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.