Reports Newcastle About To Appoint New Chief Executive


There is news today in a couple of papers that Derek LLambias will be coming back as the Chief Executive at Newcastle United to replace the departed Joe Kinnear, who was an absolute disaster in the job, and was expected to be an absolute disaster in the job when he was hired last June.

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Derek LLambias (also known as Llambeezi) and Mike Ashley

So much for Mike Ashley’s abilities to pick a top men for the top job at the club.

Derek LLambias was appointed as Managing Director at Newcastle in May of 2008, and took over from departing Chairman Chris Mort who had done a good job for around 10 months in getting things sorted out for Mike Ashley who bought the club in June 2007.

One of the things Chris found very quickly was that Newcastle owed 100M in debts, something Ashley didn’t know about because the due diligence was carried out very quickly.

Derek lasted for over five years in that position before Joe Kinnear came in and vetoed the deal for FC Twente’s center-back Douglas, that Derek had a lined up for last summer.

Derek resigned that day after he announced Kinnear’s appointment which Joe had already told the wold in that disastrous talkSPORT interview.

In the interview he talked about players like Yohan Kebab, Hatem Ben Afra and Shola Amamobi at Newcastle and an executive he called Llambeezi, and we had thought Charles Insomnia was a funny mispronunciation of a player who left Newcastle in January 2009, probably in protest of then manager Joe Kinnear.

Didn’t Mike Ashley then know – just how disastrous his appointment would turn out to be?

Derek will not be a popular appointment with Newcastle fans, but he did improve in the job over five years, and he was aggressive in the transfer market and did manage to sign players permanently at the club, including the five Frenchmen in January last year.

Derek could even look good, because he’s so much better than the previous man in the job.

In that sense it would even be good news if Derek is appointed – well maybe not. 😀

But we do need somebody who is  aggressive in soon, and he can then immediately start working on transfer targets for the summer, and hopefully sign some players on pre-contract agreements before June  rolls around.

What do you think?

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521 comments so far

  • valle

    Feb 16, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #1

    Another oportunity for Ashley to start running this football club the right way goes asunder… Another of his personal friends appointed, one can only dread his next manager appointment. JFK to return?

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  • SuperShearer

    Feb 16, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #2

    Can’t help but think this is journalists putting two and two together and coming up with nine. Photos of MA and DL getting drunk together does not mean he’s coming back….I could be wrong but would like to know what substance there is to this story.

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 16, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #3

    Diego Simeone

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Feb 16, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #4

    why doesn’t MA do the deals, he bought us Sissoko, Haidara, Gouffran & Mbiwa we can’t fault him on that

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  • Blofal

    Feb 16, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #5

    At the risk of copping a mountain of abuse… I didn’t mind Derek. At least he communicated which is more than any other twat at the club. You can almost write what Pardew says before he says it.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Feb 16, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #6

    repost

    catchy in norway

    Diego Simeone is awesome and a lot like the special one, but i can’t see this happening but i think Belsa & Gerard would come

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  • DIRTY MAG

    Feb 16, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #7

    Ed man, it’s Llambias not LLambias. No need for two capital L’s. Sorry like but it really grates on me. Almost as much as the bloke himself does.

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 16, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #8

    pardew

    i think its time you dusted off those confidence self help tapes you bought for yourself in the 80s , maybe those could help
    oh and maybe you could bin that how to be a manager book you bought in the 70s.

    just a couple of suggestions,

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Feb 16, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #9

    what about Carr as DOF? he would be perfect for this but maybe needs a partner who knows about deals

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 16, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #10

    Black and White with an army lol /

    both good choices 😀

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Feb 16, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #11

    Laudrup would come, but i’m concern about his attitude towards the players

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  • sparky55

    Feb 16, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #12

    Get your facts right ED…Dodgy Decker had nowt to do with signing the five frogs last year in the Jan window…that was all Mike Ashley…it was well publicised at the time because Decker’s record before then was not great and Ashley was desperate to buy to ensure premiership survival the year before the Sky bonanza kicked in.

    Hardly a sign to the fans things will change bringing back an old duffer mate is it? some things just don’t change but I still believe it’s just a holding position tell he sells

    Once we’re mathematically safe I believe it’ll be sold

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  • Graeme

    Feb 16, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #13

    On past performance, bringing Lambsarse back would be about par for the course.

    Of course, he could suddenly have a revelation, go out and employ an individual who KNOWS how to run a Football Club; who can operate in the Transfer Market; who understands the business of football. It is not unusual to employ the Skils, Experience, Knowledge that you dont have personally.

    He would still report directly to MA but would have “Hands-On” control of the club for the day-to-day issues. Its a win – win situation for both the club AND MA – ah well, thats not going to happen then!!

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  • Belfast

    Feb 16, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #14

    Hope not, just as bad as Kinnear.

    A lot more slimey too.

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  • Belfast

    Feb 16, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #15

    It’s a bit like swapping crabs for genital warts.

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 16, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #16

    Frank de Boer

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Feb 16, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #17

    I don’t think MA will hire Llambias again especially with the situation with JFK there’s no point

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Feb 16, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #18

    catchy in norway

    Frank de boer would probably go to spurs than us

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  • sparky55

    Feb 16, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #19

    and as for pardew…we could lose 10 nowt against villa and he’ll still have a job…he’s in til the club’s sold cos he’s Ashleys patsy til the gambling debts are paid off or until Pardew is sacked by the next owner because the 8 year deal was to ensure when the club was sold Pardew would be sacked and then be able to afford to pay off the gambling debts.

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  • Oldgit1

    Feb 16, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #20

    @ Catchy in Norway. You made a statement of “shut up old man” to our supermac. He was a great servant to the club and by speaking to the Star paper has I would imagined got himself a ban from the club. Good on him I say.

    Also what gives you the right to use an ageist term. We oldies have the right to speak and write as much as you. We have suffered more than you have because we have supported and paid out more than you over the years.

    Do you think Ashley is any worst than Lord westward or Seymour. We have had bad chairmans in ubendance over the many years I have been a supporter.

    Do you think we haven’t had worse managers than Pardew .

    Do you think we haven’t had worse players.

    So stop telling us old ones to shut up and show some respect. We. regardless of age, have a right to speak up and make our voice heard.

    Thank you.

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  • sparky55

    Feb 16, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #21

    oldgit…agree with most you of what you say apart from the worst manager thing…so let’s be fair…there’s only been one worse hasn’t there!

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Feb 16, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #22

    sparky55

    we just have to wait until the Villa game to see what happens and to see if it’s true or not

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Feb 16, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #23

    well guys at least there’s one thing we will all be looking forward too at the Villa game 🙂

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  • valle

    Feb 16, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #24

    Oldgit… To be fair to Cathy, supermac isnt the fastest animal in the woods ;). I dont see why he gets the rank of a legend neither… Fair enough, I didnt watch him with my own eyes, so I might not be the best to judge, but I do know he left us for Arsenal.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Feb 16, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #25

    Mikey gets some stick, not all of it fair. Reading some of the comments, I get the feeling that fans’ expectations are far too high. When will they understand that we can’t compete with the big boys unless we get a wealthy benefactor to buy the club. Supporters up and down the country would love one but they don’t measure their disappointments in terms of it and take out their frustrations on their current owners. That’s not to say the club couldn’t do a whole lot better if mikey got the right personnel and got his act together generally. So criticism is okay but KEEP IT REAL.

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  • boater

    Feb 16, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #26

    Diego Simeone and Frank De Boer … amongst the many mangers who would kill to work under Ashley…

    There really should be a children’s version of this site where Catchy and his mates can play in a safe-zone away from all the adult talk.

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 16, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #27

    old git

    i learned from pardew its alright to abuse the elderly 🙂

    anyway , he may have played for us, but i think he is way out of touch with modern day football, i used to cringe when i listened to the legends,
    maybe he should sink his money into dodgy sex lines in italy, oh he did that

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  • sparky55

    Feb 16, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #28

    don’t get me wrong…I’d love to see Pardew sacked. Just before xmas when I said I hope we’d lose a game just before the Jan Window of 2013 in the hope pardew would be sacked and therefore give a new manager the whole month on January to get players in and get them playing football instead of hoofball I was practically chased off the blog.

    The situation now is pretty much the same because theres not much chance we’ll go down now so we should use the rest of the season to regroup with a new manager…so there’s not too many dissenters to Catchy’s hoping we lose….because we’ve all had enough haven’t we!

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 16, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #29

    boater,,

    i think there is a site for OAPs like you, CIARAN runs it,,

    i can get you the link if you like

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 16, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #30

    sparky55

    if not , we will lose good players 🙁

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  • sparky55

    Feb 16, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #31

    I wonder what the punishment is on CIARAN’s site for crossing the line and not agreeing with him

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  • jimmysmith

    Feb 16, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #32

    Yikes, how embarrassment!

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Feb 16, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #33

    Can you imagine how the players must feel when they’re playing to Pardew’s team selection and tactics and, when it all goes tits up and pete tong, pardew blames them?

    He points the finger at everyone but himself and he has made it public that he’s giving the players a right rollicking. Resentment is bound to brew.

    He won’t shout at them in public now as other managers do with their players – even visiting managers whose teams are 3 nil up at sjp. He knows if he gets in a public spat like krul and santon did, the game will be up for him.

    The players can’t have any respect for a man who deliberately deflects all criticism on to them when they are trying to make the best of a bad job.

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  • sparky55

    Feb 16, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #34

    Catchy…if the club is not sold and by some miracle Ashley takes a serious blow to the head and does sack Psrdew…I think we’ll need a recently retired top tier footballer to be the next manager and sell a vision otherwise the exodus in the summer could be embarrassing.

    There’s no point hiring another has-been like pardew…it’ll need to be a big name who plays the way most of team were brought up to play the game…

    …so in summary I’m still hoping we’ll be sold!

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  • Blofal

    Feb 16, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #35

    It doesnt matter who he employs. MA has the final say on transfers. Anyone who takes the job will be doing so with one arm tied behind their back regardless of their ability.

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  • JackButler

    Feb 16, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #36

    How can one man continue to get every decision wrong???

    Llambias, Kinnear, Llambias FFS Ashley do you truly hate us that much?

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  • JackButler

    Feb 16, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #37

    Rooney agree’s new £300k a week deal at Man Utd!!!

    Football has truly gone mad

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Feb 16, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #38

    I had a good conversation with Mac and Bernie at the metro centre recently. Catchy, Mac would eat you for breakfast and Bernie’s wit would tie you in knots.

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  • sparky55

    Feb 16, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #39

    Jack Butler “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

    Ashley is anything but stupid…it’s a holding position…he’s selling

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  • jimmysmith

    Feb 16, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #40

    Ashley’s a billionaire thrice over and he’s happy enough to f@ck around with the most unfortunate football club in the English game in a spit and sawdust working class county with all the social inequities that come with it still intact.

    We’ve won jack shit for going on 50 years and bleed black and white and yet the emotionless sociopath thinks its fine to hijack the club and bend it to his will.

    This could well be the most dreadful period in our history.

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