Kevin Nolan Could Be First Newcastle Player Unloaded

Newcastle United have to unload 9 players who they do not want for next season, and who are some of the high wage earners at the club.


Kevin Nolan – first to leave the club this summer?

And the Newcastle Journal is reporting this morning that Kevin Nolan, who we signed for £4M last January could be the first one out of the door. It seems that Kevin is ready to sign for Hull City, and the fee is probably around £2.5M, but more important than that, Kevin’s £60K/week wages will be off the books on Tyneside.

If Newcastle can do that deal before next Wednesday the wage bill will be reduced by £15M and will be down to around £59M. That’s because the contracts of Owen, Viduka, Cacapa and Edgar also run out on that date.

We’ll keep a running tab on how much the club has been able to reduce the wage bill by, but of course new players coming in will increase the wages, but they will be on much lower wages than those leaving the club.

The nine players who are high priority to leave the club are the following:

Fabricio Coloccini
Jose Enrique
Kevin Nolan
Jonas Gutierrez
Joey Barton
Ob Martins
Shola Ameobi

One player who was not on the list was Damien Duff and we think Alan will want to keep the Irish winger, who is more than useful at left back too. Alan Smith was also not on the original list, but surely if a decent bid comes in for Alan the Newcastle club will take it.

With those nine players we estimate the wages for those players to be a phenomenal £490K/week, which is around £25.5M a year. It’s just an estimate but it’s the order of magnitude of those wages that is rather staggering.

However, with those players moving out and if we also add the four free agents to that list, the amount is around  £38M the wage bill will be reduced by. That will take it down to around £36M.

We look forward to moving some of these players out, just as soon as possible, and we feel certain that Shearer will be moving new players in fairly quickly, even starting next week.

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far


    Jun 24, 2009 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #1

    You can put Duff and Smith and Butt on the list for me.
    I would suspect the wage bill would need to be 40m to keep the club afloat, at the moment its 73m.
    i also suspect we will hear something by 30th June/1st July.
    Nolan is overweight and slow.

  • Graeme

    Jun 24, 2009 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #2

    Ed, I dont believe Ashley will refuse ANY half decent offer for ANY player on the books. He has made a profit on every transfer window since he took over.

    The only thing that will stop that is if the potential new owners list the players they want to keep and make it a condition of the sale that they are not sold.

    Mika Asley’s last day on Tyneside just cant come soon enough; the man has been a complete disaster.


    Jun 24, 2009 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #3

    Great bussiness by Kinnear on that signing.

    We’ve not heard anything about Guthrie recently, I hope we keep him, he’ll be excellent in the championship.

    the players I’d like to keep :

    R. Taylor

  • Danish_Magpie

    Jun 24, 2009 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #4

    I actually don’t think we will be getting rid of all the players you mention there, ED. I think (hope) our squad realistically looks something like this when the season starts:

    GK: Harper, Krul, Foster

    LB: Enrique, Fox (3m)
    RB: Beye, Gunter (loan)
    CB: Bassong, S. Taylor, Edgar, Kadar

    RM: R. Taylor, LuaLua
    LM: Duff, Shane Ferguson
    CM: Nolan, Guthrie, Gibson (loan), Butt

    ST: Carroll, Løvenkrands, Xisco, Ranger, Shola

    Out: Coloccini (5.5m), Jonas (6.5m), Smith (3m), Barton (3m), Geremi (0.5m), Viduka (free), Owen (free), Oba (8m)

    Net profit from the transfer-window: 20-25m pounds.

    Net wages saved approximately 450K/week = 23.4m/year

    That’s a saving of 45m or so for next year, which should be enough. The squad we are left with should be able to fight for promotion, and we can then do a bigger revamping if and when we are promoted… There are some good young talents in there, we just need more quality for the 1st team once we get promoted.

  • Wilad

    Jun 24, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #5

    You can not be seriously telling me that we put Nolan on £60kpw……

  • Ericles

    Jun 24, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #6

    Nolan can go. You never know he could end up playing with Michael Owen and fighting relegation again.


    Jun 24, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #7

    so we bought Nolan while we were in a relegation battle and we put him on huge wages without a relegation wage drop? this can’t be true. seriously.

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 24, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #8

    Ericles – that would be poet justice of sorts wouldnt it.

    I cant see Hull being able to offer MO any decent money that he will accept. He is waiting out for top table teams like Villa or Everton.

  • Macas35

    Jun 24, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #9

    Nolan won’t be on 60k

  • Nick 69

    Jun 24, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #10

    toon graeme- everton and villa will not offer owen big money either, everton hav a 50k cap, and according to reports hull are gonna offer owen a 1 year contract at 40k/week plus 20k per game and 10k per goal, so if he keeps himself fit and scores he would come out with a decent wage, better than everton could offer certainly

  • Sav

    Jun 24, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #11

    I accept the necessity for savings, however painful. But why on earth keep Smith and Duff and Butt whem we are selling Matins who is on perhaps 20k/week more and there’s no comparison in value to the club and importance in getting promoted and who will still be of value if we get promoted back to the Prem in 12 months.

  • Archie Brand

    Jun 24, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #12

    What a hoot you boys are with “I think” this and “I think” that, when you are just repeating stuff you read in the papers.

    Well I think Danish Mag talks a lot of sense.
    We’ll be bleeding the young ‘uns early next season. The likes of Lua Lua and Ranger will get their chances, and with them being youngsters it should be harder to break them like we keep doing with the older ones.

    I’m sure greater minds than those here have thought out the options but we could maybe get the likes of Bassong to hang around on the promise of lower wages this season (than he could get elsewhere) with the promise of an outrageous bonus next year if we make it back to the top flight.

    Please don’t keep Butt or Smith. They may appear ideal for the roughy toughy Championship but we should also take into consideration the fact that they’re crap!

  • spiderpig

    Jun 24, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #13

    i would personally sell all the slow players first like butt,nolan,ryan taylor,collo,shola,smith and geremi.i could run faster than these blokes..try and keep the good footballers with a bit of pace like guthrie,beye,enrique,taylor,bassong,jonas,and dare i say barton,martins ,duffer and maybe lovenkrands.add the young guns like vuckic,carroll,lua lua ,ferguson and donaldson and we have a fast team again with experience .we only need a few more signings and we are fine.probably better than last year which wouldnt be hard like.

  • waddler

    Jun 24, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #14

    There will be a massive cull shortly if buyers can be found and hungry young players need to be brought in.
    Someone on here mentioned Arsenals youngsters who l agree would be ideal replacements along with the lad from Man U who was loaned out to Hull.
    The lad who played Finland for the under 21 team l think his name is Gibson would be a good loan deal, then pack the team with the best of the reserve youth teams, keeping Beye, S Taylor and if at all possible Bassong who l think should be Captain this season as an inducement to retain him.

  • RyanToon

    Jun 24, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #15

    nolan is one of the worst players weve EVER had IMO

  • Pons Aelius

    Jun 24, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #16

    Once Shearer gets in I think we’ll see a lot of activity very quickly. I’ve no doubt Shearer will have been using his contacts in the game to let clubs know which players he’ll be interested in and will be able to negotiate reasonable prices given our financial situation.

    As for Nolan he’s been a disappointment, but no more than Ryan Taylor, Jonas, Xisco and especially Nacho. I would love to have seen Gonzalez in action last season as he was the only natural attacking midfielder we had. Just like with Owen, injuries have spoilt everything.

  • Macas35

    Jun 24, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #17

    RyanToon – I take it you haven’t followed NUFC for that long then…

  • RyanToon

    Jun 24, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #18


    15 years

  • Macas35

    Jun 24, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #19

    RyanToon – I just think there have been far worse signings than Nolan. He looked a bit off the pace at times but did have 1 or 2 decent games.

  • ObaFan2

    Jun 24, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #20

    I thought this owner had planned not to pay such high wages compared to the previous regime and bring the wage bill down….. So why so many new players on such high wages….. I just don’t understand….. duh!

    Not as if the new players were worth anywhere near what they have been getting paid imo.

  • Nick D

    Jun 24, 2009 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #21

    sadly his agent says he’s commited to Newcastle ( and picking up 50K a week)

  • Micky Toon

    Jun 24, 2009 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #22

    Nolan is better than Frank Pingle or Stimpson. Now they were crap.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 24, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #23

    Nolan is the worst player at the club and not worth 60p a week, let alone 60k.

    Get rid of this fat waster.

  • Solaidback

    Jun 24, 2009 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #24

    Personally I would get rid of ever player over the age of 25 & all the trouble makers, ie Smith, Barton etc!!!

    Yes that includes Harper, as we need a youthful team in the Fizzy & I think Krul or Forster could do the job required, break some of these reserve team lads in & let them show us what they have, so when we finally get back to the EPL, they’re all stronger, more experienced players!!


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