Amidst all the furore of stadium renaming, you’d think one of the things our Managing Director would try to do is talk around the fans and sweeten them up to the whole fiasco.
Well that might be what a professional would do but Delboy’s response, it seems, is to get sloshed and launch a foul-mouthed tirade against the various managers he’s appointed and dismissed in the past. Unfortunately for Delboy, he did so in front of Toon fans, some of whom taped it.
On Keegan he said:
“Kevin Keegan can’t take pressure. His f****** head was all over the place. Mike Ashley was selling to the Arabs and they wanted Kevin Keegan. The Arabs wanted him, the fans wanted him — perfect!“
On Shearer he said:
“Shearer was my choice and I have to hold up my hands — the wrong choice. There would never be the right time for Shearer. There would never be a right time in football. Shearer, for this, destroys us. He gave all the responsibility to Dowie. Rubbish! It wasn’t the right time. You guys have given him that arrogance.“
On Hughton he said:
“Chris Hughton 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 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.
“You guys don’t understand how f****** horrible we can be.“
We do Derek. Really, we do.
Just for good measure he had a pop at Andy Carroll too, saying he was worth “f*** all”, which I’m sure will go down really well with Kenny Dalglish and Liverpool.
The quotes say it all.
It’s time this joker was tarred and feathered and hoyed oot of the Toon but I’d be surprised if that happened. Ashley and Llambias seem to be very much a double act – a bit like Laurel and Hardy with swear words – and I can’t imagine Ashley will give him the shove over this.
It’s all such a shame but it epitomises the self-destruct button that seems ever prominent at Newcastle United. We have a fantastic start to the season and things are going just a little too well for us, so along comes the stadium renaming and then this from Llambias.