Goodbye and thanks for nothing David Lambeezy
By Steve Wraith
Wednesday 19 Jun 2013 10:45:00
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‘Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead’ got to number 1 when Thatcher died and may do again now that ‘Deadly Dekka’ has finally fallen on his sword. I make no bones about it I really did not like or understand this guy. I wasn’t a Chris Mort fan either but that is a different story. Why I here you ask?

I haven’t commented too much  about my relationship with the club and inparticular Derek Lambeezee. I have a good relationship with Wendy Taylor head of PR and with the new Fans Liaison Officer Lee Marshall. They meet regularly with fans coalition NUFC Fans United that I helped set up and you feel your getting your points across from a fans perspective when you meet them. I’ve met Mike Ashley twice by accident. Once at Wigan on the terraces a few months into his tenure and the second time at the teams official promotion party at the Diamond pub where I asked him about his aims for the club over the next five years. He said to me “I leave the football club to Derek.”

 Initially I got on with Derek. We met at a reserve game with Honorary Vice President Malcolm Dix and talked about his plans for the club. My involvement with the players such as Carroll, Nolan and Barton obviously got on his threpenny bits because a fan was getting involved in club affairs. I’m not naïve I know at least two of those players used me as a weapon against the owner and his sidekick. I don’t regret it and yes I’d do it all again. Not long after Joey had left the club I was invited to the club as a guest of a corporate client to meet Alan Pardew. Derek walked into the room and saw me and asked if he could have a word. I agreed and we made our way to the corridor. He essentially told me that I should not be at the event as it was corporate and I was not corporate. I didn’t make a scene and left. The rumour mill went into overdrive on twitter but I kept silent, for a change.

We next saw each other briefly at the Sir Bobby statue unveiling and I congratulated him on a good season as we had finished in a European place. I’m not one to hold grudges. He shook my hand and thanked me.

This season I made an off the cuff comment on twitter about alleged dressing room unrest that I had been informed about and soon after I was attacked by the official club account. The club were quick to play the whole thing down and I met an official who admitted that the reason that I was attacked on twitter was because I had allegedly come very close to the truth.

Then a couple of months ago I received a call from security officer at NUFC Steve Storey asking if I had passed on Dereks number to someone? I haven’t. It’s a pet hate of mine someone passing on your personal number without asking. Steve explained that Derek had been allegedly spooked by a crank caller and that I was being asked as part of an enquiry and that all people with Dereks number would receive a call. Well I know 3 people who have the number and are still waiting to be asked. Steve finished the call by asking if I’d delete Dereks number?  I found that rather insulting. As luck would have it Derek and I were on the 6am train to London the next day so I took the opportunity to say hello. We exchanged pleasantries about the win at the weekend and that was that. No accusations about giving his number out? Bizarre. We were both in first class incidentally.

 I’m a big lad and have skin like a rhino. I haven’t shed any tears or lost any sleep over any of this. I stand by what I have said in print, online and on tv and radio about this regime.

I was deliberately quiet last season. I have given the board a chance to prove me, a dissenting voice wrong. Granted the PR has been spot on. Wendy and Mark Hannen are the very best in the business. The club finances have never been so important to some fans it appears? For me it’s all about what happens on the pitch not how the books balance. (I was no fan of Shepherd and his methods either.) So far this regime has 1 relegation under its belt and if they gamble again this summer then I fear another sooner rather than later.  

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