For those of us who think the Newcastle squad is just not big enough and hoping for new recruits coming in to bolster the squad in January, we may have to think again after Derek Llambias’ interview in the Northern Echo.
Derek Llambias – will continue strict financial controls
Derek has insisted that Newcastle have to be very careful with what money they spend, and we cannot for instance have two top players vying for each position – like Jose Mourinho set up at Chelsea when he arrived in the summer of 2004.
The Newcastle Managing Director says that’s just not possible, because Newcastle cannot afford it.
This is what Derek said in the interview:
“We’ve made it quite clear to everyone. We have 11 positions that are grade A players or Purples, as we call them.” “Then, under them, we have the players who come in under them to take the positions so the squad gets bigger.”
“We’ve made it quite clear to everyone. We have 11 positions that are grade A players or Purples, as we call them” “Eventually we’ll have 33 players who will be pushing everyone. Where we are we have, in effect, 11 Purples if you count Vurnon Anita.”
“He can play midfield, right-back, left-back. They are there. Centre-backs you have Colo and Steven Taylor, who are fantastic centre-backs.” “To bring in another centre-back then you have James Perch, who is doing a fantastic job, Mike Williamson, who is doing a fantastic job.”
“You can’t have two purples per position because the club can’t afford it. You have to be realistic.”
Newcastle have been hit badly by injuries this season, and we already have both Ryan Taylor and Haris Vuckic out for the season, and Dan Gosling out until the new year, and we’ve also missed Colo, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote and Tim Krul recently.
But it seems the Managing Director will not budge from his position, and he will keep the club’s purse strings under tight control in the near future.
This is not particularly good news to hear, when the squad has been hit so hard by injuries so far this season, and the results reflect that.
What do you think?
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