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Llambias – In Two Years We’ll Have Squad To Compete

8 years ago

Newcastle United’s Manaaing Director, Derek Llambias, has probably put more out into the public domain in the past few days than in the previous four years in the hotseat at St.James’ Park.

Via the local press, Llambias has covered most aspects of the club in an interview which has been reported piecemeal over the last week, hopefully a positive sign of more regular communication with the supporters via the press.

Players, Managers, Managing Directors and of course Owners, will all be judged simply on results but interesting to hear what Derek Llambias has to say about where United are at in terms of having a squad to challenge on all fronts.

This is what Llambias said to The Journal;

“We always said we had a five year plan and we feel that this season may have put us back a little, I think though we have worked our way through that.

I’d say we are a couple of years away from having a really, really strong squad containing the depth we need.

A trophy Alan (Pardew) would be incredible. The FA Cup is his dream for Newcastle United and also for us, a trophy would be a dream. Mike and I would love a trophy, of course we would. We’d also love to challenge the big boys though.

When you look at last season it was exciting sitting there and thinking; ‘If we’d won that game we would be third and that game we’d be fourth, then thinking how it would feel if we’d been pushed out of the Champions League by Chelsea”.

As I said at the top of this piece, football is a results game and without the consecutive wins against Villa and Chelsea, I doubt very much if Derek Llambias would have been doing this ‘access all areas’ interview if Newcastle had been bottom three rather than in relative safety with those added six points.

As a ‘business’  this is where football is so different, so precarious, anybody who watched those matches against Villa and Chelsea knows there were crucial moments when the results could have turned the other way.

That is the very reason why we all love, and hate(!), this sport in equal measures at times.

We don’t expect the club to be making daft Michael Owen type signings but thankfully the club have acknowledged that they left Alan Pardew short of a couple of signings short last summer.

While we aren’t out of the wood yet in terms of where Newcastle are in the league, at least the signs are very much positive in where we should be heading.

If any two of Gouffran, Mapou, Sissoko and Debuchy had came in earlier then I don’t think there is any way Newcastle would have ended up flirting with relegation.

Hopefully Derek Llambias and Mike Ashley are learning on the job and have learnt plenty from what could have proved a painful and expensive mistake.

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