This Is How Newcastle Can Keep Their Best Players

Alan Pardew has it exactly right,  when he says that if  Newcastle keep selling their very best players when will we ever build a top side again?

Jose Enrique – wants to leave Newcastle?

And after losing Andy Carroll in January, if we are to believe the latest comments from Jose Enrique this morning, he looks to be planning to leave Newcastle in the summer.

And then the next player that will be targeted will probably be Cheick Tiote, which seems almost inevitable, with Chelsea already very keen on the Ivory Coast International.

So what can Newcastle do right now, so that they don’t lose these players, who have played together, and know exactly how each other play, and can form the basis of a much improved side next season?

Let’s take the case of Jose Enrique, who seems to be the most urgent case.

  • We have to hope that Jose will be included in the next Spanish squad, so that will prove to him that he can achieve his International ambitions at Newcastle, and the great publicity surrounding Jose these last few months is such that that’s a very good possibility.
  • Newcastle should enter into negotiations immediately with Jose and his agent, and come up with a long term wage offer to the player, which will be an improvement on what he is getting today. If Jose refuses to start negotiations, then the writing is on the wall.
  • Newcastle should pledge right now that in the summer, they will significantly strengthen the squad, and that Alan Pardew will indeed be given the £35M to spend on transfer fees and wages of new players – but that the £35M it will be fully invested into the squad.
    Maybe a statement made by MD Derek LLambias could be the way to communicate these intentions.
  • And since Jose has said he wants to play European Champions League football,  the final 11 league games of the season are starting to be very important for Newcastle.
    While it may be difficult to qualify for Europe this season, if Newcastle can finish in the top 8, that would show Newcastle are definitely on the rise, and that Newcastle could be going back to their glory days of the past – and anyway that would be the direction of the club.
  • The other thing we can help do is to have fans communicate to Jose Enrique himself, and let the player know that he is needed and wanted at Newcastle United, and he had after all  said he wanted to finish his career on Tyneside.
    So if you want to send him a message of support and ask Jose to stay on Tyneside, you can do so by communicating to him via this form.

Of course, as with all players,  if their heads have been turned, as seemed to happen with Andy Carroll, they may already be half-way out of the door, but with Enrique and Tiote, that is not yet the case – hopefully.

We look to Alan Pardew to get with the owner and Managing Director and corral this exodus of our very best players – otherwise we’ll never have a top team.

If we can keep Joey Barton, who is supposed to be going to sign his new contract within a week, Enrique, Tiote, Nolan, S Taylor, Barton and Ben Arfa, then that’s an excellent core of  top players on which to build our new side.

Comments welcome.

39 comments so far

  • Sinner

    Feb 18, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed,Jose is good player!
    I know i wont be sending him a mail to beg him to stay!
    He has been here for over 4 years and knows how the fans are towards him!Great!!
    Is he that blind that we must now send him message,begging him to stay.
    Enough of the brown nosing!
    If he dont want to be here,let him go! 🙁

  • sammydolan

    Feb 18, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #2

    pay to stay! simple really… we dont need to get stupid but if we wanna challenge we pay the going rate….

  • Magforlife

    Feb 18, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #3

    Dream on, money not forms talk !

  • bosamuelson

    Feb 18, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #4

    I emailed more to the club rather than him. I believe this is papers making sh1t up, if true they should be sued for it.

  • aaronjd

    Feb 18, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #5

    Joey Barton signing within the next week? I’ve heard this everyweek for the last month

  • transfer tony

    Feb 18, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #6

    lost alot respect for enrique. Let him go for 15M but please just keep tiote

  • NorseMag

    Feb 18, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #7

    Money is one thing, but to be wanted by a CL club is another.

    We can’t offer that, and he is good enough for it. If he wants to go now who can blame him. He apparently already said he would wait with negotiations till we are safe, if he won’t sign then, sell him, so we get a decent price for him.

    He’s been here for four years and it wouldn’t be that unnatural if he left now.

  • Davies

    Feb 18, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #8

    Again with the “core” of players that doesn’t include Colocinni, Gutierrez or Williamson, but has two players that, between them, have played less than six games for us this season.

    Don’t get me wrong, I can’t wait to see HBA back in action, but Taylor’s barely graced the pitch in 18 months and has made a pain in the backside of himself stalling for more money on his contract. Why not add Perch to your list as well.

  • Stuart

    Feb 18, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #9

    I agree about S Tayler like, he’s over-rated amongst fans in my opinion.

  • Jimay

    Feb 18, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #10

    I think this is the same as ever with the media. As soon as this club starts a good run the press needs to deploy some f**d up stories about us or our players or anything else surrounding this club.

    Hell, we would need a manager like Jose Mourinho at this club who is a genius handle the media to withdraw attention from the squad and the players and instead get the focus on himself.

    If the stories are true then let Enrique go. He have given us value for money and deserves to play CL football and so on. We could well need to sell some more players to be able to financially be a stable club. So lets start to sell the players that don’t want to play for our fine club.

  • Sinner

    Feb 18, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #11

    Stuart // Feb 18, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    He might be over-rated but he is real local lad hero unlike Andy Carroll.
    When we got relegated,many good teams were interested in signing him,but he choose to stay.
    In my eye,he is the true hero! 🙂
    One time,he was even linked with Barcelona.

  • Aaaser

    Feb 18, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #12

    It’s Too early for Europe.. Next season we will feel it on the Squad, with injuries, Thight Match-setup and Probably we wont have the Harmony we have now in the dressing Room… Too early, we have 2 Stabilize first, and be a Stabil team over years, THEN we are maybe ready for Europe.

  • Aaaser

    Feb 18, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #13

    Sinner: I Was Linked too Much Also, What am i now? 17 year old and no Bidders 😛

  • Stuart

    Feb 18, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #14


    He was only linked with Barca because his dad linked him haha!

    I lost alot of respect for him when he held up his contract talks to earn more money from the club.

    On top of that I rate Willo alot higher as a defender. Taylors positional play has never been great. Willo is a simple centre back, usually in the right place, wins the ball and lays it off up the pitch.

  • Aaaser

    Feb 18, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #15

    Stuart: I Lost The Respect for the Agent, Whatever-his-name-was.. Didn’t S.Taylor and Wayne Rooney have the Same Agent, and if i remember right, He wanted Big Agent Fee.

  • Aaaser

    Feb 18, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #16

    Sorry, if i spell some words wrong, Im Norwegian. Probably the only1 from Norway 2 ! Lol.

  • Stuart

    Feb 18, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #17

    Yeah, he has the same agent as rooney now, well, at least the same agency, not sure if they actually share the same agent or not.

    I dont doubt the agent wanted a massive fee, because all them parasites do, but Taylor himself still wanted a massive pay rise at a time when we’d just brought in the wage cap to bring some financial stability to the club.

  • Davies

    Feb 18, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #18

    HAHAHA Sinner. If Stephen Taylor was once linked with Barcelona, so was I.

    It’s got nothing to do with being a hero. You can’t say he’s among a core of key players at the club when he’s played about six times since the beginning of LAST season.

    When he stalled on signing a new contract, a large number of fans were already rubbing their hands at getting some cash for him. Nobody seemed to care that much that he’s go. If you can find Ed’s article on it from back then, you’ll see that some of the comments on there were just vicious.

    I don’t really care one way or the other, whether he stays or goes. He’s running out of time to show that he’s got anything more than potential and he needs to learn to stop handling, so if he ain’t going, he’s going to have to improve. Of course, to improve you have to start playing again.

    And please don’t give me this hero horse5hit, just because he’s local. Shola’s as local as Taylor and he gets nothing but 5hit from some of the posters on here. Carroll’s local and look how much that means now.

    My point was simply that he isn’t one of Newcastle’s key “core” anymore.

  • Aaaser

    Feb 18, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #19

    Yeah, To be Honest. Thank god we didn’t give AC 80 K/W.. He’s Good, but a 35 £ mill bid and 25 % on later sale is A good deal, Very good deal.

  • cousto

    Feb 18, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #20

    he wants to play in the Champions League and for Spain? Well why doesn’t he do what us normal people do when we want something done, and use that motivation to look how he can help his team improve and kick the arses of his fellow co workers who aren’t pulling their weight? Why doesn’t he do that? Because he’s a (I use this term loosely) “Professional Footballer” and they are some of the most single minded people going.

  • Aaaser

    Feb 18, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #21

    Haha, Funny Fact: Some Weeks ago we wanted Best’s head on a Silverplate, now Ed has Written a Article about he may be a new Number 9(Of course if he improves, he’s only 18 months Older than carrol) and People now “Loves” him.. So you cant Rely on the Comments, they change week in and week out..

  • Aaaser

    Feb 18, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #22

    On several Pages, it’s Pretty clear. We demand 12 Million £ for El Toro.

  • StevieGee

    Feb 18, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #23

    Well I’ve posted my message. I also messaged Nile Ranger on Twitter and told him to have a word with Jose! ha…

    Left backs like Jose are rare as rocking horse sh1t and we’d be stuffed without him.

  • callie9

    Feb 18, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #24

    If he wants to go – let him go in summer. Bol locks with him. He’s class but if we can get £12mil for him and replace him with the likes of van Aanholt who’d probs be available for 2-3mil then thats decent business.

  • jimmymagpie

    Feb 18, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #25

    Ed – it’s beginning to dawn on you and others, including Pardew, that we never will have a top side with the present ownership. A wage cap of only £45,000 a week isn’t going to get you top players, I don’t care how much you have to spend, and don’t forget the clubs lousy reputation within the game. As Enrique himself has told the world this morning, this is a badly run club with no direction from the top, and the players don’t know what is happening from one day to the next.

  • Alberts_tash

    Feb 18, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #26

    Jimmymagpie – Presumably you want us to buy another Owen / Boumsong and give them a house made of gold again and the queens treasure again. Cos that worked out well for us last time didn’t it?

  • veto

    Feb 18, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #27

    wouldnt mid a good chunk of the carrol money used to tie down our stars , letting any more go for anything other than ludicrous fee’s will be bad for the club in the shortterm but mainly the long term , we need to send out a message that we want to compete properly in this league , if not then whats the point in having the 3rd highest attendance and the best support in the world , we may aswell be a lowly mid team side thats happy to be there and just ticking over , were not tho !

  • Visten

    Feb 18, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #28

    Finishing above Liverpool will be enough to keep him.

  • Alberts_tash

    Feb 18, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #29

    To be honest I think it’s embarrassing that we have to beg players to stay and think of reasons for them not to go when they want to. It’s like crying and holding onto your girlfriend’s leg after she’s had an affair. If they want to go and play for a big club like Villa, let them go. No-one will ever be bigger than us, we are NUFC.

  • Davies

    Feb 18, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #30

    Alberts_tash. Beautifully put. I couldn’t agree more.

  • jimmymagpie

    Feb 18, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #31

    Alberts – what was wrong was that the money was spent on the wrong players. That is why you have to employ a manager who knows how to spend the money. Whether you like it or not, you have to spend huge fees, and pay top wages to attract and KEEP top players. I’m afraid that is a fact of life in the modern game. Ask Carroll, and more pertinently at this time, ask Enrique and Tiote.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Feb 18, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #32

    Davies you haven’t got clue about anything!

  • Alberts_tash

    Feb 18, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #33

    But out of those three players you mention look at this

    Carroll – Free
    Tiote – 3.5 mill
    Enrique – 6 mill

    My point is, its not about splashing the cash. We didn’t spend huge fees there, and they are/were the best players on the pitch.

  • jimmymagpie

    Feb 18, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #34

    Alberts, yes but we’re sruggling to keep them aren’t we? One has already gone, the second almost gone before the end of his first contract, and the third one, who knows when Chelsea come calling in the summer, unless he is offered a contract at this club commensurate to his worth, and his worth, as his agent will tell him, is what another club is prepared to pay him. What use is any of that to NUFC? Ashley is after doing exactly what you are saying, buy them cheap, develop a reputation at our club, then get as much as possible when they start asking for money commensurate with their enhanced staus. That is exactly the FCBs business plan!

  • Alberts_tash

    Feb 18, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #35

    But where does it end then? we can’t bump up every players wages every time a Man United or Liverpool come sniffing. As much as players like Andy Carroll would want that. There has to be a cut-off point. I don’t want our players whoring themselves around to other clubs after we’ve already given them the knee-high boots to wear.

  • jimmymagpie

    Feb 18, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #36

    Alberts – agree with you wholeheartedly. Of course there has to be a cut off point for us and 16/17 other Premier League clubs. That is all I’m trying to point out, perhaps badly, that if one of the wealthier clubs come calling for our better players, and especially if they want to go for whatever reason, we have no choice. However, Ashley will hide behind this state of affairs, remember just how much he is worth, and doesn’t blink at chucking away a million in the casino. Just makes me believe that perhaps we aren’t very high on his list of priorities.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 18, 2011 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #37
  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 18, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #38

    So there you go…his interview was taken out of context and as Alan Pardew said he justs wants to make sure we survive the drop before signing. Being 9th and looking good with the likes of Ben Arfa, Gosling and Ireland about to come and help the team we might even qualify for a Europa spot this very season.

    All this just shows how manipulative the press are again and how they just love hating Newcastle.

    Jose Enrique will stay.

  • Sav

    Feb 19, 2011 at 2:23 AM

    Comment #39

    Out of context me arse.
    Remember Robert and his irritating bloody website? It was always causing trouble and ‘lost in translation’ was for ever the excuse – BS! Enrique and his stupid twittering and blabbing. These blokes have agents and are media-savvy enough.
    We’ve had no more good solid Prem perfomances out of Enrique than Carroll. Its taken him 4 years to deliver top level performances consistently and its not because of SJP that he hasn’t become the automatic choice at L/B for Spain.
    The club is also to blame for leaving its manager looking like an idiot after the Carroll denials and then he gets sold at for this club, the worst possible time. Ashley and Llambias have made it ‘open season’ on all our players who do well for us now we can expect the same – if Ben Arfa comes back to play a few stormers before April it will be the same story- Hatem linked with Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool or Real Madrid.


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