can help us have a decent season.

  • dmac

    Sep 10, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #4

    @1&2 i forgot we were all in the knowledge of what contracts were offered… Oh wait!?! You mean your not Barton, Nolan or Carrolls financial advisor? Am keen to know how your privvy to the numbers offered because as far as everyone is concerned Nolan and Barton stated they had problems with contract length.

  • simonsez

    Sep 10, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #5

    Damned if you do damned if you dont. Looking at responses from some fans on chronicle, they just wanted answers so they can point and shout liar liar. Im sick of all the negativity from so called supporters who just want to complain.

  • mattnufc

    Sep 10, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #6

    @4 Enrique said it on his twitter, I trust him over Gadashley and co.

  • niffnoff

    Sep 10, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #7

    Sorry but the “neg” people are gonna feast off this. I stand by the team, the board may make some mistakes. But I seriously hope they reinvest soon. We lost the greedy players. And to me that is the good thing. Barton, Nolan, AC, Enrique all of them are gone people will need to accept that. Granted they may not be money hungry, but nolan and barton wouldn’t last as first team players in 2/3 seasons time for us. The offers for length were good. They just wanted the dollar and smiths seat on the bench. Andy Carroll. Well, we all know that was just for the cash, still good business for us, the guy can’t even start for them or score yet cause he doesn’t suit their system. Best panic buy ever? XD

    Btw, SSN need to stop down talking NUFC aswell, I get annoyed as it is reading some of the most stupidly negative comments on here.

    *que another ASHLEY OUUUUT*

  • dmac

    Sep 10, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #8

    Would that be the fake joseenrique account that simmo said was false when he said the previous kaz lua was fake 2?. Nolan left for a 4 yr contract because we wouldnt offer him that as he is slow as it is in 4 years he will be non existent. Barton was a right dummy thrower and moaned “the offered me nothing more, not even a penny” on his twitter he was offered the same not less which is outrageously lucrative as it was.

    Good riddance to all them, i’d have sold them all too. Replaced with younger players that have potential to be better (minus the striker) cabaye french league winner and capped neither nolan or Barton played regularly for there country and Santon has caps and a champions league medal …

  • Toonboy_84

    Sep 10, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #9

    Anybody know of any good websites for links to the football this afternoon? Please!

  • shearermania

    Sep 10, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #10

    we are getting answers finally…..while we might not like it we are getting answers…and im happy about we finally are getting a dialoque..hopefully we can now move forward together,,,,

  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 10, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #11

    Enrique didnt say it was less than his current contract he said it was the same..

    btw wtf is Mancini doing dropping Dzeka who scored 4 in his last game for a player who doesnt even want to play for Man City (Tevez) thats pathetic management in my opinion ano its Tevez but u dont drop a play who scores 4 in his last game especially for a player who’s been desperate to leave

  • solano

    Sep 10, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #12

    Shearermania..Dialogue? Really? It’s just a sham used by the fans as much as the club to do nowt. The time for talking is long gone…wake up you fools…they are stringing you along again!


    Sep 10, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #13

    Scums 0-1 chelsea 🙂

  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 10, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #14

    see Dzeko would of scored that pen

  • Durham_Toon

    Sep 10, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #15

    @9 would also like some websites, used to always use myp2p but doesn’t seem to be working


    Sep 10, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #16

    Stoke 1-0 liverfool 🙂

  • qtoon

    Sep 10, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #17

    Shefki Kuqi has scored 2 in 2 matches for Oldham… get him back hahaha

  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 10, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #18

    anyone see James Beattie on soccer am this morning? he looked in good shape lost so much weight since last seen him, he just looked like he did when he was at Southampton maybe worth a trial and if he impresses keep sign him til jan see how he does surely he’s good cover

  • MacToon

    Sep 10, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #19

    dmac, both Nolan and Barton have let it be known through certain sources what their contract offers were and Enrique did say on his twitter he was offered basically the same money which could not really be classed as “exceptional”.

    but believe whatever you want, some people will never learn.

  • niafron

    Sep 10, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #20

    Bonjour messieurs.

    Pretty useless this interview…


    Sep 10, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #21

    Dis blog looks dead . R ppl busy watchn football or hav boycoted this blog lol. 🙂

  • Conan The Destroyer

    Sep 10, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #22

    I’m really getting sick of reading negative comments. I think some of you need to stop living I’m the past and get over it! But I’m sure your repeated negativty will continue and to continue boring the s**t out of me. You know what!

    Ashley to stay!

  • geoff777

    Sep 10, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #23


    Great name for a suck up who toes the line.

    The questions were a waste of time.

    75% of us gave Ashley chances and he’s failed us throughout his ownership.

    25% are @rse licking morons who come on here to wind up the “neggers”. I suspect more than a few are encouraged by the club.

  • geoff777

    Sep 10, 2011 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #24

    Question 15.

    If all the blogs and local newspapers run polls.

    Do you want Mike Ashley to remain as owner of NUFC?

    And the answer of 66%+ (how fair is that!)

    Is No … f .. off you parasite.

    Would you put the club up for sale?

  • boater

    Sep 10, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #25

    The answers demonstrate a total lack of willingness to accept that they have done anything wrong really.. I’m more depressed/ worried than before if anything.

    the only glimmer of insight was him wanting to add ‘ashley no longer enjoys attending matches – some fans have hurt his feelings’..

    It’s kind of personal now. his loathing of the supporters. I can kind of understand in a way – it’s hard to reconcile so many people shouting for your blood when all you’ve done is put money in. Having said that, he has missed golden opportunities to reverse this last season – Hughton, Nolan, Barton, lack of investment, singing section, away tickets con…

    Fine – it’s his business, I just wish he’d sell rather than turn us into his cold business proposition… If you think he has the best interests of the club at heart still, you’re beyond help..

    how, anyone got any stoke – liverpool links??

  • Trent Toon

    Sep 10, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #26

    Some of of dereks answers were absolute crap!! But ome were fairly enlightening!!! The most important fact is the club is communicating!!!!

  • Kurt

    Sep 10, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #27

    The under 18 won against Man City today with JJ Hopper grabbing the winner in the last minute. Remi Streete and Dennis Knight with the other goals.

  • geoff777

    Sep 10, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #28

    Good news cheers Kurt.

  • lualua17

    Sep 10, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #29

    Conan the destroyer and the rest of you whinging about negative comments if you don’t like them don’t read them as simple as that really. Everyone is entitled to an opinion.

  • veto

    Sep 10, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #30

    call me what you want , i think a one city team with the support like ours deserves marquee singings from time to time , the thought of not seeing another ginola ferdinand or shearer type at the club dissapoints me no end


    Sep 10, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #31

    Fkn hell did any c da amount of save da stoke keeper made fk fk fk

  • Thump

    Sep 10, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #32

    As I said on the last article: this is all just lip service and you’d be a fool to think otherwise.

    Did Ashley sell off his and Del’s brain cells at “the right price”? Maybe you got them cheaper if you bought in bulk.

  • Thump

    Sep 10, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #33

    @veto: Agree completely. There’s a huge difference between paying ‘over the odds’ and splashing the cash on a player who adds a completely new touch of class.

    See: Shearer.

    But no, why get good steak when you can get Iceland value meals?

  • ronjohno

    Sep 10, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #34

    Think it was a wasted exercise because they are always on a hiding to nothing. Damned if they do and damned if they dont.
    Some of the answers do stink though.
    Hate to defend them about Barton but am certain that he actually said he would stay for less money. It was obviously the length of contract that was in dispute.
    Ashley works on the “take it or leave it” principle
    Dont really think we are ever going to win an argument with Ashley because he is too thick skinned as anybody can see in his business dealings.
    Simply doesnt give a toss.

  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 10, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #35

    get in Hat-trick for my fantasy league captain =] all a need is Dzeko to come on nd score and Rooney to grab a couple later on =]

  • boater

    Sep 10, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #36

    I wish they hadn’t used the term ‘marquee’ in that question – it made it an easy lob slam answer.

    It’s like when people come on here with the classic ‘owen, luque, marcelino’ list… when NONE OF US wanted that, but just want to know why the likes of Neil Taylor, Situ, Long, Pieters, Maiga were seemingly out of our price range.

  • gstadt

    Sep 10, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #37

    People need to realise we were in the championship not so long ago – how many ‘marquee’ type players would come to us currently? I’m satisfied with the direction of the club, even if some absolute clanger decisions have been made.

  • GS

    Sep 10, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #38

    The thing that surprised me about the answers was that player wages were still 65% of turnover and expected to go up 7% this year.

    I think turnover must be lower than when we were last in the Premiership and the wages for the new players are maybe not as low as some people on here think.

  • GS

    Sep 10, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #39

    or the wage increase could be explained because they gave Shola a rise to 120k a week to put him on the same level as others with similar recent goals to games ratio such as Torres and Carroll.

  • geoff777

    Sep 10, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #40


    Yes we were in the Champìonship.

    Because Ashley lied to KK.
    He appointed JFK.

    He demoralised the team.

    We now have to pay him back loans he needed to make to prop up his investment.

    Where’s our No9 … in Ashley’s pockets repaying loans.


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