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Former Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias. Picture credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Former Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias. Picture credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Former Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias. Picture credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

DEREK LLAMBIAS has resigned from his post as managing director at Newcastle, the club announced today.

Llambias' resignation comes a day after Joe Kinnear was confirmed as the club's director of football on a three-year deal.

Llambias said in a statement: "I have had an incredible journey during my five years at the club, including some challenging times.

"I will reflect with great fondness on my time in the north east and, in me, Newcastle United have a lifelong supporter.

"I want to thank the staff for their hard work, our fans for their support of the club and wish them all well for the future."

Llambias, who has worked closely with United owner Mike Ashley since he took over the club in 2007, has polarised opinions of the club's fans during his time at St James' Park.

He has overseen the sales of some of the club's most popular players, such as Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan, while also being involved in controversial decisions such as the one to appoint Kinnear as manager in 2008 and changing the name of the club's famous ground.

But the club's smart recruitment and wage policy was heralded when they finished fifth in the 2011-12 season

Kinnear's return to the club caused outrage among Newcastle fans, with the 66-year-old giving a radio interview during which he insulted them.

He also referred to Llambias as "Llambeeze". The ex-Wimbledon manager correctly called Llambias' resignation, before claiming to have replaced him, even though Llambias' job was a different one.

He said on Monday: "Derek Llambeeze was the director of football. Derek has resigned now."


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