Contract Talks At Newcastle On Hold For Obvious Reasons


Newcastle United’s Chris Hughton has said today that contract talks about players’  futures  at the club, have been put on hold until the end of the season, which is hardly surprising.

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Chris with Joe Kinnear – all contract talks on hold


The same thing happened last year at this time, as the team fought against the drop.

Newcastle captain Michael Owen, Oba Martins, Jonas Gutierrez and Fabricio Coloccini  are just four Newcastle stars, who will be leaving Newcastle in the summer, if the club does get relegated to the Championship.

That’s simply because the wage bill will need to be cut quite dramatically, to match the reduced income into the club.

Newcastle caretaker Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:

“The most important thing is they are fighting for the club’s survival.” “The fear of this club not being in this division next season supercedes absolutely everything.”

“I don’t think at this moment players are thinking about their futures.” “What they are thinking about is making sure we win enough games, get enough points to stay in this division.”

“Any thoughts of the future come at the end of the season.”

An aspect that should be driving players towards success in the upcoming games, is their own futures, because a number of them will need to change clubs if Newcastle do go down, so in order to maintain some stability for their families, they should be playing in the games like their lives depended on winning, and not like they did on Saturday.

Newcastle are now 3rd joint bottom, and only 5th from the bottom because of a decent goal difference, and that could yet prove to be a savior for the club, if Newcastle are still down in the doldrums come the end of the season.

Chris added:

“From our point of view, there are two things: one is the result, and the other is the performance, and you can gain something from both.”

“I can always say the most important thing for us is the result, which it is.”

“But very quickly after that, we have got to make sure we get a performance because it is about having a run of games and building confidence.”

Good words from Chris and of course the result is now becoming more and more important.

If we played very badly on Saturday but won – we’d be absolutely ecstatic. But exactly how that could happen would be interesting – but we’d still take it. 😀

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30 comments so far

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 17, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #1

    Yawn.

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  • Prince Bassong

    Mar 17, 2009 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #2

    Okay, but what about youngsters, like Ryan Donaldson, whose contracts are also set to expire at the end of the season. They should have been re-signed a while ago!

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  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 17, 2009 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #3

    Waffle.

    “From our point of view, there are two things: one is the result, and the other is the performance, and you can gain something from both.”

    “I can always say the most important thing for us is the result, which it is.”

    “But very quickly after that, we have got to make sure we get a performance because it is about having a run of games and building confidence.”

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  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 17, 2009 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #4

    Give it a rest.

    “I don’t think at this moment players are thinking about their futures.” “What they are thinking about is making sure we win enough games, get enough points to stay in this division.”

    “Any thoughts of the future come at the end of the season.”

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  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 17, 2009 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #5

    The couldn’t run a Free Brothel these lot..complete Bozo’s one and all…dunno wether to laugh or cry or headbutt a brick wall.

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  • dougnufc

    Mar 17, 2009 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #6
  • roscoe

    Mar 17, 2009 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #7

    think i might head butt the wall!

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  • roscoe

    Mar 17, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #8

    at least then i might forget this joke of a season ever happened!

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  • Whumpie

    Mar 17, 2009 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #9

    SJT – the usual happy-g0-lucky endorsement of all things NUFC, then…

    Are you actually the love child of Marvin the Robot and Eyore?

    Sorry – couldn’t resist it. But you are right on one thing: it’s hard to have anything to say about this really.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 17, 2009 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #10

    Haha Whumpie : )

    Happy Go Lucky Endorsement…I like that.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 17, 2009 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #11

    I got nowt to say on this one!

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  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 17, 2009 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #12

    Me Neither.
    Next !

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  • lesh

    Mar 17, 2009 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #13

    A sensible move and not unexpected!

    However, relegation was anticipated months ago and still nothing was done to stem the failures of an abject, short-sighted and crass management.

    We sign players such as Collo and Jonas and now we’re budgeting for relegation so we ‘d expect them to leave….. where’s the sense in that?

    We’ve got some gems among the first team squad (Bassong for example) and doubtless, they’ll want away too.

    After all, if the club needs to sell these guys then it’ll need to replace them with inferior players and then assuming we go up again, buy players who can cope with the Prem.

    Absolute short-sighted madness not to have acted earlier to protect Ashley’s investment.

    If I was a conspiracy theorist, I’d say this has been an elaborate scheme to justify a clear out and cut the wage bill!

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  • Stardust

    Mar 17, 2009 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #14

    Lesh

    If I was a conspiracy theorist – I would say that they might look on relegation as a way of shaking monkeys from the tree – get rid of the dead weight supporters who forgot to support.

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  • Gosforth Phil

    Mar 17, 2009 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #15

    LOL Stardust – that was a truly pathetic post.

    Your continuation to support a regime who do NOTHING to help the club,the fans and the reputation of NUFC is tantemount to treason.

    Lesh is far closer to reality than you dare admit.

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  • lesh

    Mar 17, 2009 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #16

    Oh dear me, Stardust!

    I’d expected a much more mature post than the one at 14!

    You can write sense at times and I do agree with you on a number of points but you’re hardly endearing yourself to folk on this site.

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  • Stardust

    Mar 17, 2009 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #17

    Lesh – I was being sarcastic fella – and I dont try and endear – I simply say it as I see it – my loyalty is to the club – thats all.

    Gosforth Phil

    Not sure what anyone owes any of the lunatics who demo’d against the club (without evidence) – and to this day continue to twist and winge – get rid of all the freeloaders i say.

    If I were Ashley for some of the posters on here – I wouldnt budge an inch – they are hinsight heros – weak individuals – who spend their time time knee jerking in their “lack of” thought process.

    I apologise to all the monkeys in the world for likening them to some of Newcastles Fans.

    There you go Lesh – that endearing enough?

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  • Stuart79

    Mar 17, 2009 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #18

    Stardust // Mar 17, 2009 at 4:08 PM

    Lesh

    If I was a conspiracy theorist – I would say that they might look on relegation as a way of shaking monkeys from the tree – get rid of the dead weight supporters who forgot to support.

    Judging by Ashleys decision making and actions I would have thought it’s more likey he wants the club relegated to get rid of the big earners!

    Wouldn’t suprise me in the slightest.

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  • komfort

    Mar 17, 2009 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #19

    and st james park will be renamed the mary celeste…not a monkey insight..

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  • Stardust

    Mar 17, 2009 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #20

    The two dont follow Stuart. The contracts dont end with relegation – and revenue is diminished – but take it you were playing the same game as me 😉

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  • Stardust

    Mar 17, 2009 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #21

    komfort // Mar 17, 2009 at 5:21 PM

    and st james park will be renamed the mary celeste…not a monkey insight..

    LOL

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  • Kanusti

    Mar 17, 2009 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #22

    Stardust i think is you fault and all other who dint suport SBR and in whe end you and people like you got him sack we has ben s… every season after we sack him.

    so if i follow you logic when you is a part of whe mob who got NUFC down to relgations team.

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  • Stardust

    Mar 17, 2009 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #23

    Kanusti – I havent got a clue what youre on about – and to be fair – neither do you.

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  • simon376

    Mar 17, 2009 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #24

    I didn’t take part in a demo, wasn’t over happy about it, but I do respect the people who took part as freedom of choice at all, but I do think the real problem is with the owners.

    OK if the finances were in such a bad state and we were about to go into admin, well he has done us good there, but I know that was a major thing, but you can’t just stop there. We have been given a manager who really hasn’t done it. The poor bloke is now so ill and this job could kill him. We have been left with two people who don’t seem to have a clue.

    Even if the cash isn’t there for team investment, somrthing should have been done about the managment.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 17, 2009 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #25

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  • lesh

    Mar 18, 2009 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #26

    Stardust…. your attempts at humour are to say the least disappointing………

    Sarcasm can be funny at times but the masters of its use, employ it ever so discreetly. The failures’ attempts are generally as subtle as a turd in a swimming pool!

    Where do your attempts at wit sit Stardust?

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  • lesh

    Mar 18, 2009 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #27

    Good post Simon376 @ 24…… management, form top to bottom has been inept!

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  • Danish_Magpie

    Mar 18, 2009 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #28

    No, Chris. At this point there is only ONE thing: Points. I don’t give a hoot about performances and ‘this is something to build on’ etc. If we want to stay up, we need points, not performances.

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  • Ericles

    Mar 18, 2009 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #29

    What does this really mean about contracts? It is a soft way of repeating the fact that WHETHER WE STAY UP OR NOT Michael Owen will leave at the end of his contract in the summer. He has had plenty of time to settle terms with NUFC long before we settled into a relegation fight. A struggle to avoid in which he has made little contribution! Once again our coaching (management?) team is seen pussy footing around. The trouble is this news comes from the Times – a newspaper who have the greatest accuracy when it comes to NUFC gossip. I am in agreement with other fans – lets us bring in some of the youngsters and make a real passionate fight of it. The “forgettables” are not going to save us with their overpaid pedestrian play!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 18, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #30

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