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What’s Going On Behind The Scenes At Newcastle?

We are not the only Newcastle fans who are wondering what on earth the Newcastle United Board are doing behind the scenes.

Derek Llambias – Manging Director of Newcastle

We know that Dennis Wise, Derek Lalmabias and Dennis Wise had a meeting to discuss transfer targets on Tuesday, but it’s interesting that Joe has not commented on that meeting yet, other than to say he has transfer funds available, but doesn’t know exactly how much.

But the club doesn’t just have to get new players in during january, and perhaps even let one or two go to get fresh funds, but we have seven first teamers whose contracts run out in the summer, and we would have hoped the Board was doing something about them.

But are they? Or another good question is what exactly are they doing?

Surely the Board can get down to work for a month or two, and sign those players Joe wants to keep, because it will be several months now before the club is sold, and it is in Mike Ashley’s best interests to have the club in good shape to sell.

It isn’t in good shape right now, because we’re 4th bottom, our squad is not big enough, and we have several players who can talk to other clubs next month.

So is the board doing anything at all on these problems?

We have no idea, but if they’re not they had better start and start quickly.

And it would be nice too, if the Board could issue a statement to Newcastle fans, and let us know just exactly what is going on. Surely we deserve that, if only as a sign of respect to the great Newcastle fan base.

When I was at Management School at IBM some 30 years ago, we were told how important good communication was in business, and also that you just had to listen closely to your customers and exactly what they wanted, so you could then deliver what they wanted into the market-place.

Things have hardly changed since that time in  business, but Mike and his friends do not seem to have gone through that same training.

Comments welcome.

48 comments so far

  • Mick G

    Dec 11, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #1

    It was bad enough with one Dennis Wise now there is two!

  • Mike Ashley

    Dec 11, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #2

    Was Dennis Wise at that meeting

    We know that Dennis Wise, Derek Lalmabias and Dennis Wise


  • Toon_Ksk

    Dec 11, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #3

    No wonder Keegan left, this is eerie. “Dennis Wise, Derek Lalmabias and Dennis Wise had a meeting”. Did Ashley cloned Wise?

    Just one more Dennis Wise and we will have a trinity.

  • Partizan

    Dec 11, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #4

    HAHHAHAHAHAH…..You gotta love this site

    Geordies are sooo cool most of the times

  • The Entertainers

    Dec 11, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #5


    i’ve given up with second guessing on how the idiots are trying to control the asylum!

  • Spyro

    Dec 11, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #6


  • Incognito

    Dec 11, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #7

    The thing about self-made millionaires, Ed, is that they do things the way they want and damn anyone who tries to tell them otherwise.

    He doesn’t believe we deserve respect because we upset him with the ‘Cockney Mafia Out’ protest.

    This is a fine example of a petulant spoilt man who’s thrown his dummy out of the pram. I hope I’m wrong but I don’t think January will bring much happiness, only more misery.

  • adam

    Dec 11, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #8


    Cracking site, enjoy reading the articles most the time – this one however is a regurgitation of plenty others and only screams that there is nothing to say. All it does is encourage Ashley bashers and distracts people from getting behind our squad. Our focus should be on getting JFK to pick the likes or Ranger / Lua Lua amongst others and being a bit more creative with what he has got. He knew what he had when he came here so JK, SHUT UP and GET ON WITH THE JOB.

    Ashley can not tell us anything at the moment as if he is doing something he will not want the whole of the EPL knowing. Can we all have some patience until the end of Jan and get behind the boys…

  • ray shields

    Dec 11, 2008 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #9

    After having so many false dawns over the years closely followed by Hope disapearing over the horizon with his arse on fire This season can’t get any worse the season ended 1st september and has gone down hill ever since If all our players were up to be sold then I can’t imagine our great management team will be in a hurry to renew any contracts in January Bye the way Ive just seen Hope warming his backside by the fire!!!

  • UTD111

    Dec 11, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #10

    What’s going on behind the scenes?
    There’s a lot of roulette being played by the owner, usually losing millions in the process…

    The dwarf is still taking the ugly pills his doctor said would straighten his face up whilst trying to find some more Xiscos…..

    And Llambiarse is currently in Hollywood trying to convince film producers that he’s a natural for the next remake of “The Invisible Man”..

    In short…….foook all, Ed

  • Micky Toon

    Dec 11, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #11

    Personally I don’t see the problem? Just what other club in the PL airs it dirty laundry in public as much as NUFC? In my opinion there is too much put in the public domain that should stay behind closed doors.

  • chuck

    Dec 11, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #12

    Been reading my comments Ed. ?
    Said almost the same thing a few days ago.

  • John

    Dec 11, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #13

    As they say “The silence is deafening” or is it simply the case – if you don’t know, best keep your mouth shut! I think possibly Derek Llambias slots into the latter. Mind you when he does open his mouth it appears tainted with hostility. If I recall correctly this is the same man that publicly declared he would have “slapped” Keegan during one round of talks. It’s a bit strange but the beer swilling Ashley seems to be comfortable with these kind of characters around him. Dennis Wise, the infamous trasher of Taxis and Hotel Rooms and if you add to the list Tony Jimenez, (Now gone thank goodness!) who is better known in the property circles, never seemed to venture out of the bowels of the La Liga when he was looking for football talent.
    Well, it all comes down to one man – ASHLEY!! Taxi for Ashley – I’d rather see him on the Concorde.

  • UTD111

    Dec 11, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #14

    By the way Ed – did you HAVE to put a picture of that ugly “slapper” at the beginning of your piece??

  • Nick

    Dec 11, 2008 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #15

    why are you so worried about the out of contract players?

    I wouldn’t miss any of them that much.

    We are 4th from bottom because of those clowns!!

    I wouldn’t trust them more than the kids to keep us up. they’ve proved themselves to be abject failures time after time.

    1) Get rid of Smith promote RANGER
    2) Get rid of Cacapa, promote KADAR
    3) Get rid of Butt, promote LUA LUA
    4) Reluctanty sell harper, promote KRUL
    5) Get rid of Viduka, give Xisco a chance.

    That’s just for starters and I really don’t see how we would be worse off. Butt’s experience didn’t exactly save Brum.

    We need to be ruthless and not sentimental all the time. get rid of the deadwood and give soem younbgsters a go. The table doesn’t lie, how much worse could they do. they would be a breath of fresh air and probably get everyone excited and enthused.

    But hey we’ve got a jurassic manager who plays 6 defenders at home. Jk almost makes Allardyce look like sexy football. !!!

  • lesh

    Dec 11, 2008 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #16

    C’mon guys, unless JK’s had a cast iron guarantee of zillions, he’s gonna say nowt!

    If you’ve got zillions available, you don’t tell the world at large what you’ve got to spend otherwise prices become so inflated. Conversely, keeping ones powder dry could be helpful to the cause.

    However, we do need to get contracts sorted out pdq as failure to do so snds a pretty powerful message to the players and of course their suitors.

    Sorting contracts out also acts a statement of intent which could make the club an attractive proposition to potential targets.

    Communication Ed? Most definately very poor and it really needs to be worked on. A statement from MA saying he’s going to engage with and invest in the club again would be a great relief to all

  • Born Again Geordie

    Dec 11, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #17


    i have to agree with you mate we have according to reports one of the best youth teams about, surely some of these young lads should be breaking into the first team by now.

    Look at Wayne Rooney – everyone who knows anything about football knows who he is and yet he is still only 23 !!!!

    Lets give the youth a chance JK – what do you have to loose ?

  • Craig Allen

    Dec 11, 2008 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #18

    lol, saw a poster comment with the name “Silence of the Llambias” 😀 thought it was a classic … but then again I could just be bored hehehe 😀

  • Dennis Twice

    Dec 11, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #19

    First i double…then i triple….i`ll be owner, president and manager

  • Whumpie

    Dec 11, 2008 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #20

    This is a unique situation in the premiership, so we shouldn’t be surprised at any approach the board take. Staying quiet ain’t the cleverest, but it may well be the safest, which is what they’ll go for at a time like this.

    All that bothers me is the continued rantings of individuals and groups which are bound to put buyers off. We need to just bite our collective lips and wait to see what happens in January.

    My guess: re-sign some end-of-contract players (hopefully including Owen, but I’m not confident), buy one or two newuns for the academy, and get some 1st-team backup on loan deals. And I’d be happy with that.

    Any less, and Ashley knows his club is in serious danger of the drop, which will cost him upwards of £100m. Noggonnahappen.

  • doofa the loofa

    Dec 11, 2008 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #21

    don’t think the youth has a long term 1st team future. think they’re being grown for harvest. buying club to selling club within a few months of ownership, not bad ma.

  • doofa the loofa

    Dec 11, 2008 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #22

    we’ve no devine right to stay in this league while this motley crew are pretending to run things. also been quiet before and look where that got us..

  • Geodie Jayne

    Dec 11, 2008 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #23

    The first we will know about anything is when the transfer window is well and truely shut, then we will work it out all for ourselves.

    Nowt new there then

  • graeme

    Dec 11, 2008 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #24

    Ed, just exactly what, after all this time, makes you think they care in the slightest??

    Ashley has proved time and again that he hasnt a clue how a football club is run and isnt prepared to employ someone who does.

    As far as the fans go, he treats them exactly the same as he treats his shareholders – with complete contempt. He KNOWS that upwards of 40,000 will turn up at SJP for every match, no matter what he does (or doesnt do).

    Our only hope is that he understands how much damage he will do to his investment if the club is relegated. It will wipe tens of millions off any possible sale price, if it doesnt make a sale almost impossible.

    The only real question is – “Does Mike Ashley even care”????

  • doofa the loofa

    Dec 11, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #25

    nice to hear the malware / pop ups problems are all sorted ed…
    only been to the dating page about 30 times today, must have been really bad before. imo
    or is just ugly peeps getting redirected?

  • craig chisholm

    Dec 11, 2008 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #26

    nearly right nick, with of course the ecception or owen whos goal ratio is the best at the club and whos goals are what is keeping us with our necks just above the water… just!! then there is harper who is very good no2 goalie. other than thatg, yeah let em go. my concern and yours too sohould be that ashely will not replace the ones that are leaving with any kind of quality to keep us in the prem let alone get near the dizzy hights of mid table. ANY player that leaves now is a loss, thats how shit our owner is!!

  • lacedaemonian

    Dec 11, 2008 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #27

    This story is not a repeat. They have had a meeting about transfers – this is new. The fact that they do not communicate with us at all is beyond a joke. This for me is the only real problem I have with the board. I dont want daily news but I expect something to be said. Transparency is what people talk about in modern business. The BBC News (British propaganda machine) have been telling us the truth for years.

  • nightfall

    Dec 11, 2008 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #28

    Nick – agree..100%

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 11, 2008 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #29

    i thought this was interesting

    i am also surprised how far west ham are considering they claim to be a club of great tradition


  • Turkish Magpie

    Dec 11, 2008 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #30
  • Turkish Magpie

    Dec 11, 2008 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #31
  • Turkish Magpie

    Dec 11, 2008 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #32
  • Turkish Magpie

    Dec 11, 2008 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #33

    they’re all from the 2008 summer transfer window but most of those players dont have clubs and may still be targets

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 11, 2008 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #34

    turk mag

    aimar does and you may remember him rejecting us

  • GraemeR

    Dec 11, 2008 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #35

    Brings a tear to my eye
    Looks loke the big man has finally met his match – shop today was offering ridiculous bargains – still went to JJB though

  • GraemeR

    Dec 11, 2008 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #36


    This link is even better – 73% drop in profits LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

  • JonnyNufc

    Dec 11, 2008 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #37

    LOL at that article…

    This sound ridiculously familar to anyone ?

    “Analysts have repeatedly complained about lack of information and access from Sports Direct

    Mike Dennis, a senior retail analyst at Piper Jaffray, who rates Sports Direct as a hold, said it was a high-risk investment.

    A significant amount of investment is needed in this business. There is no sign that management have done anything to improve the stores, product quality or sourcing.”

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 11, 2008 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #38


    is that mas store

  • craig chisholm

    Dec 11, 2008 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #39

    graemedR, great link mate, i have cut and pasted it below. i think it explains in so many ways why we have a shithead owner who does not care about us….. HE CARES ABOUT NOTHING!!!

    Analysts have repeatedly complained about lack of information and access from Sports Direct.

    Mike Dennis, a senior retail analyst at Piper Jaffray, who rates Sports Direct as a hold, said it was a high-risk investment.

    “A significant amount of investment is needed in this business. There is no sign that management have done anything to improve the stores, product quality or sourcing.”

    Ashley was characteristically unrepentant today, describing the fall in the company’s share price as “pathetic” and blaming the City for over-reacting.

    He also told analysts that he could “personally guarantee” that the England football team would qualify for the 2010 World Cup.

    “There will be a frenzy. And I mean a frenzy. You watch the nation,” Ashley said.

    Sports Direct failed to name a new chairman today, saying it was continuing its search. The company has been without a non-executive chairman since May, when the previous chairman, David Richardson resigned following differences with the board.

    Earlier this week it emerged that Ashley had planned to take the top job, installing veteran leisure industry executive Alan Jackson as his deputy. However, Ashley’s plans were thwarted when Jackson ruled himself out.

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 11, 2008 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #40

    christmas come early


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