Derek LLambias was forced to defend his decision to sign a sponsorship deal with Wonga, the pay-day loan company, and Derek says the club did background research into the company, and found nothing wrong with the way they do business.
Alan Pardew and Derek LLambias at news conference yesterday
The deal has the Newcastle City Cuncil members seemingly up in arms, that Newcastle United have become associated with a company that hardly has a good name in the UK.
This is how Derek LLambias defended Newcastle’s decision:
“We have done our background research into Wonga. They are a legal company, they have licences.” “They have 30,000 customers in the region. Their complaints are next to zero. There are banks and institutions with far worse feedback than Wonga. There are enough people saying Wonga is a terrible brand, but why?”
“People buy into Wonga because they buy into it. You are not forced to sign a deal with Wonga, you are not forced to sign a deal with any bank or lender. People in the North East or anywhere, have a mind to themselves to decide whether they want to sign a deal or not. I am delighted to have this club associated with this brand.”
One reason it’s thought that sponsoring Newcastle would be a good deal for Wonga, is that they are expanding into South Africa, where Newcastle have a very good following, as you saw in the summer, when there were rumors Newcastle would play some of their pres-season games there.
What are the chances that Newcastle will tour South Africa next summer?
It would be great for the many fans in South Africa, who were bitterly disappointed that Newcastle chose not to play there last summer.
Finally, we are running a poll to try to gauge what fans think of the overall deal – please vote if you haven’t already done so.