Derek Llambias doesn’t think Andy Carroll is worth anywhere near the £35M that Liverpool paid for the player last January.
Andy Carroll when the local lad was at Newcastle
And in the foul mouthed language Derek seems to use in everyday life, his actual statement about Andy Carroll was:
“He’s worth f*** all!”
Derek’s blast against Carroll and Liverpool came during a meeting in a Newcastle bistro, when he was trying to give invited fans some insights into the behind the scenes activities at Newcastle, and how the club is run.
Andy Carroll, at £35M is the most expensive England player ever, but he has recently been left out of the England squad and has not done as well at Liverpool as he did at Newcastle.
But there again, Liverpool are hardly playing to the Gateshead lad’s strengths.
And Derek Llambias could well be right when he says that Newcastle got the better of the deal, but that money has still not been invested back into the club, as was promised by Alan Pardew in early February.
Details of the deal are coming out, and it seems Livberpool’s first bid was £30M, which Newcastle turned down, and then the next bid was £35M, which Newcastle also turned down unless it was paid upfront in cash.
And amazingly Liverpool acceded to that demand, which was the idea of owner Mike Ashley, and it was a great deal for Newcastle United in retrospect.
But of course we still don’t know how good Andy will become, and although he’s had a disappointing start to his Liverpool career, he could still come through big time for both Liverpool and England.
This is what Derek LLmabias said about the Carroll transfer:
“I have to admit that £30M for Andy Carroll is a lot of money.” “Is he worth £30m?” “No — he’s worth f*** all.”
“It is about control.” “We had the control. We knew the Torres deal was there.” “We drew that f****** deal, perhaps the ultimate.”
“So £30m? F*** off! Don’t waste my time and I slammed the phone down.” “£35M? Everybody including Alan Pardew all agreed.”
“But the £35M they wanted to pay over four years. It was rubbish. Mike Ashley said — and he is a brave boy Mike I promise you — get all the £35M up front.”
“We got it all up front and then they never paid us on time and we charged them 12 grand f****** interest.”
Needing the money up front forced Liverpool to ask Chelsea to increase their first instalment of the £50M they had already agreed to pay Liverpool for Fernando Torres, simply because of the deal Newcastle were able to strike for Andy Carroll.
We don’t like the way Llambias and Ashley sometimes come over at Newcastle, not at all, but we have to admit, in terms of pure business deals, they have made some very good ones over the last 18 months for Newcastle, and the Andy Carroll deal was maybe the best of them.
That’s in retrospect of course, and if Andy was blazing the trail at Liverpool and for England, we might have a different opinion on that, and it could still happen that way for the local lad.
It’s nearly a year on from that deal, and even if the club are getting just 5% interest on the £35M, that’s another £1.75M into the Newcastle coffers.
And that’s another two or three players into Newcastle, at the rates Newcastle pay for their players these days. 😀