James Milner Wants Improved Contract At Newcastle

The Daily Mirror is reporting today that James Milner is demanding a pay-rise, to secure his long-term future at Newcastle United.


 James Milner – looking for a pay rise (who isn’t?)

The England Under-21 winger wants to be part of Kevin Keegan’s plans for the future, but it’s being reported he is currently one of the lowest paid first team regulars at the Tyneside club.

We heard similar stories during the summer, and his agent wanted to renegotiate the Leeds-born player’s contract.  Milner did sign an extended four year deal less than a year ago, but his agent is reported to have approached the Tyneside club for talks, a couple of months ago.

James holds the record for the most number of England Under-21 appearances (36 and counting), but has yet to win his first full England cap, and he played in 32 games for Newcastle last season.

Newcastle’s wish to cut their £72M wage bill, and tighten the financial strings at the club, will put his contract negotiations on hold a little, until later this summer.

A source close to James said:

“James is just after parity with other players.”

“He has spent time one on one with Kevin Keegan and is excited by working with him.”

“He loves the place and doesn’t want to leave but there are market values.”

We don’t think this news is very alarming, but James may have to be a little patient while the club completes delicate contract negotiations with Steve Harper and captain Michael Owen.

If he is one of the lowest paid first teamers at the club, he should be given an improved contract – similar to the one young Steven Taylor was given a couple of weeks back.  As it turns out, both players were born in January 1986, with James 19 days older than Steven.

The Newcastle club have had no problems in giving good deals to those players that produce at the club, and James fits into that category.

Young Milner will get a lot better playing under Kevin Keegan, and he already seems to know that – a sensible lad indeed.

It’s also pleasing James wants to stay at the club, and be part of Keegan’s revival, that hopefully will bring Newcastle United back from the wilderness, as a major force again in English football.

We are all hoping (and praying) that will be the case in the next couple of seasons, but it will not be easy, given how much the club has fallen back in the last couple of seasons.

We think James is a great lad to have at the club.

Comments welcome.

92 comments so far

  • AndyNUFC

    Jul 16, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #1

    If Taylor gets a new contract, then Milner should.

  • queen

    Jul 16, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #2

    His low wages reflect his lack of ability in my opinion. He can easily be replaced.

  • Mac

    Jul 16, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #3

    Keep the wage bill down and cash in on milner. No end product. We could easily replace Milner fo less money. If we ever get a bid of around 7 million i say take it and take it now

  • Matt

    Jul 16, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #4

    The club won’t give Milner a new contract because –

    (a) He doesn’t deserve one

    (b)He’s still got 3 years left on his current deal that he signed 12 months ago

  • Greek Toon

    Jul 16, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #5

    He has signed a contract a year ago. A deal is a deal. He isn’t that good anyway.

  • Danish_Magpie

    Jul 16, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #6

    Extend his contract. Young, English, talented, versatile. Will develop nicely under Keegan. Don’t pay him silly money, but extend his contract and give him a bit of a pay-rise as well.

  • Eyeball

    Jul 16, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #7

    I agree he should be getting more money, I mean jesus if Alan Smith, Jailbird Barton and Duff are on 50-60 a week Milner should be getting at least 90k hahaha(joking)

    But he does bring alot more to the table then some of the crap we have at the club!!

  • Staffsmag

    Jul 16, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #8

    Put him on the bonus scheme that they are offering to Owen etc. make him show he deserves the extra. I like the lad but feel its now time he started to deliver !!!! Howay the lads

  • Matt

    Jul 16, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #9

    Offering more than the likes of Duff and Smith do to the team should be the reason to get rid of the big earners that don’t perform, not give an average player more money just so he doesn’t feel left out.

    No wonder the club is financially in the shit with that way of thinking.

  • WesToon

    Jul 16, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #10

    @ Eyeball…well said mate,If those players get 50-60k a week,milner,simply by the amount of effort and desire he puts in,should be on something similar to as Eyeball put it” Jailbird Barton” No doubt

  • mattyh

    Jul 16, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #11

    fair enough demand…
    staffsmag has it i reckon put the whole bunch on performance related contracts..
    who knows smith might actually score..

  • Matt

    Jul 16, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #12

    10 WesToon // Jul 16, 2008 at 13:02

    @ Eyeball…well said mate,If those players get 50-60k a week,milner,simply by the amount of effort and desire he puts in,should be on something similar to as Eyeball put it” Jailbird Barton” No doubt


    And people wonder how we ended up with the 5th highest wage bill in the league with an average squad to show for it.

  • Davies

    Jul 16, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #13

    Queen, is your name anything to do with Dancing Queen, as in Abba and Fernando?

    Hello again mate. How are you? How are things going for Spurs in the transfer window?

    Looks like we’re getting things moving.

    Anyhoo, I think Milner should just wait his turn. He’s getting about £30K a week, which is more than any of us here are getting, and he’s only 22.

  • Yellow Belly

    Jul 16, 2008 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #14

    This year will be his year if he wants it! keegan will give him the oppotunity its up to him what he does with it. I would wait until next year or maybe January to see if he can step upto that next level that we all want

  • The Entertainers

    Jul 16, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #15

    Hang on where does this end.

    Milner is a player i like and want to keep at the club.

    BUT…… when he signed his contract, he signed it freely and knowning what he was signing to. Now all of a sudden Taylor has got slightly better terms, so he wants another new contract.

    Ok give him it, does that mean we’ll have Taylor banging on the door next month demanding an upgrade?…….Hang on Guthrie beens here 5 minutes doesnt he deserve improved conditions.

    The tea lady has been here years, get her on a bonus scheme, the more kit-kats she can snatch out of The Dukes mitts at half time the more she earns !

    …..i digress. Point made. I think?

  • natedawg

    Jul 16, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #16

    i thought the reason taylor wanted better wages was cause milner and zog where on more ? could this turn in to a never ending circle?

  • geordie in taipei

    Jul 16, 2008 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #17

    Im not buying this article. If he was closer to the end of his contract then i may believe it but he’s just signed a new one. And Natedawg is right, Taylor wanted parity with them.

  • Frankieboy

    Jul 16, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #18

    Taylor was near end of current contract Milner is not.
    Should not even be discissed at this time.
    This is just an agent stirring things up as per I reckon

  • Oga

    Jul 16, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #19

    Hopefully Villa are stupid enough to pay big money for this average player. Would use some of the funds to buy Giles Barnes.

  • John

    Jul 16, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #20

    the difference with taylor and milner is that Taylor had a year to go and milner has 3…No rush for milner…

    Lets see how he doe’s this year..Let him earn the money not just give it to him because liverpool were after him.. For me , he’s average player that in this day and age is worth 20 grand a week and not a penny more..

    If he chips in with 15 assists and 10 goals this year stick another 10 grand on top

  • valle

    Jul 16, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #21

    This is just insane, Barton, Duff and Smith are overpaid as it is so Milner should be too?… No way he is worth 50-60k a week.

  • toonfan1

    Jul 16, 2008 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #22

    de jong not interested in move. on setanta site

  • ObaFan2

    Jul 16, 2008 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #23

    Davies, why invite comment from abusive non Toon fans? plz do not.

    I think this is just paper talk stirring again…. a source close to the player…….. learn to cross and supply and the money will follow imo.

  • queen

    Jul 16, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #25

    adebayor is only on 35k at arsenal, so how can milner be worth similar? If he can find a team stupid enough to pay 10mill and pay big wages for him i would say get rid.

  • Kash2

    Jul 16, 2008 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #26

    Milner does not deserve a new contract. He got one a year ago and is now level with N’Zogbia and Taylor. They’re the highest paid players under the age of 22.
    Give him a new contract by the end of the season if he does the following:

    1) Doesn’t give the ball away so much by playing rubbish passes
    2) Manages to contribute to the team by holding onto the ball when switching from defence to attack.
    3) Is able to impose his presence on the pitch and be an attacking force for the TOON.
    4) Improve the quality of his final ball with at least 7 assists in the coming season
    5) Improve his goal tally and score at least 7 goals this season.

    If he does all of those things then I would put him on a better contract. If he doesn’t then, TOUGH LUCK!

  • JOeT

    Jul 16, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #27

    want aimar

    would be happy with de jong although wary of his height (one thing we’ve been lacking for seasons, along with a defense) and would prefer INLER, or maybe go for a cheeky punt for Diaby or Song from arsenal

    cuellar would be good, but would again prefer an alternative – being collocini! However based on keegans comments towards the end of last season about the SPL and what it has too offer think its more likely to be cueller esp as there trying to sign danny shit-horse as a possible replacement

    Dont think there is any great necessity to sign a left back as it may just confuse matters, and disrupt cetain players, although i would have been v happy with bridge! Think we will look to counter this problematic area with bassong, as we could give him the opportunity to fight for both a LB or CB position or even just buy a center half who can fill in at LB………dare i Say it…..O’Shea

    as for up front either the young swiss guy from Basel who we’ve been linked with or the french guy (both of which im not even gonna attempt to spell)

    so thats

    1 CM
    1 DM
    1 CB/LB
    1 CB
    1 Striker

    get on the phone Kev and realise what we’re missing….this will be one of the toughest seasons this club has ever encountered!!!

    Howay the lads 🙂

  • queen

    Jul 16, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #28

    De jong isnt coming……..Good job everyone hasnt been punching the air with excitement and acting as though it was a done deal. Things are definatly moving Davies.

  • Ross

    Jul 16, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #29

    was quite confident dejong wouldnt be coming to us to be honest. Ed’s last article claimed that the only thing we had to sort out was personal terms which to be honest is rather ridiculous, dunno where that came from after the sun merely claimed we were interested in him. nothing of any credibility in that one at all.
    As for milner, he deserves what ever taylor is getting to be honest, however neither are that great. he signed a contract a year ago and was happy, why is he now demanding more? because his name has been linked with other clubs? fair enough he gives 110% but he still needs to learn to cross a ball.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 16, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #30

    John and Queen – That means nothing at all, he an important player for Hamburg and when asked by the Hamubrg press he isnt going to say: ‘Yes, im going to Newcastle’ or ‘Im leaving’ is he.

    How many times have we seen players say things like that and sign for a new club in he coming days, lots of times!

  • Ericles

    Jul 16, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #31

    Another Mirror destabilisation story. Let them pay his wages.

  • queen

    Jul 16, 2008 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #32

    It was a no goer anyway. 3mill for a young internatioal. no chance.

  • Ross

    Jul 16, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #33

    JOeT-i think the shittu deal to rangers has fallen through, or thats what all the papers up here are saying anyway. he demanded 20k a week or something and rangers just werent willing to pay it, or couldnt afford it, one of the two.
    i think they’ll do everything they can to keep cuellar, he was brilliant for them last season. they’ll want quite the price packet for him if they’re forced to let him go.

  • Kash2

    Jul 16, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #34

    @Queen: £3m does seem little considering Engelaar moved to Schalke for £4m. I reckon a fee of around £6m is more likely!

  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Jul 16, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #35

    Ericles i think you are on to something there 😀

  • Kash2

    Jul 16, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #36

    @Ross G: I really hope you’re right and Cueller stays in Weegy land. I don’t think he’s the player we need. We’ve already got Faye, who has EPL experience, who’s also dominant in the air.


  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 16, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #37

    Daivd Luiz 😉


  • m.

    Jul 16, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #38

    CB? someone from a big team who isn’t getting too much first-team football. how is Squillaci in Lyon, or Naldo in Bremen?

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 16, 2008 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #39

    Squillaci has gone to Sevilla and Bremen will NOT sell Naldo.

  • ToonTimbo

    Jul 16, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #40

    Has anyone heard anthing about matias fernandez because someone on another blog was talking us being interested in him him but i cant find anything!!


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