Llambias ultimately paid the price for bad campaign - someone had to go - and Alan Pardew insisted it wouldn't be him!
The strange appointment of Joe Kinnear, which was initially endorsed by the managing director, saw Llambias have a rethink and within hours he resigned from his post at St James’ Park.
Had United parted company with Llambias and then appointed Bob Moncur, Peter Beardsley or someone else they could relate to, it would have been a step up.
Llambias was never a healthy fit in the position - he never listened to what fans had to say; spoke for a man (Ashley) who is simply NOT a football man; and had an arrogance that bordered on contempt.
Yet there are many fans who simply don’t want to entertain Kinnear.
That fury has perhaps softened the impact of Llambias quitting the Magpies because, quite frankly, they never liked Llambias anyway.
So what of Llambias?
He arrived on Tyneside as an unknown former casino boss.
He made it clear that he didn’t want to court publicity and didn’t want to communicate with the black-and-white audience.
Llambias got off to a bad start and never fully recovered.
Too many times he wheeled out his favourite saying of hiding “in his bunker”.
But you can’t bury your head in the sand on Tyneside. People want to know what’s going on at their club.
It was a stringent review of budgets and tightening of purse strings that saw stars like Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique and Joey Barton all leave.
Not all Llambias' fault, I admit.
Ashley has never spoken and Llambias bordered on paranoia when it came to being quoted.
Interviews would be few and far between.
Even when Pardew was given the job, he was wheeled out to face the media alone, as Llambias didn't was to face questions about the sacking of Chris Hughton.
And while many fans wondered if Alan Pardew would be replaced as boss, it appears that Llambias has paid the price for a poor campaign last time around.
Was he pushed or did he walk?
He couldn’t have been chuffed by Kinnear’s comments that he was being sidelined and moved to a position in finance.
Or Kinnear’s rant at fans when he said: “Would they rather I bring Lambazee back in?”
NEWCASTLE UNITED FIXTURES
All in all it's a good fixture list - and no matter how you dress it up, we have to play 19 clubs home and away, does it REALLY matter what order they come?
We go to Stadium of Shite on Oct 26, and the Mackems come to St James' Park on Feb 1st.
Our Boxing Day fixture is home to Stoke; New Years Day away to West Brom; and we finish the campaign at Anfield on May 11th.
Saturday August 17
15:00Premier League Manchester City v Newcastle United
Saturday August 24
15:00Premier League Newcastle United v West Ham United
Saturday August 31
15:00Premier League Newcastle United v Fulham Saturday
15:00Premier League Aston Villa v Newcastle United
Saturday September 21
15:00Premier League Newcastle United v Hull City
Saturday September 28
15:00Premier League Everton Newcastle v United
Saturday October 5
15:00Premier League Cardiff City v Newcastle United
Saturday October 19
15:00Premier League Newcastle United v Liverpool
Saturday October 26
15:00Premier League Sunderland v Newcastle United
Saturday November 2
15:00Premier League Newcastle United v Chelsea
Saturday November 9
15:00Premier League Tottenham v Newcastle United
Saturday November 23
15:00Premier League Newcastle United v Norwich City
Saturday November 30
15:00Premier League Newcastle United v West Brom
Tuesday December 3
19:45Premier League Swansea City v Newcastle United
Saturday December 7
15:00Premier League Man Utd v Newcastle United
Saturday December 14
15:00Premier League Newcastle United v Southampton
Saturday December 21
15:00Premier League Crystal Palace v Newcastle United
Thursday December 26
15:00Premier League Newcastle United v Stoke City
Saturday December 28
15:00Premier League Newcastle United v Arsenal
Wednesday January 1 2014
15:00Premier League West Brom v Newcastle United
Saturday January 11 2014
15:00Premier League Newcastle United v Manchester City
Saturday January 18 2014
15:00Premier League West Ham United v Newcastle United
Tuesday January 28 2014
19:45Premier League Norwich City v Newcastle United
Saturday February 1 2014
15:00Premier League Newcastle United v Sunderland
Saturday February 8 2014
15:00Premier League Chelsea v Newcastle United
Wednesday February 12 2014
19:45Premier League Newcastle United v Tottenham
Saturday February 22 2014
15:00Premier League Newcastle United v Aston Villa
Saturday March 1 2014
15:00Premier League Hull City v Newcastle United
Saturday March 8 2014
15:00Premier League Newcastle United v Everton
Saturday March 15 2014
15:00Premier League Fulham v Newcastle United
Saturday March 22 2014
15:00Premier League Newcastle United v Crystal Palace
Saturday March 29 2014
15:00Premier League Southampton v Newcastle United
Saturday April 5 2014
15:00Premier League Newcastle United v Man Utd
Saturday April 12 2014
15:00Premier League Stoke City v Newcastle United
Saturday April 19 2014
15:00Premier League Newcastle United v Swansea City
Saturday April 26 2014
15:00Premier League Arsenal v Newcastle United
Saturday May 3 2014
15:00Premier League Newcastle United v Cardiff City
Sunday May 11 2014
15:00Premier League Liverpool v Newcastle United
WE TELL IT AS IT IS - NO BULLSHIT!
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