Newcastle Have Now Lost 6 Players This Summer


It was a decent performance from the lads yesterday, especially in the second half, and the next game is the real thing as we face WBA on Saturday in the first match of the Championship.

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Oba Martins – 6th player out of the door this summer

And it could be that we play that match without having signed one player in the summer.

We have already lost Michael Owen, Mark Viduka, Claudio Cacapa, Peter Lovenkrands, David Edgar and Oba Martins, and that has saved us around £18M off the wage bill by our estimate.

We have £9M into the transfer coffers so that’s starting to look a lot better but the club will need to get the wage bill below £40M for the year. Right now the wages are at about £56M, from the starting point of about £74M.

We could increase the incoming transfer funds by £10M with the transfer of Bassong this week, and Beye, Coloccini and Gutierrez also are likely to leave Tyneside soon.

Exactly who will decide which players will come in to replace those gone is a good question, and we feel Mike Ashley will be forced to do something shortly if he cannot sell the club.

We hate to say this again, but we think Joe Kinnear could again be the manager brought  in to somehow manage this ridiculous situation. It will be deja vu all over again.

Strikers Shola Ameobi and Xisco missed yesterday’s match through illness and Andy Carroll took full advantage of their absence to open his scoring account.

We think Andy is good enough to be a starter this coming season and we also notice that Tamas Kadar, our 19 year-old Hungarian, is quietly doing the job at center-back and the lad certainly looks a player of the future for the club.

Yesterday Newcastle fans made up 2,330 of the 8,876 supporters at Tannadice, and as we reported yesterday the match was preceded by a minute’s applause in honor of Sir Bobby Robson, who died of cancer, aged 76, on Friday.

St James’ Park will be open again today from 9am-5pm to give Newcastle fans another opportunity to pay tribute to the club’s former great manager, who is going to be missed on Tyneside and by the world of football in general.

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14 comments so far

  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 3, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #1

    Getting rid of highly paid players is one thing – replacing them is another.

    Its simple – we need replacements of Championship level who can aid us.

    Mircale at NE1 needed pdq.

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  • magforlife

    Aug 3, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #2

    The clearout must continue but players also need to be replaced, this opportunity to re build should not be missed as it is a chance to fill the squad with fit pacey hungry players who are desperate for a chance at a big club.
    A lot more of the overpaid parasites need to go and quickly.

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  • ian

    Aug 3, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #3

    Our turnover will only be around £30m surely in the championship?

    Wages will have to be around £15M??

    That is why I would consider subsidising up to 3 players but the rest must be on budget.

    The three could have been subsidised by part of the parachute payment to get us back up.

    Keeping a lot of rubbish players means we are over budget and still will not get back up. Plus there is nothing to sell next year if we cant get back up.

    Odd ways of thinking this lot.

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  • derekm

    Aug 3, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #4

    There are a few high earners that in theory could go very quickly when the club is sold – but to be honest some can be replaced with our youngsters. The likes of ranger, donaldson, and others are surely almost ready. This will be a very tough league to get out of, but whether we like it or not if the likes of nolan, barton and smith stay then we would be combative to say the least.

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  • HarryWorth

    Aug 3, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #6

    Ed, You have forgotton to add your favourite player to your “players who have left Newcastle”.

    I give you Mr Nacho Gonzalez even though like Lovenkrands he was only a loanee..

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  • THE MAGPIE

    Aug 3, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #7

    Actually i think the turnover is going to be 50m+11m parachute payment-so wages need to be around 38m.
    Of course another way to balance the books is to sell Martins, Bassong, Beye and use the transfer fees received to subsidise the wages of the players we cant shift.
    That to me is what is going to happen-i dont see any additions at all meaning we are going to be woefully short in defence.

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  • HarryWorth

    Aug 3, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #8

    “i dont see any additions at all meaning we are going to be woefully short in defence.”

    No additions to the squad will be the ultimate proof that fat man is “raping” the club and assett stripping.

    This is what is and will continue to happen.
    The man is na evil cnut.

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  • punk skunk...

    Aug 3, 2009 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #9

    Shoulda gone for Leroy Lita, he understands the chumpionship & scores goals…Ho hum!..

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  • punk skunk...

    Aug 3, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #10

    Lost-my ass!..
    Given them up more like!..

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  • punk skunk...

    Aug 3, 2009 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #11

    Harry,
    you’ve led a very sheltered life if y’think ashley et al are evil!..

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  • ian

    Aug 3, 2009 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #12

    Tha Magpie that is how I see it being done, but I would have done it the other way on, I would have got an overdraft subsidised the poor overpaid players in lump sums to get rid of them, once I got rid of everyone I wanted to, then I would look at the bill ie £20m then either taken it on the chin or sold players to pay that bill, then brought players in at championship prices.

    I think that my estimate of £30m turnover is high (parchute not included), there will be no exciting players to watch at the club, we will have the three year ticket sale income (almost makes you think he knew) and some other bits and pieces but I think based on recent form few people with turn up to watch that sort of game.

    Martins, Beye, Bassong etc attracted the crowds, I cant see people raving about next year’s team.

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  • HarryWorth

    Aug 3, 2009 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #14

    Sheltered life….. LOL!!!!!

    Lets see if you dont think he is evil after he sells every player he can for a fee, replaces them with absolutely nobody then puts the club into administration in order to carry out his tax dodge against Sports Direct.

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