The Strange Case Of Newcastle And The Daily Telegraph

Newcastle United and the Daily Telegraph are at loggerheads today, after Newcastle Managing Director Derek LLambias banned Telegraph correspondent Luke Edwards, from attending all interviews and games at St. James’ Park.

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Derek LLambias – reacted strongly to Luke Edwards’ article

Luke is the former Newcastle Journal sports reporter who is now at the Telegraph, and it’s a retaliation by the Tyneside club to Luke’s piece earlier this week on Tuesday, when he reported the team spirit at the club was falling apart – and Newcastle are saying that’s simply not true and the story was made up.

Let’s see again at what Derek has said:

“The club is determined to turn things around, and everyone is working together to secure that goal.” “It is not helpful when people try and distract the team and the manager with false rumors.”

The Telegraph has a piece on the rift this morning and here it is:

Telegraph Sport’s north-east football reporter Luke Edwards disclosed on Tuesday that the club’s struggle for Premier League survival has been undermined by acrimony between different sets of players at the club.”

One group believes that another, mainly French, group of players have not been committed enough to Newcastle in recent weeks, spending too much time complaining about manager Alan Pardew and pursuing their own personal agendas.”

They also believe one player has allowed his fitness levels to decline dramatically and that several players did not understand the importance of keeping Newcastle in the Premier League.”

The story was written on the basis of verbal and written accounts of the split provided by several sources, including individuals employed by the club.”

But Newcastle have reacted by sending the Telegraph a solicitor’s letter demanding the story be withdrawn from our website and a public apology be issued.

That unfit player is probably French International Ben Arfa, although he looked fit enough on Saturday.

And in addition to the piece this morning, the Telegraph also issued the following statement on the matter:

“We regret the club’s decision to ban the Telegraph from attending matches and press conferences, but will not allow it to prevent us providing the most incisive, trustworthy Newcastle coverage, rather than pandering to what the club want you to read.”

We don’t know what the truth in the matter is, but we do know there are a lot of stories made up in the press about Newcastle, and the more sensational the better.

But again we don’t know if the Telegraph story is true or not – in other words we are playing it safe. :D.

But it’s not the first time Llambias has reacted negatively to reports he believes are completely false.

We’ll keep an eye on this, but it’s certainly a rather unusual case.

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24 comments so far

  • HAZZY1

    May 2, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #1

    D.Simpson S.Taylor J.Tomkins N.Taylor

    M.Jarvis J.McCarthy Y. Cabaye N.Redmond

    A.Carroll S.Ameobi

    Team for next yr if pardew has his wa

  • Lachu

    May 2, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #2

    N.Taylor … Dream on .. ha ha .. He ll e playing in Europe next seaon .. even if he s with the swans

  • Griff-toon

    May 2, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed – from previous post

    “We don’t need to talk too much about the catastrophe it would be if we are relegated for the second time in four years and the second time in five seasons – it would simply be a complete and utter tragedy.”

    Like you have in every post for the last 4 days?

  • jimmysmith

    May 2, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #4

    Jesus, Newcastle under Ashley has been in lock down almost since the KK fiasco and we’ve been left to torture ourselves interminably with outlandish speculations and conspiracy theories.

    It’s the least transparent club in the world. What have they got to hide?

  • Lachu

    May 2, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #5

    Yeah , that was my 1st post too from my previous thread .. Like Ed has placed a bet on us getting relegated i guess

  • Bettersford

    May 2, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #6

    You missed out Jonas. hehe

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    May 2, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #7

    Ignore it and it goes away.

    Do this and the report is more widely reported and goes on for more news cycles.

    What a surprise Llambias gets it wrong … again.

  • Spotlight Kid

    May 2, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #8

    When ‘Smoke & Fire’ quickly leads to ‘Smoke & Mirrors’ thar’s definitely trouble at t’mill!

  • BigKirky

    May 2, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #9

    submit too early:

    Lachu, I see it every week though, and it’s so frustrating.

    For me, players should be initially geared to creating chances for your front man but keep the team balanced. Not just long looping crosses, but accurate crosses at different trajectories and cut backs along the floor from wide players and a range of of through balls from a creative CAM.

    Players who are chosen in a side should be known to be capable of providing X number of assists in a season along with them chipping in with X amount of goals along the way.

    If the players selected are not known for contributing in this manner, than you are basically fooling yourself into thinking that they are capable of having an effective input on a match day, because they will not.

    It straight away puts pressure on your forward as it limits the chances which will be created for him.

    This is what Pardew does, yet we wonder why we can’t score many or concede to many.

    If you’re not in possession of the ball creating, then you are indeed defending.

    Not only is Pardew limiting the attacking, but in turn he is making the defence look far worse than it should be. He has continued this from last season and even with the last two horrendous games, he did not realise this basic trend and change it.

    Instead, he is heaping all kinds of pressure on the players to defend, when he should be, as shown in first half of West Brom, attacking TO defend.

  • Lachu

    May 2, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #10

    Ed is as negative as this line up ..
    simmo taylor willo Jonas
    perch Gosling
    Obertan sissokho Cisse

    lol .. just for laughs .. now dont abuse me

  • Robby Bobson

    May 2, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #11

    Wasnt suprised telegraph held two negative newcastle stories today, does anyone really pay any attention to any of the papers anyway?

    As for saturday, 442 or 433, we have to have cabaye and sissoko bossing the middle side by side, tiote been woeful and althlugh im a bog fan of perch he couldnt pick up anyone last week.

    Intetesting stat, cabaye is the prems top tackler, and hes been out half the season!!

  • Lachu

    May 2, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #12

    Yeah .. Coreect Big K , and starting perch after a humiliating perfomance in a derby .. was shouting loud like “we d be have to get one point” .. specially when you have benny and goofy on the bench

  • Lachu

    May 2, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #13

    Thats *happy ..

  • catchy in norway

    May 2, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #14

    i think DL moonlightsas the acter from american pie

  • Wayayman

    May 2, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #15

    It’s actually not a bad move by NUFC to ban The Telegraph. Once theyve set the wheels in motion, the focus is now on who said what rather than the sh!te that we’re in position-wise. Lambarse has (unwittingly possibly) deflected the attention momentarily from Pardew and the performances of late to a Mexican stand-off between the Telegraph and the club.
    It’s known as misdirection, when one hand does something that you can’t help but focus on while the other is left unwatched and free to get on with it’s deed.

    Hopefully the real trick will be escaping relegation and we can all put this down to experience, sack Pardew in the summer before Cabaye and Collo leave and build on a squad that could be excellent given the right coaching and mentality.

  • wolfshead@toon

    May 2, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #16

    an extreme reaction prob means its true it means where even deeper in the cac then been personally i think we will be lucky to pick up 3 pts over the last 3 games fingers crossed other teams do even worse what a state to be in

  • catchy in norway

    May 2, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #17

    ok who

    remember the progran catch phrase with roooooy wallkerr
    say what you see

    the picture is
    11 players,
    in black and white
    football pitch
    9 in our half
    football in the air from our defender on the 18 yard line
    dotted line following it, 50yrds up field
    to there defender
    shoulders slumped down

    come on say it ,,


    yehhh we can all se that, luke didnt need to wright such lies,,

    bad man

  • catchy in norway

    May 2, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #18
  • TimKrulFan

    May 2, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #19

    Why hasn’t he been sacked yet if we lose Saturday he has to go.

  • toonluvva

    May 2, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #20

    Llambias is part of the problem, Ashley should get rid of him of him in the close season.

    Total overreaction, todays news is tomorrows fish & chip paper.

  • blew

    May 2, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #21

    It could be the truth.
    The truth hurts, DL certainly is hurt

  • Sav

    May 2, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #22

    Hire Max Clifford??


    May 2, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #23

    We are together in wanting the Toon to win and any dirty linen should be washed indoors.

    Anyone who does different isn’t on our side

    So HTL and the rest can go forth and multiply

  • fillyourboots

    May 2, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #24


    toonluvva // May 2, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Llambias is part of the problem, Ashley should get rid of him of him in the close season.

    Total overreaction, todays news is tomorrows fish & chip paper.


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