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Derek Llambias Blasts Shearer, Keegan And Hughton

8:12 am, Sunday, November 13th, 2011 by Ed Harrison · 46 Comments

Newcastle Managing Director has issued a foul mouthed tirade against Newcastle legends Alan Shearer and Kevin Keegan, and he’s thrown in some criticism of Chris Hughton too.

Foul mouthed attack on Alan Shearer and Kevin Keegan

Derek hardly ever gives interviews, so it’s just a little sad that when he does he use foul mouthed language and criticizes Newcastle icons, when he must know it will make it to the papers.

Derek doesn’t think much of the management abilities of either Kevin Keegan or Alan Shearer,  and of course both have been Newcastle manager under Mike Ashley.

Kevin lasted eight months before the stupid Dennis Wise affair caused him to resign, and essentially he was lied to by the Newcastle Board, and Alan lasted only two months, when he failed to keep Newcastle in the Premier League.

Indeed, Derek LLambias has even blamed Alan Shearer for Newcastle’s terrible demise when they were surprising relegated in May of 2009, when in eight games in charge Alan could only muster one win and two draws for a measly 5 points, which was just one point short of safety.

But Alan worked his socks off to try to save his local club.

The report is in the Sunday Mirror today,  and of course it’s always dangerous for the Ashley regime to criticize two local legends, who gave magnificent service to the Newcastle club, and Derek is showing no common sense, and certainly no class.

LLambias claims Kevin Keegan could never deal with the day to day stresses of management, and that his head was all over the place.

This is what Derek said:

“Kevin Keegan can’t take pressure. His f****** head  was all over the place.”  “Mike Ashley was selling to the Arabs and they ­wanted Kevin Keegan.”

“The Arabs wanted him, the fans wanted him — perfect!”  “Shearer was my choice and I have to hold up my hands — the wrong choice.”

“There would never be the right time for Shearer.”  “There would never be a right time in football.”  “Shearer, for this, destroys us. He gave all the responsibility to Dowie. Rubbish!”

“It wasn’t the right time” “You guys have given him that arrogance.”  “Chris Hughton would never have taken us where we want to be.  “That’s my decision by the way.”  

“Chris can’t make decisions. If I am asking about a player, Ben Arfa? he says ‘I’m not sure, blah blah blah’.”  “With Chris, he couldn’t cope with where we are ­mentally. We are ­aggressive.”  

You need to be aggressive. I don’t want a manager below me who can’t argue.”  “You guys don’t ­understand how f****** ­horrible we can be.”

What’s interesting there is when Kevin was appointed in January, 2008,  Mike Ashley was supposedly selling to the Arabs, but that was only six months or so after Mike Ashley took over,  so was he thinking of selling even then?

And the other thing that doesn’t jibe with the Shearer comments, is that only days after ­relegation, Mike  Ashley ­issued a statement in which he said:

“Bringing Alan Shearer back to Newcastle United was the best ­decision I have made.”

You would have thought with that statement that Mike would have kept Shearer on as manager, but he didn’t, and Chris Hughton was left to take the club back to the Premier League, which he did in brilliant style.

The reason that Chris was sacked was that he didn’t seem to be on the same wavelength as Ashey and LLambias, and the fact he never saw his firing coming, even supports that view.

And indeed Newcastle now have Alan Pardew in charge, who certainly shows leadership, and is also a take control type of guy, and in retrospect it’s been a  good appointment for Newcastle and Alan seems to just love it on Tyneside.

But you have to have some class in life,  and we all do poor jobs at times, even though we give 100%, and in those cases it’s best not to come out with a full scale attack on people, with all guns blazing.

It just doesn’t work, and if nothing else it proves you have no class, and that’s about all it proves.

Kevin Keegan, Alan Shearer and Chris Hughton have given great service to Newcastle United, and they hardly deserve this foul mouthed criticism, even if some of  the criticism may be true.

Comments welcome.



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46 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Widowmaker // Nov 13, 2011 at 8:21 AM

    KK, AS and CH have contributed more to the club than this piece of sxxt and I really think this is it. It doesn’t matter he is trying to diverse our attention from renaming the St. James’ or what, I have had enough of DL.

  • 2 Widowmaker // Nov 13, 2011 at 8:23 AM

    I meant divert…

  • 3 Dannyo // Nov 13, 2011 at 8:24 AM

    Seriously?! Is this even true? This just seems over the top imo. I’m not sure i belive this stuff. It seems COMPLETELY out of character, and honestly, i don’t see DL having a go like this.
    If he has done it tho, he should walk, if this is true, it’s unproffesional to such a degree that he should just take his hat and walk out the door and never look back.

    Still, i’m not sure i trust this, again, it all seems so over the top.

  • 4 WWJBD // Nov 13, 2011 at 8:29 AM

    Well we had a couple quiet months none of us saw that happening but normal service has resumed

    Newcastle Circus is back in town!

  • 5 lgnufc // Nov 13, 2011 at 8:36 AM

    A circus indeed. DL is an absolute clown as was said previously, he should walk.

  • 6 Dannyo // Nov 13, 2011 at 8:37 AM

    DL OUT!

  • 7 hdavid23 // Nov 13, 2011 at 8:45 AM

    Come on guys, don’t believe everything you see in the press. This “interview” is a complete rubbish, has no source whatsoever. Why would Ashley sell up just a few months after he bought the club? And if he had a deal with the Arabs, and part of that deal was appointing Keegan, then where are the Arabs??? This is just the press trying to take advantage of the stadium name situation and make a mess at NUFC again…

  • 8 WWJBD // Nov 13, 2011 at 8:45 AM

    Have to add in if this is true…timings a bit suspect and what’s said is a bit over the top so could be balls but wouldn’t be shocked if it was true he has previous for slagging legends and fans off

  • 9 WWJBD // Nov 13, 2011 at 8:47 AM

    It wasent a interview mate it was DL mouthing off while drunk

  • 10 Marzy // Nov 13, 2011 at 8:49 AM

    You know!! we climb up the league deservedly, show to the entire PL we are back as a team (Not title contenders/or even top 6 material but just a TEAM!)
    and in the space of a week we have the press all over us again because of the negative things going on!
    I for one is not really interested whether or not the stadium is called SDA or St James Park as long as we start & continue to play the right football on the pitch & i am certainly not interested on DL opinion on footballing matters. As long as NUFC are performing on the pitch & playing as a team thats all us fans should be concerned about & stop fuelling this Press charade that over shadows this fantastic club!.

  • 11 hdavid23 // Nov 13, 2011 at 8:49 AM

    supposedly… but i still cant believe this being true, but we’ll see. if MA sacks him today, then it’s true, if he bans Sunday Mirror, then it’s paper rubbish

  • 12 WWJBD // Nov 13, 2011 at 8:52 AM

    He won’t be sacked he is MA friend and MA probably agrees so why would he sack him?

  • 13 hdavid23 // Nov 13, 2011 at 9:01 AM

    coz he knows that if he doesnt sack him, the fans are gonna turn on him again, which will mean no company would want to sponsor us and he’ll lose money

  • 14 WWJBD // Nov 13, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    Fans have been turned against him since relegation and as for sponsors we don’t even know that he wants one…hell to by cynical he might of told him to do this to put sponsors off so SD can fully take over

  • 15 Nobby // Nov 13, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    What the hell is up with this guy?

    He runs the club without the best interest of its fans and players in mind, and now he runs his mouth off like this?

  • 16 Graeme // Nov 13, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    Having listened to the alleged “Banter with fans” – I guess that’s one way of putting it – and also listened to some good argument on SSN – most of what comes out is actually correct.

    KK can’t cope with pressure, its why he quit at Newcastle, lost it with Ferggie, walked out on England etc. Shearer, whilst a great striker, has ZERO managerial experience and doesn’t seem too inclined to acquire any – appointing him was a gamble, it failed, but Shearer DID NOT get the club relegated – we were doomed before he came in anyway.

    MA has put it out that we are now playing at Sports Direct Arena and all hell has broken out over it. The shit is all aimed at MA but once the inevitability of it sinks in, things will calm down, fans will see it makes financial sense, we will all still refer to it as SJP whatever it ends up being called.

    It’s actually a very clever move by MA as by the time the Naming Rights are sold on (which I truly doubt will ever happen) the new sponsors/ owners of the name will get none of the flack that MA has drawn for himself!!!

    MA may be many things, but he’s not as stupid as many think he is.

  • 17 solano // Nov 13, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    Come on Smeigels, let’s see you defend the latest insulting violation of your history. KK, Shearer and Hughton to a lesser degree, are legends in the history of our club and whatever their faults and failings, deserve respect for their contributions to the club and their standing as very decent human beings.
    For those who chose to continue to give their unwavering support to this rotten regime, in your desperate attempt to cling to your masters’ ring, I have nothing but contempt for you and you really don’t deserve to be called “fans”.
    Ed talks of class, well, Delboy is the lowest class of life.

  • 18 greekgeordie // Nov 13, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    I do not believe a word of it, and I am sad that so many of you fall to the press bait, there is no PL football and the press has to sell papers

  • 19 solano // Nov 13, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    Graeme=Smeigel

  • 20 Graeme // Nov 13, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Solano,

    Reality – its a place most of us live in – try it, you might enjoy it!!

  • 21 GoalsBringSmiles // Nov 13, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Graeme

    The reality is you and many like you are willing to defend this regime no matter what-even if that includes a foul mouthed attack which demonstrates all the more the contempt for us fans held by the chairman and owner of this once proud club. You are living in a world of fantasy if you think these criminals are able to bring success to our club.

  • 22 brighter // Nov 13, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Who is sholud take a responsibity of all??
    I think that is absolutely Owner!!Because decision of manager’s appointed by Owner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!What a bad brain Derek Llambias.

  • 23 GoalsBringSmiles // Nov 13, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    oh but i forgot we’re third in the leaugue they can call us whatever they like, they can change our ground, our name , our badge even our colours, hell even throw in a bit of profanity against some local legends, who cares eh? we’re third in the league, f me, we might as well play in red n white, the history and tradition of our club and the past legends who have revered it alongside us fans wouldn’t mind, we are after all third in the league, heil Ashley the Ruthless, Heil Llambias the Aggressor.

  • 24 solano // Nov 13, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Greek…wake up! The Press is indeed, not always, shall we say, “straight” but these words are re-iterated in quotation marks and in the post News of the World press, the legal department at the Mirror would have been through the article with a fine tooth comb before going to press.
    Besides, you have 4 years of this regime’s gaffes to make your own mind up on the characters we have in charge.

  • 25 pavel // Nov 13, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    No one seems to be picking up on the fact that Llambias seems to be confirming that Ashley bought the club because he thought he could sell at a quick profit.

    He says that they appointed Keegan to replace Allardyce (6 months after taking charge and before any fan unrest) because potential Arab buyers wanted them too.

    Is anybody still really naive enough to believe that any more of the stadium sponsorship will stay in the club than the Carroll money did?

  • 26 hdavid23 // Nov 13, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    If this is true, then someone recorded it, to sell it to the press. Then, come out with the proof, show us the video/audio footage or photos of DL ranting while being drunk.

  • 27 Graeme // Nov 13, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Goals brings smiles – nowhere do I defend the regime, I actually do not like MA or the way he does things. Yes, the MD (I don’t think lame arse is the Chairman) could have been more tactful, a bit more polite.

    The bottom line though – basically, what he said is correct. Whether they will bring success to the club, I have, like you, no idea.

    It does seem to me though that we are currently 3rd in the league; we are unbeaten in 12 games this season; we have a much more skilful squad than we have had in a generation; We are financially in the best state since Lord Westwood ran the show: We have a manager who is delivering the goods and seems to know what he’s doing.

    All the above points to a distinct possibility that we are better off today, as a club, than we have been since SBR was in charge. I think the future is bright even though I disagree with a lot of what MA has done.

  • 28 pavel // Nov 13, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    hdavid, I am sure the recording will come out. In any case, with the number of direct quotes, the Sunday Mirror would know the consequences of printing without a recording to back it up. None of us are keen on some of these papers, but their lawyers wouldn’t be stupid enough to allow direct quotes if it wasn’t unquestionably legitimate.

  • 29 hdavid23 // Nov 13, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    I don’t know pavel, back here where I live, we’ve had plenty of cases in which the main sports newspaper quoted things that have never been said, so it can happen in the UK too

  • 30 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Nov 13, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Is this for REAL?

    Don,t believe some of you are actually reacting to this Bullshit!

    If its true, then the bloke is pissed up anyway! Maybe the half of what he is reported to have said has some substance in it!

    And while i risk the wrath of all the posters on here.
    This is probably just an attempt to rock the Newcastle boat which before the renaming debacle was starting to look like it was on an even keel, so to speak!

    Journalistic Crap! Based on the hate of some of the other punters in the bar where DB just happened to be wetting his whistle!
    While i am deffo not a Llambs Arse fan! This whole artikel is just made up Bully!

  • 31 toonarmyuk // Nov 13, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Ha!! It’s so funny so see so many people calling it a “foul mouthed tirade/attack” – like all of you never swear when you’ve had a few beers in town.

    Firstly, this was NOT an interview! It was a member of the public recording DL when they were in a bar talking off record.

    Secondly, listen to what he’s actually said – it’s all spot on! It’s well known that Shearer passed the buck to Dowie and dodged all the major decisions.

    Secondly, if the guy was willing to employ Keegan just to help sell the club, then good! If you all knew that was happening at the time you would have all been well up for it! And again, it’s well know that Keegan can’t hack at a club when he’s brought in to achieve things. He was brought into Newcastle originally to save them, and yes, he did the best job ever, but he is unable to now come into a big club and absorb the pressure.

    And re: Carroll, well – what do you say. If anybody disagrees with the fact that even £30m for Carroll was the deal of the last decade than you’re kidding yourself. And if you knew that you could have the scallies over a barrell for cash would you not do that?

    Sooo much negativity from you lot it’s absolutely unbelievable.

    And while I’m on it, the stadium renaming. YES – Sports Direct Arena is a naff name, but it is only a temporary measure so that potential sponsors can be assured that the initial backlash of the renaming operation will be focussed on Ashley not on them. A decent brand will come in soon and pay us big bucks which will either go into paying off more of our debt (great news!) or possibly new players (even better news!). The bottom line is, everyone will still call it St James’ Park anyway, so what the hell is the big issue?

  • 32 GoalsBringSmiles // Nov 13, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    You clearly defend DL’s comments. KK can’t cope with pressure yet he saved us from the brink of relegation to the third division and had us succesively promoted until we challenged for the premier league title? What does DL know about the pressures a manager goes under in achieving such a fine accolade. Let us not forget that it is owing to the success of KK that the stadium stands as it is now, it is owing to the undeniable pressures KK would have been under in achieving what he did at our club. All of sudden we are third in the league,little or no thanks owed to MA and DL who quite frankly gambled with our chances of competing in the summer like many times before-yes the gamble is paying off big time right now but the current league position does not hide the fact that these guys are willing to take risks in pursuing their obsessions with profit. Credit where it is due, Alan Pardew has worked wonders within the constraints of these financial interests, but you can only work so long on a shoestring. DL’s comments are dispicable and achieve nothing but more contempt between us and them, they clearly seek to justify some of the poorer decisions made by this owner by passing the blame onto others and pointing to the current position in the league as the proof in the pudding. I’d like to remind DL that though we have indeed done well thus far this season it takes a lot more dedication, passion and commitment to this club before you become a legend like KK was, is and always will be in the hearts of any true Toon fans who were actually there when our club was put back on the map. Let me also remind all that we were still on the map when MA bought the club and that his decisions are what allowed us to be relegated.

  • 33 GoalsBringSmiles // Nov 13, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    ‘It’s well known that Shearer passed the buck to Dowie and dodged all the major decisions.’

    What major decisions? How is it well known?

  • 34 toonarmyuk // Nov 13, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    It makes me so happy to know that regardless what happens at this club, that I am always able and willing to see the positives in everything.

    It must be a bloody hard life for you pessimists who must always find a negative to every single thing that happens in this club.

    Have you ever stopped and thought, that if you actually sat back and realised that no matter how much drivel you come spouting on blog sites that you wont change anything. All you’re doing is getting yourself het up over something which you have no control over.

    Sit back, and just ride the storm. Yes, our MD is a businessman with no football experience before taking this job, and yes he’s arrogant. Yes, our owner is too sensitive to criticism, and yes he’s tight as a nun’s chuff. Yes, the club is tightening the purse strings, and yes we do need a bigger squad.

    BUT, if you can’t be happy with our position at the moment, then what hope for you when we start to lose games (which is inevitable at some stage). Is it your life’s aim to be grumpy old sods who have nothing to look forward to in life? If so, perhaps you can create a new blog called http://www.whingingconstantly.com/barman-myglassishalfempty

    Look on the bright side for once. It’s nearly Christmas after all.

  • 35 toonarmyuk // Nov 13, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    ‘What major decisions? How is it well known?’

    Team selections. Tactics. OK, perhaps not well know to everyone, but behind the scenes it was clearly obvious. And no, before you spout on, I don’t have any insider briefings, and no, I dont pretend to know anyone at the club. But if you ever spoke to anyone even reasonably close to the club it was mentioned quite regularly.

  • 36 solano // Nov 13, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    Toonarmyuk=Smeigel

  • 37 toonarmyuk // Nov 13, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    solano=obsessedd with smiegel. Sad, sad loser.

  • 38 hdavid23 // Nov 13, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    checked skysports and bbc for the news, it’s still not on either of them, so definitely rubbish…

  • 39 fergie // Nov 13, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Video of Llambias & Ashley slagging off the fans:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoIgHXQGRs4

  • 40 Sav // Nov 13, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    Boozed up criticism from a certified liar, I doubt if KK, Shearer or Hoots ought to lose any sleep over it. Will have done wonders for the naming rights though. I bet Coca Cola, Nike, O2 and Apple are queuing up to be associated with this pair.

  • 41 cupiddstunt // Nov 13, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    GoalsBringSmiles @ # 21

    I must be living in a world of fantasy, please someone wake me up I must be dreaming as I am sure that we are unbeaten this season and sitting third in the league, that our reserves are unbeaten and top of their division, and our academy is unbeaten and sitting top of their league.

    In fact don’t wake me let me dream some more.

    Now c’mon children have you not got over the name calling in the playground yet?

    I am sure DL said some less than pleasant things about some of the heroes’ of NUFC but let’s be honest those heroes are adults and as such are big enough to look after themselves.

    Reading between the lines DL did not go on a “drunken rant” or a “foul mouthed tirade” but was out socialising somewhere and was asked some questions by some toon fans which he answered, he used some expletives in his answers which I would guess were in answer to the manner in which he was asked the questions and to be honest a lot of what has been reported as said makes sense.

    Get over it, the last time I was called unpleasant names I laughed at the childish behaviour of my protagonist, I regularly swear when describing things, a lot of people I know swear just in general conversation, and to be honest I never thought there were so many clean living, clean talking, clean thinking supporters of NUFC.

    It’s a big bad world out there and if a couple of “f”’s and “c”’s offend you then you then I feel sorry for you and your sheltered upbringing, although I think your parents are at fault for not preparing you fully for the world outside your bubble.

  • 42 solano // Nov 13, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    cupiddsstunt=dicspudnut=smeigel

  • 43 mkhalaf // Nov 13, 2011 at 9:09 PM

    @toonarmyuk,,,,u r spot on!!!
    WE R NERWCASTLE UNITED FANS, not shearer, keegan and CH fans.
    and i would say it too keegan and shearer did an awfull job and were 100% responsible for having us relegated. Keegan was too arrogant and shearer just seemed like he was lost.

    Best buisness deals ever were selling andy carrol for 35mil,, and buying cabaye, ben arfa, marveax, obertan and ba,,,all for about 18mil

  • 44 mkhalaf // Nov 13, 2011 at 9:10 PM

    santon too

  • 45 beefman13 // Nov 13, 2011 at 11:36 PM

    The mirror have got it in for the MA especially how comes if they have this information on audio link it wasnt made available on line to here it, they are doing a hatchet job on the DL, maybe he is not the most savoury of characters but he is getting done over here.

  • 46 ddmacker // Nov 14, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Hello Ed. Just read the comments of DL and I was not surprised. It sounds as if he was chatting some auld brasser at the bar “I’m bad me real bad” pathetic, he wasn’t saying anything we didn’t know already. But what is worrying is that he thinks that being strong financially means strong in football, “to compete with the big boys” seems one of his favorite sayings. As long as people like him are in charge of football clubs things will only get worse. I pray at the start of every season firstly that NUFC win the EPL and if not somebody outside the “top six”to give those Arab sheiks and American Russian Billionaires a lesson in FOOTBALL. To part I would ask, if KK was playing today for Scunthorp would he be bought by any of the”top six”?




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