Enrique Could Be On His Way – Even If He Signs New Deal

With the news today that Liverpool will target Jose Enrique this summer, probably with another ridiculous offer, it’s interesting that the Spaniard does not want to commit to anything until the Tyneside club are safe in the Premier League.

Jose Enrique – could be on his way even if he signs new deal

The left back has often said he would like to spend the rest of his career at Newcastle – but his excellent play this season has attracted attention from a lot of top clubs, including Manchester United and Liverpool.

And as we found out with local lad Andy Carroll, it’s hard to predict how their heads will be turned,  if a big wage offer comes in from another club.

Alan Pardew expects Jose to stay on Tyneside, and said this today:

“José’s situation is simple: he’s made it clear that he won’t talk to us until we’re safe. What are we now, 32 points? Well we’re not safe, are we?”

“So that makes the situation clear and, to be honest, it makes a lot of sense for both him and us. He is an outstanding player and we know that. He is an important player for this team because a lot of our play goes through him.”

“He is involved in a lot of the good stuff that we do and I thought he was superb against Blackburn. In terms of technique and impact, I thought he was the best player on the pitch by some distance.”

As we found out with Andy Carroll, even if Jose signs a new contract and waxes lyrical about Newcastle, that’s still no guarantee, unfortunately, that he will not leave Newcastle in the summer, and, as with Andy, it could all happen very quickly.

Whether the same thing will happen with Jose, and his head will be turned by a huge wage offer we don’t know, and of course we hope not, but it will hardly be a restful summer for Newcastle fans, and Alan Pardew,  until September rolls aorund.

And even if we get to the last day of the summer transfer window, we know many clubs make their biggest moves then, because that’s when push comes to shove, and decisions need to be made almost instantly.

Maybe we are being just too negative here, but we now think every player has his price under Ashley, it’s all simple business 101 to Mike.

And when that price is met the club will sell, just like they did with James Milner in August of 2008, to the dismay of then manager Kevin Keegan, who fought to keep the player, but lost that battle.

That’s what we think, and we wish it were not so, but we think it’s the truth.

But let’s hope the deal this time is not done at the 11th hour, and we are then short of an experienced left back at the start of next season.

Comments welcome.

54 comments so far

  • kunal

    Feb 14, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #1

    please stop mentioning andy carrol

  • ToonZiga

    Feb 14, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #2

    we will be PL team again next year and i am sure he will stay with us.

  • Tom4Nufc

    Feb 14, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #3

    kunal to be fair to Ed, how else is he meant to type an article about one of our best players potentially leaving to Liverpool without mentioning the Andy Carroll saga- as Ed states with Mike Cashley every player has their price, proved in the AC saga.

  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 14, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #4

    Even if Ashley did change his pay structure clubs like Liverpool, Manure and Chelski would continually out bid us.

    Ashley’s pay structure is the way forward but until other clubs see this, it won’t work.

  • Tom4Nufc

    Feb 14, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #5

    So get off Ed’s back buddy! 😀

  • JohnnyBrookes

    Feb 14, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #6

    Ashley will sell him, and we will yet again be left in the mire.

    People are literally dreaming thinking we are going to buy Hulk, Gervinho etc, there is no chance. We will sell more players in the Summer and Jose will follow Andy t o Liverpool who have ambitious owners who want to move the club forward rather than strip its assets until Pardew has paid his money back to Llambias the cretin.

  • Stuart

    Feb 14, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #7

    The only major player MA has sold in recent times who hasnt first handed in a transfer request was Milner.

    Unless Enrique actually says he wants to leave, he won’t be going anywhere.

  • Stuart

    Feb 14, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #8


    Explain to me how we’re asset stripping? Tell me exactly who these big players are that ashley has sold in the past 3-4 seasons.

    If you disregard everyone that jumped ship when we got relegated you’re left with Milner and Carroll.

    Milner was forced out, but we needed the cash to clear off some of the massive debts created by Freddy Shepard.

    Carroll had his head turned and Newcastle simply couldnt refuse £35m for a player with 6months prem experience.

    I would hardly call that asset stripping.

    Aslong as the Carroll money is re-invested the Carroll deal will probably be the best Fat Ash ever does.

    Only an idiot would spout bollocks about asset stripping. If he was going to do that he would’ve done it when he first bought the club, then quickly disappeared into the dust.

    If we sell our best players, we get relegated and the clubs value suddenly drops by £100m, Ashley knows this, he may be stupid but hes a billionaire, he didnt get there by selling at a loss.

  • toon18

    Feb 14, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #9

    We need to show our intent early in the transfer window. Early moves for Gervinho and another quality striker and Ireland if he comes good.

    We’re only a few quality players away from a very good team. Get those players in sooner rather than later and Jose and Tiote will be more inclined to stay.

  • Rem

    Feb 14, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #10

    Every player does have a price.

  • Burni

    Feb 14, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #11

    Stuart….. I am so glad that there are a few people in the world who can see things with a sense of rationality rather than through black and white tinted specs. Your comment @ 8 is what Ive been saying for ages.

    But hey, lets hope ashley proves us right in summer

  • Stuart

    Feb 14, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #12

    Cheers Burni,

    I just dont get how some people on here call themselves supporters when the do nothing but slag off every aspect of the team.

    If they just took a step back and looked at it as a neutral they’d see we arent ‘asset stripping’ or a ‘selling club’.

    We’re just lucky bastards who got offered stupid money for a kid with no experience. If I was Fat Ash I would’ve bit liverpools hand off aswell.

    Like I said, aslong as the money is re-invested in the summer then its fantastic business.

  • Thump

    Feb 14, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #13

    I’d love rinsed Jose stay. It’s been a long, long time since we’ve has such a consistent left back.

    Doesn’t he read this from time to time? Come on Jose! Sign a deal and stay at a place where you’re adored!

  • JohnnyBrookes

    Feb 14, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #14

    Stuart –

    Its not idiotic to suggest that at all, in fact it makes perfect sense, he is looking to recoup the money he feels we owe him for the club, Debt or no debt that’s his own fault for not carrying out his due diligence when he bought the club. Most clubs operate on debt, that’s the way football is mate, Man Utd, Liverpool.

    If you want to believe the transfer request, then that’s your choice mate but after all that has transpired through Ashley’s regime I find it literally astonishing that you feel like you can trust any PR that comes out of the club. It clearly isn’t correct and was pointed out as laughable by Harry Redknapp.

    And actually if we do go down he sill still pocket 25m, and perhaps a further 25 in parachute payments. And yes Ashley didn’t get where he is with no business acumen, but business and football club are extremely different animals.

    It does make sense to strip the club while he feels that he has gambled we are in the Premier League, which he clearly thinks we will be. We needed 3/4 players before the window shit, and yet we sold 3 and got one crock in.

    Open your eyes mate, your the “idiot spouting bollox”

  • Thump

    Feb 14, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #15

    Rinsed = to see

    Bloody iPhone!

  • JohnnyBrookes

    Feb 14, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #16

    And also mate, supporting your team, doesn’t mean that I can’t criticize the ownership?

    So I have to blindly agree with every decision that gets made, regardless of whether it is correct or incorrect. That’s completely ridiculous. What have I slagged off about the club, the ownership?? F*** I didn’t realize we all had to subscribe to the notion that we are being run correctly.

    I guess those Scousers who protested about Hicks and Gillette, they weren’t real fans either. Or the Green And Yellow brigade at OT.

    You’re the one talking bollox mate, just because someone dares disagree with what you have said, wind your f**** neck in.

  • Stuart

    Feb 14, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #17

    Thats a decent point well made JB, but you still didnt give any actual evidence of asset stripping.

    Selling 1 player for a ridiculous amount of money can’t be classed as asset stripping.

    Plus we didnt sell 3 players in the transfer window, we sold 1.

    Xisco was worse than useless and played a grand total of 1 game this season, not a great loss, plus its only a loan.

    Routledge, yes he could have offered something, but once again, not sold. We may get him back next season, although we should have someone alot better coming in in the summer.

    I’ve already made my point about Carroll, stupid money that couldnt be refused.

    Also if the papers are to be believed, we turned down offers for enrique, barton and tiote during the window.

    Surely we would’ve sold them if MA was stripping the club?

    Hardly asset stripping.

  • Tom4Nufc

    Feb 14, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #18

    JohnnyBrookes yes your right all those clubs run at a loss- which is why Ashley’s strategy is sensible. When the Fair Play/Spending (or whatever its called comes in) ruling comes in all those clubs are going to sink if they don’t sort out their finances.

    At the end of the day those football clubs are like the bankers pre 2008 and think of the new rule changes as the recession for football.

    Football is a world and sport which simply has to become more sustainable and these new rules will finally sort it out… I hope!

  • Tom4Nufc

    Feb 14, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #19

    Stuart to further your point, if we are asset stripping why are we investing in revamping all of the Benton training facility?

  • stevep

    Feb 14, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #20

    Think we’ll find out that his agent has already agreed a deal with Liverpool in principle, they’ve already told his agent indicative wages – Enrique could easily sign a new contract with a relegation clause in it, in fact I’m sure the club will have thier own relegation clause paying only half his current wages in the event of going down
    Jonas is allegedly on his way to Lazio in the summer so no surprise Jose would be thinking of going
    Liverpool are investing heavily in thier squad whilst we’ll sell anyone at the right price regardless of the impact to the team
    He looked a bit pissed that his crosses on Sat were completely wasted on our strike force
    Ashleys happy with mid table as our long term goal and in truth amybe the reality is that is our limit, more fulham than arsenal model but financially viable

  • Stuart

    Feb 14, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #21

    Exactly, JB, you say its the norm for the top clubs to operate at a loss. Once the fair play laws come in all those clubs who are operating in hundreds of millions of pounds of debt will be screwed.

    They’ll be in the position where they have to sell off players to reduce their debts in order to carry on competing in european tournaments, and also so that they’d actually have some revenue to sign new players.

    Newcastle will be in a position to hopefully sign new players and push on higher up the table without having to worry too much about the fair play laws.

  • JohnnyBrookes

    Feb 14, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #22

    Okay – So lets look at it this way:

    You can’t really say Xisco was rubbish, when he played 1 game? So you would prefer Best, Loven or Ranger or Maybe Kuqi?? it makes no sense at all, we got rid of a two strikers and signed no-one.

    The Carroll money is stupid agreed, but he would have been worth the same in the summer allowing us to get another striker in, to replace him. It’s not rocket science. We got rid of routledge on loan, and we didn’t get anyone in, there is no logic in getting rid of squad players with no replacement.

    Do you not find it even the slightest bit odd that Harry Redknapp earlier in the window said “30-40m for Carroll” eerily close to his price eh?

    In terms of asset stripping, like you said he wants us to stay in the Premier League, hence he gambled that without Carroll we could do so, no outlay on players. To get rid of all players in one go would be catastrphophic clearly, so its done gradually, gambling on the fact we will remain a premier league team.

    Pardew has practically auctioned Tiote off “If we get a big bid would be hard to turn down”. Why? We just got 35m in from one transfer with no outgoings on other players?

    I find it extremely odd that Barton who was “signing his new contract” has delayed it, as has Enrique. What happened to keeping the big players, building a five year plan.

  • JohnnyBrookes

    Feb 14, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #23

    Stuart- They wont be screwed mate because actually there is an allowance of around 100m debt allowed, and all other debt will be written off into companies surrounding the clubs.
    You really think Man City and Liverpool etc will be screwed next season, even though they have spent massively? How will they have time to recoup that debt, they wont!!

  • Stuart

    Feb 14, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #24

    Here mate, we could literally argue about this all day, but I can’t be arsed.

    You say we’re asset stripping, I don’t.

    You can’t call the carroll money into question because with about 5 hours left of the window it would have been nigh on impossible to sign anyone.

    If it gets to the end of the summer window and all our stars are gone, only to be replaced by old, shit players then I will apologise.

    If, like I think, the club will get significant investment, and we will sign the 4-5 quality players we need, I will be waiting for my apology.

  • carlton nufc

    Feb 14, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #25

    I’ve heard were going to be looking at mikel arteta closely untill the summer so maybe 1 player coming in Oh yh aswell sum 1 said to me when I was asking whether were guna sell all our players in summer answer I got was not every seed turns into a tree any1 shed any light on that


    Feb 14, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #26

    He will be off this summer but with a bit of luck we may keep Tiote until Christmas when the £30 million will be too much for Ashley to resist.
    That would mean about £80 million (to help clear the debt off you understand) to reinvest in upcoming superstars like Tiote, Enrique or Carroll? or should I say anyone good enough but not paid a lot to keep us in the premiership so Mick can keep on milking the supporters.
    Shepherd and Hall are con artist who milked the club mainly when it was sold to Ashley ( Hall borrowed £3 million to develop the club and walked away with £95 million)
    Ashley isn’t even bothered if you think he is robbing you of the right to a cup, he doesn’t care! he sees us as a captive market needing food and our food is Newcastle United.
    In many ways its a move back to the good old days of Westwood and McKeag.
    No ambition but plenty of greed, come to think of it when has it been otherwise at our club.

  • Stuart

    Feb 14, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #27

    depends who you were asking carlton. If it was your mate in the pub I wouldnt put too much thought into it.

    If it was MA or DL then I’d worry haha.

  • JohnNUFC

    Feb 14, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #28

    I’d cry if he left. Honestly. He’s such a big part of the team.

    Stay where you’re adored José.

  • G

    Feb 14, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #29

    steveP @ 20. It wouldn’t surprise me if you were right there mate. I hope you are wrong, but thats football this day and age mate.

  • Thump

    Feb 14, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #30

    What difference does Carroll make? He’s out for the season anyway. We can survive and we cashed in nicely. If Jose and Tiotè goes then yeah were in trouble.

  • carlton nufc

    Feb 14, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #31

    It was the Oxford united chairmen

  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 14, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #32

    “Liverpool are investing heavily in thier squad whilst we’ll sell anyone at the right price regardless of the impact to the team”?

    Like where is Torres? How many games has Carroll had for them? How many goals has he scored for them since he joined?

    If you think that 35 million for an unproven crocked player who maybe fit in 8 weeks is an investment, well I refuse to be abusive.

  • ash1001

    Feb 14, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #33

    Ed any chance you doing an article on the new Season Ticket setup, renewals dropping on the doorstep from today and the club expect us to sign up by the 28th February to get the best discounts, and then DD payments start 10 days later with still 10 matches to play after the 28th, and not a clue what league that will be in, hopefully the PL, but who can say.

  • jimmymagpie

    Feb 14, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #34

    Stuart – you are typical of the idiots who don’t know what’s happening at their own club. Scores made redundant because of the sales of the banqueting rights, security, stewarding, match day catering, consolidation of ticket office/club shop staff, closure of retail outlets as at the Monument, – not asset stripping? Blind pillock. Enrique’s agent is already in talks with Liverpool representatives about a summer move. He’s as good as gone.

  • mattyNUFC

    Feb 14, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #35


    1.)Finish as high up as possible
    2.)Make Enrique highest paid player at club
    3.)Make Tiote next highest paid player at club
    4.)Double check to make sure we signed Jose
    5.)Double check to make sure we signed Tiote
    6.)Early, smart moves in the summer transfer window. If we really do have our sh*t together, we’ll sign our targets early.

  • mattyNUFC

    Feb 14, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #36

    sure i made it sound easy, but i don’t think anyone can argue it’s not what is deserved. These two guys are massive for us. It’s time we repaid (mainly Jose’s and the other guy’s) faith in what they did for us this and last season and build a squad that we can challenge with. We have young, hungry players who will not linger in mediocrity- nor do they deserve it. How many other clubs would have had foreign players with names like Coloccini and Enrique, Jonas to go down to the second division of a foreign country’s football system? They deserve Europe, as do all the guys. Now, let’s give them a fair chance

  • veto

    Feb 14, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #37

    Padrew has already told every manager in the league that we cant hold onto our players if offers come in .
    it was a stupid thing for him to announce .
    and if mike ashley cant take the hit on our best players staying with us till the accounts are in better shape then whats the point ?

    toon fans know the carroll deal was rather unique , they wont take things so well when other players leave for fee’s that are not as crazy as carrolls

  • JohnnyBrookes

    Feb 14, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #38

    Jimmmagpie – spot on mate.

    I honestly don’t know sometimes why people buy into the nonsense that come out of SJP. I know who I believe. And also GG. Liverpool actually only spent 10m. Selling a player who is 27 and who has been awful this season, and gaining two young up and coming forwards, one of which has done it on the world stage.

    Pretty good business if you ask me.

  • Sav

    Feb 14, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #39

    Yesterday you were scathing about Carroll pushing to leave, how he would never ever be welcome in Newcastle and how his family should shift to Liverpool to be with him.
    Today its Ashley running the club as a business glad to take any offer over the club’s valuation.

    The fact is we are just a handful of points from relegation places and Liverpool have passed us and look headed fair for Europa while we have slid back behind Bolton and the Mackems, closer to relegation that top 7.
    And still no-one has explained satisfactorily why we loaned out Routledge without another right winger coming in. Bizarre way to run any business if you ask me.

  • Sav

    Feb 14, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #40

    You’re getting like my missus is over choosing a frock, Ed.


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