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.
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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