There’s a little bit of good news in the News Of The World today, and we’ll assume it’s true and report what they are saying and look at what it may mean to the Newcastle club.
With no manager in place and unlikely to be one until new owners are installed, at the earliest the end of this month, Newcastle have appointed agents First Artists this week to begin a sale of the high wage-earners at the cub.
Yes those players who got the club relegated. Let’s list some of them who will move on:
Not all of the above were to fault for the terrible season of course – but these are the ones who will definitely move out this summer.
The rest of the players not listed there we hope we can keep, but with no manager on the horizon it looks like decent offers for any of our players will be accepted. And apparently the agency has been told to offload as many players as possible, and they will work closely with Seymour Pierce in a bid to put the club in better shape for the various groups looking to take control.
This group of players will be long remembered for letting the club and the Newcastle supporters down – and we will not forget easily.
But it’s a pity we don’t have a manager in place, since whoever that turns out to be, may want to keep some but those such as Bassong, Lovenkrands and Nolan. However, these players may not want to stay around in the cauldron of uncertainty that is the Newcastle club right now.
Newcastle have 15 players on more than £50K a week and of thise we understand there are 7 who are earning more than £70K/week – and yes they were not good enough to keep the club in the Premier League last year – so that’s something in their CVs (resumes) that will not go away.
A source told the NOTW about First Artists:
“They have offices all around the world,” “They are seen as the ideal people to cut the playing staff. They are strong in Europe. The banks trust them.”
Newcastle are hoping to get around £20M for Obafemi Martins, Fabricio Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Jonas Gutierrez and Joey Barton. We paid about £37M for those 5 players, all bought within Ashley’s time at the club. 🙁
Fiorentina want Coloccini, Atletico Madrid have asked about Enrique and Barton could end up at Portsmouth. And Oba seems to be on the radar screen of at least three Premier League clubs.
The NOTW is reporting that Ashley and the Newcastle club were given an extended overdraft by Barclay’s Bank, at a reduced rate from the initial £40m facility, down to around £30m.
We don’t really know too much about who the potential takeover groups may be, but we hear most have English businessmen fronting the deals, But the NOTW is reporting that one is American based and the other has North East businessmen at its core. That’s probably the one with Freddy Shepherd fronting the deal, although we have heard conflicting stories even about that.
This has been an utter disaster for Mike Ashley.
And his ownership of Newcastle has been an utter disaster for the club who are now in the English Second Division, and the last two years that have caused nightmares for many fans, and Newcastle’s name has hardly been enhanced, to say the least.
Not that Mike himself hasn’t suffered for his many stupid mistakes, freely admitted by the way, because he will lose up to £150M in two years.
There could well be some celebrations on Tyneside when the new owners come in – and we will need to keep looking on the bright side, difficult though that may be right now.
We have to hope the new owners understand Newcastle and the club – something Ashley and his cronies never did, and that was part of the problem.