Newcastle Find It Tough To Move Players Out This Summer

Not much good news this morning on Newcastle, but there is some worrying news, and it’s coming from our former manager Sam Allardyce.


Sam Allardyce – will not pay the high wages for Newcastle players?

Blackburn Rovers have just agreed to sell Roque Santa Cruz for around £18M, which is another hihd fee, but then again it’s coming from Manchester City, who were willing to pay over £100M in January for Brazilian Kaka, who eventually went to Real Madrid for around £55M (€65M).

These transfer fees are getting way out of hand, and there will need to be something to stop them, or at least restrict them, and more fairly distribute the wealth in the game. I was trying to explain transfer fees (and relegation aand promotion which they don’t have over here) to my Dentist the other day, and he thought it resembled human trafficking.

If nothing is done, we’ll end up up with 20 top teams in Europe and everybody else will be struggling mightily. After all, it’s nearly like that now, and this way of doing business is hardly sustainable for the game in the long term.

But anyway, back to Newcastle and it looks like Big Sam will now be flush with some money, once the Santa Cruz deal is completed, and we would have hoped he may take a few players off our hands, like Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan for instance.

But Sam is put off the Newcastle players by the high wages paid by the Tyneside club to their players. That’s something he is aware of through his short eight months at Newcastle. Obviously if Sam hadn’t been sacked 18 months ago, we wouldn’t be where we are now, and if Kevin hadn’t gone last September, we’d probably now be in Europe next season, or close to it.

That could well be a rather ominous sign for Newcastle because once the new owners and manager are in, the next huge problem for the club is to reduce the wage bill, and there are no signs that will be easy.

We will be forced to send some players out on loan. but players are not going to want to move, if they need to take a wage cut.

Some may agree to stay and agree to a wage cut on Tyneside, and of course there were no agreements in their contracts to say they would be on reduced wages if Newcastle were relegated because nobody ever thought we would be relegated.

But you plan for the worst and hope for the best, is a planning mantra. But obviously not at the Tyneside club, where it seems they planned for the best and hoped for even better.

That’s just one of so many things that will need to change in the new upcoming era.

Taking wage cuts is highly unlikely, as these players await the bonuses they will be paid for last season’s efforts at the end of the month, said to be around £10M. But we were relegated weren’t we?

Only at Newcastle.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 20, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #1

    Aye we is stuck with high earning championship players and cant even see if we will manage to ship any out.

    I see Setanta lost prem rights – boo hoo. Stopped subscribing months ago anyway+ we wont be on there anyway so no loss for me.

  • Big Dave

    Jun 20, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #2

    I agree Ed it will be hard to shift the players on well the ones we want to shift on anyway

  • Bill F

    Jun 20, 2009 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #3

    Toon Graeme, looks like they have lost all of their rights so no footy of any sort from them. I only started with them through BT vision this year for a one off fee, so no great loss to me.

    As for the players I aint worrying yet as our new owners (when the sale eventually happens) may well have the means to carry the lopsided wages structure till something better is sorted out.

  • sahota

    Jun 20, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #4

    We should not worry about that at this moment. Main concern is we need to hire a manager as soon as possible. Things will start kicking after that. Our current owners are load of shi* and god knows whats going in their minds. Every morning we all wake up looking forward to some announcement but now I have given up. I can not expect anything from these guys.

  • Chris G

    Jun 20, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #5

    Slightly off topic, but I noticed on one of yesterday’s blogs that there was a fair bit of discussion about the club’s financial statements – in particular, Newcastle United PLC (2005)

    That was four years ago, so what’s the point of looking at them now?

    Even though it isn’t a PUBLIC limited liability company any more, the club still needs to get its accounts audited and filed at Companies House. The latest published accounts are for the the year ended 30th June 2008, so wouldn’t it be more sensible to look at them instead?

  • Chris G

    Jun 20, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #6

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  • belza09

    Jun 20, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #7

    Stange he was happy to sign them when he was here……..seems we have a reputation for high wages here at Newcastle compare the wages of our club to rest of the premiership last season we will proberbly be up there but still find our selves in the fizzy pop league………….If at my workplace had been grossly underachieving would have been let go….but these guys are getting ‘Bonuses’ Football is a funny old game and just cannot see it sustaining this level of wage demands……….IMO

  • Beno999

    Jun 20, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #8

    Just cancelled my Setanta – cheers for the heads up!

  • shrews mag

    Jun 20, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #9

    This is a tragic situation we find ourselves in. For weeks we have assumed that certain high earning players will move on to reduce our wage bill and provide funds to bring in new enthusiastic younger players for the year ahead.

    Now we reflect on managers not wanting to pay sky high wages for failed players (remember these players who ultimately put us in the fizzy league). But who can blame these managers for not wanting any of them (I wouldn’t take them).

    So we now find ourselves stuck with players who have lost interest in the club and are staying simply to pick up a huge pay cheque.

    You couldn’t make it up.

    Bring on AS to instill some discipline, energy, common sense and enthusiasm.

  • Rangerman

    Jun 20, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #10

    What has what happened with the clubs finances in 2005 got to do with it?

  • Chris G

    Jun 20, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #11

    ‘…What has what happened with the clubs finances in 2005 got to do with it?’
    Yeah, I was wondering that myself 😉

  • punk skunk...

    Jun 20, 2009 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #12

    …it’s just a way of keepin’ bad NUFC news in the rags…as per!..

  • punk skunk...

    Jun 20, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #13

    The press just want us all to be kept focused on crap, rather than supportin’ the team…& sadly, loads fall for it…Every lousy, stinkin’ time!..

  • Nick D

    Jun 20, 2009 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #14

    Fraid this all comes back to Shepherd and his stupid crazy wage structure or complete lack of it. It started with Shearer having a highest earner clause and has trickled down to the more mediocre players, which we are now lumbered with and some people wnat Shepherd back !!!!

  • Solaidback

    Jun 20, 2009 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #15

    Wouldn’t it be better for us to ship these useless players out to other clubs on loan & pay half their wages, than keep them at the TOON & have to pay all their wages??

    At least that way, we can bring in some decent young talent on a lower wage to help get us back into the EPL, where by then, our useless players may have gotten the heart back to play football for us or the club they went on loan too will want to keep then & they want to stay, so reduce their wage demands & get them off our books completely.. 🙂

    As for players like Barton, I would just sack him & let him take us to court, once he gets infront of any judge, they’re bound to be in our favour, then some other club can put up with his behaviour!!!

  • Sav

    Jun 20, 2009 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #16

    Great photo of Big Sam – trying hard not to laugh……. well, not THAT hard.
    Couldn’t really blame him.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 21, 2009 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #17



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