Guest neesy111 Posted February 9, 2009 Share Posted February 9, 2009 http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/nufc/newcastle-united-news/2009/02/12/we-backed-kinnear-s-transfer-window-requests-72703-22913302/ DEREK LLAMBIAS claims all of Kinnear’s January transfer-window requests to the board were accepted. He added: “All I can tell you on this window is we said no to nobody. “We asked ‘who do you want?’ We were given two players. One was Michael Johnson, and we asked how much. “It was £8m, and we waited two and half hours before we heard back from Manchester City. “So then we asked ‘who else?’ We went for Kieran Richardson, that bid went straight in. “We had already agreed Kevin Nolan and Peter Lovenkrands as back-up, and Ryan Taylor. “We really wanted another midfielder because of what had happened to Danny Guthrie and Joey Barton. “It did not happen – but we never said no to any requests. We are happy to spend the money.” http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/nufc/newcastle-united-news/2009/02/12/llambias-youth-policy-is-the-right-way-to-go-72703-22913304/ TOON managing director Derek Llambias has insisted Mike Ashley is determined to make sure Newcastle United are competing to bring the best of local and global talent to St James’s Park. Llambias this week unveiled United’s ambitious strategy to be competing “for everything” within five years. And Llambias feels that youth development is a major part of those plans, underlining the importance of the club’s controversial continental director of football model. Youngsters like Nile Ranger, Tamas Kadar, Wesley Ngo Baheng and recently-signed duo Haris Vuckic, a 16-year-old Slovenian, and Samuel Adjei, a 17-year-old Swedish striker, are already tipped as stars of tomorrow. And with homegrown talent such as James Taylor, Sammy Ameobi and James Tavernier also coming through, the current regime is excited about the future. Llambias told the Chronicle: “Mike is happy to spend money and that’s what we are doing. “We are spending money on the academy. This summer we spent £2m on kids who we feel should be doing well in the future. “Obviously we have to support our first team, but three or four years down the road some of the talent we have got in is fantastic. “We’re very excited that they’ll make it and become part of the Newcastle United family. “We’ve spent money on the backroom staff of £1m. That will increase with the foundation and the centres of excellence as we grow. “And we see our future with bringing in both home grown and international players. “We have got Haris Vuckic who everybody is very excited about. “He could be an absolute star.” United have made a significant improvement at reserve and youth level this season thanks to Richard Money. Llambias added: “We want to build through our academy but there was no academy when we came in. “It was very poor and we got Richard Money on board who is excellent. “Everybody is working together. “You can’t have boys’ club teams that are better than your academy. “We want to get to all the schools and filter it through the centre of excellence then to the academy. “We want to hit the North East as much as possible and scout the rest of the country and overseas. “We see that as a very important part of going forward.” Another big factor in the academy, though, is the controversial figure of Dennis Wise. His jet-set scouting role is said to cover all categories of players, although Llambias said: “He will scout young talent and experienced players. “In this particular window Joe Kinnear gave him a list of players to go out and look at. “That would be senior ones for this window. “The on-going thing is that Dennis has been out there with his team looking at young players for the academy. “These are players who will be built up through the reserves. “So when we pinpoint a player, Dennis will go in there as part of the negotiating team. “Myself and Mike will be on the phone and pressing the buttons as far as how far we can go financially.’’ Could make it worth buying it for once: The Evening Chronicle and The Journal this week publish a Newcastle United exclusive. Our sports writers have been given exclusive access to NUFC's Managing Director Derek Llambias who answered the questions you asked us to put to the club. The Chronicle's Lee Ryder and The Journal's Luke Edwards went along to St James's Park last week and tomorrow, the Chronicle will bring you the first instalment, followed by more revelations in The Journal on Wednesday. It is the first time Mr Llambias has faced the fans' questions. It's been a turbulent season for Newcastle with Kevin Keegan's depature and Mike Ashley's subsequent decision to put the club on the market. There followed Joe Kinnear's shock appointment as manager and the decision to take the club off the market. Then during the transfer, the club's talismanic keeper Shay Given left while some signings - Kevin Nolan and Ryan Taylor - meet with more approval. Get the Chronicle on Tuesday to be first to read the exclusive interview, followed by the second part in The Journal on Wednesday. Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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