We thought Newcastle would learn their lessons from past mistakes, but we guess not.
James Milner – no sell-on clause
James Milner was at Newcastle for four years and was finally
transferred to Aston Villa for £12M in August of 2008, against the wishes of then manager Kevin Keegan.
And that was probably the first thing that indicated to Keegan he was not in charge of player personnel on Tyneside.
And then Xisco and Gutierrez were brought in on the last say of the transfer window without Kevin’s knowledge by Dennis Wise, and that was the final straw, and the manager resigned or was sacked – whichever story you want to believe.
And as seems to happen fairly often, Milner suddenly became a good player once he left Newcastle, and is in the England squad for the World Cup in South Africa, and is even said to be a favorite of manager Fabio Capello.
He’s certainly played very well indeed these last two seasons, but of course he was also a very good player at Newcastle, and he’s a terrific young professional.
Aston Villa have had a £20M bid turned down from Manchester City for Milner only this week, and therefore you wonder if the Newcastle club had the wisdom to put a sell-on clause in Milner’s transfer deal with Aston Villa less than two years ago.
The Newcastle Journal is reporting today that Newcastle did not put a sell-on clause in Milner’s transfer deal, and therefore Newcastle will get no money at all if the player is transferred for almost twice the money Newcastle received for the player, less than two years ago.
There must be some duds running the Newcastle club if this news is true, that’s for sure. And when you think back as to who was responsible for the transfer deals in those day, it was probably Dennis Wise.
Well, he’s already been sacked by the Newcastle club and good job too.
When will they ever learn?