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.