Archive for the ‘Derek Llambias’ Category

Newcastle United, Mike Ashley and eternal recurrence

Posted July 1st, 2015 by workyticket | 335 Comments

Let us think this thought in its most terrible form: existence as it is, without meaning or aim, and yet recurring inevitably, without any finale in nothingness: “eternal recurrence.” Friedrich Nietzsche – The Will to Power I quoted the great proto-existentialist philosopher there because it seems such a perfect summary of all that Mike Ashley […]

Will John Carver be told who to play at Newcastle United?

Posted February 5th, 2015 by workyticket | 363 Comments

By his own admission, Rangers’ current caretaker head coach, Kenny McDowall, has been told not only that he has no say in the players they sign, but also that he will only have a limited input into team selection too. According to McDowall himself, he has been ordered by Mike Ashley and his henchman at […]

Bashing the Bishop: Newcastle United, Derek Llambias and the Z-list PR guru

Posted October 22nd, 2014 by workyticket | 120 Comments

Most Newcastle United fans are now familiar with the sight of Newcastle United’s PR consultant, Keith Bishop, who seems to have become a permanent figure at the right hand side of Mike Ashley. But who is he? And how did Keith Bishop PR get the job despite being a small celebrity PR company that would […]

Is Ashley planning Udinese style selling club network at Newcastle, Rangers and Oldham?

Posted October 16th, 2014 by workyticket | 23 Comments

Is Mike Ashley using Giampaolo Pozzo’s selling club network of Udinese, Granada and Watford as a model for Newcastle United, Rangers and Oldham? To begin at the beginning though, let’s take a brief stroll down memory lane. In the aftermath of Kevin Keegan’s acrimonious departure from Newcastle United in 2008, an under fire Mike Ashley […]

Do Wonga actually pay anything for St James’ Park naming rights?

Posted July 31st, 2013 by workyticket | 70 Comments

“It’s a big statement by Wonga to say: ‘We want the naming rights and we’re going to give it back to the fans and the community’.” gushed Derek Llambias. Alan Pardew also chimed in, exulting: “Getting the St James’ name back is fantastic. It is a clever move in terms of getting fans in a […]

Joe Kinnear: It’s time for the playground bullying to end

Posted June 25th, 2013 by workyticket | 103 Comments

It’s time for this ridiculous circus to end. Criticism is one thing, but what has Joe Kinnear supposed to have done to deserve the vilification which has been heaped upon him in the last few days? Has he renamed the Newcastle United’s stadium the Joe Kinnear Arena? Has he sullied Newcastle United’s name by associating […]

Has Joe Kinnear made us forget the real problems at Newcastle United?

Posted June 18th, 2013 by workyticket | 69 Comments

Last season seems like a dim and distant memory now. Things like a sixteenth placed finish, Alan Pardew’s abysmal tactics and even more abysmal excuses have all been completely forgotten. Forthcoming delights such as the arrival of Wonga and all the opprobrium that will bring have been completely forgotten too, all because of a few […]

Kinnear – Why is there still no official confirmation from Newcastle United?

Posted June 17th, 2013 by workyticket | 113 Comments

Since yesterday evening, there has certainly been no shortage of statements from Joe Kinnear on being appointed as a new Director of Football at Newcastle. Like his new colleague Alan Pardew, keeping his mouth buttoned has never been one of Kinnear’s stronger points, though even he has surpassed himself this time with a verbal Tsunami […]

Newcastle United’s full accounts online and broken down

Posted April 13th, 2013 by workyticket | 10 Comments

As many of you out there will be aware, Newcastle United recently announced their figures for the year ended 30th June, 2012. This corresponds to our second season back in the Premiership which, of course, is last season. In the last few days the accounts were finally made public thorugh Companies House, and as usual, […]

How the Wilfried Bony to Newcastle United story started

Posted March 26th, 2013 by workyticket | 149 Comments

This is a fairly brief note to let you all know that my latest blog for is now published. Entitled “How the Wilfried Bony to Newcastle United story started,” it takes a look at how a piece on this site extolling the virtues of Vitesse Arnhem’s prodigious striker eventually led (via the Telegraph) to […]