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A response to Llambias

Following the fiasco of yet another failed transfer window, the club has spoken. ToTT gives a gut reaction to the gut-wrenching excuse of a chairman.

The club statement was sneaked out in a manner reminiscent of the former Prime Minister who claimed to sit in the Gallowgate when it was standing room only, watching Jackie Milburn who had retired before the Tony Blair`s birth.

This could be seen as a good day to bury bad news, late on a Friday with international fixtures coming up. Just as Blair waged a potentially illegal war, justified by hiding rhetoric in a fog of misinformation, Llambias has declared war on the fine traditions of a once proud footballing city.

Supporters can see the context, even if Llambias can not. Here is a club, the 3rd best supported in the Premier League. Staying in the league, let alone success in the league is a money spinner. This is the richest league in the world. As with any business, investment is key to success. That would do justice to the fantastic support given to the players.

It could be argued that there is a shortage of funds to compete in the transfer market. Manager Alan Pardew has already suggested that Newcastle United can not compete, but more of him later.

A previous statement, back in May 2010, suggested that there was "a five year plan in which the ultimate goal will be to ensure that the club is run at a 'break even' manner by the year 2015/2016".

The fact is that Newcastle United made a profit last year, in all probability in excess of £50m once the sale of Andy Carroll was taken into consideration. This has been something more than "break even". In addition, the club would seem to have suggested that advance revenue from season tickets would have created a further £20-25m. This type of revenue is widely recognised as an astute means of investment funding. Over £70m should have been available.

Out went last season`s top scorer and captain, Nolan, player of the year, Joey Barton, the improving Jose Enrique all to add to the hottest home grown prospect for a generation, Andy Carroll.

The apparently inescapable conclusion is that contrary to previous assurances also given in May 2010, the owner, Mike Ashley, is taking money out of the club, a net transfer deficit of a meagre £1m seeming likely for this summer. Most of the signings have barely played at first team level during the last 12 months.

So what of the manager?

Pardew is with his 3rd Premier League club. He was sacked by West Ham when in the bottom 3. He was sacked by Charlton after taking them down and looking to a 2nd relegation with them. Starting with Stevenage, of the last 23 competitive matches, he has won 6, including an extra time escape against Scunthorpe.

It will be remembered by some that Talk Sport`s Alan Brazil produced a story that Pardew had been seen having a meal with Llambias in London prior to the sacking of Chris Hughton. Allegedly, Pardew boasted that he would be back in work before Christmas. So he was, as Llambias`s monkey.

Llambias seems not to have heeded Pardew`s words of forward planning: 'You need to have some sort of strategic planning about what you are doing and some sort or game plan ……and you need Plan B and then you need Plan C". The statement from Llambias seems to confirm a lack of planning in the short 8 months since Carroll was sold.

Pardew did make assurances on 1st February this year according to the national media: 'I said to Mike: 'Look, this money has to be reinvested in the team. All of it and he assured me of that. That is the most important message I can give Newcastle fans today. I talked to Mike 15 minutes ago to clarify that and he was pretty clear. The money will be Andy's legacy to the team.'

Clearly someone was not telling the truth, Ashley to Pardew, Pardew to the media or dozens of renowned football journalists. The club hierarchy has already been implicated with the damning comments from the Keegan tribunal.

Pardew also made assurances that he would strive to keep Nolan and Barton, in early April this year. He had also assured us that Andy Carroll would not be sold, that he was going nowhere, not at any price, shortly before his transfer to Liverpool.

Pardew may be frustrated, or given his relationship as reported by Alan Brazil, might be deemed as Newcastle United`s own Lord Haw Haw reporting to Derek Goebbels.

Pardew is on record as saying that Newcastle United can not compete with the big boys in the transfer market. The Premier League`s 3rd best supported club apparently, if media reports were true about our targets, can not compete with the likes of Fulham over Ruiz, Swansea over Situ and Williams, QPR over Barton, West Ham over Nolan and many more besides, being out-invested by almost the entire league.

Mr Llambias is welcome to come out with a clarifying statement. His patronising of supporters may well result in a further loss of patronage from the paying public. If attendances are anything to go by, he has already devalued the Newcastle United brand by around 25% since he took over from Chris Mort.

Protests may mean nothing, especially since the club now seems to be cowardly evicting supporters who voice discontent, starting at level 7 and moving through the terraces. Increased Premier League revenue combined with £30m slashed from the wage bill will ensure that the owner continues to make a profit.

However, unless Ashley does something about the monkey (Llambias) and the monkey`s puppet (Pardew), he will find himself unable to sell the club, even if he wants to. One can only feel sorry for the PR guru at the club, Ms Wendy Taylor, who must feel something akin to the monkey`s puppet`s rag doll.




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The Journalist

Writer: Rexn  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday September 3 2011

Time: 10:00AM

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As mentioned earlier Rex.. very good article which lays bare the problems.. The regime aren't up to matching the tradition's of our fine city and we wont allow our Marks and Sparks to be replaced by Aldi.
toon_nomatterwot
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02/09/2011 21:51:00

As mentioned earlier Rex.. very good article which lays bare the problems.. The regime aren't up to matching the tradition's of our fine city and we wont allow our Marks and Sparks to be replaced by Aldi.
toon_nomatterwot
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02/09/2011 21:51:00

Great article, as always Rexn.
peteindatoon
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02/09/2011 22:06:00

Great article, as always Rexn.
peteindatoon
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02/09/2011 22:06:00

good one rexn son
davyjen
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02/09/2011 22:13:00

good one rexn son
davyjen
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02/09/2011 22:13:00

Far too truthful for the hierarchy. They like spin.
The Owl
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03/09/2011 08:09:00

Far too truthful for the hierarchy. They like spin.
The Owl
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03/09/2011 08:09:00

A Knights tale. A modern day parable - a tale of deceit and betrayal. There once was a ruthless and ambitious young knight who amassed a fortune in his Southern homeland. However, his reckless and dubious methods did not endear him to his fellow knights. After some time he turned his eyes Northwards and he sought to buy one of the oldest and most loved Castles in the County of Northumbria otherwise known as Gods Country. At first the local population welcomed with open arms this newcomer who came with tales of new glories and much ambition. The previous owners of the Sacred Castle had brought much disrepute to the Region with stories abounding of greed, drunkenness and debauchery. The excitement in the Homeland reached a crescendo when a dour keeper of the Castle was sent into exile and a dashing former hero was appointed to give the native Novocastrians the thrilling and adventurous sport that they craved. Unfortunately, as time wore on, many cracks began to show in the infrastructure of the Castle and its inhabitants. The Peoples Champion showed a temperamental streak and after much jousting with his somewhat obese Lord and Master he deserted his adopted homeland to a chorus of groans, never to return. The population which was famous for its tolerance and good humour now began to see the new Knight in a much more sinister light. The promises of a bright and successful future were now just a pipedream and the selling off of the Castles family silver and jewels only blackened the mood. There was uproar when the now hated knight and his grovelling henchmen tried to change the famous name of the revered Castle which had been a byword for passion and great events for over a century. As a final insult to the legions of followers of the Castle which had until recent times had a proud and glorious history, the Southern knight appointed a new keeper who was also from the Southern Tribes. This new keeper soon proved to be exceedingly weak and incurred the wrath of the Novocastrian Tribes by his complete lack of ambition coupled with his inability to speak the truth. The once proud Castle was now severely neglected and eventually, even the long suffering Geordie Nation rose up in revolt against the evil and corrupt Knight driving him and his fellow Southerners from the land. Alas by this stage darkness had descended over the Region and the once impregnable fortress lay in ruins after malicious and deliberate neglect. Many seasons would pass before New Glories would be visited upon the ruined Castle in the form of a new Knight and Messiah named Sir Alan of Gosforth. Once more the Geordie hordes would pour through the gates of the mighty citadel to roar on their intrepid gladiators who had restored full pride to the Castle which had suffered so greatly under the cruel reign of the Knight of C Ashley.
weatherman
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03/09/2011 12:27:00

A Knights tale. A modern day parable - a tale of deceit and betrayal. There once was a ruthless and ambitious young knight who amassed a fortune in his Southern homeland. However, his reckless and dubious methods did not endear him to his fellow knights. After some time he turned his eyes Northwards and he sought to buy one of the oldest and most loved Castles in the County of Northumbria otherwise known as Gods Country. At first the local population welcomed with open arms this newcomer who came with tales of new glories and much ambition. The previous owners of the Sacred Castle had brought much disrepute to the Region with stories abounding of greed, drunkenness and debauchery. The excitement in the Homeland reached a crescendo when a dour keeper of the Castle was sent into exile and a dashing former hero was appointed to give the native Novocastrians the thrilling and adventurous sport that they craved. Unfortunately, as time wore on, many cracks began to show in the infrastructure of the Castle and its inhabitants. The Peoples Champion showed a temperamental streak and after much jousting with his somewhat obese Lord and Master he deserted his adopted homeland to a chorus of groans, never to return. The population which was famous for its tolerance and good humour now began to see the new Knight in a much more sinister light. The promises of a bright and successful future were now just a pipedream and the selling off of the Castles family silver and jewels only blackened the mood. There was uproar when the now hated knight and his grovelling henchmen tried to change the famous name of the revered Castle which had been a byword for passion and great events for over a century. As a final insult to the legions of followers of the Castle which had until recent times had a proud and glorious history, the Southern knight appointed a new keeper who was also from the Southern Tribes. This new keeper soon proved to be exceedingly weak and incurred the wrath of the Novocastrian Tribes by his complete lack of ambition coupled with his inability to speak the truth. The once proud Castle was now severely neglected and eventually, even the long suffering Geordie Nation rose up in revolt against the evil and corrupt Knight driving him and his fellow Southerners from the land. Alas by this stage darkness had descended over the Region and the once impregnable fortress lay in ruins after malicious and deliberate neglect. Many seasons would pass before New Glories would be visited upon the ruined Castle in the form of a new Knight and Messiah named Sir Alan of Gosforth. Once more the Geordie hordes would pour through the gates of the mighty citadel to roar on their intrepid gladiators who had restored full pride to the Castle which had suffered so greatly under the cruel reign of the Knight of C Ashley.
weatherman
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03/09/2011 12:27:00

Great piece Rex. 3 things should be clear to every fan of this club now:- 1 - there is no ambition at this club beyond mere survival in the prem 2 - mere survival gives Ashley free publicity to promote his sports goods company to a world stage 3 - if you can continue to make handsome profits in the transfer market without re-investment in the playing side, then that's an added bonus As you say Rex, there is one big flaw in this argument - the pursuit of 3, threatens 2 and will lead to 1. I see massive potential for Newcastle United to be a millstone around his neck and his wider interests if he continues to take the fans for mugs. If the club are relegated, Ashley will then need to rely more on fans for income than the confetti that flows from Prem League. By that time, I suspect - as TNMW mentioned in a previous article - it will be far too late because many fans will have found something far more productive to do than go and watch Ashley's Newcastle United play on a match day.
taffontyne
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03/09/2011 13:11:00

Great piece Rex. 3 things should be clear to every fan of this club now:- 1 - there is no ambition at this club beyond mere survival in the prem 2 - mere survival gives Ashley free publicity to promote his sports goods company to a world stage 3 - if you can continue to make handsome profits in the transfer market without re-investment in the playing side, then that's an added bonus As you say Rex, there is one big flaw in this argument - the pursuit of 3, threatens 2 and will lead to 1. I see massive potential for Newcastle United to be a millstone around his neck and his wider interests if he continues to take the fans for mugs. If the club are relegated, Ashley will then need to rely more on fans for income than the confetti that flows from Prem League. By that time, I suspect - as TNMW mentioned in a previous article - it will be far too late because many fans will have found something far more productive to do than go and watch Ashley's Newcastle United play on a match day.
taffontyne
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03/09/2011 13:11:00

Wasn't clear at first whether you were criticising Tony Blair's Foreign Policy ,or what ,but you got there in the end. Season 2010/11 Newcastle were best attended team after ManU and Arsenal , ages after the likeable Chris Mort. No doubt NUFC is a vastly different entity than under former ownership, however I don't think we are in a particularly perilous position at the moment ,certainly not as dramatically bad as some Moaning Minnies make out. However through many centuries of tradition the right of an Englishman to whinge has become enshrined in the national psyche - so why should Toon fans be any different.
MallorcaMag
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03/09/2011 13:29:00

Wasn't clear at first whether you were criticising Tony Blair's Foreign Policy ,or what ,but you got there in the end. Season 2010/11 Newcastle were best attended team after ManU and Arsenal , ages after the likeable Chris Mort. No doubt NUFC is a vastly different entity than under former ownership, however I don't think we are in a particularly perilous position at the moment ,certainly not as dramatically bad as some Moaning Minnies make out. However through many centuries of tradition the right of an Englishman to whinge has become enshrined in the national psyche - so why should Toon fans be any different.
MallorcaMag
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03/09/2011 13:29:00

@Mallorcamag. The Customer is always right tho.
toon_nomatterwot
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03/09/2011 13:55:00

@Mallorcamag. The Customer is always right tho.
toon_nomatterwot
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03/09/2011 13:55:00

Excellent stuff rex,,as good as i had hoped and expected,,people must realise,,we have become nothing more than a free pr machine for the sports direct brand,,and also some kind of atm for fma..one of the 1st things i felt in my bones on my 1st ever trip over all those years ago, to st.james was the overwhealming sense of pride of the people of the town for the club,,can still remember myself and my ex from that time discussing how privlaged we felt as outsiders to be a part of it,when i make it over i always consider it at the permission of the people that i am allowed to be part of such a proud club and such proud supporters,,so i like us all feel great sorrow these days,,even my ex who still clearly remembers our 1st trip, is now in china regular comments in emails and phone calls on the ,what most people consider the morally criminal behaviour of this regime on the club and the people and supporters of newcastle.. excellent article rex
wjc99
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03/09/2011 17:07:00

Excellent stuff rex,,as good as i had hoped and expected,,people must realise,,we have become nothing more than a free pr machine for the sports direct brand,,and also some kind of atm for fma..one of the 1st things i felt in my bones on my 1st ever trip over all those years ago, to st.james was the overwhealming sense of pride of the people of the town for the club,,can still remember myself and my ex from that time discussing how privlaged we felt as outsiders to be a part of it,when i make it over i always consider it at the permission of the people that i am allowed to be part of such a proud club and such proud supporters,,so i like us all feel great sorrow these days,,even my ex who still clearly remembers our 1st trip, is now in china regular comments in emails and phone calls on the ,what most people consider the morally criminal behaviour of this regime on the club and the people and supporters of newcastle.. excellent article rex
wjc99
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03/09/2011 17:07:00

Many have said it many times before...FMAs NUFC will receive not one more penny from me. Sad to say.
how_man
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04/09/2011 01:07:00

Many have said it many times before...FMAs NUFC will receive not one more penny from me. Sad to say.
how_man
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04/09/2011 01:07:00

What a shame great club in decline. :(
footballtaz1
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04/09/2011 08:21:00

What a shame great club in decline. :(
footballtaz1
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04/09/2011 08:21:00

Thanks for the comments on the article. It was intended to put together the thoughts of NU&FC supporters collectively. It seems that the silent majority feel the same way and have become progressively disillusioned as Llambias lurches from one shambles to another.
Rexn
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04/09/2011 14:57:00

Thanks for the comments on the article. It was intended to put together the thoughts of NU&FC supporters collectively. It seems that the silent majority feel the same way and have become progressively disillusioned as Llambias lurches from one shambles to another.
Rexn
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04/09/2011 14:57:00

Rex, Ive forwarded this to Caulkin...
ken_nufc
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05/09/2011 07:11:00

Rex, Ive forwarded this to Caulkin...
ken_nufc
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05/09/2011 07:11:00

Also, to Ronnygill, douglas et al
ken_nufc
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05/09/2011 07:17:00

Also, to Ronnygill, douglas et al
ken_nufc
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05/09/2011 07:17:00

If your reputation for writing good articles increases Rex, you may find that the likes of Dekka may try to pay you off with boxes of knickers.. It makes a change from the golddigga tracksuits or the packets of chewits.
toon_nomatterwot
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05/09/2011 16:25:00

If your reputation for writing good articles increases Rex, you may find that the likes of Dekka may try to pay you off with boxes of knickers.. It makes a change from the golddigga tracksuits or the packets of chewits.
toon_nomatterwot
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05/09/2011 16:25:00

 

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