The Newcastle Journal is reporting today that Newcastle United will put every single player up for sale if their Premier League survival bid at Aston Villa on Sunday fails.
Michael Owen – biggest disappointment this year – and he’s our captain
As we have indicated many times on this blog, relegation will be a financial nightmare for the Newcastle club, because we will no longer have the Premier League TV revenue – which is huge, and of course the gates will be a lot smaller at St. James’ Park.
As we had suspected Newcastle have already planned for the worst (and are hoping for the best) and the Journal is saying that not one of the first- team squad will be safe from the chop, as they all will be put up for transfer in what will amount to a fire sale.
The revenues we know about are that the wages are around £74M and the total revenue (turnover) at the club is a little over £100M, so having wages more than 70% of revenue is not good, and it’s just too high.
The fact that the Newcastle squad is the 3rd or 4th highest paid squad in the Premier League and still managed to take Newcastle down unless some miracle happens on Sunday, means we have no superstars at the club – that’s for sure – just an overpaid set of gutless players.
We’re sorry to have to put it like that – but it’s true – and we will not pull punches with the players who will take us down, because at the end of the day it’s their responsibility how the team performs on the field.
And not just the players will be up for sale, because Ashley will need to reduce the internal staff at the club, which is probably way too large in any case, with remnants left over from the Sam Allardyce era, however short that was.
Having all the players up for sale at once of course will not do Newcastle much good either in terms of the fees they can get for some of their players, as it will basically turn into a huge fire sale, where Newcastle’s main purpose is to unload high wage eraners – to get it off the books.
We can just see the Premier League managers perusing the Newcastle squad next Monday morning. How the mighty have fallen indeed.
Are we the only ones who think this looks like Leeds United all over again.
Getting Michael Owen and Mark Viduka out of the club when their contracts run out in June, would save around £175K a week, and we’ve also identified players like Martins, Barton, Smith and others who are on around £60K/week. Claudio Cacapa will not have his contract renewed either and Ciscoi will be sent packing as he’s 8th striker at the club – and we paid £5.7M for this player? Well done Dennis Wise.
And we can expect Fabricio Coloccini and Jonás Gutiérrez to leave after just a mediocre season on Tyneside. They started well but both have declined this year, and they must each be on at least £40K/week.
The Journal is saying that Ashley needs to save around £600K/week in wages – which is around £31M over the year. That would make the wage bill around £43M for next season. That’s about a 42% decrease in the wage bill and brings it in line with revenues, which will drop at least as much as that – 42%.
Alan Shearer will want to keep some of the better players, assuming Alan will stay on if we get relegated, but his influence could get one or two of our better players to stay.
We would expect he wants to keep Harper, Steven and Ryan Taylor, Nolan, Butt, Guthrie, Duff, Beye, Lovenkrands, Edgar and of course all of our great youngsters including Andy Carroll.
Oh, and of course he will want to keep young Sebastien Bassong, and after clearing out some of our losers, as far as the wage goes, that will allow Newcastle to give Seb a bumper contract – which he thoroughly deserves.
And it looks like Alan has already formed an excellent working relationship with the young Frenchman, which is good, and we think Alan could even have a shot at persuading the youngster to stay with him – and form the basis of his defense in the new Alan Shearer era.
But it would be a long shot, and it could be that the youngster would be better off joining Arsenal, where he would be great.
One more thing that will be embarrassing for our club, is that currently we are one of the five English Premier League representatives to UEFA, along with the top four clubs, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal – so we’d lose that honor too – because we wouldn’t be in the Premier League.
That will be really embarrassing to say the least, and we’d look to Everton or Aston Villa to replace us – two very well run clubs, unlike Newcastle.
We didn’t know whether we’d hear much about what needs to happen about relegation this week, except on this web site, but we think this is an excellent message that will be sent to the players before Sunday’s game.
And of course in reality Newcastle will not put every player up for sale, because this is a message more to the players than anything else. Perhaps scaring the living daylights out of them may even produce a good performance on Sunday. We’ve tried everything else to no avail.
With Sunderland losing last night a win on Sunday will almost certainly save us now.
But if we do get relegated we’ll etch the names of the players who have taken us down into our long memories, especially those we then sell this summer.
They should be ashamed of their performances this year, and would you believe captain Michael Owen is already trying to attract news clubs, by saying he will take a cut of 50% on his Newcastle wages to stay in the top flight.
How’s that for loyalty and thinking only of yourself? That’s a disgrace Michael Owen, and of course we expect to hear he’s out injured for the vital Sunday game – it all seems so appropriate somehow.
So if the team cannot win against Aston Villa, we are in danger of being a club with highly paid flops, who had the audacity to take Newcastle down.
And the most culpable one right at the top of the list is ironically our captain Michael Owen, who has cost the club £1.3M per goal in his four seasons – we think he should even apologize to the fans for his woeful displays this year – but yes we’re taking it a little too far.
We’d like every player to read this – because that’s what’s on the line when they play Ason Villa on Sunday. Only the brave sholuld be wearing black and white on Sunday.
Fail at Aston Villa on Sunday, and we should sell the lot of them!