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Newcastle MD Llambias urges Toon fans to back the team

Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias is desperate for Toon fans to put their grievances with Mike Ashley's regime to one side and concentrate on supporting the side back into the Barclays Premier League. Writing in Saturday's match programme, Llambias said: "As you know, Mike made it clear after the end of last season that he was trying to sell the club and although there were a number of interested parties, none of them were able to match the £100million asking price.

"As a result, Mike decided that the best course of action, one that would put the welfare of the club at the top of the agenda, would be to remove the club from the market and concentrate solely on the aim that everyone connected with the club passionately desires - promotion straight back to the Premier League.

"His commitment is unwavering and the additional large sums of money he has recently pumped into the club amply demonstrate that.

"I would urge all supporters of this truly great football club to come together, get behind the team and, whatever grievances you may or may not have, put them to one side for the benefit of seeing Newcastle United regain their position in the elite of English football.

"When this stadium is packed and in full voice, there is nowhere quite like it, and if we can stay positive and get right behind [manager] Chris [Hughton] and the players, then hopefully we can stay at the top of the Championship and win promotion at the first attempt.

"Mike and myself are here to do our absolute best for Newcastle United and with you on board, we fervently believe we can deliver a successful football club for you to take pride and joy in."

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