LLambias – We Want To Challenge For Europe And Win Trophies

Newcastle are getting a fair bit of good publicity, after announcing yesterday that Alan Pardew and his staff will have a long term role to play at the club, as the Newcastle hierarchy offered Alan and his team a new and improved eight year deal at Newcastle United.

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And Derek Llambias, the Managing Director, has been talking about the Newcastle club, and he points out that managers on long term contracts at clubs tend to bring success, and you just cannot chop and change managers when the team goes on a bad run.

We wonder which club was most guilty of that in the past?

This is what Derek said to Sky Sports News roday:

“What we believe, is that for one we have the right manager and he has ambition and it is all about stability and we believe Newcastle needs to have this to go forward and have success.”

“There is no coincidence that Manchester United with Sir Alex has been there over 25 years and has created stability and with that has come success, and along with Arsene Wenger stability has come success.”

“What we have achieved over the last five years has been tremendous, we have put a lot into the model, financially we are stable and that will continue and now it’s all about stability on the pitch, and having the right managing and coaching staff and chief scout. It is a fantastic move for us and those individuals.

“The long-term contracts with the players and the manager can only make things better going forward. Alan is delighted. He loves the job, he loves the North East and has a real drive to bring a trophy to us and hopefully we will get there in the coming years.”

“You can’t keep changing your manager because you have a bad a run.” “David Moyes for instance has done a fantastic job at Everton – they are going to be right up there, so we are looking for that sort of stability and so to give Alan the eight years is the right thing to do.”

And Newcastle’s top executive is pleased that Newcastle seem to be burning a trail in how to run a football club well financially, with the way the current management have got the club on a strong financial base, and seem to have Newcastle as a very well run club at the moment, as surprising that may be to some of us – but it’s also true.

Derek continued:

“We are pleased, very pleased we are doing something different in football, this eight-year deal is something different in football and it shows our commitment to where we believe we should be,”

“Our model is not rocket science; other Premier League clubs do the same but over a four-year period we have taken them from a very bad financial position to a very good position which will only get better, and we will continue to strive to make football affordable for our fans and to fill that stadium and by having entertaining football is the way of doing it.”

“I would like us to challenge for Europe year on year, and win a trophy. Last year we had a tremendous season – our goal this season is eighth and above but Alan wants to do better than fifth and our players want to do better than fifth.” “We don’t have an oil well underneath this stadium – lots of coal but no oil well.”

“So we will compete as best as we can with the budgets we have, and the renouncement policy we have, the manager we have, the spirit we have is fantastic and the fan base – we have lots of elements that work but we can’t throw lots of money at situations that don’t make sense.”

That’s the first time we’ve heard the official target for the season is top eight, and it was top ten last season, and we finished 5th top and of course qualified for Europe for the first time since Mike Ashley bought the club in the summer of 2007.

There’s no doubt that Derek LLambias and Mike Ashley have worked out an excellent way to run the football club, even if there’s not too much money available for transfers.

But Mike Ashley has invested money in the scouting system – led by Graham Carr – and the hope is that Graham and his staff continue to find top players, who can be brought to the Tyneside club fairly cheaply.

It’s certainly worked well over the last two years or so.

Things are continuing to look up at Newcastle, but first things first – and we have to get all 3 points at Reading tomorrow afternoon.

What do you think about all of this?

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19 comments so far

  • Carryingcoals

    Sep 28, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #1

    I think we’ll take three points from Reading. Should do, we’re in the ascendancy now – on and off the field.

  • Toon_Jock

    Sep 28, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #2

    Yes, we should beat (smash) Reading – the have been shocking in defence… Sods law, they will turn up and give us a game this weeeknd!! Guthrie?!?!?!

  • Tsunki

    Sep 28, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #3

    Whatever you may think of MA & Co., they have taken their knocks in this new business, but as businessmen they have learned and are continuing to be students of this football thing. It will be interesting to see if their observations on how successful clubs come about actually bear fruit.

    Apart from the SDA thing I am beginning to admire their application. If they fixed that one thing I might actually learn to love the little darlings, but until then, no rummaging in the white sock bin for me.

  • Tsunki

    Sep 28, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #4

    is that @reelM_abeid the proper Mehdi Abeid account? He seems upbeat about tonights reserve game, I hope he has a corker this lad seems adrift at the moment. I dont know if pards is playing mind games with him regarding attitude or work rate but he seems to be talking the talk if nothing else.

    reading Reading between the lines… our 2nd choice outfit showed glimpses of usefulness on wednesday, I expect our first choice to kick the week off with a bang, there is competition for places developing in defence and midfield.

  • BelfastMagpie

    Sep 28, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #5

    Really like Pardew,happy for him.

    Still dont like Llambias or Ashley & probably never will do..

    But Hey ho 😉

  • Tsunki

    Sep 28, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #6

    If Danny guthrie does anything else but move side to side like a bar footballer I will be shocked, it will be a first. Tiote will boot him round the park like a penny floater.

  • Tsunki

    Sep 28, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #7

    So, wonder if Pards needs a new kitchen….


  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 28, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #8

    I should hope so Derek.

  • Eastander

    Sep 28, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #9

    At least Ashley and Lambias seem to have settled on what they are doing, where they want the club to go and the people they want to do it, agree with it or not its better than chopping and changing

  • Tsunki

    Sep 28, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #10

    Anyone in the mood for some early doors transfer sloblock from our old pals TalkSh***?

    No? Ok, here it is then –


    I wonder how old he is? If you know, write it on a postcard and send it to his mother.


    Sep 28, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #11

    I think I’m the only one who likes Pardew Derek and Ashley. Kinda did from the start.

  • Tsunki

    Sep 28, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #12

    Thats because you are a dastardly citric mutineer!

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 28, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #13

    No, you’re not alone. I’ve always been quite sympathetic toward Ashley, although that was tested for a while there, to be honest.

    I have always thought that when a large section of the fans turned on him, quite viciously it has to be said, it appeared a classic example of no good deed going unpunished. It makes his current commitment to the club all the more admirable

  • martoon

    Sep 28, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #14

    Tsunki @3 Agreed, the SDA makes no sense because despite what DL says, we are not making any money from it as SD are getting free advertising. If we were getting money from, say, the Virgin Money Stadium then I think more people would grudgingly accept it.

  • cornishman

    Sep 28, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #15

    Long term stability looks assured which can only be a good thing. We just need some silverware to cement it all…and the sooner the better.

  • one Tony Green

    Sep 28, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #16

    Not that sure Sports Direct get the sponsorship for free. Think people need to understand Sports Direct is a PLC and MA does not pull the strings he is a shareholder that said it will always be SJP to me.
    But think we are heading in the right direction as a club.

  • puretoon

    Sep 28, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #17

    To win silverware you have to have a full squad of decent players which is somethin we’re still short on cos ashley won’t spend a few £’s more! Canny crack from Llambias though

  • widowmagandapoke

    Sep 28, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #18

    I agree with Derek L, but it’s a bit rich saying stability is important from a board who sacked three managers in less than two years.

  • Lee Dodd

    Sep 28, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #19

    I have to say There is No One Better To Take us Forward . The Only Guy Is Sadly In Heaven Who Will Be in Our Hearts Forever.. I am 48 will i ever see an FA Cup Europa cup in my lifetime ??? I Hope so !!! I must say when Alan has been in the stands the Team Doesn’t Seem The same as when he is on the Touchline !!! The Norwich Game He was Missed !!!!


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