12 Players For Newcastle To Build On For Next Season

Alan Shearer may find it easier to decide who he wants to keep, rather than who he wants to sell this summer.


Alan Shearer – new Newcastle manager?

That’s because the list is shorter, and he can pick those players who gave their all, in our relegation battle – add some of the top youngsters to the first team squad, and the club will have base  of around 21 players – and then Alan and his team will need to add say 10 players in the summer.

Thses are the players we (this blog) would like to see at the club in August

  • Steve Harper
  • Habib Beye
  • Steven Taylor
  • Sebastien Bassong
  • Kevin Nolan
  • Nicky Butt
  • Danny Guthrie
  • Damien Duff
  • Peter Lovenkrands
  • Shola Ameobi
  • Andy Carroll
  • Ryan Taylor

From looking through some comments recently we can hear the groans about Nicky Butt form soem readers – but Nicky’s vast experience will be crucial to us next season.

Yes he’s getting on at 34, but one thing we fully expect in pre-season is that Shearer will have the squad the fittest squad in English football – and that includes the Premier League.

That’s what Kevin said last summer – and it makes so much common – sense – whatever squad we have there’s not reason why they cannp be in top top fitness so w can come on strong in games near the end – to capture the 3 points – and yes, there’s a little bit of hope in that sentence!

If there were doubts with a player, and he could bring in some money in the transfer market – we left him out of the base squad.

A case in point is Jose Enrique who is on around £2M a year – and we think we can get some good full-backs in, who will bge as good for much less money.  Tamas Kadar isn’t too bad right now at left-back for instance.

The Hungarian now finally recovering form his broken leg is already training as he is determined to get in the first team next season.   We also have to say like that attitude from our youngsters.

Remember the 6’2″ defender was called up for the full Hungarian squad last summer, but was injured and returned home – so he’s already a good player at just 18.

And we’ve included Andy Carroll there because he’s played quite a few games for the first team last season – us last season – 16 appearances and 3 goals.

Alan can then add these exciting youngsters to next season’s first team squad

  • Tim Krul
  • Fraser Forster
  • Tamas Kadar
  • Ben Tozer
  • Haris Vuckic
  • Nile Ranger
  • Kazenga LuaLua 
  • Wesley Ngo Baheng
  • Mark Doninger

And Alan will have squad of  21 players as a base to build on, and he can then add say 10 players to that base during the summer.

When you look at the base squad, it’s not at all bad – and if Alan does that the club will let go of the following players:

  • Coloccini
  • Enrique
  • Cacapa
  • Martins
  • Owen
  • Gonzalez (loan)
  • Smith
  • Gutierrez
  • Xisco
  • Geremi
  • Edgar
  • Viduka
  • Barton

And of those, Alan could well decide to give David Edgar a one year contract – since he should be more than decent in the Championship, especially in his preferred position of center-back.

A rough estimate of the wages of the  players above is about £700K/week – and that’s around £36M for the year.

Obviously those are estimates, but that will cut the wage bill from £74M to around £38M – which is around half of what it is now. It will then be increased as new players come to the club – but that should be manageable.

And in order to keep Bassong why couldn’t we offer the lad £2M/year to get him to stay – after all he would be worth the money, which is unusual at Newcastle, we know. 😀

£36M a year – that’s an unbelievable savings for the club – and as keep saying we will not miss too many of them at all.

There are several assumptions here of course – and the biggest one of all is that Alan Shearer will become Newcastle’s manager – and shortly!

And looking at the potential cuts in the playing staff above, it shows the tremendous opportunity the club has of not only getting on a strong financial footing, but also getting value for money for the wages they pay the players.

What a unique concept that is – especially at Newcastle!

Comments are always welcome – let’s have your ideas and opinions on this.

60 comments so far

  • Ben_BKK

    May 30, 2009 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed, I thought Mark Doninger wasn’t being offered a new contract and would be leaving the club?

    I was quite surprised when I read about it, I thought he was one of our promising youngsters. Unless of course I’m mistaken 😛

  • Tom Mo.

    May 30, 2009 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #2

    I’m always ever hopeful, but continue to be let down by Ashley. Although I always hope for the best, something tells me I will be disappointed again and Shearer will not be our next manager…

  • magpie6699

    May 30, 2009 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #3

    I would prefer to keep Jose Enrique if we can afford him, certainly rather than Ryan Taylor who has not shown me any particular abilities that make him worth keeping, whereas the Spaniard was starting to show good defensive and attacking strength . Otherwise I agree with your list pretty much.

  • nufc1818

    May 30, 2009 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #4

    saw a picture in the journal front cover of shearer just leaving his car at the training ground…
    so im guessing they have been in talks again

  • toonoholic

    May 30, 2009 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #5

    enrique over shola !!!! remove that donkey !

    rather xisco over the donkey !!!

    and surely edgar on the list too.

  • Fostino

    May 30, 2009 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #6

    not too keen on ur list ed

    certainly the following i would love to see challenging for 1st team football:

    Tim Krul
    Fraser Forster
    Tamas Kadar
    Ben Tozer
    Haris Vuckic
    Nile Ranger
    Kazenga LuaLua
    Wesley Ngo Baheng
    Mark Doninger

    apart from that i would love to see the majority of the squad go, id only keep:

    beye – captain
    bassong – new contract
    edgar – new contract
    enrique – not a major disaster if he goes
    s. taylor
    butt – experience

    de rest lack pace, creativity passion etc

    unfortunately de likes of martins nd enrique might have to be sold to generate funds

  • Fostino

    May 30, 2009 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #7

    adeij is another promising youngster

  • jimiley

    May 30, 2009 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #8

    Whats happened to Joe Kinnear? He is our manager and Shearer was standing in until he got better. Does the treatment of Kinnear not sum up the crass, callous and cruel ownership of the club? Thanks Joe but you are now forgotten. No mention from the owner (are you dead Joe?) and no goodby and no thank you. If Kinnear had not taken ill we would still be in the Prem. Hughton and Shearer got a total of 7 points out of 39 between them. God I hate Ashley. What must Kinnear be thinking???

  • xfer

    May 30, 2009 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #9

    I’ll ship Amoebi out anyday.

    Andy Carroll is much more useful. Shola cant do anything right on his day.

    Not a fan of Ryan Taylor to be honest, he hasnt shown he could do anything apart from set pieces. Not what we need.

  • jimiley

    May 30, 2009 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #10

    Shearer was courteous about Kinnear when he first stood in, but now he never mentions the manager and is walking rough shod all over him. I cant help but think that Ashley and Shearer are being total tossers in their dealings with our manager.

  • Toon_Ice

    May 30, 2009 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #11

    How on earth can you build anything around Ameobi ? Maby a cage to keep him locked up, because i don´t wanna see him playing for Nufc again…

  • TheDan

    May 30, 2009 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #12

    It is pointless wages like the one’s for Ameobi which have cost us vitally, not to mention the jobs of those who have been lost!

  • sirjasontoon

    May 30, 2009 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #13

    Shola Ameobi-Plop of the highest order.
    Ryan Taylor-zzzzzzzzz scored a couple against us
    Kevin Nolan-Pap and Past it

  • chuck

    May 30, 2009 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #14

    If we sold the following group it should significantly reduce the wage bill at the same time generate the funds to enable Shearer to bring in the players needed to earn (hopefully) instant promotion.
    Taylor R.
    The Championship is a physically demanding league, with power and speed more apparent than tactics and technique, in which case a deep squad would be an advantage, plus plenty of young bloods.
    On gaining promotion most teams make significant changes to adapt to the PL style once again.
    The parachute payment will help, but each season spent outside the PL only makes it more difficult to regain a PL spot.

  • sirjasontoon

    May 30, 2009 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #15

    Looks like that Lucrative JK contract vanished into thin air…reckon if Shearer tells Ashley to screw himself the Lucrative contract will magically re-appear.

    Got to love the professionalism in the clubs hierarchy.

  • simon376

    May 30, 2009 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #16

    We should all be thinking about Joe as he had been very ill, but I don’t think we can have a go at either Ashley or Shearer. Maybe we could be updated on his health, but his contract ran out at the end of the season, so at this moment he is not our manager, we don’t have one. And really, I would be devestated if he came back. I’m not saying Shearer is the answer to everything, but Joe was so bad, I’d rather have Guillit back than him again

  • sirjasontoon

    May 30, 2009 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #17

    has anyone seen them wallpapers next to the comment box HAHA…how to make your laptop look a TWAT.

  • Little Willie

    May 30, 2009 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #18

    I think Carroll will have a good season next year now he’s finally filled out his frame, we just need to get him the service in the air.

  • sirjasontoon

    May 30, 2009 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #19

    Yeah JK is a sound bloke be good if he stays in some capacity(ball boy)…shit manager though.

  • True fan

    May 30, 2009 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #20

    just remember, joe knnear was only an interim manager, but now shearer is the interim interim manager (if thats right), but tbh, i dont know where that contract offer for kinnears went…….. maybe ashley and kinnear talked and thought shearer was the way forward, with ashley pointing towards kinnears health as the reason… but hopefully kinnear can still do a job for us, whatever it will be

  • sirjasontoon

    May 30, 2009 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #21

    Strong Lad Carroll really warmed to him the more I have seen him…would have probably banged more in the premiership…but we created very little.

  • TheDan

    May 30, 2009 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #22

    Haha, them wallpapers do look canny shite like

  • sirjasontoon

    May 30, 2009 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #23

    Does anyone actually rate Ameobi…Ed run a Poll on Ameobi please?

    I think he is a disgrace.

  • hitman

    May 30, 2009 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #24

    why have we heard nowt about shearer,ive got a feeling the club is being sold.

  • sirjasontoon

    May 30, 2009 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #25

    Wait for the elephant one it’s hysterical 🙂

  • sirjasontoon

    May 30, 2009 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #26

    Alreet Hitman…dunno what’s happening seen nothing today..silence as usual.

  • nufcc

    May 30, 2009 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #27

    We have to give xisco a chance. He will not even be worth 1 million right now. Try him out for the next season. I think he is still 22. I have seen him in his days in spain. he is not a bad player. Certainly 20-30 times better than ameobi.

  • sirjasontoon

    May 30, 2009 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #28

    Make your Moniter take a Dive more like 🙂

  • TheDan

    May 30, 2009 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #29

    Aww, mine just seems to be stuck on the one with that lion humping the tree 😛

  • sirjasontoon

    May 30, 2009 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #30

    I wish we could be sold to Arabs…filthy Rich Arabian Big Spenders…sick of us being such a penny pinching club…Need to bank roll some goodtimes !!

  • sirjasontoon

    May 30, 2009 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #31

    Wait for the elephant one Dan it keeps walking past a waterfall…looks like it’s on the generation game.

  • TheDan

    May 30, 2009 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #32

    Haha will keep my eye peeled mate
    So anyways, you reckon we will come back up?

  • boater

    May 30, 2009 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #33

    Sirjasontoon… I rate Ameobi.

    He is the highest goalscorer at the club, will be useful coming off the bench and you have all been saying his a championship player for years.. so what’s the problem?

  • TheDan

    May 30, 2009 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #34

    You seriously rate Shola?!
    The amount of times he trips over himself is terrible!

  • boater

    May 30, 2009 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #35

    Ameobi, Geremi, Cacapa, Coloccini, Bramble, Zog, Dyer, Carr, Rozenthal… all victims of the lynch-mob scapegoat mentality that continues to drag our club down further.

    You are stupid because you fail to see how your sniping at individuals is undermining the overall cause. Every single one of those players could have done a job for us with the crowd behind them.

    Reap what you sow gentlemen, reap what you sow.

  • TheDan

    May 30, 2009 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #36

    Yeahh whatever you say boater
    I agree with you on Colo and Rozehnal.
    But at time it is worth ‘sniping’ people, Zog had a terrible attitude and Dyer was an injury prone wantaway.

  • sirjasontoon

    May 30, 2009 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #37

    Got to Admit Boater I was shocked when he landed a new contract…I think he has the balance of 1 year old goat,no eye for goal,2 left feet…abysmal player in my eyes.

  • boater

    May 30, 2009 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #38


    And yet he has 50 goals for the club. Pretty good for a complete disgrace. It’s too easy, too lame and too dumb to just single out players like you do.

    At the beginning of the season when everyone was raving about Colo… I kept on saying that you will all have picked on him as a duff signing in a few months… how right I was… do you know how I know? Because Newcastle united fail to defend as a unit… so the centre-halves are left one-on-one constantly… do you EVER stop to consider that one high profile defensive flop after another might actually have one single root cause? Or it’s easier to just say ‘all our defensive players are flops’ – we’re cursed… no WE AINT CURSED.

    The same across the team.. a rumour becomes a myth, becomes a given – that’s how herd mentality works… it’s not about Ameobi, Colo, any of these guys… it’s about leadership, subtle guidance and strong systems.

  • simon376

    May 30, 2009 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #39

    I think Shola is far from the greatest, but I do think he gets too much stick. At least he has had the guts to go out there and do it, take a pen as well. It really makes me mad when people boo him. We should NEVER boo our own. I cant stand Barton and want to see him well away from the club, but I would never boo him when he is playing for us. When a player puts on a black and white shirt, on the day/night he should be backed to the hilt

  • Dragonera

    May 30, 2009 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #40


    You make some pretty valid points


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