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Former Managing Director Could Make Surprise Return

6:43 am, Monday, March 7th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 60 Comments

Derek LLambias could yet play a role at Newcastle in trying to save the club from relegation by providing some steel at senior management level – something that has been missing since he walked out in the summer of 2013, after Joe Kinnear was appointed Director of Football.

Mike Ashley must have seen the lack of executive leadership by Lee Charnley who has had a disastrous two years as the Managing Director, after he effectively replaced Director of Football Joe Kinnear in April, 2014, and we have yet to hear the man speak in public.

Lee is responsible for the day-to-day running of Newcastle while Mike Ashley has decided to take a step back, but the club has disintegrated with him in charge.

derek llambias up close

Derek Llambias – could return to Newcastle?

Lee refuses to be a public figure, so we have effectively no leadership at the senior management level and when he does speak – like in the Fans Forum meetings –  it´s with high level generalities that mean absolutely nothing and point to a lack of the right skills to be in the job.

For instance in the last Fans Forum meeting he said there were no plans in place in case we are relegated,  because the Board are confident that will not happen.

He doesn´t seem to understand it´s his job as a senior manager to put together contingency plans like that – in case we are relegated.

He sticks his head in the sand  and seems paralyzed with fear when a crisis arises – which is often at Newcastle.

He does nothing – absolutely nothing – and then makes stupid reference about not giving  a knee jerk reaction to recent events.

Like not making a knee jerk reaction to being in the bottom four all season long?

From what we´ve seen of Lee he doesn´t even know what the responsibilities of his job are.

And that´s been just one of Newcastle´s problems in the last year or so and we wouldn´t be at all surprised if former Managing Director Derek LLambias is brought back in,  even before the end of the season – to put some order, leadership and visibility back at the executive level.

Derek walked out in June, 2013 after Joe Kinnear was appointed as the Director of Football and things have descended into a complete and utter mess since then.

As Alan Shearer said on BBC Match of the Day on Saturday night – Newcastle is a mess from top to bottom.

The bottom line is that since Lee Charnley has been in charge, he has presided over a complete and utter disaster which is the state Newcastle are in right now.

He must bear significant responsibility for that.

Comments welcome.

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60 responses so far ↓

  • 1 firebug666 // Mar 7, 2016 at 6:47 AM

    Repost from previous


    That has been rumoured in the past but I can’t see it happening, however with the incompetence that runs through this club I wouldn’t write anything off.

    Apart from press rumours there is no evidence that anything will change at Newcastle, it could just be a case of same old; same old until the end of the season.

  • 2 firebug666 // Mar 7, 2016 at 6:50 AM

    So is this a case of better the devil you know.

    Derek Llambias: “They don’t know how nasty we can be”. When talking about the fans.

  • 3 Lindisfarne // Mar 7, 2016 at 6:58 AM

    Does MA count his fiends on one hand?

  • 4 Lindisfarne // Mar 7, 2016 at 6:59 AM


  • 5 G // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:00 AM

    I would rather have my cancer back than Llambias. With regard to Colo being appointed I dont think it has any creedence either, just a mate who seems to think there is some clause in his contract or other such rubbish.

  • 6 Grafton83 // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:01 AM

    Well that would be entirely predictable I guess, better than the charmless man but this is a baby step forward not the giant leaps we’re all hoping for.

  • 7 G // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:01 AM

    Lindisfarne, you were right the first time

  • 8 firebug666 // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:02 AM


    Not sure he has any actual “Friends” as such, just those he owns lock, stock and barrel.

  • 9 Lindisfarne // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:07 AM

    Judging by results, I reckon Pep Guardiola could do with leaving Bayern early and getting some PL matches under his belt before joining City!

  • 10 Veltman // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:17 AM

    Oh yes, bring back Derek Llambias!

    He’ll be dismissed officially today.There is no way he’s going to stay.However,he won’t get sacked until a replacement is in place.
    I don’t care who comes in but not another championship managers like Pearson,Harry,etc
    Whoever comes in tho,he will also have to accept managing in the chp if we go down.By the look of things and reading reports,it’s between Moyes and Rodgers.Luke Edwards believes Mike admires the work of both mgrs at Everton and Liverpool.And he’ll pick the one who is able to accept Chp football.The good thing is,
    there is going to be a change.

  • 11 toon kk // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:26 AM

    Get rid of Charney and Macca and bring back Lam and Carver. Sorted! !!!!!!!!

  • 12 Veltman // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:32 AM

    toon kk – Carver? Why?

  • 13 firebug666 // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:35 AM

    As usual the clubs lack of communication with it’s long suffering fans has left everyone hanging, thus speculation is rife.

    We have to remember how this club works now, anyone coming in will be smuggled in to the club in a brown paper bag, and not allowed to talk to anyone.

    They will then be strapped to a chair and have electrodes attached so negotiations can take place, After several rounds of shock treatment they will then be allowed to talk to the proffered partners.

    Finally they will be wheeled out for the fans…A carbon copy of what we are already sick off.

    Ahh well!

  • 14 firebug666 // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:36 AM


  • 15 magscar // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:37 AM

    Oh that Mike had spent his formative club owning years mixing with his contempories in the Boardrooms after matches rather than in Strawberry or down the Bigg Market. Who knows who he might have cultivated or become aware of rather than his always limited mates and their equally limited current knowledge.

    I detest old boy networks but you otherwise need some effective alternative when it come to recruitment.

    Are things that bad that Llambias is the solution. Firefighter? but not long-term please

  • 16 magscar // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:41 AM


    Communication is never good but can only hope that can’t announce McClaren is going until a definite replacement is in that brown bag.

    If reputable candidates are being reviewed and negotiated with then it will no doubt take time. Alternatively we could just be dithering of course.

  • 17 The overrated Frenchman // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:42 AM

    The ongoing theme of the Ashley regime is that there hasn’t been an intelligent, football savvy person making the important decisions. Ashley himself knows how to make money, and that’s it. Chris Mort was obviously never going to be long term. Del Boy and Charnley know nothing about the game, and Kinnear is just an imbecile. Throw in Carr who is inept and on the take. What a rogues gallery.

  • 18 The overrated Frenchman // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:45 AM

    Forgot Dennis Wise and co. Don’t need to elaborate on that do I.

  • 19 firebug666 // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:50 AM


    At the end of the day, it’s all down to the brown paper bag then.

    The problem is the fans and media never know what the club is doing until it’s done. The bigger problem is the club never seem to know what they are doing.

    If we get a new manager in will it be any better? The incompetence we have witnessed from the joke of a board does not fill many with confidence that they will get something (anything) right.

    With just ten games left and sitting 2nd bottom of the league, and the club in turmoil, any moves now may be just too little to late.

  • 20 lochinvar // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:54 AM

    If we get Moyes (via Everton ) or Rodgers ( via Liverpool ) then Ashley will feel he’s a clever boy as sales of shell suits at his Sports Dire Merseyside stores will rocket as fans down their celebrate in style.
    See Viera got his first win as Manager over in the States.

    Next MD is the biggest decision ( other than Ashley selling up ) – as whoever takes that position determines the whole heartbeat of how the club is run. Just to help here’s the ten point plan:

    1. New Inspirational Manager
    2. New Training Ground and Fitness facilities – move it to Kingston Park/Bullocksteads ( in exchange for Benton going to the Universities, colleges and schools in town )
    3. New assistant coach in the style of Nolan to motivate understanding and passion
    4. Older ball boys/girls to provide quicker opportunities at throw ins/corners etc
    5. New tea lady – serious – a real character in and around the ground would add humour and reality to day to day activities
    6. Players – no more mercenaries – just passionate, competent athletes
    7.PR – appoint a local professional who knows what they’re talking about
    8. Music in and around the ground – more bass and more inspirational
    9. Fans – real fans ( not the day trippers ) – new singing section(s)
    10. Play to win

    PS hope this helps Mike – if you need any further feedback please drop into The Strawberry for some heartfelt advice

  • 21 MAUTITOON // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:57 AM

    Are we going to get a new head coach or will CATHRO take over or are they going to persevere my out of depth MACKY?

  • 22 magscar // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:58 AM


    Have been saying that for some time and it surely must have been brought home to Ashley since his maiden speech in no uncertain terms.

    If for no other reason that keeping the gravy train on its tracks he has to dispense with his incompetent board members and irregular structure. All other clubs can’t be wrong !

    A competent DOF appointed and all flows from that. No problem with having PR advice but not as a replacement for football knowledge.

    If he doesn’t change then sticking with his failed policies transplanted from his retail beginnngs can only mean more grief for all including him. Maybe after another disaster he will accept that if he doesn’t want to run on other lines and as his strategy clearly can’t be twisted into anywhere near a viable working PL club he will actively look to sell?

    At the very least he must see that putting significant funds in the hands of incompetents within a narrow transfer policy leads mainly to wasted money, ineffective managers and imbalanced squads.

  • 23 magscar // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:06 AM


    Wish I could have confidence that Ashley will get it right in what has become yet another unwelcome watershed moment for Club.

    Since my positive feeling that McClaren surely has to go on Sat evening I now have a fit of the jitters and who is likely to come in especially if Charnley and Carr are drawing up short list. Does Ashley read the papers or have someone do it for him? – perhaps he might see some names he recognises and likes?

  • 24 mindshaft // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:07 AM

    well it’s no surprise we’ve got to Monday and nothing’s changed, Charnley and McClaren are clueless and Ashley is too stupid to realise they are complete f-wits
    most professionals in the game have said numerous times that Mac is a good coach but is not a manager … the results on his CV bear this out – what is Ashley playing at ???

  • 25 banjax // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:10 AM

    For an allegedly switched on bloke, Mike Ashley has had to learn some basic lessons in football that have cost him £millions in wasted cash. Long before now he should have realised his Boardroom run club was a disaster, simply for employing the wrong people with little knowledge of the game. Any manager of repute won’t touch this club unless they have full control of who is bought and sold and would need assurances of nil interference from above and this would be alongside a guaranteed transfer budget. Step one though is to make the desperately needed changes.

  • 26 EllaGuru // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:12 AM

    The onus really is on Ashley today. Getting rid of McLaren alone will not solve anything. We will still have that buffoon Charnley left to select the next Head Coach, we will still have Carr to scour France for the next flop.

    Ashley needs to do what he has done rather successfully in his other business endeavors and that is be ruthless and make serious immediate changes.

    I am in no way shape or form an Ashley supporter. I just feel that without a total overall of the incompetent triumvirate we have running the club we are doomed.

  • 27 firebug666 // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:16 AM

    Like most things at this club there are no answers to stupidity.

    Who put out this statement?

    Why will none of the players put their names to it?
    The official statement ‘from’ the Newcastle Players – Saturday 5 March

    “Newcastle United players would like to make clear that reports in some areas of the media suggesting we are surprised that our head coach has not been dismissed are untrue.

    “As a group we aware of the situation we are in and it is our responsibility to change that.

    “The coach and his staff prepare us well for each game, but once on the pitch it is not they who can stop the goals we concede or the chances we don’t take, that responsibility is ours the players.

    “On the occasions we have given poor performances this season the coach has in the privacy of the dressing room rightly demonstrated his disappointment in us.

    “In his press conferences, though, we have seen that he defends his group, continues to show faith in us and shares the responsibility with us. For this he has the full respect of the players.

    “The players are also aware from articles in yesterday’s newspapers that a person or persons connected with the club are giving information to the press of a negative nature.

    “As players we are very disappointed by this. It’s a betrayal of trust for the coach, us and the club.

    “As a group we know we have it within us to keep this club in the Premier League.

    “We now must fight every game at a time to earn our place in the Premier League for next season.”


    Personally I think Macca wrote this and leaked it to the press.

  • 28 Average_Contents // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:16 AM

    “you don’t know how nasty we can be”

    Er….thanks. But no thanks to owl heed.

    Perhaps a new appointment from the world of football wouldn’t be such an outrageous decision eh?

    Some might say, well he’s been here before so he is from the world of football. He wasn’t previously and look how that turned out.

    It’d be exactly the same this time around.

    Nothing would surprise me though where that fat tub of lard is concerned.


    The fans want rafa who comes out on top in most polls I’ve seen.

    Pearson is bottom on the blog one.

    Bookies favourite.

    Go against public opinion.

    The clubs outlook? We’re always right.

    Fcuk the lot of em.

    Incompetence of the highest order.

    Tsunki from yesterday (I think)

    Picture straightening on the titanic.

    Still makes me chuckle.

  • 29 magscar // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:18 AM

    We are as ever in a Catch 22 situation Ashley is a major part of the problem but is also the solution.

    How many chances of getting it right is he going to spurn?. Anyone in their right mind cannot want to endure this season on season. It isn’t that he is being vindictive. That is too simple and a waste of his energy and money – he has to change course as that iceberg of a league is once again dead ahead after minor adjustments merely kept us in the same dangerous waters.

  • 30 Jib // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:21 AM

    According to the Times who rarely comment on us but on the few occasions they do are usually correct. Keith Bishop is really the defacto chairman of the club making all the big decisions while being in communication with Ashley.
    He talked with SM after the match who begged to be allowed to carry on.
    Ashley , Bishop and Charnley will make a decision together today.

  • 31 mindshaft // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:22 AM

    Ashley needs to change the whole set up , Carr should be demoted or sacked , Charnley and Mac sacked and a manager brought in who can actually motivate the players – personally I’d like Benitez although highly unlikely he would come

  • 32 ilovetoon8788 // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:26 AM

    No way mclaren is getting the sack. Knowing how we operate under Ashley, we will go be in championship next year and mclaren will be given the chance of bringing us back to premier league..

  • 33 toon kk // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:28 AM

    Was only joking about Carver mate.
    It would be a disaster.
    Let’s hope things are sorted propley.

  • 34 Mag52 // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:30 AM

    All this talk about a ‘knee jerk’ reaction.
    Getting rid of Macca would certainly not be that. ‘Knee jerk’ would have seen him gone after 10 or so games.
    If he goes now it would be the twitching of a ‘dead cat’ reaction.

  • 35 LGFUAD21 // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:32 AM

    I would take llambias back. If it’s him or Charnley

    He is an entirely dislikeable person but he acted with a bit more purpose than Charnley.

    Mcclaren has took now and if Charnley can’t do that then he also has to go. Along with Carr to be honest who got Mcclaren the job in the first place. There’s a disgraceful old boys network at this club.

  • 36 thejokethatisnufc // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:33 AM

    I’d love to punch Lee Charnley in the face

  • 37 Rotonda heights // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    How is Llambias a good move? Another who knows absolutely nothing about football.

    A failed bingo hall caller who brought us AP, whereas proper chairmen like david Dein find a Wenger.

    The more I think about it, if relegation got rid of these I’d take it.

    Ash is never going to appoint a knowledgeable football person as chairman / MD.

    Furthermore Ash will only ever appoint failed mediocre Brit / English managers.

    carr will continue bringing duds from the Mondial agency.

    Wonga will keep being our sponsor.

    On balance if we go down and Ash sells the stench of a rotten club may start to leave.

  • 38 Jib // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:36 AM

    Old boys networks usually function at most clubs usually to the detriment of advancement.
    The classic one was the Man U one that got Moyes the job.

  • 39 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:37 AM

    Finally got a look at that Liverpool penalty. So, just to be clear, that was a shocking shocking decision, but it’s ok because it happened to Pardew. Is that right? It is a bit sad when peoples hatred of a manager overides their feelings of integrity for the game of football in general.

  • 40 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:38 AM

    Llambsarse!?!? Seriously? We just go round in circles ffs!

  • 41 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:40 AM

    Widening the subject of relegation.

    Being out on a limb to start with miles to travel to away games

    If the the mackems and us go down and the Boro do not get promoted then the North East teams could be in big S*it to get back into the Premiership…

    With no teams in the North East and the nearest teams being the Manchester teams and Leicester in the midlands we could have big trouble attracting players unless we pay over the top wages.

  • 42 magscar // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:42 AM


    If that is correct then Ashley deserves the shambles he presides over – we don’t

  • 43 beermonkey // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:42 AM


    you dont think it was a pen
    the boys on motd did
    and he did catch his foot

  • 44 Jib // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    Some of the comments are a bit OTT
    The spectacular nature of SM’s failure was forecast by few.
    Some comments try to impute that it has all been deliberate but it more a case of staggering from one crisis to another.
    The club paradoxically (with a bit of good fortune) could end up benefitting by getting a manager of the calibre we wouldn’t have got if McClaren had achieved midtable mediocrity.

  • 45 sparky55 // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:47 AM

    never worry Lads…Lambeesee has probably got another washed up manager in huge debt to his casino lined up…it’s easy controlling people in debt…maybe we’ll Kenny Samson!

  • 46 Rotonda heights // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    Benitez a man with one of the best CVs in football who knows the PL, or Moyes sacked from last 2 jobs when top modern football caught up with him.

    In Ash’s NUFC Moyes is a shoo in then.

  • 47 Lilongwe Geordie // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    I’d be just as happy to stick with McClaren then go for Moyes or Pearson. If that is to be the extent of their search for a new manager, then I wouldn’t make a change at this stage.

    Moyes may keep us up, but he would bore us to tears for the foreseeable future, and probably have us in a few relegation scraps at the same time. Pearson, just no, he was a success at Leicester, but was awful at Southampton and not much better at Hull. Add to that he has one of the most boring personalties of anyone I have ever met with a thoroughly dislikable side to him.

    If they were to actually find a good and suitable candidate then he should be gone, absolutely no doubt about it, but if it is to make a side step, or a baby step forwards, then is there any real point?

    I’d love Bielsa but I doubt he would be interested. So Favre would be the (realistic option) coach I’d like to see us try and get. Still, can’t see that happening.

  • 48 Rotonda heights // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:54 AM


    That won’t happen because Ash won’t look beyond these shores. Moyes for me doesn’t represent better, just more of the same and probably even less ”football” played.

    Sadly there is no one in Ash’s ear talking up a Nuno, or garcia etc.

  • 49 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:55 AM


    I think it was very harsh at best. I have seen much worse not given, and I would have been livid had it happened to us.

  • 50 Ron Knee // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:58 AM


    But if we stick with McClaren, relegation is pretty well guaranteed.

  • 51 Jib // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:02 AM

    Surely any manager worth his salt would fancy his chances of keeping us up with 10 games to go in a mini league of 4 with the 4th a goner and the top 3 all within a point of each other and fixtures against the other 3.
    Any quality manager with PL ambitions would see it as a golden opportunity and a win/win situation.

  • 52 magscar // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:03 AM

    On McClaren polls on here and Chronic overwhelmingly didn’t want him here. I definitely didn’t.

    This is important because when a manager is wanted especially in the difficult circumstances surrounding this club he will get cut a lot of slack. He had very poor start but given fixtures and money spent he did have an unexpected honeymoon. It took until Saturday 0 – 2 before crowd finally turned.

    All season we have never been out of the woods and nice fella that he may be the crisis we are in and with only one change is open to us. Not a scapegoat just correcting an unwanted problem that should never have been. Harsh but that is what he strode into chin forward. Not the only one to blame by any means but the only game changer now available.

  • 53 Rotonda heights // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:03 AM


    I think SM has to go simply because we’ve obviously hit the end of the road with him. Players look totally dejected, disinterested and de-motivated.

    If that in turn means Moyes, I would rather we just let Cathro ” caretake” till the end of the season. SM and Moyes are from a different age and football has moved on but they seemingly haven’t.

    Sadly Ash hasn’t squared the fact that constantly employing mediocre people at all levels both on and off field has left us in this perilous state

  • 54 beermonkey // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:06 AM


    it looked harsh but the player catches his foot,
    given the way the game is i would be annoyed if one of our players tried to stay on there feet
    not that we get penalties

  • 55 Lilongwe Geordie // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:07 AM

    I can’t see Pearson changing that, nor Rogers. Moyes might, but it would be a marginal improvement in our chances compared with keeping McClaren.

    If they are to do it, why not do it properly. Would Moyes take a short term deal? He is thought to want £4million a year (read that in some article), we could do far better than him for that sort of cash.

    If Moyes did keep us up, he would then likely be here for the foreseeable future, as would his turgid brand of football. The one plus point for Moyes is he may be a strong enough character to drop one of the players.

  • 56 The overrated Frenchman // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    Jib@51. I think that’s a good call.

  • 57 robertsleftfoot // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    What about half the squad being in the casino on Saturday night gabling and drinking?? If i had of put that performance up I wouldnt show my face never mind be blowing thousands in front of the fans not giving a sh*t

  • 58 davis_toons // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    Graham Carr should have less interference with signing more of a regular scout does.

    We got to go for a DRAW for the next game. No matter what happen we have to hang on for a draw at least.

    I think we might lose the next match as well as the manager is losing the trust of the players.

    We are missing Tim Krul. In terms of consistency he is still no.1 no doubt about that.

    Unless Mc can rally the team for a last go and set them up to be properly defended. Work for one another.
    The tactics have to be right.

    We will suffer the same fath if the teamwork to defends is not improve.

    Our plays is always divided where there are big gaps. The midfield field is way apart from the defenders and attackers are way aparts from the midfielder.

    We cannot find anyone to pass to. That is always the problem. We needed to improve this no matter what.

  • 59 ic0gcds00 // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:24 PM

    All 52000 need to STOP going to be listened too
    otherwise we are destined for championship if not already
    lets unite and make a stance

  • 60 JP...from The Rock // Mar 8, 2016 at 12:41 AM

    This club goes from bad to worse ot better put from a nightmare to hell!

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