Newcastle Willing To Let Routledge Go – Fee Agreed With QPR

It didn’t seem to take long for new manager Alan Pardew to work out that Wayne Routledge didn’t fit the bill at Newcastle – at least not in the Premier League.

Wayne Routledge – while at Newcastle for 12 months

Wayne was very good for Newcastle  over the second half of last season, and helped Newcastle get that sought after promotion, and he played very well for the Magpies, without doubt.

But as we all know the Premier League is a higher standard, and he’s never really been able to cut it in England’s top league, although he’s had a few tries.

News today that a fee has been agreed between Newcastle and QPR, should the London club want to go ahead with the transfer, and the conventional wisdom is that QPR will do the deal, if they get promoted to the Premier League.

QPR manager Neil Warnock talked about the transfer fee agreed between the two clubs for Wayne.

“I think they’ve sorted out a realistic figure,” “I can’t give exact details, but I think we’ve agreed everything with the club should it go ahead.”

“I don’t think there’s any rush for either of us. We’d like to sign him, whatever happens, but I imagine it depends on where we end up.”

“Because I think Wayne would like to play in the Premier League. If things went wrong for us, then he’d probably go back.”

“He’s got to be enjoying it because of the way he’s playing and we’re enjoying having him. We’d love to keep him.”

“I thought he’d do well for us. That’s why I chased him for so long and talked to him so many times. Pestered him, in fact.”

“It can sometimes be difficult coming back to a club, but I told him it was a lot different now and I felt the club was geared up to let him play his best.”

“I thought we were a solid side and I thought you need players like Wayne to win games and I’m delighted to get him.”

Wayne has played 8 games for QPR since joining them on loan last month, and has scored a couple of good goals.

With 12 games to go in the Championship, QPR are 5 points ahead of second placed Swansea City, and 6 points ahead of 3rd placed Cardiff, but have a much superior goal difference, which is always worth another point.

So it would appear that unless QPR slump, they should be able to wrap up an automatic promotion place and make a return to the Premier League.

What a job Neil Warnock’s done for the London club since he signed on for them  only last summer.

Newcastle are out scouting for new wingers for next season, and they are looking for some speed merchants, having been linked with both Ivory Coast International Gervinho of Lille and Dutch International Jeremain Lens of PSV over the last few weeks.

Comments welcome.

42 comments so far

  • lloydie780

    Mar 3, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #1

    Think we should have kept him till the summer for squad depth + the fact we have no actual out and out right winger apart from him. A shame as i thought he could do a good job for us and provided us with pace. Lot’s of work but no result. A poor man’s Aaron Lennon imo.

  • gorskino10

    Mar 3, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #2

    good for the bench but his mindset is right for a big club he likes to be a big fish in small pond not the other way around he just is scared in a NUFC shirt where in QPR’S he has alot of confidence!

  • Tel

    Mar 3, 2011 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #3

    Strange how some managers rate players and others dont, Warnock obviously thinks wayne can do a job in the EPL, Pardew doesn’t. I think he did OK last year and maybe given time would learn more, but is certainly no world beater. Whatever happens I wish him luck as he gave a decent account of himself and his effort was unquestionable.

  • Stuart

    Mar 3, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #4

    I would prefer us to keep him like, even if we buy a right winger in the summer we’ll still only have one if we sell him.

    At least if we keep routledge we have abit of cover.

    Plus I reckon hes a good impact sub, coming on in the last 20mins and running at the defenders, if his final ball was better he could be dangerous.

  • lloydie780

    Mar 3, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #5

    Didn’t Pardew say he was an ‘important player’ for Newcastle when he arrived as manager?

  • Sinner

    Mar 3, 2011 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #6

    Sell him and buy Gervinho.
    😀 🙂 😀

  • stuckdownsouth

    Mar 3, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #7

    lloydie780 – I think it’s rare that a manager says ‘he’s a pile of sh*t I don’t want him!’

    Either they say – ‘He needs to be playing regularly’ or ‘He’s an important member of the squad’ the latter puts the price up.

    We’ve not exactly missed him yet, Pards saw a chance to get someone off the books that he didn’t fancy and took it.

    A good gamble in my opinion.

  • free giveaways

    Mar 3, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #8

    So in the summer I’m presuming Enrique, Smith, Campbell, Xisco, and Routledge will go. That will free up our wage bill and hopefully enable us to buy some good players.

    Really hope we get Gervinho.

  • gorskino10

    Mar 3, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #9

    Every bench needs a player who is a “Game Changer” and Routledge is like that, like most small wingers some matches they dont suit but then some they are ideal for. for a good squad we need a player like this and tbh for the price we paid for him he is a good option to have and NO POINT selling him to QPR unless a like for like replacement or a way to get Tarrabt is on the cards.

  • toonheroes

    Mar 3, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #10

    Don’t think we should be letting any more players go the way things are looking. We’ll be playing a 5 a side formation by the end of the season. We’re dropping like flies. Even if we did though i’d still back this bunch of lads to put up a good fight and that is what makes this team, dare i say it so ‘entertaining’

  • Mac

    Mar 3, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #11

    We have a game changing sub in Ranger. Rout isn’t a bad player but it speaks volumes that he was ok for us but extremley good for QPR, a championship player at best.

  • Stuart

    Mar 3, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #12

    You could say that Mac, or maybe its because he’s playing week in week out for QPR instead of the 20mins a match he used to get for us.

    I reckon he could still do a job for us like.

  • coolcatcarter89

    Mar 3, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #13

    Kazenga Lua-Lua, say no more.

  • Stuart

    Mar 3, 2011 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #14

    Has lua-lua played many 1st team games for us yet?

    I know hes out injured atm like but I reckon he should start getting his chance next season.


    Mar 3, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #15

    hi lads im under a new name now to show off me website, i was Irish geordie 1. feel free to take a look
    on another note to be honest routhledge cant cross. we need a quality left midfielder. think 2 quality strikers aswel and were a top 6 team

  • mattnufc

    Mar 3, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #16

    I don’t think we’ll miss him but good luck to him

  • G

    Mar 3, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #17

    Shame it hasn’t worked out for Routy like, but I wish him all the best at his new, old club. To be honest, I would have kept him as a sub, but he isn’t really the best winger I have seen in the Prem, bags of pace, no real end product. When 2 managers select central midfielders in front of him it also speaks volumes.

  • Colo2

    Mar 3, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #18

    All the best to Wayne did a great job for us last season.
    Anyone seen Kolo Toure has tested positive for ‘specified substance’

  • Thump

    Mar 3, 2011 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #19

    Feel for the lad. Spoke to him a few times on Twitter, great laugh.

    Good luck to him.

  • Shot Bru

    Mar 3, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #20

    2 million for Routledge? Sounds like Fraser Forster doesn’t wanna come back from his loan spell at Celtic…maybe swap him for Izaguirre as Enrique’s replacement

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Mar 3, 2011 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #21

    Wish Wayne all the best if he does go, was great for us last season, really when he arrived we started beating teams 6-0 and Mr. Andy Carroll started scoring all those goals but for one reason or another (Joey’s top form on the right wing, his lack of form at the start of the season) it hasnt worked out for him this season. But if he does come back to us (If QPR fail to get promoted somehow), im sure most of us would like that too 🙂

  • supervil

    Mar 3, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #22

    Noticed that someone put Routledge in the “game changing” category earlier on…

    …are you for real?

  • dublin mag steve

    Mar 3, 2011 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #23

    im actually disapointed to see him go he has electric pace and works his socks off for the team sure his final ball isnt great but neither is jonas isnt that why joey or ryan takes the frees on both sides in my opinion wayne is a good honest player and we havent had too many of those through our doors over the last ten years have we mr owen mr boumsong mr luque oooooh i still get a shiver when i hear that last name we should have kept him and stung them with xisco.

  • lobacka

    Mar 3, 2011 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #24

    class in championship poo in premiership, has good pace but never knows what to do at the end of a run, glad he’s going because it means someonel up to the task be coming in. he was a big help in our promotion but thats no reason to keep him on the payroll

  • Brutooon

    Mar 3, 2011 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #25

    Routledge is a ccc player, even if he sign for QPR he wont break the premierleague next seaso

    He cant dribble
    He cant past defenders
    He cant cross
    His passing is always backwards

    The reason his past BPL experience with spurs, fulham, astonvilla and nufc show he is never good enough

    Alan pardew did the right thing

  • solano

    Mar 3, 2011 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #26

    Brutooon….a rather brutal summing up of Routledge, but unfortunately quite true…..there is a reason that he’s had more clubs than Jack Nicklaus….
    Dublin Mag Steve makes a very good point though, that Jonas’ delivery isn’t good either… I would suggest if we are going to be selling off more players (under Mike’s masterplan, we most certainly will be) then we should go all out to keep our best left back for many years in Enrique, and trade Guitierrez who, because of his international pedigree ,would command a rather substantial fee…..and find someone who can actually strike a football……….our very best players have to stay….

  • Thump

    Mar 3, 2011 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #27

    Jonas has a great delivery from his right foot.

    Tust a shame he isn’t played there.

  • Thump

    Mar 3, 2011 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #28


    bloody keyboard.

  • Shot Bru

    Mar 3, 2011 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #29

    jonas is a good player…takes on his man more often than not…works well in a defensive role and is starting to deliver more crosses and crack in more shots since Pardew has arrived. Saying that if a decent offer came in for him i would be inclined to flog him and replace him with Balazs Dzsudzsak of PSV.

  • BournemouthGeordie

    Mar 4, 2011 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #30

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    The lyric come from the Music Artist Sting and the song An Englishman in New York.

    Whoa, Danny Simpson, Danny, Danny Simpson, He’s an Englishman in a Toon shirt.

    Let me know what you think guys 🙂

  • davybtoon

    Mar 4, 2011 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #31

    i like the danny simpson song and i agree he has been outstanding cant think of a better ryt bk in the prem at the moment

  • Colo2

    Mar 4, 2011 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #32

    Haha liking the danny simpson song. Agree he’s been fantastic, really suprised me this season. And I think he’s continuing to improve, looks a real PL class RB

  • Spotlight Kid

    Mar 4, 2011 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #34

    ‘He cant dribble
    He cant past defenders
    He cant cross
    His passing is always backwards’ (Brutoon@25)

    He’ll still score against us next year, mind you…

  • cg

    Mar 4, 2011 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #35

    Wishing him all the best in QPR then, no need to badtalk him since he’s done nothing wrong to us and is a good lad.

  • daneevz

    Mar 4, 2011 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #36

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    Mar 4, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #37


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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 4, 2011 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #38
  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 4, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #39

    spotlight kid,

    he can do the first 2 to be fair.

  • cyprus

    Mar 4, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #40

    This case was AP’s worst man-management blunder yet: a) He publicly berated a player, a typical Sounness ‘technique’. b) He got rid of him without giving him a chance! c) We don’t have a right winger, how stupid is that? If only he had been 2 inches to the left or right with that bullet against Chelsea… And, I’m sick of hearing about this chasm between the premier league and the championship. We were there with effectively the same team last season and we are ninth now in the PL. Did they learn football (up to PL standard) in the last 6 months? QPR (Wayne’s team) have the beating of many a PL team…
    Apologies for not deifying AP, Ed.


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