Llambias – Relegation Will Knock Us Back Four Years

Some excellent interviews in the Evening Chronicle today – as the paper has an exclusive set of interviews with Newcastle Managing Director Derek LLambias – and certainly we don’t hear too often from Derek LLambias or owner Mike Ashley.

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Derek Llambias – we must concentrate on the Premier League
(because that’s where the money is)

And Derek has reiterated that the most important thing for the future of Newcastle United is to stay in the Premier League and hopefully even with our current terrible position in the league table – we’re 15th – we can still finish in the top half after the final 13 games.

And it’s now out in the open that Newcastle made a huge mistake last summer by not bringing in more players for the extra Europa League games, and to help build on our great 5th placed finish last season.

But getting in five players last month was good, very good, but a little late – but hey – it’s better late than never.

PL clubs will be getting up to £70M next season, when the new Premier League TV rights go into effect over the next three years – and that’s 70% higher than it’s been over the last three years – so you see how important it is to keep our PL status long term.

This is what Derek Llambias had to say about the Premier League:

“If we are relegated we’ll have put ourselves back three or four years.” “That’s not what the fans want. Do they want to go to Barnsley again?” “No, so we have to concentrate the Premier League.”

Until Newcastle brought in those four players in four days relegation looked a distinct possibility – and it’s the very last thing Mike Ashley wanted – and Mike showed he wants to build a good side again at Newcastle by splashing out £18M on six players last month – and it’s looking like an excellent piece of business.

We need to do the same kind of thing in the summer – then we’ll be rocking.

Howay The Lads!!

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12 comments so far

  • saxonfenken

    Feb 7, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #1

    Rather stating the obvious

  • yo-yo

    Feb 7, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #2

    nufc previous

    And Crewe and Southampton here have great reputations for developing players too.

  • Jonas's better than Messi

    Feb 7, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #3

    He’s making the grass turn yellow.
    Horrible little man.

  • MJCBurke

    Feb 7, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #4

    GIven article mentions the increase in TV revenue coming next season, what are peoples thoughts on the premier league meeting on fincial fair play this week. I am all for regulation and not having clubs reporting losses year on year but there also needs to be some compromise otherwise the big clubs with greater commercial revenue, thinking us compared to Liverpool at present, will have an unfair advantage. Would love to see a league where more than 2/3 teams have a chance of winning.

  • Graeme

    Feb 7, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #5

    I’m glad its woken them up to the real threat of relegation they were creating by inaction. Having said that, when they did take action, it was swift, decisive and, so far, has produced spectacular results.

    Would have to say, the “steady Improvement” is far easier on the nerves than pinning all our hopes on getting it right in January, with little, or NO room for error!!

    We got away with it this time (I think) but the situation is just best avoided in future.

  • Jonas's better than Messi

    Feb 7, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #6

    Pull your chair up to the trough … nice hotel, meals, expenses all to talk about financial fair play …

  • giimps

    Feb 7, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #7

    70mil and wonga dosh, a lower wage bill than last season and we are in a very good position financially.
    Maybe a few more players in and still enough to start paying Ashley back some of his loan.
    If we could be in the top 10 and improving, we have a great chance of getting good players in and will be able to afford competition in every position (nearly have now, only LW and GK possibly CB and Striker) The only way is up.

  • Somerset Mag

    Feb 7, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #8

    If only we could attend away premier League games! Mostly sold out or way too expensive…..at least you’d get in to see us at Barnsley etc.

  • Jonas's better than Messi

    Feb 7, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #9

    This loan thing is a joke.

    It’s like splitting your money into different tins and being strict about lending from one tin to another.

    End of the day its all Ashley’s cash.
    If he sells it will be all included in the sale price but he will get a tax break repaying the loan.

  • Troy Stavers

    Feb 7, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #10

    The extra £20m that every club receives next season pays for that. Some of it should have been spent in the summer and that quote might have been unnecessary.

  • tenpointnine

    Feb 7, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #11

    Ed, I wouldn’t want to be impersonating the blog police, but shouldn’t your headline read ‘Relegation would’ rather than ‘Relegation will’?
    Whilst relegation is still a possibility, the French Foreign Legion should help us to stay up. Think positive!

    By the way, if I was in the blog police, I would arrest people who keep writing ‘are’ instead of ‘our’.

    Vive Le Toon!

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 7, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #12

    tenpointnine- And ‘though’ and ‘thought’. The amount of typo errors here is shocking sometimes. I do it too some times. Oh there’s one many miss ‘too’ double ‘o’ lol

    Back to football:

    At last Llambias has spoken out and explained some of our thinking behind the scenes. I agree if he would do this when we’re in the shite it would help calm the nerves.

    I think we are becoming a real force now with the new signings. Ba’s departure was a blow but I bet it has worked in our favour with the signings and in the summer I am certain we will add a top class striker to our ranks.

    If we survive this season, no leaves and add an extra 3 quality players in the summer I feel we have a strong team to challenge the top 4 constantly.

    Ashley and co deserve credit and if we keep doing well in the next few games I would hope to see banners of ‘Thank you Ashley’ around St James’. And no I am not being sarcastic. If Ashley were to see we appreciate the effort he’s put in in signing these quality players then he’ll be more willing to do so in the future.



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