Newcastle Players Taking Pay Cuts – Complete Nonsense

We saw the reports in the Daily Mirror yesterday that top stars at Newcastle would be asked to take pay cuts next season in the Premiership – or whatever the report was trying to say – and it was all complete rubbish.

Chris Hughton – tries to stay out of financial business

It was obvious whoever wrote the report didn’t know the first thing about business or running a club, and it seemed all made up to sell papers.

But that hasn’t stopped the Newcastle club coming out today and denying everything in the report.  And that gives the report more than it deserves – it was complete nonsense, and didn’t reflect well at all on the Daily Mirror.

Mike Ashley visited the Benton Training Headquarters yesterday and it was his usual visit to meet up with Hughton, and to see the players.

But he no doubt slammed the report and told Chris Hughton there was nothing like that at all in the works.

Mike should be looking at what he’s done this year, because it’s been good and he should try to understand how he should now run the club, and dare we say it, plan for success on Tyneside.

Even after messing the club up so much, if Ashley can get some success next season, most of those terrible mistakes could be forgiven – maybe.

Chris Hughton doesn’t like getting into the business side of things at the club, and of course that’s not his job, but he was asked about the report this morning.

Chris Hughton said today:

“That financial story is not particularly helpful,”

“I was made aware of it this morning and as far as I know there is nothing in it. It just seems to have been plucked out of thin air. As far as I know there is absolutely no truth in it.”

“The only thing we are interested in is football. Contracts and things like that can wait until the end of the season. It’s nothing I’m aware of.”

” We’ve got used to a lot of speculation, especially financial speculation around the club.”

“We have 12 games left and we can’t afford to worry about anything that can detract from our objective and the sole objective is to get enough points to get promotion.”

That’s about the best response to the report from Hughton, who let’s face it, seems only concerned about how to win the next game, and that’s his job and it’s  great to see the dedication.

Well the next game is tomorrow afternoon at Middlesbrough, and all 3 points is what Newcastle fans will be looking for – that’s for sure.

Howay The Lads!!

7 comments so far

  • lesh

    Mar 12, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #1

    “That financial story is not particularly helpful,”.

    Hughton’s a master of understatement too!

  • Solaidback

    Mar 12, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #2

    It’s just a bunch of crap-loids from down south trying to disable the players from doing what they’ve been doing well this season & that is winning, we’re on a good run at the moment & wthe players don’t need to be reading that sort of rubbish from some bored southerner who makes up stories just to get some kicks!!

    I hope the lads listen to CH when he said it utter rubbish & concentrate on winning against the Smoggies this weekend!

    It also doesn’t help when out own website like NewcastleMad starts agreeing with these stories instead of rubbishing them to the fans, so what if you don’t like Ashley, thats your choice, but when something like this comes along & could disable the team, you should just rubbish it & get behind the team…


  • Robby Bobson

    Mar 12, 2010 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #3

    Overpaid players been offered longer deals at a lower wage but at a rate they will probably wont get anywhere else when there contract ends (like likes of Smith and Barton who are on huge wages) and Hughton identifies he wants to keep.

    Its plausable and will be good all round. The day to day running costs will be lower and players secured down to contracts at the club and the players have a more stable long term.

    Mike Ashley cant force a pay cut on anybody!

  • BeeGuy

    Mar 12, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #4

    Sports writers doing stories about money should be vetted by the business section editor. These players are in one-to-one contracts with the club. It is just not possible to do an “across the board” wage cut. I can only think the purpose of this story was to rile some Geordie’s and get them to buy the paper. As always, such stories are environmental crimes. To think that a certain number of trees and wildlife were destroyed to put this in print is a sad commentary on man’s relations with nature.

  • Alan

    Mar 12, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #5

    Good to see Chris come out and make this statement, hope the story hasn’t affected team morale too much.

    Also an article about this here:

  • Captain Beefheart

    Mar 12, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #6

    Robby B – that’s it in one! Sensible sustainable strategic planning, we need the wage bill around 30% MAX of gross turnover. Last time in the Prem it touched 57% if I remember correctly (Everton pushed 70% at one point). Impossible to sustain and suicidal to attempt (as we almost found out to our cost).

    The wage spiral needs to be resisted at all costs, once one club stands up to the agents the rest will follow. If Sky walked tomorrow, does football die with it because the current Premier-Donnas will not kick a ball for less than 60K a week?

    Anyway, what’s so bad about 15K a week anyway? Ask the care home worker who’s looking after your old Aunt, Mum or Gran what she’s getting for working a very hard 6 day week.

  • OHurley

    Mar 12, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #7

    capt Beefheart-

    Talkin’ sense like always, m8. What IS wrong with 15k a week? Hadaway, I’d take a job in the artic for that much dosh!!


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