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Newcastle Chief Admits They Got Transfers Wrong

8 years ago

You always know things must be on the up when Derek Llambias gives an audience to journalists.

However, as infrequent as it is, all communication is welcome with the fans, though once again the audience was limited to the local journalists close to the club.

Fair play to Llambias who admitted the club got it wrong in the summer with the failure to buy the centre-back and full-back that Alan Pardew very publicly called for.

He also admits that the position Newcastle found themselves in at the new year meant a couple of transfers were brought forward, namely Gouffran and Sissoko.

Here is some of what Newcastle Managing Director had to say to the Chronicle;

“I think it was a massive plus to keep our star players (last summer).

When you look back, which we always do, Mike and I always look at where we are as a business but did we make a mistake last summer?

I think we did.

Am I proud that we are the top spenders in the wndow? No, success in the window isn’t about how much you spend, it is the quality and value you bring in.

I had planned for two of those signings to arrive in the summer.

We just had to bring things forward and normally we wouldn’t do that.

Graham Carr felt what was happening with our squad was unprecedented as far as injuries are concerned.

We felt we had enough because we finished fifth with the squad we had and we’d added to it.

It is difficult but we looked at the current situation and we had to make changes and bring things forward.

If you look at Sissoko, Graham’s first report was from 2010, Graham knew about him from when he was 18”.

I think one of the interesting aspects of Newcastle’s January trading is that it showed that Mike Ashley is willing to bend when needed to in the transfer market.

Previously the mantra always was that Newcastle put a price on a player’s head and wouldn’t negotiate, by bringing forward both Gouffran and Sissoko they were forced to negotiate a price that was obviously higher than if they had waited until the summer when both were out of contract.

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