Llambias – Newcastle United not for sale anytime soon

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Ashley - No plans to sell Newcastle United FC in the very near future

He’s a man we’ve wanted out for a couple of years now. I do mention ‘we’ because I’m sure every Newcastle United fan out there, young and old, saw what has happened since Mike Ashley took over. Relegation and so on, but let’s not get into that as it’s been discussed many a time before. There’s an interesting article in the Telegraph today with Derek Llambias and indeed his & Mike’s stance on Newcastle United FC. He also claimed that they’re starting to win back the fans but there’s a thousand miles to go yet, before he’ll be a warm figure on Tyneside.

Speaking today, Llambias said :

‘It is not up for sale – it is not up for sale at all,’

‘The position is there is no money out there. The reality is that football is not what it was. We had two possible buyers and they didn’t put their money up. So at the end of the day they are not real.

‘You cannot lose the income we have lost in relegation and still be where we are. So Mike has put in £25 million in December and he has put in another five million in this week and he is committed.’

We’re hearing a huge amount about this ‘£25m’ that Mike Ashley has put into the club in running it, and Llambias has also mentioned the figures spent on players to be about £5.5m. Williamson was bough for £1.2m or thereabouts, Routledge we’ll say £2m, Danny Simpson £500k and whether he’s including the loan fees in that I’m not sure but I’m guessing that the fee for Leon Best was near or perhaps over the £1m mark. Something worth noting.

Llambias continued :

‘Do I feel we are winning them back over? Slowly, slowly,’

‘I think the reality is coming back into football with what has happened in January at West Ham and Portsmouth and other lower division clubs and what is going on with Man U at the moment. ‘

There’s no doubt some people are grateful for Ashley not putting the club into administration and personally, I’m quite pleased at our financial state compared to other clubs. Needless to say, there’s still serious financial implications left behind by former owners and so forth, but I’d like to think we’re getting the books balanced as the time goes by.

It’s an interesting article in the Telegraph today and certainly worth reading. You can read it Here.

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icedog: ⏱ 03/03/2010

sorry but take it with a large pinch of salt,need large dose of good PR,pity moat left was the only guy you could any trust in think he sussed it and walked imo

icedog: ⏱ 03/03/2010

sorry but take it with a large pinch of salt,need large dose of good PR,pity moat left was the only guy you could any trust in think he sussed it and walked imo

alexkid: ⏱ 03/03/2010

A few observations if I may. So we now have a chairman/owner that is fully committed? I question this as it seems very convenient that after two failed attempts to 'bail out', this is now the case. Committed to the club and not having an exit route are two very different things. We also have a chairman/owner that demonstrates his commitment by keeping our club afloat with countless millions in loans, which its fair to assume will need to be paid back at some point. Again I question the motive. Commitment to our club through choice? Or the shoring up of a failing asset that if promoted could once again return to something close to its previous value. Some of the comments I've read today seem to have come from some fans with increasingly short or failing memories. Whilst the Ashley regime is not wholly responsible for our financial plight, lets not readily sweep under the carpet the fact that the financial stabilisation of our club would have been a much less painful task with the revenues that come with a premier league place. And then finally (going over old ground I know) but after the findings of the Keegan tribunal its a teeny weeny (understating) bit difficult to trust anything that Ashley and especially his clueless MD say or do, which probably explains a lot of the above.

alexkid: ⏱ 03/03/2010

A few observations if I may. So we now have a chairman/owner that is fully committed? I question this as it seems very convenient that after two failed attempts to 'bail out', this is now the case. Committed to the club and not having an exit route are two very different things. We also have a chairman/owner that demonstrates his commitment by keeping our club afloat with countless millions in loans, which its fair to assume will need to be paid back at some point. Again I question the motive. Commitment to our club through choice? Or the shoring up of a failing asset that if promoted could once again return to something close to its previous value. Some of the comments I've read today seem to have come from some fans with increasingly short or failing memories. Whilst the Ashley regime is not wholly responsible for our financial plight, lets not readily sweep under the carpet the fact that the financial stabilisation of our club would have been a much less painful task with the revenues that come with a premier league place. And then finally (going over old ground I know) but after the findings of the Keegan tribunal its a teeny weeny (understating) bit difficult to trust anything that Ashley and especially his clueless MD say or do, which probably explains a lot of the above.

icedog: ⏱ 03/03/2010

alexkid,said the same how you trust anybody that tells lie afterlie,i just surpport the lads and leave it at that

icedog: ⏱ 03/03/2010

alexkid,said the same how you trust anybody that tells lie afterlie,i just surpport the lads and leave it at that

NUFCELITE: ⏱ 04/03/2010

ICEDOG AND ALEXKID ARE YOU 2 SUNDERLAND SUPPORTERS ?

NUFCELITE: ⏱ 04/03/2010

ICEDOG AND ALEXKID ARE YOU 2 SUNDERLAND SUPPORTERS ?

Dolly Dobbin: ⏱ 04/03/2010

NUFCLITE-INTHEHEAD , do you attend games ? and if so where do you sit ? because i'd love the oportunity to visit you and kick some sense into your tiny little pea brain.

Dolly Dobbin: ⏱ 04/03/2010

NUFCLITE-INTHEHEAD , do you attend games ? and if so where do you sit ? because i'd love the oportunity to visit you and kick some sense into your tiny little pea brain.

MacToon: ⏱ 04/03/2010

Well said alexkid. Spot the timing of this, just as season tickets go up for sale. How can you believe the club isn't up for sale, just no one about has the money to invest. I heard something, take it with a large pinch of salt though.... There is already an agreement in place that if Newcastle are promoted they will be sold. Like I said though, take it with a pinch of salt.

MacToon: ⏱ 04/03/2010

Well said alexkid. Spot the timing of this, just as season tickets go up for sale. How can you believe the club isn't up for sale, just no one about has the money to invest. I heard something, take it with a large pinch of salt though.... There is already an agreement in place that if Newcastle are promoted they will be sold. Like I said though, take it with a pinch of salt.

icedog: ⏱ 04/03/2010

mactoon;spot on m8 re my comment @ 1

icedog: ⏱ 04/03/2010

mactoon;spot on m8 re my comment @ 1