Have Newcastle Canceled Wayne Routledge’s Contract?

There were reports yesterday about Wayne Routledge that seemed very confusing, and it’s not clear if they had any truth to them.

Wayne Routledge – while at Newcastle

The 26-year-old right winger was sent on loan to his former club by Newcastle in January, and has played well at QPR, albeit back in the Championship.

And we don’t think he will be coming back to Newcastle, and would expect Newcastle to transfer him to QPR in the summer, and at least get the money back they paid QPR for Routledge 15 months ago.

The piece of the report that is confusing is that it says that Routledge has been allowed to terminate his contract with Newcastle, which runs through June of 2013.

The reports suggest he has received money up front to cancel his contract at Newcastle, but that would make Wayne a free agent, and then QPR could sign him for nothing.

New reports from Sky Sports this morning don’t mention this at all, and the reports only say that it is very likely QPR will sign the player in the summer from the Magpies.

Newcastle allowing Wayne to cancel his Newcastle contract makes no sense at all, and we have to assume this has been inaccurate reporting, but it would be good if Alan Pardew could clarify the matter.

Wayne has played 36 times for Newcastle with 3 goals.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • Stuart

    Apr 21, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #1

    Why would we cancel his contract when QPR would probably be happy to pay 2-3m for him?

  • sticklebricks

    Apr 21, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #2

    What did we originally pay for him? Wonder if we hadn’t fully paid for him yet..?

  • Davies

    Apr 21, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #3

    Sounds like rubbish, unless money’s already changed hands under the table, otherwise we’re basically throwing at least £1.5m away. Can’t see Ashley letting that happen.

    I do think Routledge has been treated with pretty shabby disregard.

  • Greg B

    Apr 21, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #4

    Thats a fair point sticklebrick, some of these deals nowadays are so confusing, a fee can be paid upfront, in installments or after a certain amount of time.
    If NUFC still owed a lump sum for Routladge that would certainly make sense.

  • Greg B

    Apr 21, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #5

    The original article, as Ed points out suggested his contract was terminated with NUFC paying him a termination fee thus leaving him open to a free transfer to QPR.

    This from the BBC may read more accuratley:

  • Greg B

    Apr 21, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #6

    Original report from yesterday:

    Queens Park Rangers are set to sign Wayne Routledge permanently after the on-loan winger had his contract mutually cancelled by Newcastle.

    The 26-year-old joined Rangers on a temporary deal in January and has become an integral part of Neil Warnock’s table-topping side with four Championship goals.

    QPR have moved quickly to keep him at Loftus Road, with Routledge now expected to sign a four-year deal with the club who can secure their place in the top-flight with a win over Cardiff on Saturday.

    The former England Under-21 international had two years to run on his contract at St James’ Park but was surplus to requirements under Alan Pardew and agreed a pay-off in exchange for terminating his deal.

  • djm...

    Apr 21, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #7

    Remember the big no capital outlay statement that most of you read as no money to spend? I highly doubt we still owe money on any player bought recently.

  • Stuart

    Apr 21, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #8

    You’re right djm, that no capital outlay statement meant we were paying for all players upfront rather than in installments so the routledge deal would have been paid for straight up.

  • toonfan09

    Apr 21, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #9

    mike ashley said he would only pay for players upfront cos he was still paying for owen transfer when he took over

  • breadman

    Apr 21, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #10

    He is a pretty decent player. Skills galore but need to learn how to release and cross the ball. I don’t see why they need to release him unless there is some underlying agreement behind this? (w/ Adel Taraabt? maybe?)

    Remember, QPR isn’t a poor club by any standard, and could have afford to pay 2 million for him, why are we letting them have a deal so easily? It makes no sense at all. I hope they know what they are doing. He would make a decent squad player.

  • sticklebricks

    Apr 21, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #11

    Doens’t this make a mockery of the transfer window though? What is there to stop any club agreeing to cancel a players contract for a fee from another club…? I hope NUFC haven’t done anything dodgy here, as we really could do without a transfer ban!!

  • Davies

    Apr 21, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #12

    On an unrelated note, has anyone seen Graham Poll sticking his idiotic oar in about Hernandez’s booking.

    I agree that a yellow card was harsh, but surely if Poll had been refereeing that match, one yellow wouldn’t have mattered anyway. He’d still be two away from a sending off.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 21, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #13

    Poll is the epitomy of the rubbish refs we have in this country.

    Bottled it years back when Rooney was swearing at him when sending him off could have sent out a message.

    Needed to grown some cojones but never did. Scared stiff of Fergie like sadly Webb and others are too.

  • Flood

    Apr 21, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #14

    simple answer to the routledge question! no!

  • PoolieToon

    Apr 21, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #15

    I have read a few articles on the Routledge deal and there was only two that used ‘terminated contract’ in them. It maybe just a misunderstanding in terminology.

    It is more likely (knowing Ashley to be a fat money grabbing bastard) that the two clubs just agreed a moneyback deal so we break even and that might refer to ”Alan Pardew and agreed a pay-off in exchange for terminating his deal.” in one of the articles.

    But stranger things have happend.

  • shamsoftabriz

    Apr 21, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #16

    The whole “only player to play for 6 Premiership clubs and never score” thing is overblown. Routledge is quite skilled and would make a decent sub for Newcastle, or a decent way to make a few million pounds by selling his rights to QPR, who have more than enough extra cash lying around to afford the price. I do think, though, that we ought to wait and see what current players leave and what new faces arrive before we sell Wayne Routledge. He is probably not going to figure in our plans, but if things fall a certain way, it’s possible. We could do much worse than Wayne Routledge, that’s for sure.

  • Brutooon

    Apr 22, 2011 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #17

    For free or for a fee, i dont care as long as routledge is out of the team.

    He is not good enough, not even a winger coss he cant cross and cant beat defenders


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