120 Newcastle Employees Laid Off In Newcastle Downsizing


We wonder if those players on Sunday who appeared not even to care about surviving  during the second half against Aston Villa, knew their ineffective and gutless performances this year, and particularly in the final 45 minutes last Sunday, would cost 120 employees at the Newcastle  club  their jobs?

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Mike Ashley – overseeing huge reductions at Newcastle club
 

The Times’ George Caulkin is reporting tonight that a full one third of Newcastle United’s non-footballing employees will be laid off due to the cost cutting necessary, with Newcastle now in the second division of  English Football.

We said it would all be very ugly if we were relegated, and it’s turning out to be even worse than we had imagined.

Mike Ashley has little choice but to cut costs drastrically, in order to keep the club afloat, and with the much reduced revenues next season at Newcastle, not only players will be moved out, but ordinary employees too, because the club just cannot afford them.

There is currently tremendous optimism that Alan Shearer will agree to take over the club, and restore it back to greatness once again (we hope!) but Newcastle, once a  big club, must now cut itself down to size, to compete financially in the Coca-Cola Championship.

While Ashley needs to take huge responsibility for this demise, we continue to believe it’s the players who let us down most, and given that Ashley has paid them £74M in cumulative wages – they let Mike, the club, and the fans down. We’ll not say they also let themselves down, because most wouldn’t even know what we talking about.

We’ll just have to hope that Shearer is the man for the job, although in his last 8 games he was only able to get 5 points from a possible 24, and the side were unable to score in 6 of the 8 games. Those are the plain facts.

120 employees losing their jobs will come as a big shock to Newcastle fans, as things are bad enough with the economic situation,  without a self-inflicted disaster, which is what this is.

The wage bill of those 120  people we estimate, to be about half of what Michael Owen makes – and such is the price of big stars not doing their jobs. Michael of course has left Toon in his helicopter on Tuesday, after failing miserably to save the club – no goals for the club in the last 4 months and oh yes, he was the captain.

We feel so very sorry for those employees who will lose their jobs – we will not feel sorry at all for those players who will be shipped out.

That’s because the ultimate responsibility for relegation rests with our players – and we are looking forward to Alan sending out the list of the many players he will not have play for this club ever again. One of those will be multi-millionaire Michael Owen, who is off looking for another sucker club.

As Alan decides which players to ship out in the next few days – a short plea from the heart to to Alan – please don’t hold back.

This action is part of the difficult cost-cutting the Newcastle hierarchy must do to clear the decks, and put the club on a more solid financial footing to compete  in the Championship next season, before Alan  assumes control (we hope).

As Glenn Roeder said recently – relegation at Newcastle will look like Armageddon.   And if this article comes across as somewhat vindictive against some our overpaid and under-performing players – so be it!

We trust we will learn the status of Alan Shearer’s role at the club some time over the weekend.  

But if Alan walks away now (which we do not expect), this will be total disaster indeed for the Newcastle United club – make no mistake about that.

Comments welcome.


140 comments so far

  • hitman

    May 29, 2009 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #1

    total digrace,people up here are struggling to find jobs as it is,all because ashley wouldnt invest in the first team.TW@T

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  • Little Willie

    May 29, 2009 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #2

    If a business is losing money then cuts have to be made, it’s unfortunate for anyone losing their job but it’s life I’m afraid.

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  • Tom4Nufc

    May 29, 2009 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #3

    That statement puts into perspective how though we love it, football is an evil thing.

    120 people lose their jobs, costing only 1/2 of what Owen makes a year… Whats more effective? 120 employees combined salary of being 1/2 of what one man earns in a year, when that man, Owen doesn’t score in 4 months… Its evil, the non-footballing employees shouldn’t lose their jobs, the players should all be paid less and shipped out!

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  • sirjasontoon

    May 29, 2009 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #4

    Maybe they can get a job at the mackems ground,Rich Owner,Stable,Bright Future makes me F’in sick what this club has become !

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  • Alex

    May 29, 2009 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #5

    Is there any law permiting Ashleyto lower the wages of the highest earning players if we can not shift them. If there is he should do it . With reduced revenues there must be a case , its because the players failed to do the job they were employed to do to the standard required that the club is in this mess . Therefore reduced revenues should be recovered by a reduction in wages by those responsible . Get the lawyers to look into it Mike.

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  • sirjasontoon

    May 29, 2009 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #6

    I don’t think Mike had a plan B for the inevitable to happen…I really do think he has strangled this club.

    Dread to think what type of GASH we will be bringing in for next season I bet there will be a load of shockers from scotland and ireland and division 3 talent oh and the customary fill of 2010 kindergarten places.

    Teams like the baggies will retain and add to the squad more than likely,we will look like a bunch of patchwork retards.

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  • Robby Bobson

    May 29, 2009 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #7

    Isnt it stupid that people get made redundant because our wildly overpaid players arent doing their job, which the should enjoy, good enough.

    Why is it footballers seem except from things that every other employee suffers. i.e. Geremi for example is no longer needed, wouldnt it be good to make him redundant. Its the same with managers when they get sacked they expect huge compensation packages, when they are getting sacked for not being good enough for their job. If that was you or me, just a sacking and end of.

    Unrelated, but anyone who uses newsnow, take a look becuase its a funny site. ALl the stories today from net and NE sources all read something along the lines of “Enrique wants to stay”, but from the same set of quotes surpise suprise the papers have the headline “Enrique signals desire to leave”

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  • Nick D

    May 29, 2009 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #8

    Hitman – Ashley did invest, we just had inept managers + Wise who bought rubbish players like Smith 6m, Barton 6M, Colo 10M, Jonas 6M, Xisco 6M, et al.

    It’s scumbags like barton who won’t blink an eye while 120 people lose their livelihood.

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  • Dragonera

    May 29, 2009 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #9

    Whilst this is a sad time for those who lost their jobs, it is part and parcel with football and a risk everyone takes when getting involved in a club, or any business for that matter. All the best to those who are now unemployed.

    What makes me sick is that through all of this negativity; club getting relegated and struggling for cash, staff being laid off. Those that have caused this mess go unscathed and will feel no shame in collecting their pay cheques and continuing with their somewhat charmed lives. I don’t think i dislike any footballers more than our very own. Disgrace.

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  • beyette

    May 29, 2009 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #10

    As a generous, civic-minded and thoughtful parting shot (compared to the lack of shots on goal) the most dignified thing that the likes of Owen can do is to set up a redundancy fund to support the loyal NUFC staff who have made been redundant and have mortgages and loans and can’t just buy a baby bentley in cash! A month’s wages from Owen, Barton, Smith etc. must surely cover 3 months salary of all those staff who have been made redundant and who must have been chuffed to bits to have once landed a job at their beloved toon! Rather than a new horse or trip to the bookies a donation to staff would be obscene wages better spent! All those sicknotes must surely be able to relate to wanting to work and earn your living but not being able to!

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  • the holy grail

    May 29, 2009 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #11

    hitman are you for real ashley invest MORE into the squad, so the 5th highest wage bill isnt enough you just want to cripple our club. honest mate you and alot of other nufc fans need to get out of the “fat fred” mentality, throwing money doesnt sovle it, sometimes it can or atleast help but more often than not it doesnt.(can i just add it didnt cost fred a penny all the time he was at nufc appart from buying his shares) our squad was more than goodenough to get out of the mess but 4 what eva reason didnt. GET OUT OF THE BIG MONEY MENTAILTY LOOK WHAT IT HAS DONE

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  • the holy grail

    May 29, 2009 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #12

    THINK THE NEWLY UNEMPLOYED SHOULD BLAME THE PLAYERS NOT ASHLEY!!!!!!

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  • Dragonera

    May 29, 2009 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #13

    The only member of staff that should keep their place in the team should be Beye as he is a leader and our best player over the two years. The rest should be given away to teams dumb enough to pay their wages (If such teams exist). Players like Duff and Barton who claim to want to stick around and prove themselves know their numbers are up. Why oh why did we not put clauses in their contracts. idiots.

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  • sirjasontoon

    May 29, 2009 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #14

    I was asked by someone on here that I gave the impression I didn’t like any of our players and it’s true there is so many 1st team players that I absolutely hate.

    I don’t know how they gat away with it and command those wages…seriously our 1st team would be thumped by Burnley and when you compare the gulf in wages I bet the difference would be shocking.

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  • hitman

    May 29, 2009 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #15

    spot on spyro lad,same to nick,its a sad time for everyone on tyneside,people think relegation only affects the club but this shows it goes deeper.

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  • hitman

    May 29, 2009 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #16

    the holy grail,this wage structure was here before ashley.

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  • Robby Bobson

    May 29, 2009 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #17

    the holy grail – i agree we need to stop signing the big name and high wage players and probably the players we will be targeting, young up and coming hungry players is what we should have been going for anyway, even if still in the prem.

    BUT, hitman said we need to invest more in the first team and i absolutely agree. £8 million profit from the january transfer window. Clearly not good enough and was just asking for trouble.

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  • Toon Graeme

    May 29, 2009 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #18

    120 people will loose their jobs and we have players who will sleep on their £50 t0 £60 grand a week for doing well thus far – f**k all!

    What do we do if we cant sell them?

    Its one thing after another and we need to start and look onward and sort the shower of Sh*t out at barrack road.

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  • hitman

    May 29, 2009 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #19

    dan brown,im not saying through loads of money to sort out this mess,but ashley could of chucked more than he did,the lack of investment in the first team is a fkin joke.

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  • sirjasontoon

    May 29, 2009 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #20

    Robby Bobson “young up and coming hungry players is what we should have been going for…”

    We should have went for proven premiership players like the ones Ashley let go and replaced with Taylor and Nolan.

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  • Little Willie

    May 29, 2009 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #21

    The club has no money to invest in the first team because the turnover is being eaten up by the huge wage bill, it’s the chicken and the egg scenario.

    In fact the club has lost £50 million in the last 2 years even though we’ve spent little in the transfer market, it’s a huge mess that needs sorting out from top to bottom.

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  • sirjasontoon

    May 29, 2009 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #22

    Agree with Hitman,too much time spent buying kids.

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  • euanpolo

    May 29, 2009 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #23

    I agree with Holy Grail’s comments about the spending of money at Newcastle. Ashley has spent a decent amount on transfers, but those transfers have been on the whole pretty poor. Hopefully Shearer will be a lot wiser in his spending than previous managers/directors of football. Hopefully he will learn from the example of managers like David Moyes who have worked well on a very small budget. Although I disagree with not spending big money at all, I’m sure everyone will agree Shearer was worth £15m. A good worker of the transfer market would help Newcastle a lot. Although if the listened to half of us I’m sure they could have done better with transfers overall.

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  • the holy grail

    May 29, 2009 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #24

    agreed and in some way, appart from redundancies (i wish the players were on 50%pay cuts because they deserve to be punished not the backround staff or the fans) but i honestly wont mind paying to go watch 11 young hungry hopefully some english players play with pride and are proud to reprisent such a great city and club than watch that absalute disgrace of a team last season, i am so angry i hope our transfer policy changes and i dont mind if we never get promoted again if it means i can say i am proud of my club than to ever have to go through that gutless, heartless pile of crap which was an insult to everyone connected with nufc

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  • sirjasontoon

    May 29, 2009 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #25

    I tell you what after this episode..what players will be convinced this is a club that is headed in the right direction and financially stable?
    Sends out really bad signals to players that may have been thinking of joining the club.

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  • Mark j

    May 29, 2009 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #26

    Robby b i no what you mean. The scum press, who are out to get us, will take one line from an interview and use it as their headline even though the rest of the interview was positive

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  • euanpolo

    May 29, 2009 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #27

    How right Bobby Robson was. We bought hungry and young players in his regime combined with old heads like Shearer and Speed. We should have continued to go out and buy up and coming players like how Jenas, Dyer, Bellamy and Milner were.

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  • Robby Bobson

    May 29, 2009 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #28

    SirJasonToon…Werent Taylor and Nolan proven premiership players? Well Nolan was definately and i had never been so sickened by a lack of energy by a player as i was from Nolan in the Villa game.

    By young i didnt mean more like Haris Vukic, i meant 21/22 who would still have the love for the game and out to prove a point, not someone like Nolan who just lazes around the middle of the park waiting for a big cheque. Theres plenty of them in the championship such as St Ledger and Gunnarson who we should go for now, and not players at the end of their career who cant hack it in the premiership anymore.

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  • sirjasontoon

    May 29, 2009 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #29

    the holy grail

    Kids will win nothing in the championship,especially our kids that have only played a reserve kick about most of the time.

    The championship will be unforgiving trust me a team assembled with our youth team will be fed to the lions.

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  • Doocey

    May 29, 2009 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #30

    I feel sorry for the people being laid off, but should there even be 120 jobs at Newcastle?!

    Okay, you’ve got the coaches, clerks, pitch minders etc, but I’m sure there are people at the club that have been milking the scene for some time now!

    No offense intended to anyone here that might be effected by these chops!

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  • sirjasontoon

    May 29, 2009 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #31

    SirJasonToon…Werent Taylor and Nolan proven premiership players?

    Quite the opposite,Ryan Taylor scored a couple against us (that’s about it)and Nolan had not had a good game in 18 months..Bolton fans couldn’t wait to get shot of him..proper cart horse way past his sell by date.

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  • the holy grail

    May 29, 2009 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #32

    sirjasontoon

    where the hell is the money going to come from
    the club was loosing money with the current personell neverming a 10mil pound player who would be on 60k a week who foots that bill?? but knowing the finances as he did he opted to go for young players on low wages and potential for resale value,who mite want to play for our club (for to many years our club has had the wrong mentality and been known for wrong reasons PAYING MASSIVE WAGES) who of the perople we are have to sell will we make a profit on e.g barton martins smith NO1

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  • sirjasontoon

    May 29, 2009 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #33

    Robby B-
    I don’t know what is going to happen but I think we are in more of a mess than we ever believed we would be in.

    I think the worst is yet to come 🙁

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  • komfort

    May 29, 2009 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #34

    15 years of up & downs .. it’s back to being a sleeping giant for the next 15 years..

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  • Little Willie

    May 29, 2009 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #35

    Of course Nolan was Premiership proven ffs, the fact he’s been poor in his last year at Bolton means nothing because both N’Zogbia and Milner were poor for 12 months before we sold them.

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  • sirjasontoon

    May 29, 2009 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #36

    the holy grail -I would hope our owner actually thought about the money before buying the club i.e plan B.

    He is clearly out of his depth financially and should never have purchased Newcastle United.

    If you can’t afford to service the trains don’t play on the railways.

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  • hitman

    May 29, 2009 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #37

    tell you what it is lads,alot of familys have lost an income today,and yous are trying to justify it,bollox

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  • Fans Should Own The Club

    May 29, 2009 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #38

    That is just horrendous news.

    Here in the states when you lose your job, you also lose your health care coverage.

    What happens in Britain?

    What about Unemployment benefits? Do they get some kind of public assistance?

    Awful news…

    I think the club should ask the players to take a half wage cut and pay into a fund for these people.

    Those who refused would be shamed publicly.

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  • sirjasontoon

    May 29, 2009 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #39

    Nolan was a big Mistake.
    18 months since he had a half decent game…if he was a horse he would have been shot.

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  • geordie deb

    May 29, 2009 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #40

    Doocey

    ‘I feel sorry for the people being laid off, but should there even be 120 jobs at Newcastle?!

    Okay, you’ve got the coaches, clerks, pitch minders etc, but I’m sure there are people at the club that have been milking the scene for some time now!

    No offense intended to anyone here that might be effected by these chops!’

    I was just going to post something similar. I feel very sorry for anyone losing their job especially in these times, but it’s no different to many companies. If the sales team don’t do the business it’s often the support structure who get culled – unfair? definetley especially when I’m sure in the case of NUFC most or all of those people have worked hard for the club. Saying all that, I’m not sure what percentage of the non playing staff the 120 represent, but it does seem a huge and costly support structure. I don’t know how that compares to other clubs but it sounds like we’ve had a bloated support system that needs culling – whether it’s office staff, director level, coaching staff and others, we can’t afford to sutain such as heavy cost structure.

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