An interview today that Newcastle will sell their best players when they get the right price for them.
Andy Carroll – while at home town club Newcastle
It seems that Derek LLambias is saying today that’s still part of the business plan, and of course that’s exactly what they did when they sold Andy Carroll to Liverpool, and he’s hardly been missed on Tyneside.
Newcastle have bought in Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse for around £10M total, and the fact is that Newcastle got more from Liverpool than Andy was really worth – but that’s all in retrospect – and Andy could still come on big time in the future.
This is what Derek LLambias told the local press:
“We’re not saying we are not a selling club.” “The reality is when we get the price in we have to sell our best players.” “It’s like being a collector and your collection is getting bigger and bigger, the wage bill will be bigger.”
“You have to filter stuff off to get a better quality build.” “You can’t just hold on to it.” “It’s not really the right way, from a business point of view I would have to trade.”
“At what level, I don’t know.” “We are difficult sellers, we will get the best price, we have proven it already.” “Torres went for £50M, Carroll went to Liverpool. Was Liverpool’s trading good?”
“Yes, they got two very good players for one.” “For us we will continue to trade as we are and if somebody knocks on the door it is about the price.” “It is about the player, do they want to stay.” “They’ll say ‘I want to stay but what if I can get this?’”
We expect that Newcastle will only sell their best players if they get daft offers for them, like Liverpool’s ridiculous offer for local lad Andy Carroll, and we hope those sales will be few and far between.
Newcastle’s Managing Director has said that youngsters will continue to arrive on Tyneside, and “unknown” players will keep being brought to the club after being scouted by Graham Carr and the tip top scouting staff at the club, , and if they do well they will be amply rewarded.
That’s what happened with Cheick Tiote, who was on Newcastle’s books only six months last season, after arriving from FC Twente, when he got a new six and a half year bumper contract to stay on Tyneside.
This is what LLambias said about Tiote’s case::
“Tiote was different, he came here and we realised we were underpaying him. That was the review. We rectified it.” “When you overpay you can’t take it back.” “If we don’t pay players right we’ll lose them.”
“We would love to be in the Champions League, the extra £30m would help us get where we would like to be. We like to see things grow.”
It seems like when Chelsea came calling for Tiote 14 months ago, Cheick didn’t want to leave Tyneside, but Newcastle realized they needed to give him a big pay rise – because he was now worth that – based on his stellar form and big clubs wanting him.
And that’s exactly what Newcastle seem to have done.
It’s good that Newcastle keep doing that – and it’s hardly surprising that Newcastle want to be back in the European Champions League.
Why wouldn’t we want to be in one of the greatest football tournaments in the world every season?