More news today on the aftermath of Jose Enrique’s tweet criticizing Newcastle owner, Mike Ashley, on Sunday.
The open training season – photo taken by Newcastle supporter Kevin Lively
And it turns out Jose has been fined two weeks wages, and since the estimate was £100K, that means the lad is getting £50K/week on Tyneside, and has been for the last four years, since he arrived from Villareal when Sam Allardyce was the new manager of Newcastle.
And reading between the lines, it looks like Jose was offered close to this same exact terms over a new five year extension of his contract, and that fits with what Jose says was not really an increase at all.
But hey, ten years at £50K/week is not too bad for any player, surely.
But it seems the Newcastle manager had a good one-on-one talk with Jose, probably at the request of a furious owner, Mike Ashley, and things have been sorted out, and it’s over, as the great Roy Orbison used to sing back in the 1960s.
And surprisingly enough Jose Enrique was all smiles at the open training session at the Crew Stadium yesterday, where he was seen to smile and pose for pictures with Newcastle fans in the continuous sunshine.
Pardew again talked about Jose:
“He will play at Columbus and he trained well.” “We have shaken hands and put it all to bed like grown men should. “Now and again we all make mistakes.”
“He might not think it is a mistake, but I know I do. That is all in the past now.” “It is not good to put things on Twitter when you are not in a good place emotionally – it does not reflect well on people.”
“It is an instant diary. At school you used to write diaries and you would look back and think ‘what was I writing!” “A lot of people will look back at some things they write and be embarrassed.”
“They have to learn the media are quickly alerted to these sites and it immediately turns into news and used very negatively.”
That’s certainly how it should be, and there is news today that Arsenal and Liverpool will now fight it out for the player.
And the news is that Jose should be transferred before the weekend, but somehow we just don’t that will happen.
What do you think?