What happens in January if some of your good players have contracts that run out in the summer, and they have not been signed up to new contracts?
Nicky Butt – fancies joining Wigan Athletic?
Other clubs come after them and they are allowed to talk to the players, and perhaps agree to deals that will be executed in the summer, and that’s the situation Newcastle United are in with seven players of their first team squad.
And news today that Wigan Athletic manager Steve Bruce is keen to sign Nicky Butt in January. Of course the Geordie manager was manager of Birmingham when Nicky went there on loan for a season, in 2005-2006, and played for Birmingham 24 times with 3 goals.
The deal was for Nicky to sign for them at the end of that season but Birmingham were relegated and Nicky came back to Tyneside and has done very well since then.
Nicky will be able to open negotiations with rival clubs next month and can move on a lucrative free transfer at the end of the season.
With the Newcastle Board saying nothing, and apparently doing nothing on the contract front, you can hardly blame the players for taking up their option of listening to offers next month.
It would be in Wigan’s best interests to do the deal at the end of the season to get Nicky on a free transfer with a signing-on fee. But their option is also to get him in January, just to make sure, and pay a small transfer fee.
Kinnear will want to keep the vastly experienced Butt, but the midfielder is a former team-mate of Bruce at Manchester United and still has a house in Cheshire, and has already played for Steve for a season at Birmingham. So there is some momentum and sense for this move, at least from Nicky’s viewpoint.
But it shows again that the current Newcastle Board seem to have no idea how to run a football club, and the nightmare scenario, for Newcastle fans, is that some of our players will either leave in January or sign pre-contract agreements and move in the summer.
That will become more and more likely as the Newcastle club continue to do nothing on the contract front.
What are the Newcastle United Board doing these days? Certainly not their job, and they’re not letting their customers (fans) or players know anything at all about what’s going on.
What a way to run a football club. 🙁