Allardyce Unhappy With Release Clauses Caused By Panic Buying

Sam Allardyce is obviously concerned with the clauses inserted into the contracts of Martins and Owen when they signed for Newcastle. These clauses certainly signal that the players involved seemed to have the leverage in the negotiations – or at least their agents did.

Sam talked today to the Guardian and we look at what Sam had to say – and then make a few comments and opinions.


Sam Allardyce

Here’s what Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce had to say to the Guardian today – starting with the subject of those release clauses:

“I would like them to be eradicated if possible,”
“We have moved quickly in the transfer market and in my experience the quicker you move, the cheaper it is. As time goes by instead of getting cheaper, the more expensive it gets. And the quicker you move in the market and the more targets you can hit, the better. Otherwise other people will hit those targets and take those opportunities from you.

Then you’re left with a flawed system, where the panic sets in and you get into the position where you start the season with two or three games in August and realize you haven’t got what you thought, or someone gets injured, and you panic-buy.

That’s the worst type of business any football club can do, particularly a club like Newcastle. You end up with negotiations that could leave you with clauses in contracts like we have now. Everyone knows about the clause in his [Obafemi Martins’] contract. It leaves us in a poor position.”

This approach differs greatly from last season when we were continually told by Roeder that it wasn’t always possible to sign players quickly – and that the transfer market didn’t really get moving until August – and late in August at that. And of course we ended up on August 31st last year trying to make 3 deals for players – all of which failed – and fans have been angered by the last minute tactics of Newcastle in the transfer market these last few years.

Sam has obviously tried to move quickly this year – as he has done in other years at Bolton – and so far has brought 3 good players into the club at reasonable prices.

It also looks like he has a number of other potential signings – such as Geremi and Beye – possibly waiting to be completed. But this is the silly season and we can expect to be linked with almost every player under the sun – even more so this summer. Come to think of it the Sun will probably link us with every player. 😀

Sam went on to talk about Newcastle’s new Vice-Chairman Chris Mort and the work they both have to do:

“I’ve met Chris [Mort] briefly,”
“There’s a huge amount of work for us both to do. We’ve touched base and introduced ourselves. We want to build a working relationship and move the club forward as quickly as we can.

Further on down the line the projections and plans and documentation that’s needed for the short- and long-term of the club can be put together. But I can’t waste time on that stuff at the moment, when it’s a ferocious market we’re working in. Time needs to be spent on bringing in new players, structuring a new staff behind the scenes. He understands that.”

Well that sounds good – we want Sam to do real work – not all the bureaucratic nonsense that goes on in any business – and certainly Sam seems to have been working at full tilt since he joined Newcastle.

The release clauses we will have to live with, renegotiate, or let the two players go if requisite offers are received. But whether they go or not will be completely up to the players – Newcastle cannot do much about these now if offers are received. What we need by the start of the season is some stability on the playing side and a solid squad – so we can go after the real business next season – which is winning games.

10 comments so far

  • Stephen

    Jun 29, 2007 at 4:59 AM

    Comment #1

    Its a real blow to Newcastle to have clauses in Both Owen and Martins contracts.Just goes to show that Newcastle have no business sense even when Freddy Shepherd sells his stake in the club he still haunts the club.Buys Owen for 17 million and then puts a clause of 9 million in his contract how that makes sense is beyond me.Well we cant do anything about it but just hope that Owen shows abit of loyailty he owes us soo much it be really nice if both of them signed new contracts with no clauses in it thats the way it should be because the club should be in control if they want to sell him or not it shouldnt be the players choice they get payed to do one thing and thats play football whats the point of signing a 4 year contract if your not going to honour it????Well if they go i hope especially Owen gets injured again and break his 2 legs this time.I would replace them with Jan Klass Huntelaar i think he will turn into one of the best strikers in the world class act and go for Defoe too with Bent on his way to spurs could be an option.He is young enough scores goals has pace and what i liked about him last season was he didnt get into a sulk when he was on the bench he just got on with it and when he came on tryed to impress

  • DZ Adams

    Jun 29, 2007 at 5:03 AM

    Comment #2

    I’ve just looked at sky sports news Arsenal section,there is not a single mention of them being linked to Martins or Owen and as for the Mirror printing the story about Alan Smith last Friday I think the courts should make them give anyone who bought it(The Mirror)a refund,what’s to stop them printing anything they like to sell a paper.

  • Wes

    Jun 29, 2007 at 6:31 AM

    Comment #3

    But sometimes if you put a big figure in the clause that can be helpful to the club. The problem is players who want a lower sum for a release clause because in that they will easily leave.

    I hope Owen stays at Newcastle even if it means just one more season.

  • Tino

    Jun 29, 2007 at 7:13 AM

    Comment #4

    On the other hand, should it not say something to us as fans that Owen would have wanted to have a buyout clause as low as £9m, when we paid Real £17m for him? Is that the attitude of someone that wants to stay in the club? Have we become so desperate for one person that we do not stop for a moment to think that perhaps, the club should cut its losses and go with players who will give verything for the club? Players in the mould of Alan, who would have walked into places like Manchester United (and a chestful of medals) and yet still stayed. Time to reward loyalty, place a £36m buyout clause un Taylor’s contract for starters, and I am sure the boy will accept that without a moment’s pause.

  • Lull

    Jun 29, 2007 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #5

    Tino – 100% Agree!

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 29, 2007 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #6

    Tino – well said.

  • Tony_D

    Jun 29, 2007 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #7

    Press speculation does nothing more than raise a lot of peoples blood pressure.
    All we really know for sure about Arsenal wanting Martins at the moment is that they have sold Henry and are looking for a replacement, and that Wenger stated last year that he admired Martins.

    I for one do not think that the Arsenal supporters would be entirely satisfied with Oba replacing Henry, they will want a £20 million + player.

  • nightfall

    Jun 29, 2007 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #8

    i read that arsenal is after benni…

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