Newcastle To Lose Top Players If They Don’t Pay Top Wages

It’s all rather worrying that Joey Barton and Jose Enrique will not sign news contracts until the summer, at the earliest.

Jose Enrique – likely to leave in the summer

There are a few reasons for that, one is that they may just leave in the summer, and if they do leave,  since they only have one year on their current contracts,  they will be sold at a cut price, both of which are not good for Newcastle.

Newcastle have a core of very good players that include Barton, Enrique and Tiote, but the chances of Newcastle losing all three in the summer seems to be gaining some momentum.

We had hoped Joey Barton would sign his new deal this week, but we are now told all contract negotiations are on the back burner until the summer – we hope that is not true.

Jonas Gutierrez has come out today and said he’d like the team to keep their best players and build on that, as he told the Newcastle Journal this morning:

“I am happy here, and yes I do want to stay,” “My family is happy as well. The only issue is that the club has to decide what it wants to do next season. We do not want to be back in a position where we have problems with relegation.”

“We are in a good position at the moment, with the players to make a strong team, but we need to add a few more to make sure we continue to move forward. That is the key.”

“It is really important Fabricio Coloccini and Jose Enríque stay. They are my best friends, but they are also very important players. We are all part of a group, and it is important that group stays together.”

“Sometimes, things happen that mean it is very difficult for a player to stay. Look at Andy Carroll in January – £35M, Liverpool, that is difficult for the club and the player to turn down.”

“That is football. But in general, I want all of the players at this club to stay. That will make it much easier for the team to be strong next season.”

Newcastle used to over pay in the transfer market in a couple of  ways.

They paid far too high a transfer fee, a good case in point being Michael Owen, who we bought for £17M from Real Madrid, after he had been sold to the Spanish club by Liverpool for only £8M one year earlier, and he couldn’t get a start in the Spanish team.

And then Newcastle gave the players very high wages, which were very often not earned – in Michael’s case a reported £110K/week.

But the club also cannot go to the other extreme and not pay the going wages for top players, otherwise we’ll never attract any to the club, and we’ll lose the ones we already have here, which seems to be what’s happening right now.

If we do lose some top players in the summer, the responsibility (blame) for that is with owner Mike Ashley and LLambias, and they need to start to understand why Newcastle cannot keep their very best players – because if they don’t see that soon – we’ll never be able to build a good team on Tyneside.

Ashley is already unpopular with the Newcastle fans, and yes that’s an understatement, and he didn’t help his case one little bit by sacking Hughton and then selling Carroll, all over a short 8 weeks.

And he’ll be even less popular if he allows some of Newcastle best players to leave this summer.

Mike has done some good things at the club, that’s also true, and he will only pay cash up front for players in the transfer market, so it doesn’t become a capital expense spread over a number of years, as it was when Freddy Shepherd ran Newcastle.

Mike has also got a good handle on the current wage bill, and that’s where the tricky bit lies, that some top players deserve that little bit more to remain at the club, players like Barton, Enrique and Tiote who have proved they are very good players for the Newcastle side.

Just how unpopular the owner can become is a good question, but Mike  would be well served in taking a Public Relations course, or getting somebody in to communicate better with his customers – the Newcastle fans.

The level of communication with his customers – the fans – is a complete and utter disaster.

And it pains me to say that and I really wish it were not so – but it’s the truth, and we all know it.

Mike could help himself big time if he issued periodic communications to the fan base,  saying what he was doing at the club, some of which are very good for the club.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • DoctorZelig

    Feb 25, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #1

    Tiote just signed a 6½ year deal Ed, I think he will be staying.

    Lets be patient…

  • sweendog

    Feb 25, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #2

    Cheick Cheick Boom Boom .. excellent news on Tiote

  • sweendog

    Feb 25, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #3

    still need Barton .. very crucial player for us .. one of the best if not the best english midfielder in the prem .. we could lose Carroll and cope but Barton is the key player for us this season.. we could push on next season if we add to what we’ve got .. you can’t replace Barton easily/Enrique

  • scdoty

    Feb 25, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #4

    yeah Ed, been waiting for your write up on Tiote all morning, and then you come at me with a story of him ledaving if we dont pay good wages.

    get your Tiote story on here, i know your typing it.

    And this might just start a domino effect for other players to sign.


  • sweendog

    Feb 25, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #5

    think it’ll be good when the scare mongering stops and we are safe in the prem .. ie 41 points .. then we’ll see if the bull is a committed player, hopefully the barton talk is false.. offering 2 instead of 3 years, as we’d be mad not to offer 3 years..

  • Doctapaul

    Feb 25, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #6

    Oh happy day, (oh happy day)
    oh happy day, (oh happy day)
    when cheicke he signed (when cheike he signed)
    when cheicke he signed (when cheike he signed)
    oh happy day!

  • widgetwarbler

    Feb 25, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #7

    The club have been busy I see, now that our best player has committed to the club till 2017 lets settle down the rest will sign as well if they have any sense. Tiote has been advising Pardew to buy a couple of his international team mates, I would do precisely that, what a team.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Feb 25, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #8

    It’s being reported Tiote is now on £50k a week. I think that’s good money for footballers & I hope Jonas, Barton, Enrique & Colo all sign up soon. With Arfa & Gosling back next season & 3-4 good players added we could have a team strong enough to challenge for Europe & trophies

  • Widowmaker

    Feb 25, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #9

    I think the Tiote contract extension is a very positive news for all toon fans. Next would be Joey and the three Amigos. We will be in pole position for a very good new season with these players staying.

    I would also like to see another DR and a DL cover signed to add comtetitions. I like Simpson and have also noticed his improvement, but just can not help to think we could do better with another top signing there.

    Not sure about striker tho. There are a few good young English players, but I feel most of them are over priced. Perhaps the board will look foreign?

  • korn8

    Feb 25, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #10

    it would have been a disaster if Enrique, Barton and Tiote leaves. But after Tiotes signing on a new contract, i am quite optimistic.
    Let`s show where this club deserves to be – in the top 6! Sign up some decent player and tie down the best of what we got. That means Cheick(Check – 6 1/2 yrs), and now its crucial that we tie down Enrique and Barton.

  • korn8

    Feb 25, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #11

    AND: Give Ashley and Pardew a break, people! If we tie down José and BarTOON, and buy some quality in the summer, we will be pushing for top 8(maybe even top 6)

  • cupiddstunt

    Feb 25, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #12

    Psychological security could be ours in the next two games, win the next two and we will be on 41pts.

    Although it may take the next four if we can only draw some,

    I understand the argument about wages and think it is a very valid one but all we would be doing is getting back onto that upward spiral of when is enough enough? Anybody remember what M Owens demands were and what the club got in return?

    Manures wage bill for 2009 was estimated at 123million and will only be a lot higher in 2011 Chelski’s is even higher but dwarfed by Sheikh Mansour’s toy at city.

    Do we really want the club to start heading in that direction again?

    I think a wage cap is a very sensible idea if it is implemented with performance incentives linked to player performance game results and finishing league position.

    I personally would like to see sensible basic wages and very good performance linked bonuses, I think that is the way to go.

    That way you only pay “top wages” when you get “top performances”

    There are many players that are noted for upping their performances just prior to contract time and this way we would only pay for performances, we would have saved millions with owen, Cisco, and the list goes on…….


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