We had heard two weeks ago that Alan Shearer would have to lower his demands if he was going to be appointed Newcastle manager.
Alan Shearer – wage demands seem too high
There were at least a couple of demands that we were aware of – one was his personal wages and those of his immediate staff, and the other was a transfer chest to bring in new players.
The transfer money was estimated to be anywhere from £15M to £20M, and presumably that will be needed to buy new players, but we wonder why money coming in from some of the transferred players can’t be used.
The players we will get in will necessarily need to be cheaper than the players we will let go, but of course in a fire sale we’ll not get anywhere near what the players are really worth. Their value will hardly have been enhanced either by being part of a relegation team last season.
The logic for the additional funds, was that Alan didn’t want to wait for players to be sold, before he could bring players in, as that didn’t work too well in January for Joe Kinnear.
But it’s Alan personal wages and those of his two assistants that seem to be high. The Mail is reporting that a couple of weeks ago at their meeting Alan asked for a package of £2.5M per year.
That was split as £1.75M for Alan, £500K for assistant manager Iain Dowie, and £250K for Paul Ferris.
But surely that package is far too high in the circumstances. Alan has never managed before, and he has hardly earned a high wage based on his track record, and couldn’t save the team in the 8 matches in charge at the end of last season.
If that is one of the sticking points Ashley has for appointing Shearer, surely there can be some arrangement or compromise reached. But of course to reach any agreement the two will need to talk, which doesn’t seem to have happened much in the last 10 days or so.
We would think half that amount would be closer to a decent wage, and he would still be the highest wage paid in the Championship manager, and how many managers in the Premier League get half of £1.75M. Not too many.
The other sticking point is the transfer fund, and we don’t think Mike will be too willing to give Alan a fund, in addition to the money the club gets from the players they sell.
Every single player has been put up for sale by the club, which seems a rather desperate and cavalier move by Ashley.
Some of the moves he is making appear to suggest Ashley is angry at this whole affair, and he’s doing himself no favors by not explaining his position – but what’s news?
There’s no way a person should own a football club if they are not willing to at least speak to the fans – not to mention listen to them. And that has been well demonstrated with Ashley’s reign on Tyneside – which has been an unmitigated disaster for the club and for Mike himself.
If those compensation figures for Shearer are correct, we think they are too high, given the circumstances at the club, where some players who stay, may be asked to take a cut in wages.
But with Mike putting the club up for sale and asking for responses by email, the papers are having another field day with Newcastle United this morning – and the soap opera seems to continue unabated, with the club in a the worst condition it’s been in for years and years.
Some legacy left by Mike Ashley, to be sure.