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?
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.