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Nine Players Newcastle Want To Unload ASAP

Some reasonable news early this morning, that not all players in the Newcastle squad are at the same priority, in terms of Newcastle wanting to move them out of the club.


The Times is reporting that Newcastle officials have distributed a definitive list of players they would prefer to move on at the earliest opportunity, and that is in the hope hat a core of the club’s best players can be retained for the Coca-Cola Championship campaign.

The players that Newcastle want to move out as quickly as possible are the following players:

Kevin Nolan – £60K
Joey Barton – £65K
Jonás Gutiérrez – £50K
Gérémi – £65K
José Enrique – £50K
Fabricio Coloccini – £60K
Obafemi Martins – £65K
Shola Ameobi – £50K
Xisco – £50K

The numbers next to each name is a rough estimate of their weekly wage, so those 9 players currently cost the club £515K/week – they are just not worth it.

The club hopes they can generate enough funds form those 9 players to keep the rest of the players not listed although our free agents, Michael Owen, Mark Viduka, Claudio Cacapa and David Edgar will not have their contracts renewed and will come off the wage bill at the end of this month.

Birmingham have already offered  Edgar a 4 year deal, so he has the chance to play in the Premier league next year, if he accepts that offer.

Those 4 players whose contracts end at the end of this month will save around around £240K/week.

Those 13 players above will save the club about £755 per week, which is just over £39M per year, and that will reduce the wage bill from £74M to about £35M, but of course we’ll need to get more players in, but their wages will necessarily be modest compared to those of the players who are leaving.

We think that’s the list that Alan Shearer gave to Mike Ashley, so at least something Alan told Mike has been used, but with every layer up for sale, it’s really just a technicality because if some club bids the price Newcastle have listed, they will sell.

So the players Alan wants at the club to build on are Harper, Beye, both Taylors, Butt, Guthrie, Duff, Bassong, Smith and Lovenkrands. And there’s one common thread with all those players – all 10 play their hearts out for the club.

Probably the only real surprise there is Alan Smith, but nobody ever accused Alan of not playing with passion and pride, and of course his physical aggressive play would be very good in the Championship, and no doubt he would be very willing to stay on Tyneside, if Alan Shearer is manager, to help the club back to the Premier League.

And of course we have some top-class youngsters like Carroll, Forster, Krul, Vuckic, Inman, Ferguson, LuaLua, Kadar, Tozer, Ranger, Adjei and others, who will in all likelihood be part of the first team squad next season. That’s the basis of  Newcastle’s future, and there are some excellent young players in that group.

So there’s about 21 players good solid players, who will form the basis of the first team squad for next season, and Shearer (if he is manager) will need to bring in maybe about 6 -10 additional players to complete the squad.

But with all players on the transfer list, if say some club came along for Sebastien Bassong, for example, and is willing to pay say £12M, he’s on his way.

It is hoped that Newcastle can generate enough funds form these transfers to prevent the sale of other players at the club , including Sébastien Bassong and Habib Beye this summer. Nevertheless, Ashley and his advisers accept that they are in no position to turn down any reasonable offer for any player.

What Newcastle need now more than ever, is a manager in place, like Alan Shearer, who we know for sure is wanted buy at least two of the four consortia bidding for the club.

So why not get him in now, to get some real work started, before 3 weeks have gone by since the season ended, and nothing has been done on getting new players in, or trying to keep some of the good players we still want.

It is more than cavalier by Ashley to put every player up for sale, especially since he will no longer be owner of the club within a matter of weeks, and rumors have it the City Council are to throw a party, in Eldon Square no less, when he leaves Toon.

There will be lots of  Newcastle fans celebrating,  in sheer relief, when the club is finally sold, and Ashley leaves Toon. It will be new beginning on Tyneside.

Comments welcome.

44 comments so far

  • cooldj

    Jun 11, 2009 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #1

    cooldj strikes again! 🙂

  • bowburnmag

    Jun 11, 2009 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #2

    The cost:games ratio is obscene when you consider how little some of those players have featured. Literally money for nothing.

  • Spoonman

    Jun 11, 2009 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #3

    I doubt Ameobi is on 50k

  • ObaFan2

    Jun 11, 2009 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #4

    The player I’d miss the most is Oba, he’s had a difficult time since FSA came in who automatically put Owen ahead of him, had a few injuries, the African cup and his mother dying in terrible circumstances and that’s not to mention the number of managers he’s had to deal with in the last two years!
    He’s what 23 and imo played his heart out for the toon whenever his body was upto the task.

    The other, yes other I’d miss would be Jonas, I believe in time and the right position and players around him he’d be a real star in the EPL. Seemed really good before his injury but after he came back seemed a little headless @ times. Another season with us and I’m sure we’d see the real potential in him.

    Anyhow that’s history I’m sure, let’s have a bright new beginning with new owners and a stable club

  • Hilly

    Jun 11, 2009 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #5

    I agree Ed. Continuing on without a manger is killing the club. It’s so extremely frustrating to see the ship sail without a rudder, Captain, First Mate, or any deck hands trying to dodge icebergs left and right. Too bad we can’t sue Ashley for putting us all through this crap.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 11, 2009 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #6

    THe only one I’d miss is Enrique.

    Smith has got to go though and so has Duff if he doesn’t take a wage cut from his current 80k p/w.

  • ObaFan2

    Jun 11, 2009 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #7

    Crikey, didn’t even see Enrique on there! Lol our only left back…. ah well let the kids fill the position!

  • VanCanToonFan

    Jun 11, 2009 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #8

    They just re-signed Ameobi during this past season. How is it possible that there was no relegation clause in his contract? Stupid, stupid, stupid.

  • Sav

    Jun 11, 2009 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #9

    If your figures are right, Ed, I’m surprised to see Nolan and Geremi on the same wage as Oba. I f we are considering having to pay Bassong 50k per week, then Oba on 65 is not outrageous.
    What on earth we need Smith for escapes me. If some manager reckons there’s a striker in there and will give us half what we paid for Smith, we’d be mad to turn it down if all we are getting in return is a bit of midfield aggression that can’t pass.
    – May as well buy Cattermole if that’s all you want.
    As for Bassong, I don’t think he is showing any more loyalty than the players who were discussing their holidays in the Villa changing room. He played well and got paid little, but he missed our last match after his 2nd dismissal and if he is ghoing to be a whinger he can sling it with Barton and Cacapa. Mind you, if Ashley can sell him to Spurs he gets 12 mil AND gets to watch Bassong every week next season at his favourite club.

  • Doocey

    Jun 11, 2009 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #10

    Ameobi’s not on 50k a week, either is Jonas Gutierrez. I can guarantee you Xisco is on no more than 30k a week and Kevin Nolan isn’t grabbing 50k either. Nolan’s on around 40-45k.

    On the other side, Martins is on around 80k a week.

    Coloccini isn’t on 50k a week, believe me. He’d be around the 40-45k mark.

    Geremi earning 65k a week? Rubbish. 50 at most.


    I meant to stop after the first few player but I couldn’t but keep going on!

  • t_bone_tc

    Jun 11, 2009 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #11

    Totally agree with you Obafan2. I’m gutted that we’ll probably lose Oba and Jonas, and it was my first thought when we got relegated.

    I don’t know why Shearer didn’t put more faith in both of them – Jonas was the only player that showed that he could take on defenders (even if the end product wasn’t the best sometimes), and Oba was our only player that could hit a shot with any power at all. Surely they would put in as much effort as Alan Smith or Lovenkrands in the Championship! What’s the point in changing to a ‘heavy-handed’ and getting rid of our most skillful players?

    …And why does he want to keep Butt?!! He’s not good enough for Division 1! Was the worst player in the premiership last season in my opinion.

  • Dragonera

    Jun 11, 2009 at 1:45 AM

    Comment #12

    Bassong needs to shut his trap and get his head down. It really winds me up when players that didn’t have relegation claauses in their contracts try to act as if they had. He is speaking as though he is a free agent. Sorry, mate. You still have a few years on your contract. I say we tell him and his agent to shut it and hold on to him.

  • Sav

    Jun 11, 2009 at 3:10 AM

    Comment #13

    I can’t see anything wrong with that either, Dragonera. Bassong was delighted to get his big break with us last year and I’m sure he’ll be on a damned site more than 5k a week next season.

    – The rebuilding has to start somewhere and it may as well be with Taylor, Guthrie, Harper, Butt and Bassong. Ashley cannot expect to flog every player until Due Diligence is carried out, appointing no new manager until the season starts leaving no time to replace the outgoing squad or to physically prepare them for next season before he rides off back to White Hart Lane.

    Shearer’s appointment and an embargo on certain player sales needs to be the first thing all the prospective buyers need to insist upon. Leaving these clowns in charge for the next 3 weeks, unscrewing light bulbs and making a garage sale out of anything they can carry could ruin any prospects for next year, costing the new owners millions in the process.
    Ashley needs to know the price for the club is reducing with every asset he sells off – especially those currently on low wages, like Bassong.

  • ginkoh

    Jun 11, 2009 at 4:48 AM

    Comment #14

    What the hell, How the Shola get 50k per week !!!!!

  • Alex

    Jun 11, 2009 at 5:28 AM

    Comment #15

    You seem to have missed that Lovenkrands is out of contract as well . I would like him to get a new one also , his pace is needed inthe ccc . I am sure if we were to play him as an out and out striker he would score 15 goals or more per season .

  • roscoe

    Jun 11, 2009 at 6:26 AM

    Comment #16


    Come one MacMahon!!!!! Profitable Group SOS!!

    Come on Shearer now Please….

    Best news ever!!!!

  • roscoe

    Jun 11, 2009 at 6:28 AM

    Comment #17

    This could be the only thing left for ashley to do right… appoint a group that really have a plan for the club and respect the fans. Come on Ashley Leave on “good” note.. PLEASE!

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Jun 11, 2009 at 6:45 AM

    Comment #18

    At least this coming season there will not be too many players away on international duty !

  • Nick D

    Jun 11, 2009 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #19

    I don’t understand why Butt isn’t on the list to get rid of. That guy is so finished it’s humiliatingly embarrassing. Also what is the big deal about S Taylor? Towards the end of the season, it was like everyone was prepared to forgive all his basic school boy errors and lack of positional sense, like the goal conceded at home against Fulham. Also Krul should be ahead of Harper now.
    It worries me that Shearer wants to keep and build a team round these 3.

  • magforlife

    Jun 11, 2009 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #20

    The list should be bigger with Smith and Butt as they were as guilty as anyone of contributing nothing to the lost cause, time for a new page in the story with fresh characters given a chance as they had theirs and blew it big style, its no good them coming on the back pages with their patronizing dribble, now lets see who is foolish enough to pay them the cash they have stolen from us over the past dismal seasons. They are in for a massive reality check and their massive egos are in for a pummeling.

  • Nick D

    Jun 11, 2009 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #21

    Well said magfor life. What a horrible list of dross we’ve got with Smith, Barton, Geremi, Butt, Duff et al.

    Off thread but very worried about Shearer meeting with Shepherd. Shepherd did always look after Shearer more than supporting his managers, despite calling him Mary Poppins, – the 2 faced creep.

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 11, 2009 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #22

    Morning lads.

    We all knew that the majority of the team were gonna be up for sale come full time at Villa park.
    Unfortunately that is the harsh reality of our situation.

    I said ages ago that the only reason they re-signed strolla was to get some cash for flogging him on and if he is on the list that proves that theory.

    One thing is putting them up for sale – another is getting them sold and off the books!!!

  • ian

    Jun 11, 2009 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #23

    I would like to see Oba stay, surely the new owners can subsidise one good striker?

    Ideally we need one striker who we know and know we will get 100% then we have a chance of getting back up, without over 20 goals from the top striker position in the championship we will not get back up.

    Prices in the premiership have got reallly daft, if we sold Oba and somehow we did get back up then it would cost a lot more then £10m to get an equivalent striker to Martins, a sale in my opiniojn would be false economy, maybe Oba would take a 5-10K pay cut to remain? They should ask him.

    If money absolutely dictates he cannot play, then they should loan him out for one season with the option to buy if we do not get back up.
    But I think we need that player to get back up, we have had so many strikers such as Owen who clearly do not care about the club, Owen could have easily scored a goal to save the club if he had put his all in to every game, he didnt care in my opinion. If it had been Cisse and Martins, Bellamy and Martins or similar we would not be in the championship as those players have determination and pride.

    Ideally a proven championship striker alongside Martins with the likes of Nile Ranger and Carroll should assure a striking line up which could get us back up in one season, I would like to see some rotation this time to give Carrol and Nile Ranger time to make sure they are on their game in case of an injury.

    If they sell Oba then they maybe are not serious about the premiership.

  • ian

    Jun 11, 2009 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #24

    That is a good point Nick, I felt Shearer undermined Bobby Robson and also got Bellamy fired, a little kid texting me abuse wouldnt have me telling tales to the boss, I have had people swing for me a few times and it is water off a ducks back, I sort it myself I am a big boy, he should have been the same as a captain, I forgot about that stuff.

  • Tom

    Jun 11, 2009 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #25

    Jonas isn’t on 50k, nor is Xisco or Ameobi. I’m not even sure Coloccini is on 60k.

  • Stuart79

    Jun 11, 2009 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #26


    Seriously these pop up adds are doing me heed in!

    Anyway, all the players are overpaid prima donna’s that deserve to play in the championship for onthing for one season!

    All though I’m not that convinced they would get us back up.

  • Stuart79

    Jun 11, 2009 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #28

    You could make a bloody film out this club!

    Mentions Shepherd quite alot in there. I wouldn’t be bothered if he was involved as long he was using some wealthy man’s money and he didn’t buy and sell the players.

  • toonfan

    Jun 11, 2009 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #29

    hi replying to comment about bassong being on contract for a few more years not true, he signed last season on a 2 year deal worth about 5k a week so the options are get him tied to a longer and better pay deal and soon, cash in on a huge transfer now or he leaves next season on a free transfer just typical of the way this club is run we actually find a bargain and give him a crap contract

  • Stuart79

    Jun 11, 2009 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #30


    Bassong wouldn’t be allowed to leave on a free due to his age.

    Bosman applies over 25’s I think it is.

    We might not get market value but we would get something for him.

  • Ericles

    Jun 11, 2009 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #31

    There seems a contradiction here. We hear that fat Ashley will not employ Shearer because he does not know what the new owners will want. Yet he then proceeds to put the squad up for sale. He does this without considering what the incoming new owners may want to do with those players. Ashley seems, from the very day he bought NUFC, to have mandated himself to relentlessly pursue with little exception is own self-interest. he has done this in total disregard of consequences which have, as we now know, caused great harm to others – the club, the players, the fans, and Tyneside itself. Not to mention the game of football itself. If that is not bringing the game into disrepute I do not know what is. I think the FA should ask the fat profiteering arse-hole just what he thinks he is up to.

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 11, 2009 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #32

    We have a thin bare ne strength in depth squad to begin with- christ if we flog and dont recruit we will be left in a dire position.

    Idiots running our club.

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jun 11, 2009 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #33

    Applause applause

  • Ericles

    Jun 11, 2009 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #34

    I want Oba to stay as well. He has publically declared his intention to see out his contract.
    OK, new owners could renegotiate and say salary cut but additional bonuses for goals scored etc. I like Oba. He is loyal. He is facing the surgeon’s knife this summer and he still wants to come back. But then the fat Ashley does not understand principles like that.

  • Johno Toon

    Jun 11, 2009 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #35

    Do you know what really annoys me? When the say there is ‘ 3 or 4 ‘ interested parties , how could it be or? Surely they know how many offers or enquires they have recieved! I know that sounds petty but it annoys me no end!

  • Shot Bru

    Jun 11, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #36

    Shame to see Edgar go, he’s not a bad player and would come on leaps and bounds in the CC.

  • ian

    Jun 11, 2009 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #37

    If I owned the club I too would put all of the players up for sale, but only sell the ones I want rid of, pointless picking out players upsetting them and if you cant sell them then they knoew they were not wanted, so there is nothing wrong there.

    Plus I would see which club is interested in who and for how much, if nothing else it is good to pass on to a new owner, a new owner may say the team have no value, but if you have firm offers for £20m after losses on the rubbish then you can counter their claim, although maybe I am granting them with more intelligence than they actually have!!

  • ian

    Jun 11, 2009 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #38

    Johno Toon, I agree, maybe he means 3 that are real and one dreamer/tyre kicker but doesnt want to actually say it?

  • tino4chairman

    Jun 11, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #39

    those wages are way out. xisco and enrique are on between 15-30k max. ameobi is not on 50k either and collocini is under 40k. i would keep enrique he’s improving all the time and showed heart towards the end of the season

  • Nick D

    Jun 11, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #40


    I think what is putting buyers off is our ridiculous wage bill which is totally unsustainable . It’s not just a case of shelling out for the club but covering those stupid wages put in place by Shepherd.
    That’s why Ashley has put them up for sale.


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