Llambias – We’re Two Years Away From Having Really Top Side

The Evening Chronicle had exclusive interviews with the Newcastle Managing Director Derek LLambias yesterday and they were good ones, and would you believe it the Newcastle Journal has exclusive interviews with Derek today – and yes – they are different interviews.

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Newcastle Managing Director Derek LLambias

Most Newcastle fans are concerned about what the future holes, and of course a short two weeks ago we were thinking the future may hold another relegation in store for the club – but five new first team players later –  that relegation doesn’t look so real any more – although we are still 6th bottom of the Premier League with only 27 points from our 25 league games.

This is what Derek LLambias has said to the Newcastle Journal today in an exclusive interview:

“We always said we had a five-year plan. We feel this season may have put us back a little bit, but I think we’ve now worked our way through that. I would say we are a couple of years away from absolutely having a really, really strong squad with the depth we need.”

“A trophy for manager Alan Pardew would be just incredible. The FA Cup is his dream for this club. For us a trophy would be a dream. Mike and I would love a trophy, for sure we would. We’d also love to challenge those big boys though.

“When you look at last season it was exciting for us sitting there and thinking, ‘If we’d won that game we’d be third and if we won that game we’d be fourth and then thinking how it would feel if we’d have been pushed out of that Champions League place by Chelsea’.”

“We are building. Can I say we’ll be challenging the top four in two or three years? I can’t say that because football’s a strange sort of world and plenty of things can happen. Top clubs fall down, they might not be investing as much or somebody else might do something which transforms a club’s fortunes. I would hope in two years’ time we’ll have an even more exciting squad.”

Certainly the five top players brought in during the January transfer window was good news to Newcastle fans and should help us move up the league table.

But we still need to sign two or three top players in the summer, and it looks like our Development squad will also be changing a lot – with some players leaving, and new players like Kevin Mbabu being brought in to vastly improve the quality of the Development squad – which hasn’t really been good enough over the last few years.

We hope we can have another good transfer window this summer, and then we should be ready to challenge for the top six again next seasons.

Howay The Lads!!

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21 comments so far

  • saxonfenken

    Feb 8, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #1

    As long as we remember that if playes are not good enough for Man U, Citie, Arsenal and Liverpool, they are not good enough for us, been through all that. We are with the transfer policy going in the right direction after the Jan transfer window, long may it continue.

  • Grafton83

    Feb 8, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #2

    Before we get too carried away patting ourselves on the back we are still 15th in the Prem, 2 good games does not mean we’re suddenly a wonderfully run club. Although things are looking up I think it’s too early to start blowing your own trumpet Derek.

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 8, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #3

    We will as long as we don’t bring back injury prone, non -scoring hoof ball magnets for sentimental he’s a geordie reasonns.

    Surely even Pardew isn’t that daft on the evidence of the last 2 matches. 1.8M for Sissoko, 36M for Carroll. I know who I’d want in my team.

  • FAU

    Feb 8, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #4

    I want a tricky left winger for NUFC for next transfer and Andy carroll for cheap price.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 8, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #5


    I agree, it is early, but the board are showing signs of improving in that they realised there errors and corrected it. Hopefully they will not make the same errors next summer.

    I’m completely with Sage on the Carroll situation. The team at West Ham is built for him, and he is struggling. A few West Ham fans I know would rather see Carlton Cole play as they feel he offers them more.

    Carroll yeah? 😉

  • nick_9

    Feb 8, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #6

    FAU – a tricky winger would be nice. I think our jigsaw puzzle is only a few pieces short after that transfer window. Another striker is a must for the club in the summer hopefully. We’ve got three good center backs and four good central midfielders so plenty of depth there, it would be nice if one of our young center backs went out on loan and did the business so we didn’t have to buy.

    Harper and Simmo presumably will be out of contract at the end of the season, I would like the club to shift a couple more on as well because our 25 man squad is pretty full right now

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 8, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #7

    I don’t get people wanting carroll.

    danny graham who nobody wanted for 5 mil has 15 goals in 55 games.

    Carroll has 23 in 95.

  • ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~

    Feb 8, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #8


    Just a little correction to your post.

    Players that are good enough for Liverpool, are not good enough for us.

    Henderson, Carroll, Downing… To name a few. Granted they have the odd Gem or two, but even then those Gems are tainted. *Cough* Olympic Dive Master Suarez *Cough*

  • Assam Toon

    Feb 8, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #9

    saxonfenken, thats a very good way to look at ur squad. i think untill january we hardly had players who could walk into the big teams. although even the big teams have players who are not top draw, i have noticed that man u has mostly maintained a certain quality below which fergie wouldnt field the player. i think the real challenge for pardew will be to successfully keep quality players on bench, that is when we will have a few more good signings. that will be our next crisis, by the way.

  • blew

    Feb 8, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #10

    Sounds like the regime has had a wake up call and hopefully realise it is beneficial to all to invest in quality.
    We do have e chance of winning a cup this year, lets hope they go for it, I recall only too well 1969.
    As for the Development Squad, some of the kids were good enough, but the coaching staff ?

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 8, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #11

    Benteke is the one for me.

    Good in the air, can lead the line alone, bring others into play, good skill, good power, good pace, scores goals in a poor villa team…..and said he wants to leave villa in the summer.

    If they go down might even be a cut price deal to get him in.

    Only 22 as well so be perfect.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Feb 8, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #12

    Just hope we do sign players n the summer as we could get held to ransom as teams from foreign leagues know our reputation but they also know that we will have sponsor and prize money coming in next season also there will be teams from the premiership who will try to hijack our transfers

    Personally think we should pull out all the stops for

    Okore or Macguire

    These 4 players would give us a great bit of depth to challenge for top 4

  • Wandering Geordie

    Feb 8, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #13

    As far as I am concerned Andy Carroll is a different calibre to the players that we have and wouldnt fit into the system that we have.As for players that we should get in the summer.I will say once again that German Pezella is the replacement for Colocha.This guy is a sensational defender .Great reader of the game and good distribution.


  • county down magpie

    Feb 8, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #14

    If thats gonna be our next crisis then I for one can’t wait assam 😉

    Its good to hear lamearses words but words are easy, its actions that prove the facts.

    Let’s not have another bad summer window, get a challenging CB, Alderweild, Van Djik, Sakho etc someone like Tom Ince or similar and a pacy striker that can fit/rotate with Cisse and we’re not too far off now we have a bit of strength in depth

  • donkeypunch

    Feb 8, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #15

    i do really think you could get over 20 goals a season out of carrol but its not just goals you get with andy its his knock downs and flick on. which are just amazing .You see againt chelsea when we got sombody with hight in box guiterez we got a goal from it. but yerre ill have to agree with you Transfer Sage his form has not been good at all since he left us thats why i think it would be good if we could sighn him up now why his form is bad because we could get him on the cheap. there was a reason at the time liverppol payed 35 million for carrol admitidly it was 10 million to much at the time. but confidance can do so much for a striker and when there playing with out it i make such a big differnce to there game

  • saxonfenken

    Feb 8, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #16

    Phoenix Warrior Perch~
    I meant players they wanted to offload, not players who they want to keep., such as Obertan, Nicky Butt, and Simpson from Man U., Rush and Barnes from Liverpool, Duff from Chelsea, I could go on and on.

  • Blaydon-Toon

    Feb 8, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #17

    Morning lads … Transfer totally agree on Benteke as an alternative too AC ! His all round game is better but still has the same attributes size pace power good in the air younger probably cheaper sign him up in the summer !

  • tenpointnine

    Feb 8, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #18

    Wandering Geordie @13
    I know you have mentioned Pezella previously, but having watched that I have to agree. He wins the ball cleanly and passes to a team-mate. Great anticipation. And he doesn’t have a head like a thr’penny bit. His headers seem to go where he wants them to.

  • StuW

    Feb 8, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #19

    I think we have a good chance of the Europa League now. Kharkiv have lost their big player to Shakhtar(Taison). He was the one that made them tick, the scorer and creator of most things.

    We are still two short in defence, one or two short in midfield, and two short up top. Five players are needed for depth, plus a decent GK as backup to Krul.

    A central defender; Colo is going this summer for me. We need a youngster in, but one that has played a fair few games. That signals towards van Dijk or Okore. Also a right back. Simpson is gone this summer I reckon.

    Midfield, we are lacking when Tiote is out. Perch can do a job, but he wouldn’t get into the 25 man squad for ManUre, Citeh, or Chelski. Anita can do the Tiote job mind, and he should have been playing rather than Perch.

    Up front, if we lose Papiss(who isn’t exactly scoring goals) we are left with Strolla or Gouffran. One in at least.

  • Troy Stavers

    Feb 8, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #20

    Can we play all our new buys in the Europa or are any cuptied?

  • county down magpie

    Feb 8, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #21

    No Troy we had to choose between Mbiwa and debuchy as they had both played champs league and you are only allowed one per team so we chose Mbiwa and goofy played against us in europa so he’s out but hairdryer and sissokho are available too


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