Mike Ashley, Derek LLambias and Mike Ashley met in London yesterday to go over what the heck happened last season, when Newcastle found themselves fighting relegation and finally finished up 5th bottom of the Premier League, and that was after we were 5th top in the previous season.
Derek LLmabias – constructive meeting
Derek LLambias has talked about the meeting yesterday, and has said on the Newcastle web-site – that it’s time for Newcastle to work as a team and move ahead for next season.
This is what he had to say today:
“Everyone connected with the club was disappointed to finish where we did last season, particularly on the back of such a fantastic year prior to that.”
“Our discussions on Wednesday were very constructive and we pinpointed a number of factors that contributed to a season which fell below expectations.”
“We are now looking forward and are entirely focussed on the forthcoming campaign, with the expectation of at least a top-ten finish in the Premier League.”
“There has been a great deal of speculation in recent weeks but our desire, as we announced back in September, is to bring long-term stability to this club.”
“It’s up to us all now to work closely as a team to ensure next season sees us competing in the top half of the table again.”
“We would all like to thank the fans for their continued support and assure them we remain committed to providing affordable football at St. James’ Park.”
Llambias is not giving much away about what happened yesterday at the meeting, or what the conclusions and follow-on plans are.
It’s a pity we didn’t know more about the results of yesterday’s meeting.
But Mike Ashley has backed Alan Pardew as the manager for next season – like it or hate it – and we are going to support him and the players too – and hope we can challenge for a top six place next season.
We think there’s a decent chance we can make the top six next season, if we bring in two or three top players over the summer, and keep the top players we already have at Newcastle.
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