It’s Now Time For Enrique To Come Clean With Newcastle

The final game of the season is tomorrow, and after that we should know fairly soon what the intentions of left-back Jose Enrique are.

Jose Enrique – time for him to decide – and come clean

We’d like Jose to stay, but it’s really up to him, and if his desire is to leave Newcatsle – then so be it.

But Newcatsle have every right to know what his intentions are as soon as the season finished, since he has said he’ll negotiate a new deal only at the end of the season.

Alan Pardew has been talking about the Enrique situation today and it was discussed in his meeting with Mike Ashley in Newcastle last Thursday:

“The Enrique one is something we talked about, and how possible is it going to be to get him over the line? There’s one or two here who could possibly could go.”

“We’re hopeful he stays. We’re safe which was what his people said that they would wait for, but it’s hard because we’re finding it difficult to get him to come to the table.”

“There’s no point keeping a player who has set his sights on a club he perceives as bigger. You can’t keep a player who is de-motivated and, ultimately, Newcastle fans want players who want to play for their club.”

Newcastle shouldn’t spend too much time on this, especially  if it becomes obvious that Jose has  been stalling until the end of the season to say he wants to leave Newcastle, and we should know fairly soon.

That would have simply been a strategy of Jose and his people to keep Newcatsle waiting – so if it turns out to be the case – Jose should go – and Newcastle should get the biggest fee they can for him.

A sizable fee even looks possible with Manchester United, Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Lyon and AC Milan all said to still be interested in the player.

There seems to be some evidence that Jose is simply stalling, as Alan said today that it’s been difficult to get his Jose’s people to the table:

“We’re finding it difficult to get him to come to the table. We’re safe, which I think was what his people said that they would wait for, it’s now the last game and once we get the last game out of the way we’ll sit down and see where we are with it. We’re very hopeful he stays.”

Hopefully this Jose Enrique saga, which has gone on for far too long since January, when Andy Carroll left the club, will be over one way or the other very soon, and as soon as possible, as far as we are concerned.

Then Newcastle will know where they stand, which they haven’t for about four months,  and they will know whether they need to bring in a new left back this summer.

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • MonsterMagnet

    May 21, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #1

    The board should offer him a minimum fee release clause, it would allow him to leave at any point if a bid high enough was received. Between £15-20m would be reasonable I think – a “big” club could afford it and we would be able to replace him with those funds, plus he’d be under contract for a few more years.

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    May 21, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #2

    I think he has been tapped up by the scallys – of course this is ok for the ‘big’ clubs

  • The Entertainers

    May 21, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #3

    If Jose leaves I won’t hold no grudges and wish him all the best, but what I’m not liking is the no contact and cryptic messages. He owes the club and the fans a bit of honesty at the very least.

  • Benton Toon Exile

    May 21, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #4

    If he want out of the Toon then Bye!

    But remember his family is settled in Newcastle, Kids at school etc..

    So you will understand it is gonna take a decent hike in salary to move his missus,
    or the club are selling him!!

  • Jose Enrique

    May 21, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #5

    Sell him for 10 mill to Bayern Munich or AC Milan then play Shane Ferguson. Then we’ll have 45 mill to spend on the attacking, flair players we need. Teams arent built on LBs.

  • Benton Toon Exile

    May 21, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #6

    I agree sell him abroad if he want to go?
    I hope Mike Ashley proves us wrong and funds the managers plans.
    After being underwelmed by his appointment I have come round to this manager and his style of football, maybe even a bit of trust in his judgement.
    I have mates from West Ham who rave about Pards and wish they could have him back.

  • fungus44

    May 21, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #7

    we w2ill just have to wait and see wha thappens to tomorrow if he goes he goes if he stay,s good ,at the end of the day it,s his choice

  • Benton Toon Exile

    May 21, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #8

    Sell him to City for £50m LOL!!

    And get Tevez to join Colo and Jonas!

  • Mc-Toon

    May 21, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #9


    Yea I’ve heard the same. Hammers fans loved him and would take him back in a flash. To be quite honest I had no idea they thought of him so highly.

  • Robby Bobson

    May 21, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #10

    I think hes paid his dues fir the toon.

    He stayed with us after relegation and established us back in the prem.

    I thinl jose doesnt owe us. Joey barton does through injuries and being in prison!!

  • sweendog

    May 21, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #11

    we need a quality lb .. enrique is it .. come on sign .. the fans love you … you love the club .. don’t be fooled by Liverpool .. a big club but next season we could be competing with them .. also look at how the fans are turning on Carroll .. I’d say stall until the club definately sign 2 quality strikers, 1 or hopefully 2 quality wingers .. DM and CB cover

  • sweendog

    May 21, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #12

    note wingbacks in the modern game are worth alot of money since most teams like playing wingbacks, and they are key to winning games .. hence the crazy money being offered for enrique.. nearly 10 mill and a year to go ..
    Hope he stays..

  • sweendog

    May 21, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #13

    if enrique is worried about his career and he says he loves the toon he should ..
    1) Sign a short extension of his contract, to see if ashely is actually moving the club forward
    2) Only sign once some quality is bought ..

    its a no brainer for him and newcastle ..we don’t have a LB if he leaves.. ferguson is a LW .. too lightweight for LB..At the minute 🙂

  • Jammydodger

    May 21, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #14

    Sign a short contract extension with as monster magnet suggested a minimum buy out clause that ways he gets to stay and see how the toon develops over the next 18months and if he wants to go or a “big/Stupid rich” club comes in for him we get a decent wages for a player who is to the highest standard.
    Think he might stay, only clubs he will go to are a spanish one which is what i think hes waiting for, definately not germany or anything due to language difficulties. and as his kids are settles i reckon his missus will be against a move within the uk to start all over again on the social side of tings

  • Hebburn Mag

    May 21, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #15

    TBH .. the way its looks is that Jose is looking to see if any of the so called BIG teams come in with a serious bid to get him, Letting him leave should be the last resort but if it comes to it we should only let him leave to a team outside of England.

  • bills-son

    May 21, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #16

    As much as I hate to say it – but if I was Enrique I would definitely leave if clubs like ManU, AC Milan or Bayern wanted to sign me.

    Football is a short career and the top players want to win the top trophies and you do that by playing in a top team. NUFC are miles away from being in that class. I cannot believe that Shearer has not secretly regretted signing for us instead of ManU – that decision meant one of England’s greatest ever centre forwards retired with ONE medal from Blackburn and NONE from NUFC. He would have won a sackful playing for ManU.

    Howver, if Liverpool or lesser teams than the top 6/8 in Europe come for him he has a decision to make. If he is happily settled at the club does he leave on the chance of more success (a chance remember) or does he stay and be part of what would be the biggest celebration the football world has ever seen if we win a cup and progress into Europe and beyond?

    I think Enrique will wait until the end of June at least to see who comes in for him and make a decision then. The cards are all in his hand and he will know it.

  • Hebburn Mag

    May 21, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #17

    I think Shearer only never had regrets because he was playing for his home town club, he thought he was going to win trophies at Newcastle whilst playing for the one team he loved more than anything. Hes gone down in history here even if we didnt win anything.

  • Brutooon

    May 21, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #18

    sell him to any spain club – he will increase his chance for the national team and we dont need to worry to play against him


  • wynsleap

    May 21, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #19

    Enrique is a class left back but there are other class left backs out there who I’m sure would gladly come to The Toon.
    If he’s going he should do the honourable thing and announce it quickly so we can get on with the job of finding his replacement.

  • Robby Bobson

    May 21, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #20

    Izzaguire should be top of our list….pace power great cross…remind you of someone?

  • Hebburn Mag

    May 21, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #21

    Offer him a contract that will make him stay, we cant risk loosing him,our defence is the best it has been in years and by selling Jose we would just be going back to our old ways. Jose and Jonas left sided relationship is just unreaal they understand eachother better than any LB and LW in the prem, if Jose leaves Jonas will never be the3 same again.

  • NorseToonBrann

    May 21, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #22

    we’ll see it in his face tomorrow..

  • Tommy_PA

    May 21, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #23

    …and so it begins, Pardew should just keep his trap shut. Enrique is a relative high earner in the squad now and is prime to be moved on as a result. We’ll here it again soon, “we did everything we could to keep him but he wanted to go”…maybe he does but hearing that story over and over makes me think again about the club “management”. Putting pressure on Enrique in the press with comments like that will not increase our chances of keeping him.

  • Batey-Nufc

    May 21, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #24

    Been to the training ground today and asked Jose if he was going to stay and he simply snorted and ignored the question and gulped loudly.. taking that as a no.. Goodbye Jose!

  • Graeme

    May 21, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #25

    At the end of the day Jose is looking after only ONE person and that’s himself. He wont sign a new contract, even if none of the “big” teams come in for him, as it will allow him to walk away as a free agent at the end of next season.

    No doubt he will be looking for a mega buck signing on fee which most clubs will be happy to give him instead of paying TOON a fee for his contract.

    As I said, he’s looking out for nobody but himself, maximising the money he can collect – if that means screwing the TOOOOON, what does he care!!!


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