So we’ve apparently been reported twice this week for our actions in the transfer market.
Odd when you consider the lack of transfer action has been the source of much ire amongst fans.
First we had Sochaux register a complaint with UEFA alleging that we just wouldn’t leave their striker, Modibo Maiga, alone. To be fair you could see there was a rabbit away when the player himself came out and told the world that he’d met people at Newcastle and how he wanted to move, wouldn’t play again etc etc. I knew then that something wasn’t right. Sochaux were unhappy that we hadn’t been given permission to talk to the player.
Now we have Charlton Athletic registering a complaint with the Football League over our attempts to sign their goalkeeper Rob Elliot. Charlton are said to be unhappy with the lowballing that we seem to employ with every transfer. Which, in fairness, is probably the reason why it takes us so long to get a deal done, unless the player is free of course. Look at how quickly the deal was done for Sylvain Marveaux for example. Charlton are also not happy with the fact that we didn’t have permission to talk to the player.
Ultimately there is one man responsible for sorting out the transfers at Newcastle. Mike Ashley may get the bulk of the backlash from fans whilst Pardew gets called a puppet or a patsy, but it’s Derek Llambias who is responsible for the direct transfer decisions and, more importantly, how we go about pursuing players.
That seems to be the key area – how we go about transfers. We talk to players without permission which is just not on in my opinion. You can piss and moan about the transfer spending and what not, but it’s not illegal. What Llambias has been up to is though, and that should mean the end of the road for him at Newcastle.
I say should, but we all know that it won’t mean the end of the road for him.
To me Derek Llambias is bringing the club into disrepute. I don’t dispute the fact that this talking to agents doesn’t go on behind the scenes, but there is clearly a way to do these things, and clearly Llambias doesn’t know how to go about it.
His actions could very easily cost the club money in the form of fines and so on. In the most extreme case it could lead to a transfer embargo being put upon the club, and it’s all been brought about by him thinking he is a clever dick during negotiations. Not everyone will stand for it, as has been shown by these two complaints.
It’s just another thing in a long line of catastrophic events that Llambias has overseen. Perhaps he should concentrate on getting his own job in order being being so quick to sledgehammer the fans if they step out of line.
Personally I feel that removing Llambias would remove a large part of the problem between fan and board. Take Chris Mort as the example. He was equally as calculating and conniving and even played a bigger part in the whole Kevin Keegan debacle than Llambias, which a lot of people seem to forget/gloss over, but he had people skills and the ability to talk to fans. That is what a lot of people want – communication from the top rather than leaving the whoever the manager may be to take all of the flak all of the time.
As much as I feel I have a point, I also feel it’s was a waste of time me writing this article as it’s never going to happen.
However having this little rant makes me feel better.