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.
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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