Which Newcastle Players Leave In The Summer – It Depends

Simon Bird has a piece in the Daily Mirror this morning on who Newcastle will sell in the summer should the side be relegated.


Sebation Bassong – Newcastle will try to keep this player no matter what 

Let’s remind our readers Simon is the guy who Joe Kinnear slammed at his press conference last September, as Simon had tried to tell Joe via his column in the Daily Mirror what he should be doing, just two days after being appointed Newcastle interim manager.

Simon wanted the players to come in and train on the first Monday, even though Joe had yet to meet the coaching staff and our next game was the following Sunday. And Bird put some disparaging news about Kinnear out in the Mirror gossip newspaper – but what’s new?

What makes these guys think they know how to manage a football club?

The article this morning is however interesting, and suggests Newcastle want to slash their £73M – and that’s true enough, so let’s go through the players Simon has down and comment on them.

This list has the Mirror journalist assuming the club gets relegated, and the players and values attributed to them are Simon’s estimates, and the comments are ours.

  • Michael Owen:
    His contract expires in June, and it’s touch and go – but he’s gone if we get relegated but it’s really up to Michael Owen if we don’t, since the club will want to retain him
  • Mark Viduka:
    He’s been hopeless at Newcastle since he’s forever  injured – probably will return to Australia but definitely leaving Tyneside whether we are relegated ot not.
  • Oba Martins: Value £10M.
    We don’t think Newcastle have any desire to unload Oba Martins, who is a big favorite on Tyneside – but he’ll go if we are relegated.
  • Sebastian Bassong: £9M
    No way Newcastle will sell Bassong – this is nonsense. Newcastle will try to keep him even if we are down into the Championship next season.
  • Alan Smith: £2M.
    We think Alan will move on in the summer but we hope we can get more than £2M out of him – we paid £6M to Manchester United for him a short two years ago, and he’s very experienced and would be in demand.
  • Joey Barton: £2M.
    No way we’d accept £2M for Joey Barton – it could be Ashley still wants to get rid of him but if do we’d need around £6M to sell – and it seems that Joey wants to stay on Tyneside. He will probably go if we are relegated.
  • Damien Duff: £2M.
    Not worth selling for that amount, but he’s out if we are relegated because of his £60K/week wages.
  • Geremi: Nominal fee.
    We think Geremi is on his way out this summer no matter what, and we should be able to get £2M for him – almost sold in January.
  • Fabricio Coloccini: £8M.
    No way this player will leave Newcastle this summer if we are still in the Premier League – but will leave if we go down, as there’s no way he’d get his Argentine place back for the World Cup.
  • Jonas Gutierrez: £5M. 
    No way this player will leave Newcastle in the summer unless we are relegated and then he will definitely leave to keep his place in the Argentine squad for the World Cup next summer.
  • Habib Beye: £6M.
    We signed him for £2M, and we will keep Beye at Newcastle for as long as he wants to stay. Newcastle will try to keep him even if we are relegated.
  • Xisco: £2M.
    This lad is showing better form on Tyneside, and may be kept anther year – to sell him now for £2M would be wasting around £4M on him all within 9 months – not a good deal. Probably keep him for one more year no matter what.
  • Jose Enrique: £4M.
    Becoming better and better the more he plays at Newcastle, and he loves it on Tyneside. Newcastle may try to keep him if we go down.

The players above in bold we think will be in their way out of Tyneside, whatever happens to Newcastle come the end of May.

And Claudio Cacapa is not even listed, and since his contract will expire in June, he’ll be on his way come the summer.  The club will not pick up the one year option on the Brazilian’s contract.

That’s probably also true of David Edgar, whose contract expires and no new offer has been forthcoming form the club. However, if we get relegated Newcastle may decide to keep David for one year, since he’d be more than decent in the Championship.

So if we survive we think Viduka, Smith, Geremi, Cacapa and Edgar will be on their way out – that’s at least 5 players.

If we are relegated we think Owen, Viduka, Martins, Smith, Barton, Duff, Geremi, Coloccini, Gutierrez and Cacapa will leave, and that’s at least 10 players. 

If we are relegated the club will try to hold onto the likes of  Nolan, Butt, Steven Taylor, Ryan Taylor, Guthrie, Bassong, Harper, Beye, Xisco, Ameobi and Lovenkrands.

That’s a decent group of 11 players to build on in the Championship, and the goal would be to come straight back up – immediately.

But let’s hope we are not relegated.

Comments welcome.

535 comments so far

  • If we are relegated any player on over 30k a week will be shown the exit door. Unless they have wage drop clauses in their contracts, but they will want to leave anyway. Its not who we want to keep Ed. The club wouldnt be bale to keep a majority of the players. For what should be a mid table premiership team the wages will be too much to keep them on in the Championship.

  • magforlife

    Mar 31, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #2

    Quite a media feasting frenzy on us at the moment, brought on by the tossers running our club but i see Sunlin are not being mentioned at the moment due to their enormous three point lead over us and also shame on you Malcolm McDonald for tipping us for the drop.

  • Pons Aelius

    Mar 31, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #3

    Think you’ve hit the nail on the head Ed, regarding which players will be off (if we go down that is – we’re not yet!). But I think we’d be lucky to get £6m for Beye, simply because of age.

  • Its ridiculous what the papers are printing. There are 8 games left and 4 winnable ones. 12 points on top of what we have now would keep us up.

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 31, 2009 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #5

    Be like Rats fleeing the Titanic come the end of the season.

    My gut feeling is that Joey will stay and battle in the fizzy pop league Bassong will be sold as he wants a France call up,Oba will be sold,Owen is off,Duff is Duff,Jonas will go (no end product)Collocini will go Average player too slow for the prem,Steven Taylor will go,Beye will go,Enrique will go,Smith will go to Everton or somewhere like Sunderland,cacapca will stay and geremi they are fizzy pop class,Xisco not really seen much to comment,Butt will stay,Nolan will stay,Gutherie will stay,RTaylor will stay…I also think Harper will be sold.

  • Kash

    Mar 31, 2009 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #6

    Surely young Donninger deserves a new contract for his reserve team performances?

  • totsy

    Mar 31, 2009 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #7

    tbh i want most of those players to leave anyway bar martins beye guti and bassong…….the rest can leave even if we stay up…..

    i do think that getting relegated might actually to the club a lot of good…all the dead wood and money grabbers leave nd were left ith those who want to fight and play for the club.

    this would be our team if we do get relegated:
    (those in bracket are if the staring player leaves)

    lua lua—–butt——–guthrie——-lovenkrands

    that team could possibly bring us straight back up, i also think that going down will give the youth system a great chance to develop

  • totsy

    Mar 31, 2009 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #8

    oh…..and i forgt xisco who cuold also start

  • Mongo

    Mar 31, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #9

    It’s the usual tabloid bull lads, trying to put down more-so than we already are.

    I for one am praying that we do not go down, I’m trying to comprehend what it would be like to not be playing in the top flight for the first time in ages.

    Saying that I can still remember standing in the Gallowgate back in the day, freezing cold and supporting the team no matter what. So I suppose from my point of view that will not change. I will support the team no matter what division they find themselves in, because at the end of the day that is what supporting your team is all about, and I am Newcastle United through and through.

    NUFC for Life!!

  • bennytoon

    Mar 31, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #10

    But if you lose to chelsea and the teams above you win you could find yourselves 5 points adrift and all but relegated this weekend.

    Newcastle is an ageing team with some average players low on confidence thrown in. If you stay up i doubt many players will leave as they wont command a large transfer fee and Ashley wont spend much in the summer.

    But you could always go down the sirjasontoon route and just blood the youngsters.haha.

  • bennytoon

    Mar 31, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #11

    totsy- bassong wont be with you if you get relegated and if your youngsters shine they will be signed by premiership clubs. If you go down you will stay there for a while as you are ill equipped for the division.

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 31, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #12

    Or we could go the bennytoon route and suckle Sol Campbells prick.

  • bennytoon

    Mar 31, 2009 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #13

    sirjasontoon- You seem infatuated with homosexuals. I went to school with a feminine young lad who was always slagging them off and then finally came out when he went to uni. You appear to have the same issues.

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 31, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #14

    Did you come out with him Benny..a date rape pills in his warm Shandy…you dirty dog.

  • totsy

    Mar 31, 2009 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #15

    thats your opinion bennytoon…….we’ll soon find out

  • bennytoon

    Mar 31, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #16

    sirjasontoon- If you need someone to talk to about coming out there are plenty of charitable organisations on the web. They wont judge you are nor do i. I stopped mocking gays when i was about 12.Are you sure its not Brighton you moved to.

  • shearerbliss

    Mar 31, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #17

    ‘i do think that getting relegated might actually to the club a lot of good…all the dead wood and money grabbers leave nd were left ith those who want to fight and play for the club.’

    That is why I advocate a strong manager! These players could go even if we are in the prem if a strong manager lays down the rules and sells any player not willing or up for the fight.
    Steve Bruce for me!

  • bennytoon

    Mar 31, 2009 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #18

    totsy- Find out wether sirjasontoon is gay? I think we already know.

  • totsy

    Mar 31, 2009 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #19

    nah man i was on about anither comment

  • Ericles

    Mar 31, 2009 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #20

    So it is Joe’s favourite piece of genitalia who wrote this opinionated piece in the Mirror. Is this so-called journo a mackem? If we are relegated – and I am not convinced we will be – then obviously big wage earners will be escorted off the premises. I still see Steven Taylor and Steve Harper staying on for the fight back up though. And obviously Shola would stay. We all know Owen is going whether we go down or stay up. And Viduka will go and be sick in Aussie. Anyway it is all “bird shite” as far as I am concerned and we all know what Simon Bird is cos Uncle Joe told us all in no uncertain terms.

  • RyanToon

    Mar 31, 2009 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #21


  • RyanToon

    Mar 31, 2009 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #22

    ive got inside info for a horse for the GRAND NATIONAL!

    4.15 big fella thanks. lump on!

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Mar 31, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #23

    Bennytoon p*ss off somewher else

  • carlo

    Mar 31, 2009 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #24

    Lovenkrands contract expires this summer I think.

  • Johno Toon

    Mar 31, 2009 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #25

    yeah it does carlo, i would give him another years contract , esp if we go down

  • chuck

    Mar 31, 2009 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #26

    It`s a shambles, depressing, “Should I stay or should I go” will be the theme.
    Anyone with ambition will be off at the first offer.
    Dont see us holding onto Bassong or Martins, who will be in demand.
    Duff, Barton, Smith, Cacapa, Viduka, Owen, Ameobi, will be gone because of salary reasons.
    Which leaves the team very short on both bodies and talent, even for the championship league.
    The youngsters seem to be doing well , second in the division, but are really not ready yet.
    So where does that leave us ?
    With a team lacking in talent, a club who`s value has been halfed, a parsimonious owner and no real direction due to lack of any upper management, a chief scout who is rumored to be sacked (Wise) a club adrift without a rudder.
    How did it all come about so fast ?

  • Turkish Magpie

    Mar 31, 2009 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #27

    Ryantoon, i’m sorry, whats the horses name?

  • beyethegreat

    Mar 31, 2009 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #28

    yeah ryan who are you betting on personally it is a tradition of mine to wait till the morning before to put a bet on

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 31, 2009 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #29

    Benny why else would a spud come on here mixing with Toon Blokes..It does look very suspicious Sailor?

  • Turkish Magpie

    Mar 31, 2009 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #30

    Anyone got link to Danny Guthrie goal?

  • Shanghaitoon

    Mar 31, 2009 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #31

    The vultures are circling already and we’re not even dead yet!!! 🙁

  • bennytoon

    Mar 31, 2009 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #32

    sirjasontoon- I am flatterred by your interest in me . The fact that you are in your early 30s makes your childish, homaphobic comments all the more amusing.Oh and the fact you ride a vintage bike.hehe.

  • UTD111

    Mar 31, 2009 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #33

    I certainly hope Viduka and Stardust leave…..they add nothing to the club….

  • bennytoon

    Mar 31, 2009 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #34

    I seriously doubt there will be to much interest in your players. Bassong will clearly leave wether you stay up or go down as will owen. Owen will probably end up at either villa or everton. The rest of your ageing squad will be hard to shift because of there obscene salaries and the fact that they are useless.

  • Prince Bassong

    Mar 31, 2009 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #35

    All the goals plus Baheng’s chance are here, Turkish Magpie:


  • beyethegreat

    Mar 31, 2009 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #36


    aging squad

    bass early 20s
    the 2 taylor early 2os
    enrique early 20s
    krul 20
    guthrie early 20s
    martins early 20s
    xisco early 20s
    carroll early 20s
    gutierrez mid 20s

    its not that old

  • Prince Bassong

    Mar 31, 2009 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #37


    Here’s the goals plus Baheng’s chance Turkish Magpie.

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 31, 2009 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #38

    Ignore BennyBumBandito..Old squad proper Jockey.Ponce!

  • workyticket

    Mar 31, 2009 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #39

    Ever seen a mackem in Milan? // Mar 31, 2009 at 1:11 PM

    “If we are relegated any player on over 30k a week will be shown the exit door. Unless they have wage drop clauses in their contracts, …”

    All those big earners don’t have wage drop clauses in their contracts though ESMM, They forgot about that bit! (Doh!). It’s also alot more complicated than merely showing them the exit door. They have a contract.

  • shearerbliss

    Mar 31, 2009 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #40

    Parsons legacy and rambling minster for me on the Grand national

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