Carroll To Sign New Deal But Delay on Bassong Contract

Good news and not so good news on the new contract front with two of our youngsters today.


Andrew Carroll – to sign new 3 year deal

The NOTW are reporting this morning that Newcastle are almost ready to tie up 20 year-old impressive local striker and England Under-19 player Andy Carroll, on a three-year deal.

The lad, who stands 6’4″ tall, is highly thought of at Newcastle, and has played well in his 5 starts for the club this season, and has got a couple of good goals for the side.

However, he has had a couple of training ground incidents recently, with the first one being with Charles N’Zogbia before he was shipped off to Wigan.  The Newcastle management got fed up with his complaining and saying he wanted to leave for a bigger club, who he said were all after him. Shades of  Walter Mitty indeed.

He joined Wigan Athletic.

And then recently apparently Andy had an altercation with Shola Ameobi, another local striker on Tyneside.

Andy will need to grow up and stop these fights on the training ground, if he wants to progress in his football career, and we just have to hope the lad has his feet firmly on the ground, and isn’t starting to believe his own headlines.

If he is, then that becomes a slippery slope and a fast downward spiral.


Seb Bassongcontract discussions will take place in the summer

And there are also reports that talks between Newcastle and Sebastien Bassong have been put on hold until the summer.

The lad is on a 3 year deal at the club, but he is the lowest paid first teamer by a country mile, and said to be getting just £5K a week. He was brought in by Kevin Keegan and wasn’t expected to play too much this season, but the Frenchman has burst onto the scene in the Premier League, in a big way this season.

The NOTW is saying this could leave him open to offers, but why?

He has two years of his contract to run, and the Newcastle hierarchy knows only too well how important this lad is to Newcastle’s future.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • Ben_BKK

    Mar 8, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #1

    I can understand why we’d want to offer Bassong an improved contract, but I don’t see why any delay would mean another team would be able to take him… he still has 2 years left, so we’re the ones in control.

  • AndyNUFC

    Mar 8, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #2

    If he has 2 years left then what’s the problem with leaving negotiations till the summer? Nobody will want to bother right now with the state we’re in. Carroll is a decent signing but he needs to be more for the future, not first team yet.

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Mar 8, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #3

    Very true, but it essentially gives us a year to persuade him that his future lies here. I think he’ll want a good contract and to be assured that he’s finally going to be surrounded by players of a similar calibre. Then again, I doubt any of us are sure that that is going to happen.

  • Archie Brand

    Mar 8, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #4

    Absolutely amazing!

    We have all of these NFI CGaF Prima Donnas sitting round in the treatment room doing nothing but comparing pay cheques and scars, while our undoubtedly best player of the season is out there everyweek saving our skind by virtue of the fact that he’s actually a decent defender.

    Theres something wrong when the next man up earns more in a week than Seb does in a month, and then the likes of Owen just about earning in a week what he gets in 5 months!

    Considering what teams get paid for the position they finish in, giving Seb another 10 grand a week would still leave us in profit compared to where we would be without him

    So just do the decent thing and sign him up now. It would be extremely difficult for him to resist if someone else comes along in the summer and offers him 20k a week.

    He’s just a young lad who’s been with us 5 minutes. Loyalty isn’t in his vocabulary yet. We need to go out and buy some for him.

  • Shanghaitoon

    Mar 8, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #5

    I don’t know how he can survive on just 5K a week… I guess he’ll just have to go to the soup kitchens … LOL

    I agree though that he should be offered a new contract asap. He definitely one of our best and most consistent palyers and doesn’t get injured when other players look at him…

  • batty

    Mar 8, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #6

    i think we need at least 4 points out ov the next 3 games to have any chance ov staying up

  • Intergalactic Milkman

    Mar 8, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #7

    NOTW reports = nothing

  • Rodzilla

    Mar 8, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #8

    More than likely total fabrication. I’m sure the board WILL offer him an improved contract, IF we stay up. Let’s face it, if we’re relegated he’ll be off like a shot.

    ..and Batty, yeah, my hope was at least 4 out of our next 4………. 4 out of Hull, Arsenal and Chelsea could be a bit ambitious – but why not eh?

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 8, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #9

    ‘NOTW’ – I wont even believe or give a second thought to the positive things that come from ths rag.

    Why do we want to offer Carroll a new contract?!? He hasn’t shown anything except from being an arrogant wannabe. He has 3 years left anyway.

  • chuck

    Mar 8, 2009 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #10

    Carroll, slow as mollasses, his only advantage is in his size, allso seems to be full of himself and has had run ins with more than N`Zogbia.
    N`Zog as opposed to Carroll, we got rid of the wrong guy.
    Bassong, we got lucky, who gets the credit is still up for debate.
    Sign him long term raie his wages, sure ,he deserves it.
    Will it keep him at the club, unless one of the top PL or European clubs chase him, why not .
    But if things continue as they are at present, then players like Seb could be tempted to leave due to the chaos surrounding the club, plus a lack of any success in regards to silverware.
    It`s what happened with N`Zogbia and other French platers.

  • Ross

    Mar 8, 2009 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #11

    If its true that Bassongs on only 5k a week then his new contract will hopefully change that. Christ, he’s only young but put his performances along side others this season and he’s the one who looks worthy of having the SIXTY five k a week.

  • DJG

    Mar 8, 2009 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #12

    The deal for Bassong is the best we,ve ever done. He has been the find of the season and of best defender. We don’t have to offer him stupid money, just enough to make him sign a 5 year contract.
    I will be hard to repeat a signing like that this summer.

    I would offer Andy Carroll a new contract. 5p a year.

  • Sav

    Mar 8, 2009 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #13

    ‘….who gets the credit is still up for debate’.

    No, Chuck, its been clearly settled (why did that sound like Cilla Black?).
    Keegan gets the credit and Llambias is shown up for what he is. There may be lots we don’t know and could argue about, but those are two facts, so lets park them and move on.

  • Brutooon

    Mar 8, 2009 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #14

    i still can’t believe Ameobi got a new contract last time…

  • workyticket

    Mar 9, 2009 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #15

    Sav // Mar 8, 2009 at 8:22 PM

    ‘….who gets the credit is still up for debate’.

    “No, Chuck, its been clearly settled (why did that sound like Cilla Black?).
    Keegan gets the credit and Llambias is shown up for what he is.”

    Sav, there were alot of factors in Bassong’s signing, and Keegan does deserve some credit for being an initial point of contact with his manager. But Keegan didn’t have a clue about Bassong until he was offered for a trial, and both he and Wise appraised him before he was offered a contract. Try to be more even handed and less blinkered.

  • workyticket

    Mar 9, 2009 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #16

    “Andy will need to grow up and stop these fights on the training ground, if he wants to progress in his football career”

    Ed, I think you’ll find that it got Joey Barton a huge payrise when he was kicked out of Man City for the D’Abo attack. We like to reward thuggery in Newcastle, or did you forget that Ed?

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 9, 2009 at 1:56 AM

    Comment #17

    But Barton is a good footballer, Carroll aint really.

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 9, 2009 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #18


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