Give Sibierski a Two Year Deal

Newcastle utility player Antoine Sibierski has admitted he is disappointed at the prospect of leaving the club.

Antoine has rejected the offer of a one-year contract at St James’ Park – as he wanted a two-year deal.

Sibierski did a very good job for us last year when he was called upon – and he developed an excellent rapport with the fans and it will be disappointing if he leaves Newcastle.

We think Newcastle should offer him a two year deal – he’s certainly not too old – and he is a good technical footballer, who under Big Sam’s direction could be even better than last year.


Antoine Sibierski

Sibierski can play striker or midfield – so as a utility player he could be very useful to us as a squad player for two years.

Big Sam has also shown he can get the very best out of aging players with ability – you have to look no further than Gary Speed – who has had a fantastic three years at Bolton since leaving Newcastle.

Sibierski, who scored 8 goals in 37 appearances for Newcastle – following a deadline-day free transfer from Manchester City – would definitely prefer to remain on Tyneside.

Why don’t we reward people like Sibierski for their loyalty? – anyone who wants to play for us for two years – who is so liked by our fans – cannot be that bad of a deal.

Antoine said today:

“I would have loved to have stayed at Newcastle. I loved my time here at the club and the fans.

“I had a great rapport with the supporters and I am sad that it looks like I am leaving.

“I wish Big Sam Allardyce all of the best for the future, as well as Newcastle and their fans.”

From what we understand Sam Allardyce was willing to honor the deal that Sibierski had made with Glenn Roeder – but that was for just one year. We have known for a couple of months that Antoine preferred a two year deal – but we thought that could be worked out.

However, as he approaches his 33rd birthday – his family is apparently still living in the Manchester area, and Antoine has decided a 12-month deal is not enough.

His agent Willie McKay has however insisted the door is not closed, but the chances of Newcastle offering him two years still seem remote.

McKay said today:

“Antoine does not want more money, he simply wants to sign a two-year deal and does not feel it is worth uprooting his children from their current school for just one.

“He did leave Manchester City in disappointing circumstances, but he is still highly regarded as a top, top player and has been during his career.

“He is the sort of player who plays off the front players and holds the ball up. But at City he was being played out on the left wing.

“Yes, he can play as a striker, which he does not mind, but he is a midfielder by trade.

“Antoine is very disappointed to leave Newcastle – but it is not too late for him to sign a two-year deal

Our view on this is Antoine has earned a two year deal – and Newcastle should give it to him.

Comments welcome – as always

16 comments so far

  • Valle

    May 23, 2007 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #1

    no pls dont… he was backup and only got games because of the injuries, the man cant tame a ball, he cant pass a ball (except oponents) and his headed flickons are way off

  • gordon

    May 23, 2007 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #2

    Simply another one out the door who is clearly not good enough.

  • Espen

    May 23, 2007 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #3

    Come on, Sibierski is not good enough at this level. I was happy to see him leave, we need better players than him to become a better team. Good riddance!

  • Ian

    May 23, 2007 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #4

    Not sure what games you were watching mate but Sibierski routinely was one of our better players (admitedly not that difficult) and trapped and passed the ball just fine in all the games I saw him play (everyone). Falls over a lot though! … and he’s French.

  • Chris

    May 23, 2007 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #5

    wha… oi man hes the oposite of what you jsut said, hes got a good touch, good flickons, great in the air and he also supplyed martins with alot of goals from long balls.

  • Ian

    May 23, 2007 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #6

    (Different Ian). I’m not sure that turning down an offer of a 1-year contract and demanding a 2-year one counts as loyalty. Surely a loyal player would take the 1-year deal and play his heart out to earn another contract extension at the end. Demanding a two year deal could be read as trying to grab more money and security for himself – not loyalty to the club or fans.


  • Gabble Ratchet

    May 23, 2007 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #7

    Sibierski did a very good job for the Toon in Europe last season but produced very little in the Premier League.
    Seeing as we aint in Europe next season I feel that we can let Antoine go and he can leave with his head held high.

    The brutal truth though is that if Newcastle are to improve in a big way from last season, the likes of Le Sib aint good enough to take us forward. Being a nice bloke and a hard tryer just is’nt enough!

  • Ed Harrison

    May 23, 2007 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #8

    Ian – you could be right there.

  • 2knee

    May 23, 2007 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #9

    Sibs, has done a job for the Toon, others should look at their comitment and put as much as he has. As a utility/squad player he is worth giving him an extra year, it would not cost that much, so come Sam give him a job!

  • joe

    May 23, 2007 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #10

    What a load. He’s not good enough. 8 goals – 4 in Europe against weaker opposition. In Prem he just isn’t good enough.

  • Mal

    May 23, 2007 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #11

    Sibierski has been good for us, but we have also been good for him. If we hadn’t rescued him a year ago, no-one would be wanting him now. I think the offer of a 1 year deal is fair – he should be prepared to work for the extra year and commit himself accordingly. If he decides to move on fair enough and good luck to him, but he is making a big mistake – wherever he goes he won’t be as happy as he’s been in the last year.

  • Len Smith

    May 24, 2007 at 5:58 AM

    Comment #12

    This time last year he was unemployed with no prospect of a contract anywhere in sight. He was thrilled to have us rescue him at 11:59 p.m. After a workmanlike season he (or more likely his greedy agent) now thinks he is in a position to make demands. Ollie Bernard all over again. If he does not want to accept a reasonable offer we should tell him thank you and goodbye. My best guess is he will end up unemployed again or best case get a one year deal on less money with Nottm Forest. Loyalty is irrelevant.

  • Karen

    May 24, 2007 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #13

    Sitting firmly on the fence, I can see both sides – perhaps Sibierski should accept a 1-year deal then go all out to earn his place in the side, and maybe a new contract. But the club should show him some loyalty, too – it could be argued that the length of time that we remained in Europe was due largely to one or two Sibierski goals. I’m not sure if greed’s to blame either; after all, he’s not asking for more money, just a longer contract. And let’s face it, it is his job after all, and wouldn’t we look for the same in our own jobs? I’d say give him a 2-year deal; I think he’s earned it.

  • joe

    May 24, 2007 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #14

    It’s players like Sibierski that prevent our young prospects from playing at SJP. Andy Carroll could have been playing for a huge amount of the season. I guarantee he would have contributed AT LEAST as much as Sibi. It was a chance missed to look after an average journeyman pro. How many of the top half of the table are interested in him? None as yet. That should tell the whole story.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 24, 2007 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #15

    joe – i’m a big fan of Andy Carroll – wonder if he will be sent out on loan? – would rather see him stay and get some runouts as sub. If Ashley takes over we may want to freshen up squad more than under Shepherd – so more players leave and more come in.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 24, 2007 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #16

    Karen – that’s what Michael Owen’s doing right now .. 😀


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