Newcastle United drive a very hard bargain on transfers, and most Newcastle fans know that, and it even comes as a welcome relief from paying over the odds on both transfers and wages, like a certain Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd, born and bred in Newcastle – used to do not so long ago.
Derek LLambias – we had the control
Newcastle are in the midst of trying to bring Andy Carroll back to Newcastle and we saw this bit form Derek LLambias, when he explained in rife language, just how Newcastle did the deal with Liverpool on the last day of the transfer market – January 31st, of last year – to the astonishment and anger of Newcastle fans.
This is how Derek explained the deal, which was picked up off a Liverpool blog this morning:
“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 manager Alan Pardew all agreed to that.”
“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.”
Yes, that F word is a four letter word that ends in “k”, and obviously Derek wouldn’t get many comments published on this blog. 😀
But he’s not unlike a lot of executives I’ve known over the years, and some top IBM executives were more than a little forceful in the words they used in meetings, as they tried to get their points across – and left the air rather electric when they left the room.
You can only imagine how Derek LLambias and Mike Ashley are thinking and talking this time around, with the Liverpool hierarchy, and trying to get another good deal for Carroll, but it seems the odds are just stacked against them.
There’s still more to unfold in this story, no doubt about that, and we’ll just have to hope the negotiating skills of the two people at the top of the Newcastle hierarchy can do another stellar deal to get Carroll back on Tyneside.
That’s what we are hoping for, and as Alan Pardew said yesterday the deal is being done at the boardroom level of both clubs – but that’s where most of the transfer deals are done these days – it’s all about money.