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.