Ashley To Have £40K/Week Cap At Newcastle – Rubbish

The Sunday Mirror reported yesterday that Newcastle United players are facing major wage-cuts if they want to stay at the Tyneside club.


Mike Ashley – wants to trim the wage bill

The Sunday paper even goes so far as to say the wage cap Mike wants to introduce is £40K/week which is different to the rumor a few weeks back, when it was £80K/week. Sorry to spoil things and introduce one or two facts into this debate.

But with this statement, of course, the Sunday Mirror then goes on to say that all of Newcastle’s best players like Michael Owen, Obafemi Martins, Mark Viduka, Alan Smith, Damien Duff and Geremi will have to go.

What nonsense.

The Sunday Mirror claims that a Newcastle insider (the proverbial mystery man) has revealed that Ashley is determined to trim a wage bill that has shot up by nearly a third in the last two years.

That insider has apparently said:

“The days of crazy salaries here are over. Ashley wants value for money and all future salary negotiations are going to reflect that.”

“Alan Smith cost Newcastle £6M and is on £3M a year, but didn’t manage a single competitive goal last season. He has another four years on that deal.”

“Joey Barton is on the same money and also has four years left on his contract, and is in jail.”

“Michael Owen cost £16M and £15M in wages over three seasons and has scored 20 goals.” “That works out at £1.5M a goal.”

“At the other end of the scale England Under-21 skipper Steven Taylor earns less than £10K/week and Ashley is determined that the wage scale becomes fairer and more manageable.”

“He knows that Everton made Europe last season with none of their players earning over £50,000 a week and that is the sort of salary level he wants.”

“So the big earners at Newcastle will have a simple choice – they either take a pay cut or they go elsewhere.”

“It will be a difficult balancing act but one that Ashley believes is necessary.”

We must admit that we’d also done the maths on Michael Owen, and how much each goal has cost the club, but that’s a special case with his injuries, and he has come on big time under Kevin Keegan.

This isn’t even supported by some of the facts we know, where apparently our wage offer to Luka Modric was way better than Tottenham offered him.

Also Arda Turan of Galatasaray has already said Newcastle have offered him £2M/year in wages, and he’s just 21 years old.

If we were honest, a lot of our players aren’t worth the money we pay them, and it seems like the new regime is bringing some equality into the wage structure – what a concept!

We don’t think it’s disastrous that Newcastle trim the wage bill, but if they make it £40K/week it just will not work, and Mike Ashley didn’t get to be a Billionaire, by being stupid.

We should take this story with a large pinch of salt, and if anything, the only truth we see is that Newcastle are trimming their wage bill.

The club will allow those players who have not performed well, like Rozehnal, Ameobi, Carr, Duff and Emre, but are on huge wages, to leave the club.

We can just see the top players saying – don’t go to Newcastle, you can only make £2M/year there, boy that must be tough. 😀

Finally, before everybody comes up with the obvious – Alan Smith must also go.

Comments welcome.

93 comments so far

  • Ericles

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #1

    Another load of pig swill from the Mirror group. Again, they rely on the non-existent but always quotable “insider”. The only insider NUFC has got is Joey Barton, and he should not be on the wage bill at all. Gossip says Nobby may go to Portsmouth. Wish we could have him back at NUFC. How good
    is this Guthrie that the scousers want to unload?

  • moza

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #2

    Anther red top printing crap about us, however, with no statement of intent coming from the club it just adds fuel to the fire, easy way to deal with it start making decent signings and give the fans a proper reason to renew season tickets

  • tommyy

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #3

    Joke right? 80k per week is fair enough, but 40k? we will get NOONE in of any ability for that and our players WILL leave. We can kiss everything goodbye and probably be relegated.

    No way is that true.

  • ToonKing

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #4

    no way is this true, you can’t get a decent player for 40k..

  • Nev

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #5

    i rekon £60k may be a reasonable wage cap … £80k for a player like owen , record signings and the like.
    guthrie isnt that bad … if we sign him he may be a squad player that can evolve into a first teamer in 2-3 years time … hes kind of a mix between parker and nolan

  • GM

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #6

    the hacks are getting frustraited because unlike the previous regime this one is not spouting the clubs business all over the place. So they have to write “make up” something.
    Although the clubs silence stance is annoying and like others on here I wish we would get a true statment of intent, I also agree with the concept of not talking to these arseholes as it does the club no favours what so ever.
    When there are players signed that is the time to make a noise.

  • Gunnar/Iceland

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #7

    A wage cap is nothing but positive but it i’m sure that it’s not 40k per week.

  • cooldj

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #8

    alan smith one of newcastles best players??? contraversial Ed!

  • clinta

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #9

    You’ve got to admit though, there’s a point in all this, and if you can’t get a decent player on £40,000 a week, well than you can on £50,000 a week as this article proves where everton are concerned -arteta and cahill at least worth every penny.

    fat wages and under performing superstars are what newcastle have been about for a while now, I for one is glad it’s changing.

    But please give young steve a decent deal, he has his critics -especially for some reason on this site? but has always done well for us and all on a fraction of what everyone else gets paid, including the other young lads in zog and milner.

    I know i’d struggle with motivation in that situation at my work!

  • Ericles

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #10

    I think a wage cap is fair and 80k seems a reasonable figure. It does tackle the obscene wage levels of some players and clubs. Does anybody really know what NUFC players actually get paid?
    Checked on Guthrie and he said last week he would not mind the chance to move permanently to Bolton after his loan spell. Well that is ambition! To us he would be a squad make weight in a Milner deal. Ring up Portsmouth and Spurs and get their opinions shall we?

  • geordiekk

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #11

    the offer for modric says it all there is no truth in this story at all theres money to spend and with the sales we have made it’s increasing all the time there will be some big signings coming in arshavin,turan,guthrie,larsson and shorey are all done deals imo and i also think bids for a big striker to replace viduka and a centre back will be coming soon

  • Julio Geordio

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #12

    Two words as to why I’m taking this story with a pinch of salt, and those are “Sunday” and “Mirror”.

  • Len

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #13

    Personally I am v happy the club arent saying anything much to the press. Journalism is dead and has been replaced by vegetables recycling anything they can get their hands on simply to fill space. So to recycle an old phrase we now have lies / damn lies / statistics and sports articles.

  • danuneek

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #14

    Our best players: “Smith, Duff and Geremi” lol. Yeh, what a load of bollocks. Anyway, I think to a certain degree it makes sense, Spurs and Everton have much better sides and they have wage caps. £40 000 is too low though, but its a load of crap anyway. I think we just need to be more sensible in the future when signing players and what wage we offer them.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #15

    Spurs and Everton both have caps of 50k.

  • Graeme

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #16

    We will only see what MA intends when the first signing is actually made. If its someone like Gomez, Gomis, Van Der Vaart etc, a quality oplayer, all well and good.

    If its not, God help us. Another relegation fight, or chasing Europe – all down to you Mr Ashley!!!!

  • toon steve

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #17

    80k limit? Are you having a laugh! I haven’t seen a player at SJP worth even half of that since the great man hung his boots up.

    Injuries or not I would happily see the very large majority of our current crop of wasters shipped out and at 80k a week I would include Owen inthat category. As for the likes of Duff on an alleged 60 – 80k, what a disgrace.

    I am mystified why so many toon fans consistently want the board to chase after big name players on daft money when it is a policy that has paptently failed.

    We need to cut the wage bill and bring in young talent that really wants to play for the toon rather than stuffing their bank accounts. Yes, we will lose some players later to bigger clubs but it a price we will have to pay to see the best young talent at SJP, and heaven forbid, we might actually manage to sell a player at a profit every now and again!

    I am 100% behind what Ashley is trying to do in order to create something that is sustainable and enables us to compete at the higher end of the table year after year; the notion that he is tight, which seems to keep cropping up on this site, is simply infantile given what he has invested to date to dig us out of the sh1t FFS had us in.

  • Julio Geordio

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #18

    I think Len has struck on something there.

    Because of, some might say, a more professional stance the hierarchy of the club are taking, there is less and less showboating from club seniors and therefore less stories to write from them.

    So because of that, journo’s simply make stories up, and more so than usual because they know for a fact a NUFC story has got a fervent following wanting to know every little bit the club are doing.

  • geordiekk

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #19

    @tom toon – if spurs have a cap of 50k what were they offering etto and how much did they offer modric

  • ToonKing

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #20

    yeah they do TT Everton have 2 good players while Spurs have 1, plus i’m pretty sure Spurs wll increase it or scrape it this year. i don’t want us to be on 50k wage cap…..have a cap, yes, agree but don’t limit it to a measly 😀 50k .

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #21

    Modric is getting 35k a week at spurs!

  • jack

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #22

    I think 80 would be fair enough. That should attract enough players. Newcastle have a tendancy to pay huge wages on players who weren’t even getting their game at their last club. Duff, Smith, Barton among others. They were all out of favour and we snapped them up for good deals, but then spent far too much on their wages.

    Does anyone think that, with the money they’d earnt over their career up to the point we bought them, with the offer of first team football on the table, they’d not accept something like 40k a week?

    That’s the problem to me. We signed decent players but gave them contracts worthy of great players.

    Can I also say that Steven Taylor earning less than 1/6th of Joey Barton is absolutely ridiculous….

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #23

    I think a reasonable wage cap is about 70k/80k p/w

  • Archie Brand

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #24

    At least the new Toon regime are consistent in so much as they don’t comment about anything. Unfortunately the press and some of the fans at times interpret that to their advantage.

    Just once I would like to see Ashley issue a statement directly to a newspaper along the lines of “where do you get this garbage from?”

    Anyone found leaking information to the press should be sacked.

    As for the wage cap – there was talk 5 years ago that Man U were capping players salaries and we all know that didn’t happen.

    Spot on Ed, Ashley didn’t get to where he is now by being stupid.

    He has to pay competitive wages at least until we get into Europe and can then attract the better players for that reason, rather than the daft cash.

    Personally I’d rather see Mel Smith and Dolly Barton out there running around rather than the 2 worthless “entertainers” we have at the moment.

  • geordiekk

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #25

    they must have offered big money for etto or suppose it could have been a ffs trick to sell season tickets

  • geordiekk

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #26

    we all know for certain that there is no truth in this story what so ever the club aint said nowt they know as little as we do but lies sell

  • SuperJoe

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #27

    Don’t they get tired of writing this shite?
    We all know this story is pretty much made up. Sure, MA wants to trim the wage bill but he also wants to win things sooner or later and some players are worth more than others.
    Anyway….I just can’t wait for or transfers to start coming in. That will show where our ambition lies with MA. I’d be happy with some solid players with good reputation or good potential in some cases like Turan or Arshavin or that lad from ManUre … whatshisname….Ronaldo or something 🙂

  • ToonKing

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #28

    anyone heard that Arshavin was given until the 20th of June to complete a transfer or he’s staying at Zenit ?? they want 12mil for him and he want’s 50k/week, i say that is more than reasonable!!! Everton bid 10Mil but don’t wanna pay any more and want a lower wage, GET IN WISE AND MA!!!! We have 4 days left !!!!

  • Gooderz

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #29

    It’s hard to believe we get accused of being ‘delusional’ when others get to write such tripe and get paid for it.

    But we should have a wage cap and for it to be based on a player’s position within the squad. Squad players would level off at about 40k, but the special players who play most weeks and make a significant contribution to the team can earn more.

  • geordiekk

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #30

    yeah arshavin will be a quality signing and we need to act quick so massive chance of this lad being our first signing.
    also on reading the guthrie story on it says that bolton officials have said that it looks like he is coming to nufc it shows how quietly we are going about our business theres been no talk in the media about it prior to that

  • geordiekk

    Jun 16, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #31

    i wonder if each paper has a special story telling section dedicated to filling any space left with utter crap and vindictive storys about nufc

  • Leo

    Jun 16, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #32

    bull sh1t this story is

    why do the journo’s waste so much paper with this rubbish one minute it was an 80k wage cap now it is 40k…

    get real dudes

  • Leo

    Jun 16, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #33

    yes as ed wud put it, what noncense….


  • Hammy

    Jun 16, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #34

    I was talking to a senior guy at St James’ last week about the suits business, it was absolutely true as is the players’ now picking up there own phone bill which currently costs the club over a million £ a season, I was told a lot of the foreign players are on the phone all the time and that it had to stop. I also think that the papers are getting nothing out of St James’ hence the crap they are printing…….the only stories transfer wise are coming from abroad, I kind of like the way things look to be going, next year’s balance sheet is going to make interesting reading…..
    I also think there will be some major signings to be announced as soon as the Euro’s are finished.

  • Faustino

    Jun 16, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #35

    “bull sh1t this story is”


  • Leo

    Jun 16, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #36

    oh and by the way lads, i only took the option of renewing 2 of ma 4 season tickets this year because it is way to expensive to get 4

    hopefully it will be worth spending money on too

  • Hammy

    Jun 16, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #37

    You lie down to watch the games then?

  • craig chisholm

    Jun 16, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #38

    i think a wage cap of 200 quid a week is fair – after tax of course!!
    Seriously though, Mike Ashley has the power to stop this nonsense right now by making a statement. Now i know that many of you may think its bowing to media etc but all this bull shit in the papers right on transfer window and ticket renewal is not looking good or doing us any favors.
    All he has to do is go with one of the major tabloids and tell them he will talk to them exclusivley all the time in return for acurate press. why not go with the Sun or something like that and let them print acurate interviews with named sources etc. that would be the end of it. We would be happy, the dirvel in the press would come to a grinding halt and i am sure the club, players, staff and potential players would enjoy reading some positive info for a change – we really do need some word from our owner, its just too quiet. Its almost like we are giving the stories legs by not saying something.

  • geordiegraham

    Jun 16, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #39

    any1 heard anything about pre season matches. Its a load of bull. get rid of smith

  • geordiekk

    Jun 16, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #40

    i think ma should come on here and tell us exactly what the crack is


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