Derek LLambias Has Been Great With Us

There’s some good news today that the often criticized Managing Director of Newcastle United, Derek LLambias,  has been staying out of things and letting Alan Pardew and the players just get on with things this season.

Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias run Newcastle United

Newcastle’s in-form center-back Steven Taylor has praised Derek Llambias today, for helping sort out disagreements he had last year with the players, regarding their bonuses. They get bonuses on top of their huge wages?

A  players’ delegation last season met with Llambias, and it  included two senior players who have now left the club, Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton, and they felt they were due some bonuses they had not received.

And the disagreement was still going on in July, when manager Alan Pardew stepped in and helped to sort it out between the players and the Managing Director.

Apparently Llambias has given his word that there will be no such disagreements again this season, and this is how Steven Taylor explained the situation:

“Last season, you probably read about how the chairman Derek Llambias and the players couldn’t come to an agreement about bonuses,” “We had a bit of a divide between the chairman and the players last year. That doesn’t help.”

“At the start of this season we sat down with the gaffer and I think it’s important that you have the chairman on your side. He’s been great with us, sat us down and given the lads their bonuses for this season straight away.”

“He has just kept himself to himself, hasn’t bothered the players – has let us concentrate on the pitch and let the gaffer do his job. So that’s what you want, it’s been good for us this season.”

Since Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias have elected not to have regular communications with the fans, it’s probably best they keep a low key at the club.

But they must also make sure they support the manager and the players, and don’t interfere with the playing side of the club, which is Alan Pardew’s responsibility.

While we wish it were different and there was much better communications between the Board and the fans, ,  that’s the way they have decided  to run the Newcastle club, but since there seems some success coming this season, it’s also important they don’t mess things up.

As Steven Taylor has indicated, things need to be run smoothly at Newcastle,  so that Alan Pardew and his coaches and the players, can get on with the business of becoming a good side, which they seem to have been doing so far this season.

And that has to be good.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • sammydolan

    Sep 27, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #1

    It’s called ‘cant be bothered’… thanks Derek, never liked this chump.

  • drongo

    Sep 27, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #2

    I thought all new contracts at NUFC included more sensible basics, but with a bonus based on league position at the end of the year.
    This seems to have been backed up by DL in his responses to the Chrons questions, where he estimated wage costs on the assumption of a 10th place finish…

    Seems a bit odd if theyre paying those up front now…

  • lgnufc

    Sep 27, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #3

    Derek Lambias is simply a clown

  • derekm

    Sep 27, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #4

    even clowns learn!

  • Dannyo

    Sep 27, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #5

    Wow, im amazed, DL has learned something… Great stuff having Pards. He seem to be telling them how things should be ran, and it’s even partially working…!!


    Sep 27, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #6

    2 week wage fine for Saylor then, no one implies there has/is/ever will be a rift between chairman and the players!

    Also to say DL would ever think of ‘bothering the players’ might even take it up to a months

  • niffnoff

    Sep 27, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #7


    I don’t think he will, there’s no criticism, the difference between what goes on, and straight up doing a JB is massive in this case. Taylor is pretty much praising in comparasson

  • ballerfan2

    Sep 27, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #8

    I thought that this thread might need a little light relief so thought I’d pass on this gem. Apparently Gary Neville said pre-match last night to the nation’s viewers that Kieron Richardson could be England’s LB. Seems unlikely that Ashley Cole will be bricking it just yet. And Sky might well be considering Neville’s future as insightful expert.

  • niffnoff

    Sep 27, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #9

    to Joey Barton, so I don’t think he will get a fine so to speak.

    Gotta stop mis-clicking 😛 sorry for the two post in succession.


    Sep 27, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #10

    I was joking mate 😉


    Sep 27, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #11

    Plus I would say Saylor is probably a ‘company man’ so its unlikely he would go into a interview without knowing what to say…just my opinion though

  • catchy in norway

    Sep 27, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #12

    lmao,, i think he will just change the rules and say something like,
    yes mr taylor, i did say we agreed bonuses, and you have had your bonus, do you know how expensive it is for toast and tea are, how many shirts u used this season, your mobile phone bil was over every month,, we paid for all of that for you,, mike ashley has been great with you, this season he put in out his own pocket 50 million,,
    or something along those lines

  • geoff777

    Sep 27, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #13

    Great that Llambias has sorted out the player’s bonuses.

    Let’s hope that he now sorts out a top-quality number 9 for the fans.

    I don’t expect one in January but by the start of next season he will have had 19 months to spend some of Andy Carroll’s legacy to the team on a quality replacement.

    I wish Ashley would replace Llambias for his failure, but perhaps the plan was never to buy a striker and just string the fans along … again.


    Sep 27, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #14

    I seem to recall that Kevin Nolan used to praise this chump also…just before he screwed him over and went back on his word.

  • lekech

    Sep 27, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #15

    Ed, the title makes no sense… Lameass and great in the same sentence???

  • Toon Tang

    Sep 27, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #16

    @ ballerfan2 (8)

    g neville is an ultimate arse , i cant believe they let him use the touch screen board as well hahaha

  • zaktoon_swede

    Sep 27, 2011 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #17

    “llambias has been great with us”, just glad that didn’t come from one of the 17-18 year olds. lol

  • geordiejamie89

    Sep 27, 2011 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #18

    Although Mike Ashley and DL don’t seem to communicate well with us fans, what they are doing with the club is exactly what they said would happen.
    After winning the Championship, the board told us their aim was to remain in the premier league, and reduce debt, enabling us to build in the future.
    The only issue is making a promise of investing 35 million which unexpectedly came to the club via Carroll then barely investing any.
    Alan is doing a great job, and if in January we could get:
    cover in defence in Erik Pieters and or Liam Ridgewell…
    Real competition in left midfield, giving competition to Jonas…
    And most of all, at least one great goalscorer….
    I think we’ll go far, and not only keep clearing that debt but bring in revenue from becoming a competitive club again. It would also be nice for Newcastle to go far in a domestic Cup this year. It would be nice to win anything after this long wait.


    Sep 27, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #19

    Stiil don,t trust either of these two so called NUFC supporters!

    Its like: Laurel and Hardy, or Abbot and Costello!

    They are both just village idiots, the pair of them!

    I have an extremely bad feeling about the January tranfer window! Will that Helicopter be waiting to fly a player somewhere at the death just before the window slams shut! And this while Pardew has been screaming that no-one will be sold!

  • JP...from The Rock

    Sep 28, 2011 at 3:56 AM

    Comment #20

    Derek Llambias and Ashley are yet to convince me. Only if we sign a quality defender like Pieters and a quality striker like Cisse or a quality playmaker like Martin or Boudebouz. That’s the type of quality we should be after to take us to the next level. Recent signings are quality players but we have to spend some money to get the extremely talented ones like I mentioned. Ashley and Llambias have to show me that ambition to ever convince me.


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