Newcastle Ready To Unload High Wage Earners In Summer


Now that we’ve witnessed the transfer window in January, it seems fairly obvious who Joe Kinnear will be moving out in the summer at Newcastle.

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Michael Owen – will have cost the club around £1.3M for every goal

And it seems there are a lot of players, who are either out of contract, or who on the fringes of the team, but are receiving really high wages, or both, will be moved out.

The players we think will leave the club, along with their estimated weekly wages are as follows:

Player   Weekly Wage £	

Viduka	   60,000
Cacapa	   35,000
Smith	   55,000
Owen	  105,000
Enrique	   40,000
Geremi	   60,000
Xisco	   20,000	

Total	  375,000

So there’s a couple of things we see from this. Quite a few players who are the fringe of the first team, and quite a few who are always injured are still getting huge wages at the club, and they just don’t deserve them.

We don’t think Newcastle will make much of an attempt to keep Michael Owen at the club, and they will bring in another striker in the summer to partner Martins, Carroll and Ameobi up front. And of course Peter Lovekrands can also play in a striker role.

But when you look at the above players and realize that Ashley is paying out £375K each and every week for these players, Newcastle are just not getting their moneys worth, and that must be put right in the summer.

Michael Owen, as we all know has been injured for most of his time at the club, and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better since he’s out injured again.

As one commentator said recently Michael scores once in every two games on average, but he only plays around 20 games a season. And since Michael has shown little interest in staying around on Tyneside, even though he hasn’t earned the top money we’ve paid him, he will be allowed to move elsewhere as a free agent.

His deal at Newcastle will go down as one of the worst ever for a Premier League club.

Some of the players in the above list have their contracts running out, including Viduka, Cacapa, in addition to Owen.

And most will want to stay, like Viduka, Smith and Geremi, but only because they are on such high wages.

We have to agree with Mike that the wage bill needs to be lowered and the club can do that big time in the summer, and replace the above players with younger players just as good, who hopefully are not in the injury room all the time.

Comments welcome.



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132 comments so far

  • Chris H

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #1

    I must admit, not one of the players in the list warrant a wage they’re on.

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  • dougnufc

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #2

    I am surprised that Enrique is earning 40k

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  • MarkO

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #3

    Keep Smith and Enrique, but get rid of the rest.

    How about bringing in Valeri Bojinov from Man City as part of the Given deal. I know he is injured and has been for a long while, but he is a great player and i am sure he would add alot if we could get him fit because him and Oba upfront would complement each other very well.

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  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #4

    Me too. Where did you get this info from Ed?

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  • Davy Craig

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #5

    I think that Duff may be added to that list. I like him personally and his effort is better than most but he’s just not the player he was before we bought him.

    I just hope that Martins doesn’t get added to that list.

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  • toonarmyuk

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #6

    Definitely get shot of Owen, Cacapa, Geremi, Duff, Smith and Viduka. Will be a huge relief to get rid of hangers on who dont really want to play for NUFC, but just want a nice wage!

    I think Enrique has something left to prove yet, but it looks like Kinnear hasnt got the time for him. Xisco must be on some sort of additional fee agreement if he plays a certain amount of games…..unless Kinnear REALLY doesnt like him (why though!?).

    It all depends on who’s manager in the summer though. I suspect that Kinnear might keep Duff, Butt and Owen if he possibly can, but I think any other manager would get shot of the list I gave above.

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  • carlio

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #7

    In Owen’s defence, Alan Smith has cost more per goal. If you actually count his single goal in a friendly, then he has cost us nearly £11m per goal (£6m transfer fee, nearly £5m in wages so far).

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  • Toon_Sydney

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #8

    all of u on ur bike

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  • ian

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #9

    It would be great if Smith turned it all around he does put everything in to the game, imagine if it was Smith and Carroll the saviours!! None of us would have put money on that. Stranger things have happened.

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  • cjcox88

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #10

    i think that enrique is probably he only player with the potential to be earning that money. He clearly can defend, its just lapses of concentration and i expect him to improve now calderwood is a the club. he can go forward, we have seen him almost score a couple in the last few weeks and he has loads of pace, he might not seem to, but he outpaced wright phillips against citeh so i think we should def keep him

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  • xisco-hidden-gem

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #11

    hary megson has confirmed that the deal for veloso has broken down as bolton failed to reach their asking price?????? yippiee now is our chance to get him when the water is cold?? 🙂

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #12

    They can all rot in hell…lazy overpaid primadonnas that don’t give two stuffs about NUFC.

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  • toonarmyuk

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #13

    Davy Craig – I think Martins might be itching to go if things dont start looking up by the summer.

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  • Yellow Belly

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #14

    And Duff

    would like to see Enrique and Xisco stay, with the right manager they have potential

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  • Doocey

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #15

    You con’t say owen’s deal was the worst. He scored goals and won us the derby with a couple. 1.3m a goal is a hell of a lot though!

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #16

    Martins won’t be hanging around…in the championship.

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  • Charlietoon

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #17

    Mark O why the hell would we keep smith out of all of them. He is a walking yellow card wiht little to no goal scoring or passing prowess

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  • reillers

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #18

    Owen’s on 105 grand a week. You’re taking the piss.

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  • toonarmyuk

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #19

    ian – it must SURELY be time for Smith to get a run together and stump up the goods!? I think while we NUFC fans always seem to pessimistic about the club in general, we always seem to cling to the hope that a cack player will come good one day.
    Smith fits that bill. Fair enough, he might give everything he has each match, but he hasnt scored a goal for us, which is quite simply not good enough. If he can get a run together with either Carroll/Ameobi until the end of the season and get some important goals, he might be given a lifeline, but I still suspect he is 1. too injury prone, and 2. not a good enough striker to warrant another season here.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #20

    Smith sucks and Duff bottles tackles and bores me.

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  • Davy Craig

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #21

    The rats are the first to leave a sinking ship but we’re not down yet! Good to keep fighting and supporting – starting tomorrow.

    We have to get behind the team instead of having a go at Ashley if he turns up tomorrow.

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  • AussieToon

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #22

    Xisco and Enrique is the only one I want to see remain at the club.

    The rest can go in the summer, once we are saved from relegation.

    We need a fit and firing and scoring Michael Owen more than anything right now though.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #24

    Keep Barton and to a degree if Smith can prove himself a valuble asset between now and the summer.

    All the rest can do one. Must be nice to be paid to sit on a sick note – especially at that amount.

    I like duff but at that money – he aint really done nowt.

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  • Dragonera

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #25

    I doubt Enrique is earning 40k, that was just nonsense from a tabloid paper to fuel the negativity already surrounding him. He is more likely on around 25k. Keep Enrique, get rid of Duff instead.

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  • toonarmyuk

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #26

    Doocey, I would probably say that the Boumsong deal was out worst ever, followed closely by Luque. I’m not even going to try and think about Marcelino.
    Owen’s does come pretty close though – not entirely his or the clubs fault (injuries the main cause), and he undoubtedly has helped in drawing other players to the club, but overall it has been a disastrous signing in terms of value for money. The only upside is that we for £6m (or £7m?) compo from the FA for his injury.

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  • Doocey

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #27

    Add Derek Llambias to that list..

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  • Yellow Belly

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #28

    Martins can go, as someone said a few weeks ago ‘he is just a sprinter not a footballer’ What did you use to call that football game when I was little where you pressed their heads down and the balls would fly accross the room, Striker?

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  • toonarmyuk

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #29

    Toon Graeme – as you mention Barton (who isn’t in Ed’s list), when you say “the rest can all do one” I presume you mean the rest of the squad?

    If that’s the case, are you therefore saying that you dont want to keep Harper, Bassong, Martins, Beye, and a handful of the younger lot?

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  • RyanToon

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #30

    enrique gets 40k? OMFG

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  • Dragonera

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #31

    Yellow Belly

    Rubbish! Martins is our biggest threat and it is imperative that we keep him.

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  • toonarmyuk

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #32

    Doocey – I take my previous comment back. I agree that Derek Llambias is most DEFINITELY the out and out winner – by a country mile – of the title “Worst Acquisition by a football club on earth….ever!”

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  • Oleg G

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #33

    Enrique is not that bad.
    Xisco is probably not good at all if he is not playing so even the 20K is too much.

    The rest, yeah. I am over Owen, he can go.
    Lets just get a good replacement for him so Oba will have a good partner.

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  • cjcox88

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #34

    bojinov is not the answer, quality player, but cant stay fit. has basically been out his whole time at man city, personally id rather have jo, another player that just hasnt been given a chance, someone doesnt turn from good to awful in a day! in an ideal world tho, we bring in onoaha and 6 mill, meaning
    ——————Harper————————
    Onuoha——Colo——Bassong—-Taylor
    Jonas——veloso——-nolan——duff
    ————martins———carroll————

    i kno this assuemd veloso wil sign but take the 6 mill from zog and 6 from given and snap veloso up straight away maybe it will take an extra 2 million from ashley, i believe that team would have the quality to move up the table significantly

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  • RyanToon

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #35

    get rid off all of them at the end of the season

    owens quality but he doesnt wanna stay

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  • MarkO

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #36

    How can you get rid of Oba. It isn’t a coincidence that we won most of our games when he was in the team. Since he has left the team we have not been creating anything and we haven’t been scoring anything either. If Oba plays tommorrow we will win if he doesn’t we will lose simple. He terrorises defences as they never know what he is going to do next and that is a huge advantage.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #37

    Sorry toonarmyuk, at work so speed typing.

    Was referring to Ed’s list.

    True Barton aint on there, but my impression was his wages were up there on the high list too.

    My reasons for keeping Barton is his commitment and passion for us which he has shown

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  • Davy Craig

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #38

    Llambias looks like Martin Scorcese’s idiot younger brother that the family are ashamed of and farmed out to a family on the other side of the world. He just sits there with a stupid senseless grin on his face.

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  • BigB75

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #39

    MarkO — i Agree with you 100%….SPEED KILLS

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  • Dragonera

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #40

    I would get rid of Owen whether he wants to stay or not. One of the most overrated (by NUFC fans and the media) players ever to put on a football shirt.

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