[ Generalna ] 17 Novembar, 2011 23:24

Manager Newcastle United-a Alan Pardew, potvrdio je da će Sylvain Marveaux odsustvovati sa terena tri do četiri meseca, jer će morati na operaciju prepona. Marveaux se povrdio u meču protiv Everton-a.

Da podsetimo, Marveaux je imao istu ovakvu povredu još dok je igrao za Francusku ekipu Rennes, koja ga je od terena odvojila gotovo godinu dana.

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[ Generalna ] 17 Novembar, 2011 23:15

Mladi napadač Newcastle United-a Samuel "Sammy" Ameobi, produžio je vernost sa crno-belim na još tri i po godine.

Sammy Ameobi ima samo 19 godina i posle potpisivanja novog ugovora je izjavio, da je srećan što je potpisao ugovor za klub koji voli.

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[ Generalna ] 16 Novembar, 2011 22:33

Sunday Mirror article, Sunday 13.11.2011

Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias stunned Toon Army fans by unleashing an astonishing, foul-mouthed rant in public on Geordie icons Alan Shearer and Kevin Keegan.

The former casino boss — who virtually never gives media interviews — delivered a withering condemnation on the managerial abilities of the Magpies legends in front of startled onlookers in a Newcastle gastro bar.

Llambias, who along with Toon owner Mike Ashley has enraged Toon fans by re-branding historic St. James’ Park as the Sports Direct Arena, blamed Shearer for Newcasle’s 2009 relegation and claimed there “will never be a right time” for the former England skipper in management.

"I have to admit that £30m for Andy Carroll is a lot of money,"
Lambias said, before responding when one supporter asked him "Is he worth £30m?": "No - he's worth f*** all."

With Chelsea closing a deal worth £50 million for Fernando Torres on January's deadline day, Liverpool were under pressure to bring in a new striker and Llambias claimed that they could push for the entire Carroll fee up front.

Llambias explained: "It is about control. We had the control. We knew the Torres deal was there. We drew that f****** deal, perhaps the ultimate. So £30m? F*** off! Don't waste my time and I slammed the phone down.

"£35m? Everybody including Pardew [manager Alan Pardew] all agreed. But the £35m they wanted to pay over four years. It was rubbish. Mike (Ashley) said - and he is a brave boy Mike I promise you - get all the £35m up front. We got it all up front and then they never paid us on time and we charged them 12 grand f****** interest."

In a blistering broadside aimed at Keegan, the Magpies MD claimed the former England boss is unable to cope with the stresses and strains of management.

Llambias railed: "Kevin Keegan can’t take pressure. His f****** head is all over the place.”

He also made a shocking claim in a meeting with fans last month that Keegan’s second coming as Newcastle manager in 2008 came about ­because he was the preferred choice of potential Arab buyers. He revealed:

“Mike was selling to the Arabs and they ­wanted Kevin Keegan. The Arabs wanted him, the fans wanted him — perfect!”

A candid Llambias admitted he was at fault for recruiting Shearer as manager in April 2009 when Newcastle were battling to avoid the drop. Llambias said:

"Shearer was my choice and I have to hold up my hands — the wrong choice."

Referring to the relegation battle and the managerial team of Shearer and Iain Dowie, he claimed: "Shearer, for this, destroys us. He gave all the responsibility to Dowie. Rubbish!"

A supporter suggests "It wasn’t the right time" for Shearer. Llambias responded brusquely, and said: "It would never be the right time. Shearer? There would never be a right time in football.”

When one of the onlookers suggested Shearer is arrogant, Llambias agreed and said: "You guys have given him that arrogance."

What will perplex Newcastle fans about Llambias’ put-down of the Geordie hero is the fact that days after relegation, Ashley issued a statement in which he said:

"Bringing Alan Shearer back to Newcastle United was the best decision I have made."

Chris Hughton succeeded Shearer as manager and led Toon back into the top flight at the first attempt as champions. Hughton was sacked by Newcastle a year ago, and is now manager of Birmingham. He was also in the Llambias line of fire when one of the group asked why he was dismissed.

Llambias responded: "He would never have taken us where we want to be. That’s my decision by the way. Chris can’t make decisions. If I am asking about a player, Ben Arfa? he says ‘I’m not sure, blah blah’.

"With Chris, he couldn’t cope with where we are mentally. We are aggressive. You need to be aggressive. I don’t want a manager below me who can’t argue.”

But of all the colourful claims made by Llambias perhaps the one that will not be disputed by Toon fans is: "You guys don’t understand how f****** horrible we can be.”

After last week’s act of soccer sacrilege at St. James’ Park, many Geordies believe they understand only too well. Newcastle declined to comment last night.

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[ Generalna ] 11 Novembar, 2011 22:28

Derek Llambias preko BBC Radio Newcastle:

"I would hope it would generate between £8 million and £10 million a year. That would give us another player. The club needs to be self-sufficient, and this will help us be self-sufficient.

"Yes, we do need to go that one step further to compete. Yes, we do. We have had an exceptional year, and long may it continue, but the fans want us to buy more players.

"We need to bring in a striker in January, we will need replacements in the summer and we need to give ourselves as much as possible.

"There is no guarantee we will find a sponsor between now and then, but we have to give ourselves the opportunity and this is one.

"We have to keep going at it. We can't just say 'Oh, it hasn't worked out, let's go back to what we were'. We have to give ourselves the maximum opportunity to sell it.

"I totally respect the tradition and history of the club. That is always going to be there, but we need to move with the times and this is progression.

"We need to move on. We are not disrespecting our fans at all. Far from it. We are trying to make it affordable and put players on the pitch.

"We have exhausted all our other revenue streams, retail is not good - that produces next to nothing, quite honestly - so we need to bring in more, quite honestly.

"We have been out there a long time looking. We lose Northern Rock as a sponsor this year, so it gives me a very small window to get a new shirt sponsor and hopefully a stadium sponsor at the same time.

"We understand that side of it (fan resistance to referring to the ground by any other name), but it is the sponsor's responsibility, as well as ours, to move forward. Time will dissolve that.

"The history will always be there, we just become part of the history or they become part of the history. We just need to make sure we give ourselves the opportunity.

"You know Chelsea has come out to basically say they are going to re-name their present stadium. Now, they have a long history as well, but they have an owner who actually has more money than God.

"We can't compare ourselves to Abramovich, we have not got that sort of money, so if we want to compete with the big boys, we have to bring more money in."

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[ Generalna ] 09 Novembar, 2011 23:47

Od četvrtka 10. 11. 2011. godine, stadion Newcastle United-a St James' Park menja ime u Sports Direct Arena.

SRAMOTA!!! Još jedan autogol Mike Ashley-a.



Newcastle United have today announced plans to license the full naming rights to the club's stadium following consultation with international branding experts.

The board are committed to generating additional commercial revenue from advertising and sponsorship opportunities. The original naming rights proposal, launched in November 2009, invited sponsors to link their brand to St. James' Park, but this did not prove commercially attractive.

As such, the club will now seek a sponsor who will be granted full naming rights. Until such time the stadium will be renamed the Sports Direct Arena.

Managing Director, Derek Llambias, said: "Our aim for Newcastle United is to continue to deliver success for the fans and everyone associated with the Club. We must make this Club financially self-sufficient in order to deliver that success.

"To grow sustainably and allow us to invest in our future, we will need to rely increasingly heavily on commercial income. These are very difficult economic times and the board have a responsibility to maximise all revenue streams for the benefit of the Club. Stadium rebranding offers a lucrative way for clubs to secure significant additional income.

"When we initially launched our plans at the end of 2009, we invited sponsors to attach their brand to that of St. James' Park. However it has become clear that in order to make the proposition as commercially attractive as possible, a potential sponsor must be given the opportunity to fully rebrand the stadium.

"Naming the stadium the Sports Direct Arena helps up to showcase the opportunity to interested parties. We are now actively seeking a long-term sponsor wishing to acquire full naming rights for the stadium.

"Our shirt sponsorship deal with Northern Rock will also expire at the end of this season, which presents would-be sponsors with the opportunity to acquire both the naming rights and shirt sponsorship deals."

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