All New Newcastle Contracts Include Relegation Pay Cut

It’s what should have been in the players’ contracts all along, but at least Newcastle have learned from their mistakes.

Mike Ashley – covered the wage gap last season

News in The People today that all new contracts signed at Newcastle from now on will include a clause that the players will take a cut in wages, if Newcastle are relegated to the Championship.

That’s something that was not in previous contracts, but then the unthinkable happened and Newcastle were indeed relegated a year last May.

It resulted in the Newcastle club not being able to meet the wage demands of their players last season, even though they managed to unload big wage earners like Owen, Viduka, Duff, Beye, Martin and some others last summer.

Owner Mike Ashley filled the gap in wages by personally lending the club around £30M with a no interest loan last season, and the gamble paid off as Newcastle were promoted back to the PL at their very first attempt last April.

So this news should hardly come as a surprise to Newcastle fans, as it’s something the club should have done all along.

But  at least Newcastle are learning from their previous mistakes.

Comments welcome.

47 comments so far

  • repo

    Aug 15, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #1

    good job cause we will go down again without spending some money..

  • Solaidback

    Aug 15, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #2

    Yeah thats for all NEW contracts, so the players like Barton, Smith, Nolan, Enrique, Colo, Jonas, Tayls, Harper, etc etc will still get their massive wages, so if we get relegated, we’ll be in the same boat as wew were last season, except we’ll have an extra 5-7 players to pay as well!!!

  • magpie9

    Aug 15, 2010 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #3

    @repo – very optimistic there

  • Captain Beefheart

    Aug 15, 2010 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #4

    Is this to help up stay up as a kind of inverse bonus to players? A club our size should never be out of the Prem, truth be told, and its only Ashley’s f***ed up style of ownership that got us there in the first place.

    PS: Why isn’t there a mandatory £20m fine on the owner if we are relegated instead, I’m sure that would be more successful…?

  • magpie9

    Aug 15, 2010 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #5

    why is there a plan for if we go down and not a plan (or atleast not a good one) for where we are now?

  • xfer

    Aug 15, 2010 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #6

    To be fair, who expected us to go down. But we should have been more cautious in any case.

  • Rich TOON Bristol

    Aug 15, 2010 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #7

    i really cant believe that the only player that we’ve signed since last season who we can play against MAN UTD is perch!! Nothing against hughton but we’ve had months to improve for this opener and the additions so far have no hope of improving us at all for at least another month and thats just when sols fit! We need more than arfa, assumin we actually finally land him.. Were literally a championship side going up against man utd and i fully expect us to get treated like one, bad times ahead unless significant signings are made 🙁

  • Solaidback

    Aug 15, 2010 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #8

    What a load of tossRTB – yes we’ve just been promoted but 8/10ths of our squad are PL experienced players with a few additions since!!!

    Nolan, Smith, Colo, Jonas, Harper, Enrique, Carroll, Lovenkrands, Shola, Barton, Gutherie, R.Tayls, S.Tayls have all played in the PL, so we should be able to handle oursleves well enough & anyone we’ve added is a bonus….

    Stop the rot now, get behind the lads …


  • Shot Bru

    Aug 15, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #9

    We should make a bid for Matt Derbyshire who wants to return back to England. He would play well off Caroll and we will be getting a player with premiership and champions league experience…and the right age and price.

  • Ericles

    Aug 15, 2010 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #10

    Hey, hey – all this pessimism and we play away at Man U tomorrow. OK fat Ashley will be there but lads we outnumber the bloke by thousands. I have little sympathy for the big earners in football when I cannot afford to retire. NUFC players (as with other teams) can run until they drop whereas have got to work my way there!

  • Steve_48

    Aug 15, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #11

    Did anyone see Shearer’s receding hair line last night on MOTD, how bald is wor Al now? Tut tut baldy nut

  • catchy 55

    Aug 15, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #12

    it is a new season,

    im optimistic, will we win the league, no, cup prob not, but sorry, there is much of a muchness(new word) from about from the top 8 teams,,

    i think we are way beter than west brom, blackpool,stoke wigan, to name a few

  • Captain Beefheart

    Aug 15, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #13

    Rich TOON @ 7,

    Mate, the pre-season has been a disaster in terms of the necessary team building Hoots himself identified before the Notts Forest game last season! But all you get on here is ‘pride’ and ‘team spirit’ and the other claptrap that will not help us against Man U or anyone else (even Blackpool). Indeed, I’ve been repeating this mantra for ages now on this site, does anyone listen (?), so time to make it into a song if I can think of a suitable tune….

    ‘A perch, a crock and a codger..”

  • bill

    Aug 15, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #14

    Mike Ashley wouldn’t have had this problem if he hadn’t undermined KK.

    Look forward to a long hard season. When will someone buy this bast*rd out?

    I thought Shearer’s haircut was very nice, similar to my own, in fact.

  • bill

    Aug 15, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #15

    Captain B:

    You have been repeating this for a long time and I agree with you. Unfortunately, a lot of people get carried away with a few wins in an inferior league. Sometimes it is the inexperience of youth with these people and with others it is just blind faith.

  • moonraker

    Aug 15, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #16

    FFS give it a rest all you doom mongers! Anyone would think we were putting out the youth team against Man U!!

    I’ve said before and I say again the squad aint brilliant but it’s good enough to survive in the Prem and additions although needed, will be brought thro slowly.

    If ben Arfa signs that will be a good start but if he doesn’t there will be others and what we dont need is another load of mercenaries like we’ve had in the past.

    The result against Man U, whatever it is will not determine our success or failure this season so let’s just enjoy being back where we belong!!:-)

  • Ericles

    Aug 15, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #17

    Team spirit and pride will get us some points. But we will not win anything or make an impression in the Premier until we recruit some quality and classy players. That is up to Ashley! Do not hold your breath on that anyone!

  • Rich TOON Bristol

    Aug 15, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #18

    nice to see were on the same realistic said Beef! And as for bringing players in slowly, how much slower can that happen!! Season starts tomorro against prob the toughest we could have drawn! I mean people talk about plan b’s and that but surely we’re far far past plan b when it comes to signings and still nothings happened bar ben arfa turning up and even thats apparently of his own accord!! I dont know why the fat one is not doin ALOT more to strengthen than this but its just another toon transfer window, even several loans woulda been great to help tomorro but nope NOTHING! people seem to be forgetting not only are the players weve got are the ones that went down BUT also we’ve lost numbers over the summer and have only sort of replaced the departing so we haven’t even technically improved our squad size, all i know is as much as i love the toon ill be watching tomorro from behind my sofa!!

  • Rich TOON Bristol

    Aug 15, 2010 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #19


  • bill

    Aug 15, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #20

    “Doom Mongers”, I call it being realistic. Until the fat one goes I will never return to SJP, however, I will be at Old Trafford tomorrow hoping that the team will at least put up a gritty performance, and don’t get blown away.

  • magpie9

    Aug 15, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #21

    why is there any point in being pessimistic, saying that we will get stuffed of man u and get relegated again. think positive and believe that we will have a successful season

  • Rich TOON Bristol

    Aug 15, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #22

    ill believe were gonna have a successfull season when we have an owner who wants us to have a successfull season! Instead of wanting us to MAYBE survive, he’s a gambler and its our team hes gambling with, yes we will be a financially sound club soon but with how this windows gone unless something happens we’ll be financially sound in the championship end of

  • MacToon

    Aug 15, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #23

    “Mike Ashley filled the gap in wages by personally lending the club around £30M with a no interest loan last season”

    Did he? Or is this the £30 mil from changing from an £18 mil over draught to a £48 mil Mortgage?

    OK, so Ashley put £30 mil in, then an extra £30 mil from the mortgage, then the money from the FA., tickets, shirts, player sales…… we must be rolling in money!

  • moonraker

    Aug 15, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #24

    bill, I dont understand why you wont go to SJP; your still supporting the Ashley regime by going to Old Trafford.
    I admit he has shown his inexperience to say the least, but in retrospect we could have been out of business under FFS with all the marquee signings and debts we now know about.
    I’m thankful we are back in the prem and who knows, someone will probably buy us in the future, but for now I’m gonna enjoy it :-))

  • Rich TOON Bristol

    Aug 15, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #25

    i dont give a f*** how much money the fat man puts into the club! He bought the club so its his responsibility to put money in and invest in the team! I just wish some sheik would come and buy us off him! One with a loose cheque book cos this man just makes me sick! You wouldnt buy a car and then when it needs parts or repairs expect it to pay for itself would you!??

  • cynicaltoonfan

    Aug 15, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #26

    Ben Arfa latest quotes
    Just tell me if you need a translation if google translate is too confusing i speak french

  • MacToon

    Aug 15, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #27

    Rich TOON Bristol , yes I agree but my point is either we’ve been lied to again or we’ve only been told a half truth. So maybe he put £30 mil in and then got it straight back from arranging a mortgage but didn’t tell us the last part or he just lied outright (again) by arranging an extra £30 mil from a mortgage and told us it was his own money!

  • Sav

    Aug 15, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #28

    Would not be surprised if this formed the basis of a stumbling block with StevenTaylor’s contract.
    Stretford is probably arguing that if Ashley isn’t willing to spend some serious outlay to keep his team in the Prem, he can hardly expect regulars like hid client, Taylor, to accept a big wage cut if the team are relegated while Smith, Nolan and other seniors will be on their old money.
    …and perhaps he’d have a point.
    If Ashley wants first team regulars to alter their future contracts, it is encumbent on him to do his bit and show real commitment.

  • geordielad880

    Aug 15, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #29

    cynicaltoonfan, its nothing new in the interview really, hes just saying how unhappy he is been at OM and working with a coach who doesnt believe in him in DD, and that he is prepared to do everything and anything in his quest to play for newcastle united 🙂 and he has prepared for the worst than can happen, and wont play for OM again, he thinks he has been messed around by the OM president

  • Darryl

    Aug 15, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #30

    I’d wish people would get over the fact ashley cocked up. We’re back where we belong, he obviously doesn’t want us to go back down.. Yes, he might have different reason’s to us, but at the end of the day, he is here to stay for the forseeable future, so stick with him. Why dwell on the past? It hasn’t ever done us any good. Thinking we were far too good for our own boot’s and it bit us in the arse, did it not? So get some much needed sense, and stop bloody moaning!

  • FalseFlag

    Aug 15, 2010 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #31

    good move by ashley i think..

    toonsy sshhh 😉

  • AlanSmith.

    Aug 15, 2010 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #32

    Thanks to people like you bill im starting to grow slightly ashamed at calling myself a toon fan, i love the club and support the club til the death. We are the best fans in the world bar none. but fans like you are ruining or reputation. Mike Ashley has admittedly made mistakes, hes the first person to admit that, but he is a million times better than freddy shepherd was. at least we still have a club to watch week in week out, which we wouldnt have had if we were still under freddy..

    What would chairman would you like?

    A freddy Shepherd that will give everything the fans want.. but within 5 years there wouldnt be a newcastle united for us to support..

    A Tom Hicks/ George Gillett that wont give us what we want, make mistakes and get us hundreds of millions of pounds into debt

    or A Mike Ashley, That yes might make a few mistakes like any human does, wont give the fans everything, but will strive to give them as much as the CLUB can afford,, AND put us in an excellent situation that means when united, liverpool and the likes have to sell players to get there finances into order in 2 years! we will still have good young hungry players that will fight and get us to the upper part of the league.

    It might take us a few years but we will get back up there, mike ashley will be at the helm and when we get up there we will be one of the best run clubs and better still be turning out a profit that we can then reinvest in better players.

    What us fans can do to help this situation is support the players, coaches and boardroom level, get behind them spur them on and unite the whole city and club, to push forward again back to where we belong in the top 6! rant over.

  • geordielad880

    Aug 15, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #33

    alansmith I do understand your point, but ashley isnt running the club correctly in my opinions, i know the club has to be run on a sound financial footing, but we just need 2-3 players on loan, its not alot really, it will mean we have only spent around 5m, which i dont think is alot to ask really, the supporters give the clubs millions, and yet get nothing in return really, ashley pockets it all, he is slowly getting his cash back, and getting the club back to a decent state, so the books look better so he can sell it again, mark my words on that, thats what put potential buyers off, the high wage bill (which is now down) the overdraft (which is now going down) and players from past regimes still been paid for now

  • geordielad880

    Aug 15, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #34

    side to play man utd:-






  • AlanSmith.

    Aug 15, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #35

    i too can see your point geordielad

    for a start there are still 2/3 weeks left of the transfer window. plenty of time to get those 2/3 players in

    and also if he sells the club which im sure he will but dont know when.. the club will be in a better state meaning the new owners wont have any hidden debts wont have to pay the debt owed to mike ashley because there already being paid off and will then more likely invest more money in the playing squad as he doesnt have any debt to pay off! id much rather that than someone else come in and find the amount of debt mike ashley found and then have the first few seasons under mike ashley repeat itself!!

    Now we are back in the prem, we are back to stay! mike ashleys not stupid he is a very good businessman and will get the business side in check that will mean going forward we will be in a very very very good and exciting position for the next 15/20 years!!

  • geordielad880

    Aug 15, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #36

    I dont think you can say ashley is good when it comes to the buisiness of running a football club, he should have given big sam the time when he was in charge until the end of the season, i dont like big sam at all, but the timing when he got sacked wasnt good, then the appointed keegan (i know he thought he was doing a good thing) but it was a terrible choice and i said that before he was appointed, we should have went for redknapp then, and i think we could of been around europe now, if that had of happened, but its all ifs and butts, whats happened has happened, we will struggle this season, but i think our experience will be a big advantage against wolves, west brom, wigan, blackpool etc, yeah i agree there is a little while till the window shuts, and if ashley has got any sense at all the 2-3 decent players will get signed up, i still think we will end up with rejects like jay lloyd samuel etc myself.
    I do like your optimism for the future, but one mistake this season, and it could set the club back 15-20 years, because i dont think this club could cope with relegation again

  • Captain Beefheart

    Aug 15, 2010 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #37

    Moonraker@16: ‘FFS give it a rest all you doom mongers! Anyone would think we were putting out the youth team against Man U!!’

    No, MR, we are putting out a Fizzy Pop team, which means we’ll still get thumped. 4-0 or 8-0, who cares, it’s still a disgrace that we haven’t strengthened the squad since April. We were fast enough selling players last year if you remember. This summer has been an utter disgrace, and Hoots has slipped well of his pedestal for me for allowing it to get to this point. Yet we still buy shitty quality shirts… Fat Ashley sees us coming!

  • geordielad880

    Aug 15, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #38

    I dont understand why we always leave our deals to the last minute, when surely getting players early in the window, so all the lads get time to get used to each other, is a better idea.
    I still dont understand why we signed perch, when we could have signed luke young on loan from villa, or for a small fee, at least he is proven in the premiership,none of this signing players at the right age matters, if its a short term deal, 2m for young and a 2 year deal, is a good deal in my opinion, couple that with the signings of sol campbell, gosling, and a winger and a striker on loan, and we would have a decent side.
    I agree captain beefheart, we have not improved the squad at all, in terms of bodies, we have lost butt, pancrate and hall ( i know they arent great) and signed campbell, perch and gosling, we still have the same ammount of players, and we had a tiny squad last season

  • JerseyGeordie

    Aug 15, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #39

    i completely disagree with this new measure.
    A) it doesn’t make a good impression on new signings to say “o by the way, we could go down so adding this in your contract, but welcome to a massive club”.
    B) if we do go down, and a player has to take a cut he’ll just put a transfer request in.
    So instead of doing what we did last year and cutting out the cancer and keeping players we want to move foward with, the team will pick itself, from players leaving.
    The word relegation should be no where around st. James’s. Whilst it’s a possibility, it should be the furthest thing from everybodies mind, especially anyone who has a say in the matter…
    We should all put a clause in tickets we buy that if we go down again, the fat man’s gotta walk back to london and sell the club.

  • AlanSmith.

    Aug 15, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #40

    yeah geordie lad hes not good at running the football side of the football club but the business side of the club, he is second to none, i originallly thought dennis wise was a good idea because he could be that link between manager and boardroom, i think mike ashley gave wise to much control and wise made keegan, mort, llambias and ashley look bad i believe wise had the majority to with what went wrong. now thats partly mike’s fault because he hired him, but then when we had some of our supporters threatening mike and his family now that is just wrong, i dont care what hes done, thats his work life dont bring his family into it, that is the sure fire way to make anyone not want to help the club! no side of this time in NUFC’s history came out rosy, but now we all need to work as one, im sure mike ashley and chris hughton will bring in the neccessary players. what im dreading is that fans like weve had on here before and the doom mongers like bill and co.. are expecting a top 4 finish, its not going to happen. right now id take 17th! i couldnt care if we finished 1st or 17th this season we just need to stay in the division which is what mike ashley and chris hughton will ensure happens. i just urge us all to push in one united direction!!


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