15 Newcastle Players Earn Over £50K A Week – What A Disgrace!


Lee Ryder of the Evening Chronicle, has a little more news on the talks yesterday, as the local papers try to understand what issues exist between Alan Shearer and Mike Ashley.

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Mike Ashley yesterday – but I don’t have £15M – well not on me anyway 😀


It seems that Alan is seeking agreement from Mike Ashley for the funds he will need, to ensure the squad he is able to build in the summer, can compete in the Championship next season.   That hardly seems unreasonable does it?

We suppose the local papers have people stationed the at the club’s Benton HQ (my Brother in Law has a house that backs onto the training ground), at 8.30 am this morning, and we suppose it will be another long day of talking and negotiating. The talks lasted yesterday anywhere from 7 to 9 hours depending on which story you read.

Alan is said to want transfer funds of around £15M, and he knows there is much work to be done in the summer transfer market, with selling players (at least 10 we would think), and bringing in new players who can compete well in the Championship.

We don’t know if that is in addition to the money he can get form the outgoing transfers, which should be fairly substantial – even in a fire sale.  And since players have been asked to report back on July 1st, time is of the essence.

Newcastle fans must remember we are probably the “biggest” club to be relegated from the Premier League ever – and let us be quite precise as to what we mean by “big” – and why Newcastle’s situation is unique.  

It’s big because the massive wage bill is a massive £74M, with 15 of our players earning more than £2.5M a year, and this must be the first time such a club, which has the 3rd or 4th biggest in the league – has been relegated.

We can just see the spreadsheets with the names of the players – and what they are earning – with Michael at the top – at around £110k/week and who they can cut to reduce the wage bill by at least £35M. If the players had done their jobs – and actually earned their wages – all this would not be necessary – but what do they care?

It’s unusual for this to happen – because when you pay big wages to players, they are usually good and the side should hardly be fighting relegation.

But step forward our hopeless bunch of players, and that’s one reason the 2008-2009 squad will go down as the most overpaid and under-performing Premier League squad ever.

If we were Ashley-  we would have a very good right to feel cheated by the players – giving the compensation the club was paying them last season – and the ended up with a meagre 34 points.

Come to think of it it’s exactly the problem Leeds United faced, when they were relegated in 2004, and of course Mark Viduka and Alan Smith were two players who left the club that summer.  We hope Newcastle can recover more quickly than poor Leeds were able to.

So Newcastle now have a massive problem, like Leedsa united before them, that will not face clubs like WBA, Hull, Stoke,  Birmingham, or other clubs who have much smaller wage bills. We have to cut the wage bill becasue we just cannot afford to pay the wages with the revenues being cut about 50% to £50M.

Shearer was back at the club’s Benton HQ at 8.30am this morning for the second round of talks, with the main topic of conversation so far thought to be the transfer funding.

As we said earlier, with pre-season starting on July 1st, a mere 34 days away, things will have to happen quickly this week – and if these negotiations have to last 12 hours a day – so be it – the job needs to get done – and quickly.

Shearer has already gone on record to state that every day that goes by without progress being made on plans is a wasted one, so we expect there is some urgency in the talks but trust they are going well – well fairly well at least.

And of course many of our overpaid players, who let’s face it are the biggest, if not the only villians in all of this left Newcastle yesterday – and some will certainly not be coming back – and will not be missed.

It’s a pity we couldn’t lock some of them up in the City jail for a while, as punishment.

Comments welcome.


37 comments so far

  • Doocey

    May 27, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #1

    Disgrace isn’t the word :@

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  • Little Willie

    May 27, 2009 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #2

    I read somewhere that Everton have a £50k wage cap and the only player earning that is Yakubu.

    Shows what a mess we’re in.

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  • Toon_Factor

    May 27, 2009 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #3

    All those players who earn 50k or more should have a 50% reduction.

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  • reetpetite

    May 27, 2009 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #4

    on a positive note, good to see sunderland going from strength to strength. They will go on to cement themselves as the major club in the north east now. If only eh?

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  • Toon_Factor

    May 27, 2009 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #5

    reetpetite

    Ya fat and bald mate!

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  • ian

    May 27, 2009 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #6

    Sunderland will have the same problem as did Middlesbrough, none of the top players will move up here unless it is for big money unless they are from the region.

    I keep saying it, the disgrace was buying a top half of the premiership club then trying to run it on buttons, it would not have been anywhere near going down with last years team and Keegan. Earnings drop as we drop which then makes players expensive.

    Now because we have dropped so low the players wages are extortionate as they are premiership players and we are a championship club, maybe this should have dawned on them a little earlier? This is no surprise.

    The 20k a week players who are not good enough to put on the pitch are more expensive in the premiership than the 50k plus players who are used and do their jobs, it is club earnings to cost not cost alone.

    I can see us stuck again on this cost business trying to recover all of his lost pay offs for premiership players and trying to recover them through cheaper championship players, I am only putting in £10m per year but the club owes me £20m first, sound familiar?

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  • Doocey

    May 27, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #7

    I wonder what’s Ashley complaining about in that picture? :O

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  • Penalty-Spot

    May 27, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #8

    Fat, bald and disillusioned. 🙂

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  • Toon_Factor

    May 27, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #9

    Doocey

    Arent you meant to be revising for exams?

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  • Doocey

    May 27, 2009 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #10

    Toon Factor. No I finished them. Ain’t got any until next year 😀

    Aren’t you? lol!

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  • Dan_008

    May 27, 2009 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #11

    The Players should be taking out and shot! they all are lame horses….!!!

    It shouldn’t matter where you live if your getting paid good money to do a job, ( which most of us would give an arm to play for Newcastle ).. then You do that Job!!! if you dont want to live there then dont.. F**k off somewhere else..

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  • reetpetite

    May 27, 2009 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #12

    ian- just like chelsea , man city and lazio were nothing clubs until they got rich. if they have money the players will come!

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  • reetpetite

    May 27, 2009 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #13

    toon factor- thats not very nice. personal attacks are so uncalled for. I am hurt and offended.

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  • Toon_Factor

    May 27, 2009 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #14

    Doocey

    No lol me brother has but he has got them some time next week

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  • Toon_Factor

    May 27, 2009 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #15

    reetpetite

    Im glad!

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  • Micky Toon

    May 27, 2009 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #16

    Here’s what is being said in the picture –

    Llambias – “Mike I seem to be having a problem. I don’t know my arse from my elbow”

    Ashley – “What are you asking me for? I can’t find my arse with both hands”

    John Irvine – Stars humming the Laurel and Hardy theme.

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  • ian

    May 27, 2009 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #17

    reetpetite – got to agree.

    Micky Toon sounds spot on to me!!

    Ashley, ‘ I dont know I was a billionaire one minute…’

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  • Micky Toon

    May 27, 2009 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #18

    DL – “Mike, which one of them is Alan Shearer?”

    MA – “I’m not sure, I think he might be the ugly one, but that might be Peter Beardsley”

    JI – “Here’s my resignation”

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  • The Alchemist

    May 27, 2009 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #19

    Wouldn’t be too bothered if we sold most of the squad to be honest. It’s fair enough for duff to come out and say he wants to stay but is he worth 70k a week even if he takes a 50% pay cut that is still far to high for the CCC. This I’m afraid is the problem with most of our squad. Beckford has been transfer listed because he reportedly wants 10k a week… We are paying the likes of Ameobi 4x times which highlights our ridiculous wage policy even more.

    Personally next season i think we could have a REALISTIC line up of:

    Krul
    S Taylor Beye (c) Bassong Enrique/Kadar

    Guthrie Carsley (if we could attract him)
    Nolan Gomez/Barton Lovenkrands

    Beckford/Xisco

    Bench:
    Harper
    Naughton
    Edgar
    Carroll
    Ranger

    Loan out martins 80k and jonas 40k

    Out:
    Colo 5 mil 50k pw
    smith 2 mill 60 k pw
    Butt 1 mill 60k pw
    duff 3 mil 70 k pw
    geremi 1 mill 50 k pw
    cacapa 30 k pw
    owen 105k pw
    Viduka 80k pw
    Nacho 30k pw
    ameobi 2 mil 40k pw

    Saving 700k pw= 36 million a year …… will we miss any of these players?

    In
    Beckford
    Gomez
    Naughton
    Carsley
    Another CCC striker/DM/CM for cover

    Combined wage bill for all these new signings should be no more than 150k pw. Will the wage cuts that taylor etc will take will leave us stable financially.
    If we get promoted then we have jonas and martins to come back in. If not we can sell them…they would have had a years more prem experience and at least we’d get decent moeny for them not a fire sale.

    Good balance of power/pace/stamia all of which we are going to need for next season.

    Also 15 or so million from the sale of players ( 30+ if we sell bassong + martins). The 8 million from jan and another 15 from fat mike can easily fund all this.

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  • stevep

    May 27, 2009 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #20

    40 million in wages is probably around 5 times what the rest of the championship pay out and thats presuming we can get down to that!

    We’re presuming that clubs will come in for them or that they’ll take a voluntary wage cut, I doubt anyone will sign Smith, Barton, Xisco etc so the only players we can save on are the guys out of contract i.e. owen, viduka, cacapa, geremi
    we’ll probably end up getting 5 million for martins (presuming he goes) and maybe a million here or there for players such as ameobi – it’s going to be hard to get the wage bill down to affordable levels.

    Sunderland may get £20 million for transfers in the summer, where this imaginary 200 million came from I’ll never know, Quinn has publicly stated that he doesn’t want frill players (i.e. skill) and wants up n at em types so that sounds like they’ll be in championship next year 🙂

    come on Barcelona – I hope they stuff manure

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  • stevep

    May 27, 2009 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #21

    @reetpetite – err chelsea, man city and lazio are still nothing clubs – lets face it, to be a european big club you actually need too win the champions league so the actual only big clubs (on a european scale) are manure and liverpool
    domestically we have four big clubs, those two and chelsea / arsenal – if you ever travelled further than the canary islands you might notice that almost all foreign footballl supporters either support man u or liverpool (tho a lot of ghananians / kenyans were wearing arsenal tops last time I was there)
    at least we’re the biggest club in our new home of the championship

    btw: that youtube clip of steven taylor is classic even if it is done by a mackem 🙂

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  • The Alchemist

    May 27, 2009 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #22

    Loan out martins 80k and jonas 40k

    Out:
    Colo 5 mil 50k pw
    smith 2 mill 60 k pw
    Butt 1 mill 60k pw
    duff 3 mil 70 k pw
    geremi 1 mill 50 k pw
    cacapa 30 k pw
    owen 105k pw
    Viduka 80k pw
    Nacho 30k pw
    ameobi 2 mil 40k pw

    Saving 700k pw= 36 million a year SAVING which has cut the wage bill in half. Max budget of 150k pw total wages for the tranfers in. This reduction isnt even taking into consideration the wage cuts of players like taylor and beye who will stay.

    I think we could get these values for the players. Everton would sign smith for 2 million. Collo will go back to spain and we could get 5 for him. Try and get stoke to take ameobi. B’ham can have butt back.

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  • reetpetite

    May 27, 2009 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #23

    THE ALCHEMIST- your living in cloud cuckoo land. Martins wanted to leave before you got relegated. Why would those players want to be loaned out and then have to come back to a team that might not come straight back up and if it does will in all likelyhood struggle in its first season.
    Your players wont take wage cuts. why should they. it has been reported that there is nothing in there contracts saying they will have to. you might want rid of your high earners but who will want them and who will pay there wages? your stuck with them!

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  • rites

    May 27, 2009 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #24

    23 RESPONSES SO FAR ?
    1Doocey // May 27, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Disgrace isn’t the word :@

    2Little Willie // May 27, 2009 at 2:29 PM

    I read somewhere that Everton have a £50k wage cap and the only player earning that is Yakubu.

    Shows what a mess we’re in.

    3Toon_Factor // May 27, 2009 at 2:33 PM

    All those players who earn 50k or more should have a 50% reduction.

    4reetpetite // May 27, 2009 at 2:37 PM

    on a positive note, good to see sunderland going from strength to strength. They will go on to cement themselves as the major club in the north east now. If only eh?

    5Toon_Factor // May 27, 2009 at 2:38 PM

    reetpetite

    Ya fat and bald mate!

    6ian // May 27, 2009 at 2:44 PM

    Sunderland will have the same problem as did Middlesbrough, none of the top players will move up here unless it is for big money unless they are from the region.

    I keep saying it, the disgrace was buying a top half of the premiership club then trying to run it on buttons, it would not have been anywhere near going down with last years team and Keegan. Earnings drop as we drop which then makes players expensive.

    Now because we have dropped so low the players wages are extortionate as they are premiership players and we are a championship club, maybe this should have dawned on them a little earlier? This is no surprise.

    The 20k a week players who are not good enough to put on the pitch are more expensive in the premiership than the 50k plus players who are used and do their jobs, it is club earnings to cost not cost alone.

    I can see us stuck again on this cost business trying to recover all of his lost pay offs for premiership players and trying to recover them through cheaper championship players, I am only putting in £10m per year but the club owes me £20m first, sound familiar?

    7Doocey // May 27, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    I wonder what’s Ashley complaining about in that picture? :O

    8Penalty-Spot // May 27, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    Fat, bald and disillusioned.

    9Toon_Factor // May 27, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    Doocey

    Arent you meant to be revising for exams?

    10Doocey // May 27, 2009 at 2:54 PM

    Toon Factor. No I finished them. Ain’t got any until next year

    Aren’t you? lol!

    11Dan_008 // May 27, 2009 at 2:55 PM

    The Players should be taking out and shot! they all are lame horses….!!!

    It shouldn’t matter where you live if your getting paid good money to do a job, ( which most of us would give an arm to play for Newcastle ).. then You do that Job!!! if you dont want to live there then dont.. F**k off somewhere else..

    12reetpetite // May 27, 2009 at 2:58 PM

    ian- just like chelsea , man city and lazio were nothing clubs until they got rich. if they have money the players will come!

    13reetpetite // May 27, 2009 at 2:59 PM

    toon factor- thats not very nice. personal attacks are so uncalled for. I am hurt and offended.

    14Toon_Factor // May 27, 2009 at 3:01 PM

    Doocey

    No lol me brother has but he has got them some time next week

    15Toon_Factor // May 27, 2009 at 3:02 PM

    reetpetite

    Im glad!

    16Micky Toon // May 27, 2009 at 3:11 PM

    Here’s what is being said in the picture –

    Llambias – “Mike I seem to be having a problem. I don’t know my arse from my elbow”

    Ashley – “What are you asking me for? I can’t find my arse with both hands”

    John Irvine – Stars humming the Laurel and Hardy theme.

    17ian // May 27, 2009 at 3:26 PM

    reetpetite – got to agree.

    Micky Toon sounds spot on to me!!

    Ashley, ‘ I dont know I was a billionaire one minute…’

    18Micky Toon // May 27, 2009 at 3:34 PM

    DL – “Mike, which one of them is Alan Shearer?”

    MA – “I’m not sure, I think he might be the ugly one, but that might be Peter Beardsley”

    JI – “Here’s my resignation”

    19The Alchemist // May 27, 2009 at 3:36 PM

    Wouldn’t be too bothered if we sold most of the squad to be honest. It’s fair enough for duff to come out and say he wants to stay but is he worth 70k a week even if he takes a 50% pay cut that is still far to high for the CCC. This I’m afraid is the problem with most of our squad. Beckford has been transfer listed because he reportedly wants 10k a week… We are paying the likes of Ameobi 4x times which highlights our ridiculous wage policy even more.

    Personally next season i think we could have a REALISTIC line up of:

    Krul
    S Taylor Beye (c) Bassong Enrique/Kadar

    Guthrie Carsley (if we could attract him)
    Nolan Gomez/Barton Lovenkrands

    Beckford/Xisco

    Bench:
    Harper
    Naughton
    Edgar
    Carroll
    Ranger

    Loan out martins 80k and jonas 40k

    Out:
    Colo 5 mil 50k pw
    smith 2 mill 60 k pw
    Butt 1 mill 60k pw
    duff 3 mil 70 k pw
    geremi 1 mill 50 k pw
    cacapa 30 k pw
    owen 105k pw
    Viduka 80k pw
    Nacho 30k pw
    ameobi 2 mil 40k pw

    Saving 700k pw= 36 million a year …… will we miss any of these players?

    In
    Beckford
    Gomez
    Naughton
    Carsley
    Another CCC striker/DM/CM for cover

    Combined wage bill for all these new signings should be no more than 150k pw. Will the wage cuts that taylor etc will take will leave us stable financially.
    If we get promoted then we have jonas and martins to come back in. If not we can sell them…they would have had a years more prem experience and at least we’d get decent moeny for them not a fire sale.

    Good balance of power/pace/stamia all of which we are going to need for next season.

    Also 15 or so million from the sale of players ( 30+ if we sell bassong + martins). The 8 million from jan and another 15 from fat mike can easily fund all this.

    20stevep // May 27, 2009 at 3:49 PM

    40 million in wages is probably around 5 times what the rest of the championship pay out and thats presuming we can get down to that!

    We’re presuming that clubs will come in for them or that they’ll take a voluntary wage cut, I doubt anyone will sign Smith, Barton, Xisco etc so the only players we can save on are the guys out of contract i.e. owen, viduka, cacapa, geremi
    we’ll probably end up getting 5 million for martins (presuming he goes) and maybe a million here or there for players such as ameobi – it’s going to be hard to get the wage bill down to affordable levels.

    Sunderland may get £20 million for transfers in the summer, where this imaginary 200 million came from I’ll never know, Quinn has publicly stated that he doesn’t want frill players (i.e. skill) and wants up n at em types so that sounds like they’ll be in championship next year

    come on Barcelona – I hope they stuff manure

    21stevep // May 27, 2009 at 3:55 PM

    @reetpetite – err chelsea, man city and lazio are still nothing clubs – lets face it, to be a european big club you actually need too win the champions league so the actual only big clubs (on a european scale) are manure and liverpool
    domestically we have four big clubs, those two and chelsea / arsenal – if you ever travelled further than the canary islands you might notice that almost all foreign footballl supporters either support man u or liverpool (tho a lot of ghananians / kenyans were wearing arsenal tops last time I was there)
    at least we’re the biggest club in our new home of the championship

    btw: that youtube clip of steven taylor is classic even if it is done by a mackem

    22The Alchemist // May 27, 2009 at 3:55 PM

    Loan out martins 80k and jonas 40k

    Out:
    Colo 5 mil 50k pw
    smith 2 mill 60 k pw
    Butt 1 mill 60k pw
    duff 3 mil 70 k pw
    geremi 1 mill 50 k pw
    cacapa 30 k pw
    owen 105k pw
    Viduka 80k pw
    Nacho 30k pw
    ameobi 2 mil 40k pw

    Saving 700k pw= 36 million a year SAVING which has cut the wage bill in half. Max budget of 150k pw total wages for the tranfers in. This reduction isnt even taking into consideration the wage cuts of players like taylor and beye who will stay.

    I think we could get these values for the players. Everton would sign smith for 2 million. Collo will go back to spain and we could get 5 for him. Try and get stoke to take ameobi. B’ham can have butt back.

    23reetpetite // May 27, 2009 at 4:10 PM

    THE ALCHEMIST- your living in cloud cuckoo land. Martins wanted to leave before you got relegated. Why would those players want to be loaned out and then have to come back to a team that might not come straight back up and if it does will in all likelyhood struggle in its first season.
    Your players wont take wage cuts. why should they. it has been reported that there is nothing in there contracts saying they will have to. you might want rid of your high earners but who will want them and who will pay there wages? your stuck with them!

    I agree! tbh he’s right:)

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  • rites

    May 27, 2009 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #25

    woops

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  • rites

    May 27, 2009 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #26

    23reetpetite // May 27, 2009 at 4:10 PM

    THE ALCHEMIST- your living in cloud cuckoo land. Martins wanted to leave before you got relegated. Why would those players want to be loaned out and then have to come back to a team that might not come straight back up and if it does will in all likelyhood struggle in its first season.
    Your players wont take wage cuts. why should they. it has been reported that there is nothing in there contracts saying they will have to. you might want rid of your high earners but who will want them and who will pay there wages? your stuck with them!

    I agree! tbh he’s right:)

    thats what it was ment to be yous are buggered

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  • ian

    May 27, 2009 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #27

    I just love the faith that this lot could buy a good whole team, based on their past purchases?

    Based on fact or blind faith?

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  • The Alchemist

    May 27, 2009 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #28

    Jonas and Martins are still under contract loaning them would be the best option and we will get better value for them in a year.

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  • reetpetite

    May 27, 2009 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #29

    the alchemist- unless they get injured or continue playing shite.In which case they will be worth nowt.

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  • rites

    May 27, 2009 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #30

    ian // May 27, 2009 at 2:44 PM

    by that do you mean relegated in a few years?
    because if you do i feel you are wrong i think if sunderland did get a good manager in then i can see good things for them :S hands up too them and quinn hes done a great job wish we had him doesnt anyone else?

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  • BennyToon you need to get a life and lay your wife

    May 27, 2009 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #31
  • The Alchemist

    May 27, 2009 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #32

    the alchemist- unless they get injured or continue playing shite.In which case they will be worth nowt.

    Ha you could say that about any footballer in the league!!
    Loan martins to everton. If he doesn’t want to comeback then they can pay the 13 million release clause. I’d rather loan him out for a year than sell him for the 5-6 million cheeky bid someone will come and put in

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  • ian

    May 27, 2009 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #33

    Rites, i think they will struggle to get decent players the cost will be high and if they do not aim high to cover the high cost with good income they will struggle the same way we did, the southern clubs can attract reasonable players for reasonable money and stay mid table but manage on the income because they do not have to pay over the top for players.

    I think they have done ok too, but their fans are a bit stupid, their top scorer the player who kept them up Cisse, who scored more goals than Rooney has been called worse than s***e, if they cant attract a decent striker they are unlikely to keep him, also other players will have heard that and thought it isnt worth the hassle.

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  • Nobby_Long

    May 27, 2009 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #34

    Just to put things straight a little bit. We are not in the same position as Leeds.

    They did not just have the problem of having over-hyped players on exorbitant wages.

    They had borrowed heavily against future earnings to pay for these players, and still owed huge amounts of money out for these ‘hire purchases’. In some cases the transfers fees they received did not cover the amount of the loan. My belief is that was a signifcant problem for Leeds – they did not have the income to cover the outstanding fees owed out.

    We are not in that position.

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  • nufcc

    May 27, 2009 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #35

    hope martins leaves as well, he is not worth his wages. Didnt do anything more than owen. People say he gives it all for newcastle. Still not better than owen. Says alot about his ability. both need to be offloaded for new blood.

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  • punk skunk...

    May 28, 2009 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #36

    YawnAmundo!..

    …IN…

    …Any & everyone mentioned in the taudry press…

    …OUT…

    …Any & everyone mentioned in the taudry press!..

    …Next…

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  • Tom_Toon

    May 29, 2009 at 1:49 AM

    Comment #37

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