Sam Wants Newcastle Players’ Contracts Signed


Sam Allardyce has talked to the Times today about getting some contracts re-signed that are running out next summer.

One priority is Nicky Butt, who is showing the form he had when at Manchester United, and whom Sam was keen to take to Bolton when Nicky was unsettled at Newcastle.

We think this would be a good deal on both sides maybe for a 2 year extension to Nicky’s contract because he can do a job for Newcastle.

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Nicky Butt – contract to be extended by Newcastle

Butt is now 32 years old and in the final year of his initial 4 year contract. His increased importance in the squad under Big Sam has been justly rewarded with an invitation to start negotiations with Newcastle officials. This is what Nicky said about his contract situation:

“My contract expires in the summer of 2008, but I’d like to end my career here,” “I think I’ve got a couple more years left in me yet and if I can sort out a new contract, that would be great.”

As far as Sam Allardyce is concerned signing Nicky Butt to an extended contract is a priority as he said:

“We want to push on to Nicky Butt and people like that who are in the last year of their contracts,”

“That’s the next thing we have to do now that the [transfer] window is shut. Hopefully very shortly everybody will have agreed and we will have a much more settled camp.”

It’s interesting that nothing has been mentioned about Stephen Carr or Celestine Babayaro, whose contracts also end next summer. Of course both are out injured at the moment and that has been one problem with their time at Newcastle – they are injured far too much. We think Sam may try to offload both for small fees in January – if he can get replacements in during that transfer window.

We also expect Steven Taylor’s position to be fixed shortly. Suggestions on Sunday that the defender, whose rapid development brought him the England Under 21 captaincy recently, would want a move away from Newcastle if he was dropped for last night’s match away to Derby County has been strongly denied by a source close to Steven – as we reported yesterday. The source said:

“It’s nonsense – there’s absolutely no truth in it whatsoever,” “Steven would never dream of making any demands on the manager – it’s his decision to pick the team and his alone. Steven has always respected the manager’s decision and always will.”

“To say it [yesterday] was D-Day is ridiculous. Steven wants to stay and the manager has gone on record saying he wants him to stay, so there’s no problem. This report is a complete fabrication and very hurtful to Steven.”

“Steven’s a Newcastle United supporter and playing for the club means everything to him. He has turned down the club’s first offer, but that’s normal in contract negotiations and Steven hopes to agree a new deal as quickly as possible.”

Manager Sam Allardyce is content that competition for places, particularly in the Newcastle defense, will be fierce. The defense didn’t look as solid as usual last night but we have strength in reserve and need to get both Beye and Enrique into the back four as quickly as possible. Beye last night looked ready to play at his preferred position of right back. We expect him to start there on Sunday against West Ham at home.

Sam continued:

“That gives me a very solid foundation to build a good record of clean sheets,” “That is the key element to win something or finish as high in the Premier League as possible. Most of the work we have done [in the transfer market] has been good business.”

“The chairman and the other lads behind the scenes have done a tremendous job to get players in. I am satisfied with the quality of the players we got in and the price that we got them for.”

The goal we conceded last night was a bit of a fluke and wonder goal all in one. When you looked at the number of saves Harper had to make – he wasn’t troubled too much apart from that one wonder strike from Kenny Miller. But Sam’s exactly right that the more clean sheets we can get the higher up the league we’ll finish. A win and a clean sheet on Sunday is exactly what we need to get back on track in the league.

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25 comments so far

  • Big Sam Fan

    Sep 18, 2007 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #1

    why would we want nicky butt to stay on..hes past it..hopefully emre will recover soon!!

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  • ToonKing

    Sep 18, 2007 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #2

    please no Butt!! Let him go peacefully. Also let Carr and Baba go.

    oh and get rid of Ameobi too.

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  • nightfall

    Sep 18, 2007 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #3

    …and emre

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  • ChrisL

    Sep 18, 2007 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #4

    I disagree, Butt has done well for us & is worth an extension.

    When you say “hopefully Emre will recover soon”, do you mean from injury or from doing nothing since he came to Toon? I hope both.

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  • nightfall

    Sep 18, 2007 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #5

    btw….why is sam talking about benitez?! wtf?! you’ve got NUFC to guide…forget everything else!!!!!!!!

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  • ToonKing

    Sep 18, 2007 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #6

    Come on mates. “Butt has done well for us & is worth an extension” – done well ?? where? when? he’s done with, he’s not up for the job anymore, he makes 2 tackles out of 10 and then every single time he gives the ball away.

    As for Emre, i can’t wait for him to get back into the team, he’s needs just one good pass to turn the game around. Paired with Joey, who will cower his back he will be free do to some much needed and expected magic. I’m confident Sam can make him perform at the level he’s supposed to do.

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  • Rich

    Sep 18, 2007 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #7

    totally agree toonking – emre and barton at centre midfield!!

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  • Jerry

    Sep 18, 2007 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #8

    Big Sam is jealous of Benitez.

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  • Hadji

    Sep 18, 2007 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #9

    Instead contract extension for Butt which is really unnecessary try and extend Emre’s contract.
    For January:
    OUT-Butt,Ramage,Pattison,Babayaro,Ameobi
    IN-Edmilson,Huntelaar,Mancini(completely out of favour in Roma),Ricardo Rocha(Tottenham).
    Income-Butt=1.5mill,Ramage=1mill,Pattison=700k,Baba=1,5mill,Ameobi=5mill
    Outcome-
    Edmilson=2,5mill,Huntelaar=12mill,Mancini=11mill,Rocha=4mill
    Income money=Around 10mill
    Outcome money=29,5mill
    Should MA give additional 20mill to BSA,i don’t think that would be a big problem for him.

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  • ChrisL

    Sep 18, 2007 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #10

    Sorry Hadji,

    Emre has done absolutely nothing to earn himself a new contract so far at Newcastle. I repeat, nothing.

    I hope the days of rewarding ‘players that turn up occasionally’ with whopping new contracts left with Dyer & Shepperd.
    Emre can have a new contract when he demonstrates he’s worth one, not before.

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  • t-g-w

    Sep 18, 2007 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #11

    For the last time, Emre does not score enough goals to be an attacking midfielder. Huntelaar would cost £18million (the last figure I read), no hope for Mancini, and we don’t need Edmilson or Rocha.

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  • Hadji

    Sep 18, 2007 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #12

    T-G-W….You’re right mate,why the hell we need Emre when we have Butt.
    Hahahahahahaha.
    Anyway i wont waste my time with fans who don’t have clue what they’re talking about.
    T-g-w-Just for the record,Emre saved us from the embaresment against the Mackems,scored that match winner against Reading.
    He can solve the game with a single touch,only good players can do that.
    Believe me t-g-w,right now we need Emre more than ever.
    I rest my case.

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  • hadrian

    Sep 18, 2007 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #13

    great sign of ambition , get the senior citizens contracts sorted .

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  • ToonKing

    Sep 18, 2007 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #14

    Isn’t Teddy Sheringham available ?? he would be great with Shola up front and Butt behind them.

    With Sam’s training he can get another 40 years out of Butt …………and then extend his contract haha.

    Butt needs to sit down on the bench, he’s to old and weak of a player to be running around in center midfield.

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  • Jonny

    Sep 18, 2007 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #15

    i agree that butt is past it we need a younger more dynamic player to replace him get rid soon as i say if we want to keep progressing as a club.

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  • Bren

    Sep 18, 2007 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #16

    Butt deserves a contract extension and he is good for at least two more years but Emre must stay and hold that position. Competion for places make for hungry players. If even one player gets away with, ‘play me or I’m off’ them descent will occur. Fine ’em hard, flog ’em in th epress for the fans to see and send them packing if thet fail to accept defeat. NO ONE IS BIGGER THAN MY CLUB!. Martins is far to good a player to let go and is perfect foil for Owen who is older and wiser and has so much to teach him. Why Ameobi remains at the club is a mystery and is it only obviou sto me that Smith should be given a chance up front with Owen while Viduka is injured, with Martin perhaps pushing the right side with a licence to free roan and cut in?

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  • Tom_toon

    Sep 18, 2007 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #17

    Hadji, dont waste your time on yourself :/

    Quite clear you dont know what you are on about, been thinking that for a while everytime you post this crap about who should be in and out.

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  • iain

    Sep 18, 2007 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #18

    the last time nicky butt played like he did last night we shipped him off on loan to brum.

    at the moment i think we would be better off letting his contract run down rather than renew it as his performances this season have been truly awful to put it lightly.

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  • Darren

    Sep 19, 2007 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #19

    Another re-run of media stories here, pretty easy blog to run, cut and paste city this place.

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  • Lamesley Mag

    Sep 19, 2007 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #20

    Butt is playing well at this time and providing added protection to our defense. Sorry guys, but he’s well worth a contract extension, even if its cover for Faye after he gets established in the side.

    As seen from the comments above, supporters prefer to see the more creative players and that’s ok; i.e. Emre but he’s a walking sick note and the sooner he’ sold the better……

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  • AltaBatalJoneN

    Sep 19, 2007 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #21

    2 obvious. Carr and Baba out. Bottom line…. oh, and then we can let Ameobi go too as we dont need 5 strikers + carrol..

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  • Aussie geordie

    Sep 19, 2007 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #22

    I think if anyone had made a bid for Ameobi we would have sold him. Its a shame for him because previous managers have made promises current managers have no intention of filling and with his current form nor should they. He’s not too bad in the reserves but I cant imagine we would get more than a few million if anything. Carr and Baba should go to but I’d give Butt another year in case we need him. He should be a squad player not a starter. Seems Sibierski would have been a better option to keep as at least he has eye for goal.

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  • Hadji

    Sep 19, 2007 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #23

    TomToon….You know how to think?!Wow….I’m really impressed with you.
    Off course i’ll write sho should be inn or who should be out,that’s my fully right as a fan you little kokroach.

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  • Tom_toon

    Sep 19, 2007 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #24

    I know how to think, you dont know how to spell.

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  • Hadji

    Sep 19, 2007 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #25

    Well i know how to spell enough for you to understand.
    Please TomToon heal your complexes somewhere else,what happened to you…you havent laid for a long time or what.
    What’s your problem anyway.
    By the way about my spelling,i’m not from England and i spell better than most English people i know.
    Now F–k off

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