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LLambias – When We Get Right Price We’ll Sell Our Best Players

An interview today that Newcastle will sell their best players when they get the right price for them.

Andy Carroll – while at home town club Newcastle

It seems that Derek LLambias is saying today that’s still part of the business plan, and of course that’s exactly what they did when they sold Andy Carroll to Liverpool, and he’s hardly been missed on Tyneside.

Newcastle have bought in Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse for around £10M total, and the fact is that Newcastle got more from Liverpool than Andy was really worth – but that’s all in retrospect – and Andy could still come on big time in the future.

This is what Derek LLambias told the local press:

“We’re not saying we are not a selling club.”  “The reality is when we get the price in we have to sell our best players.” “It’s like being a collector and your collection is getting bigger and bigger, the wage bill will be bigger.”

“You have to filter stuff off to get a better quality build.” “You can’t just hold on to it.” “It’s not really the right way, from a business point of view I would have to trade.”

“At what level, I don’t know.” “We are difficult sellers, we will get the best price, we have proven it already.” “Torres went for £50M, Carroll went to Liverpool. Was Liverpool’s trading good?”

“Yes, they got two very good players for one.” “For us we will continue to trade as we are and if somebody knocks on the door it is about the price.” “It is about the player, do they want to stay.”  “They’ll say ‘I want to stay but what if I can get this?’”

We expect that Newcastle will only sell their best players if they get daft offers for them, like Liverpool’s ridiculous offer for local lad Andy Carroll, and we  hope those sales will be few and far between.

Newcastle’s Managing Director has said that youngsters will continue to arrive on Tyneside, and “unknown” players will keep being brought to the club after being scouted by Graham Carr and the tip top scouting staff at the club, , and if they do well they will be amply rewarded.

That’s what happened with Cheick Tiote, who was on Newcastle’s books  only six months last season, after arriving from FC Twente, when he got a new six and a half year bumper contract to stay on Tyneside.

This is what LLambias said about Tiote’s case::

“Tiote was different, he came here and we realised we were underpaying him. That was the review. We rectified it.”  “When you overpay you can’t take it back.”  “If we don’t pay players right we’ll lose them.”

 “We would love to be in the Champions League, the extra £30m would help us get where we would like to be. We like to see things grow.”

It seems like when Chelsea came calling for Tiote 14 months ago,  Cheick didn’t want to leave Tyneside, but Newcastle realized they needed to give him a big pay rise – because he was now worth that – based on his stellar form and big clubs wanting him.

And that’s exactly what Newcastle seem to have done.

It’s good that Newcastle keep doing that – and it’s hardly surprising that Newcastle want to be back in the European Champions League.

Why wouldn’t we want to be in one of the greatest  football tournaments in the world every season?

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Mar 9, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #1

    what is the right price, carroll cannot be the bench mark

  • Indian Magpie

    Mar 9, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #2

    off topic, but when r clocks coming back

  • Toon_Tom

    Mar 9, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #3

    I dont know Indian, where have they been 😉

  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 9, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #4


  • Toon_Tom

    Mar 9, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #5

    The last Sunday in March we add an hour Indian – and head in to British Summer Time

  • Indian Magpie

    Mar 9, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #6

    Thank you

  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 9, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #7


    I think the ”right price” means, a substansial profit on what we paid initially.

  • Beattie25

    Mar 9, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #8

    Before the doom mongerers appear what DL says is wise and I think he is pin pointing smith as an example. Someone who is overpaid. When he leaves this summer that is 60 grand (plus bonuses) gone of the wage bill.

    If someone came in with a 30 million bid for any of our Players it has got to be taken! Don’t read into this too much.

  • Toon_Tom

    Mar 9, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #9

    Indian – take Tiote for example, we may rate/price him at £20M+ however is someone comes in with a bid of £15M which is 3X the amount we paid, then the powers that be would look at that as good business!!!

    I wouldnt sell him for less than £80M to be honest 😉

  • Indian Magpie

    Mar 9, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #10

    well if essien is worth, 16 million Now then tiote is worth 23-25 million.

    all ryt going home, end of another week, footie tomorrow, playing and wtaching

  • davybtoon

    Mar 9, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #11

    Beattie spot on lad it’s standard for any club if u get the ryt Money you hav to consider selling, and when he’s on about players leaving he’s on about smith, xisco, Guthrie, lovenkrands, these we need to replace with better maybe even Simpson, perch n best

  • Moncur

    Mar 9, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #12

    Look at Liverpool. They go Standard Chartered for £17million and then Warrior for £25million, that’s £32million for shirt and sponsorship. Ours is £5million for both – and we need to compete against them.

    “It’s a different league they live in.”

    This is key factor for me.

    Look atthose numbers, The sooner we get more sponsorship money the better. Its Key lads.

    WAKE UP its 2012, it will always be SJP ive been goin there since 1970 but, its a different world these days.

    If we want to compete with the top table we need more money.

  • Solaidback

    Mar 9, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #13

    Wot a load of b****** imo… if our finances are as good as they have been boasting all week & the players who’re they’re talking about don’t want to leave & are happy on the wages they get, why do we have to sell????

    I understand if a so-called bigger club comes in & offers £30m for Tiote, we’d have to consider it but Ashley turned down the offer of £30m for Carroll & only accepted the £35m after Carroll requested a move…

    So if any club offered £30m for Tiote & we reject it & Tiote says he’s happy to stay, then that should be the end of it….

    What Ed has written here is making it sound as tho the Toon are going to accept an offer greater than what we aid out, no matter what it is… you have to remember, both parties have to agree before a player can be sold, that is the club & player both have to agree to the move, if one of them doesn’t, then there’s nothing the other can do… for example, take the Spurts, Modric wanted to move to Chelski, Spurts weren’t willing to sell, so he stayed & has played better…

    So the club don’t have to sell, the player doesn’t have to leave & we the fans don’t have to worry about any of it if we get into the Europa league because all our players will be well up for taking us further in that Comp & the PL…. 🙂

  • Visten

    Mar 9, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #14

    Toon Tom I see your point of view but it is about getting the right money for the ‘value of your asset’ If Tiote is worth 20 mil and someone comes in at 15 mil yes it is a big profit on what we paid but we would technically be losing 5 million so I dont think the board would sell at all.

  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 9, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #15


    And the winner of the 2012 stating the bleeding obvious award is……


    Mar 9, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #16

    Heard rumour from someone who works at SJP that we expect 3 outgoings and 5 incomings in the summer. Would not be drawn on specifics

  • Sav

    Mar 9, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #17

    That’s all fine and makes sense.
    But someone, sometime at Newcastle is going to have to WIN sommat! Isn’t that also the object of the exercise?

    Maybe then, as Moncur says, we’ll get sponsorship worth 30-odd million where now we barely get 5.

  • stuart no9

    Mar 9, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #18

    ” im not saying we are a selling club but when the right price comes along we will sell our best players” very contradicting to say the least . what is that cretin talking about, f..k off and take that fat c…t with you.

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 9, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #19

    Nice to see Llambias touting Tiote and Co . How about ” we are going to make it hard for our guys to leave by getting really good players in” etc ….

  • Solaidback

    Mar 9, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #20

    Colo-Sus // Mar 9, 2012 at 12:15 PM
    Yeah I maybe stating the bleeding obvious but it seems some of yous need that raming down yer throats instead of reading articles like this that just make you whine & moan about how crap our owner is & how he’s only in it for the profit blah blah blah…..

    So if you don’t like other fans opinions, go wind yer neck in…. oh sorry, stating the bleedin obvious again I suppose…

  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 9, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #21


    It was only a joke mate Chillax I actully agree with you

  • cupiddstunt

    Mar 9, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #22

    Solaidback @ # 13

    I think you are right there in the quote from DL he says

    “For us we will continue to trade as we are and if somebody knocks on the door it is about the price.” “It is about the player, do they want to stay.” “They’ll say ‘I want to stay but what if I can get this?’”

    That to me says there will only sell if the offer is way over the odds or if the player himself starts to make extra demands on the strength of the interest as in the Carroll case three months into a five year contract knocking on the office door demanding more money just because of the pool interest

  • davis_toons

    Mar 9, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #23

    I really miss those years when i watch Newcastle playing European Champions League…really miss them..

    …why have those player grow old and retired..whom are a bunch of good old exciting players…just wish we can turn back time and start again from there…


  • davis_toons

    Mar 9, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #24

    We are always in a feeling that someone will buy over the club.

    But for now i would rather MA to continue to manage the club with his ideal and plans.

    No more ten years left in some of us fans and we dont want another tens years of roller-coster. ..IT Sucks more then any of the poor player we have in the club.

  • cupiddstunt

    Mar 9, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #25

    stuart no9 @ # 18

    Depends on what your definition of a selling club is????????

    To me a selling club is a club that has to sell some of the players every year in order to balance the books and stay alive.

    The fact that we let Barton walk for nothing kinda kicks the selling club title into touch.

    We sell if another club comes in with a silly offer for a player, that is not a selling club that is being sensible.

    If you can’t understand that simple equation then the cretin title you so freely awarded to DL should reside a little closer to home.

  • davis_toons

    Mar 9, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #26

    I believe we will buy another 1 or two player max. As you guys shld know abt Llamb-ass.

    But its good to see another batch of “dead-wood” leaving the club with high wages. Those are terrible buys.

  • davis_toons

    Mar 9, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #27

    In MA we can see the club progress with plans…but with the former..the club is going nowhere with the account going in red every year.

    Max is to get a Star/ Branded players. But now we can have good exciting youth players and players of good years ahead.

  • davis_toons

    Mar 9, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #28

    There are many reason that we sold Barton, apart from his tweets and wages..

  • stuart no9

    Mar 9, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #29

    cupid @ 25 bloody hell these books take some balancing . strange how some suckers get caught with the old “balancing trick” so if what you say is “sensible” and we keep selling our stars to “ambitious ” clubs i reckon ash will be a very rich man , you will have been deprived of watching and paying £40 too see good football and probably another 50 years before we win something. sensible for ash -yeah – but for the nufc true fan – i struggle to fit it into the script. also i didnt mean to call him a cretin – c//t was the word i was looking for.maybe look at that closer to home!

  • MacToon

    Mar 9, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #30

    “We’re not saying we are not a selling club.” Derek LLambias

    mmmm seems a certain B-S would not agree with that aswell as a few others 😆

  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 9, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #31

    Solaidback post 13 – That’s correct but the player might opt to leave even though he doesn’t want to if he feels pushed.

    I really hope for our benefit the board don’t push players to leave by just seing the money in front of them. I really hope they know true value when they see it. By push I mean making the player consider leaving and making him feel unwanted.

    I think we just accept silly offers and wait and see if the player wants to leave and leave it at that, I have that faith that that’s what we’re doing and nothing has made me think different yet.


  • VanCanToonFan

    Mar 9, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #32

    With all due respect to Ed, this whole article is a bit ridiculous. OF COURSE we will sell our players at the right price. 99.99% of all clubs in the world would do the same.

    For anyone moaning about being a “selling club”, you need your head checked. There is a small handful of clubs in the world who aren’t selling clubs, and Newcastle United is not one of them. Liverpool isn’t one either.


    Mar 10, 2012 at 6:52 AM

    Comment #33

    Every player has his Price! But it looks from this as if all the Directors and Owner are interested in here is the Money!
    With such a policy regarding sales of players we are never ever going to win anything!

    I for one don,t take posts like this seriously, because the most information regarding this will be based on rumours and just Bullshit basically!

    And there is no one player who should be bigger than the Club! To say that no one will be sold unless the price is right is stating the frigging Obvious!

    I think the point your all missing here is that IF the owner and the Directors just sell all our best players when a decent offer comes in?
    We are never going to get a team which is ever going to WIN anything ever!
    Some of the fans have been waiting for more than 50 years too!

    In a way DL is covering himself because if our best players/assets are sold then the whole team building process will all have to start again! I f the best players are sold there will a storm of criticism against them!

    The way to win cups/titles and other competitions is not to start advertising our best players to other clubs because if the players see that the club would sell them anyway for a GOOD price then that would encourage players to start looking elsewhere and that cannot be a good idea at any club!

    This is a real Wind-Up Artikle and again, like i already said

    Should not be Taken Too Seriously!


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