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Why on earth would they lie about that?! Seems like a completely counter intuitive thing for Llambias to have mentioned in the first place

 

Fuck knows. But this comes from someone who knew of Ashley in his younger days...

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It's one where I don't see any reason he has to lie. He suggested fans thought MA supported Spurs but he corrected it and said Chelsea. Makes no difference really.

 

ok do you believe lambeyarse for saying that him and ashley call it st james park

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It's one where I don't see any reason he has to lie. He suggested fans thought MA supported Spurs but he corrected it and said Chelsea. Makes no difference really.

 

ok do you believe lambeyarse for saying that him and ashley call it st james park

Yeah.

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I love watching Fish and Dedderz getting into these heated debates. The unstoppable force meets the immovable object.

 

Just keep them away from the politics thread or sparks will fly!!!

 

An I right guys?

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Why on earth would they lie about that?! Seems like a completely counter intuitive thing for Llambias to have mentioned in the first place

 

Fuck knows. But this comes from someone who knew of Ashley in his younger days...

Perhaps they've renamed Spurs as Chelsea, to showcase the commercial potential.

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I love watching Fish and Dedderz getting into these heated debates. The unstoppable force meets the immovable object.

 

Just keep them away from the politics thread or sparks will fly!!!

 

An I right guys?

Yes, you an.

 

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Aye. It sticks in the fucking throat, but tbh he can probably point to the fact that he's not charging interest on his loan to the club and say that that more than offsets any advertising charges that might be payable.

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Indeed. I'll maintain by stance of trying to ignore how he runs the club so I can enjoy whats going on where it matters.

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Indeed. I'll maintain by stance of trying to ignore how he runs the club so I can enjoy whats going on where it matters.

 

This for me.

 

It does make you wish they wouldn't come out with comments suggesting they're naming it Sports Direct just to showcase the opportunity though. There'd be more respect for them if they did away with the cloak and dagger stuff.

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Didn't bother reading the story, but I see the Chronicle front page is reporting that Lambias is threatening to sue the council over the stadium renaming. Presumably cos they're refusing to change the signage.

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Didn't bother reading the story, but I see the Chronicle front page is reporting that Lambias is threatening to sue the council over the stadium renaming. Presumably cos they're refusing to change the signage.

 

How silly. Is he also going to sue Nexus (to change the name of the metro station) and whichever authority has the decision to rename St James' Boulevard?

 

Presumably St James Gate office block near the Redhueugh Bridge will also be sued to change the name of their office block too.

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Didn't bother reading the story, but I see the Chronicle front page is reporting that Lambias is threatening to sue the council over the stadium renaming. Presumably cos they're refusing to change the signage.

 

How silly. Is he also going to sue Nexus (to change the name of the metro station) and whichever authority has the decision to rename St James' Boulevard?

 

Presumably St James Gate office block near the Redhueugh Bridge will also be sued to change the name of their office block too.

 

Nowt to do with signage:

 

It is with surprise and disappointment that Newcastle United received a copy of your letter sent out to ITV and other media outlets in relation to the renaming of the old St James’ Park stadium to the Sports Direct Arena.

We note that a motion was passed by Newcastle City Council to contact the media and request that they use the name of St James’ Park and that the media were contacted and requested to use the name of "St James’ Park" and to refuse to use the correct name of "Sports Direct Arena".

 

Newcastle City Council will be aware of the prominent role that Newcastle United Football Club plays within the local community, and we feel that this issue is being used by the council as a cheap publicity stunt during these hard economic times.

Everyone within the local region is aware that Newcastle City Council has a "black hole" in the accounts which means that there will be further cuts in services and jobs by the Council this year.

Indeed in The Chronicle last October Councillor Forbes was quoted as saying "We are now having to pick up the pieces, and the issue for us is that this makes the savings we have to find next year even deeper.

 

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They have ducked £8m worth of difficult decisions and instead left them for us to deal with."

As Councillor Forbes and Councillor Faulkner are no doubt aware, Newcastle United Football Club have, under the present ownership, had to face up themselves to the era of austerity that affects all areas of life of which professional football is of no exception. It has been well documented that the present owner of Newcastle United Football Club, Mike Ashley, has personally loaned the club over £100m and that a rationalisation of the whole operation of the football club has been undertaken.

Having gone through such hard exercises the club finds itself in an altogether more healthy and robust position than that which they were in upon Mike Ashley’s arrival.

Newcastle United also feel that it is only right to point out that several other professional football clubs around the country have renamed their stadiums in an effort to garner increased revenue for their clubs.

In the Premiership alone, Newcastle City Council must be aware that Arsenal Football Club now play at the Emirates Stadium, Manchester City now play at the Etihad Stadium, Stoke City play in the Britannia Stadium, Bolton Wanderers play at the Reebok Stadium, Wigan Athletic play at the DW Stadium and Swansea City play at the Liberty Stadium. There are, of course, many more professional football clubs in the football league that have renamed their stadium for precisely the same commercial reasons. We find

it difficult to understand Newcastle City Council’s intransigent approach to what is a basic economic factor of the modern era - namely maximising corporate revenue to ensure the survival of the football club. Again, the club finds such an approach by the council to be strange given that we were not aware of any such outcry when the Tyne Theatre and Opera House Theatre was renamed the ‘Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre" (and before that the "Journal Tyne Theatre") nor of any issues about a Grade 1 listed building having the corporate logo of "Volvo" fixed to the front of the building.

 

This would have nothing to do with the fact that Newcastle City Council purchased the theatre from Adderstone Properties and transferred the freehold ownership to the Tyne Theatre & Opera House Preservation Trust we are sure.

We also find it difficult to understand this antagonistic stance taken by the council given the high level of co-operation given by the club and council in the preparation of the successful bid to bring the 2012 Olympics to Newcastle with the club holding nine matches in the football competitions.

Newcastle City Council must be aware of the Newcastle United Foundation encompassing the widest ranging community football programme in the Premier League ranging from Disability Football Development Officers to Family Learning Co-ordinators through to Health & Wellbeing Co-ordinators reaching out and doing active work within the community.

Newcastle City Council will also be aware of the unprecedented steps taken by Newcastle United Football Club to reduce the costs of tickets for various members of the community such as young people aged between 18 and 21 and family ticket prices again showing the club’s awareness of the current economic situation that is faced by the area and the country as a whole. As we said at the start of this letter, we are surprised and disappointed at the approach taken by the council, but are heartened to note that the BBC, ITV and other media outlets have responded, quite properly, by confirming that they will refer to Newcastle United’s stadium as the "Sports Direct Arena" during the reporting of matters connected to the club as they do with other professional football clubs throughout England, Wales and Scotland.

If we suffer any financial loss as a result of Newcastle City Council’s actions we reserve the right to consider our legal position in respect of the actions of Newcastle City Council and/or actions of individual councillors for economic loss. It simply remains for us to ask Newcastle City Council to consider the role that Newcastle United Football Club plays within the community, the active steps that have been taken by the present ownership to strengthen the ties with the local community in real and p

 

ractical ways, and to review and rescind its motion and work together with Newcastle United Football Club in the future.

 

Yours faithfully

Derek Llambias,

Managing Director.

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All that would be halfway reasonable if the name change actually generated any income ffs.

Edited by trophyshy

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oh he's a cunt's cunt alright

 

I just think anything that gets SD any kind of coverage suits his gaffer.

 

He'd paint Stephen Hawkins red, white and blue if he could .

Edited by LoveTheBobby

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Just read the article.

 

The council are in the wrong here.

 

They're within their rights to keep signs as they wish, but not to write to the media telling them not to use the new name. Whether we like it or not, it has f*ck all to do with the council.

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