Sensible Bonus Plan Now In Place For Newcastle Players

And Pardew has been instrumental in getting the Newcastle Board to agree to a set of bonuses for his players for the next two seasons.

Mike Ashley – sensible bonus plan in place for the players

And the bonus plan aims at having Newcastle finish in the upper half of the table in the next two seasons, which they narrowly missed last season with that last minute equalizer by West Brom.

Pardew talked about the bonus plan today:

“The bonus sheet is over the line now and it didn’t last year.” “It was important for the group and the board that they focus on being as one.”

“In the scheme of things it might not seem important.” “But it’s about the board saying ‘You will get this reward for finishing here in the league, so let’s try to achieve it’.”

“We have managed to agree it.”

This is good deal by the Board,  because if Newcastle do finish in the top half of the table, the club gets a lot more money from the Premier League and each position is said to be worth around £800K, so it’s a case of Newcastle sharing the extra money with the playing squad. It’s a win-win deal.

And since that’s how Alan Pardew gets paid too, he will get a bonus based on how high up the table Newcastle finish, plus how well they perform in the both Cup competitions, and it’s not a bad way to pay out money.

We often wonder how much money that last minute equalizer cost Pardew in bonuses in May, because if the lads had won then Newcastle were in 9th position, but finished three places lower down the league, and cost the club around £2.4M.

This bonus plan is much better than in the olden days, when Newcastle players got bonuses for nothing, and we had the ridiculous situation that Newcastle had to pay out bonuses to some of their top players. after the side had been relegated two years ago.

This bonus plan makes a lot of sense and is a good incentive to the players and the manager.

There’s a lot of stuff we don’t like about what Mike Ashley is doing, but this is a good plan for both the club and the players.

If only Mike would spend more money in the transfer market!


Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • Andy

    Aug 12, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #1

    greedy bastards. The lot of them! From the board to the players .. Tis the modern game nowadays

  • UpTheRoad

    Aug 12, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #2

    Should be an incentive that money from last season £2.4 million was going towards a staff bonus wasn’t it and not the players? Bet they were gutted!

  • ochytoon

    Aug 12, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #3

    This is the bloke Online Guy is talking about I guess. Says he is a Newcastle fan but its Wikipedia so not 100% reliable

  • Robby Bobson

    Aug 12, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #4


    I heard its because the players rejected the offer so ashley said sod ya ill give it to the staff.

    Whats up with kadar? Not given a number for the season

  • the1willy

    Aug 12, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #5

    I understand that 30 to 60K a week really isn’t insentive enough. I mean, who could be arsed to kick a ball about a few hours a week for that paltry sum, let alone do it with passion.
    Nonetheless, these days we have little choice if we wish to compete I guess.

  • gorskino10

    Aug 12, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #6

    Wonder if this bonuses have been set aside from the 35M?? Thought after the Training Upgrades/Wages we had no cash left! Or is this bonuses from Jose’s sale to Liverpool? :p

  • v FrA NuFc 8

    Aug 12, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #7

    @ochytoon – and the funny thing about it how the hell would we have access to this billionaire Ambani’s email address ? lol

  • ochytoon

    Aug 12, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #8

    v FrA NuFc 8
    Good point actually haha

  • gonz

    Aug 12, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #9

    Someone on the last thread mentioned if anyone has heard of any truth to the link of Macheda being linked with us…..
    I heard it on SSN last night. Say’s we’ve been offered him on loan. I don’t think we are interested in Macheda at all, we are looking at a permenant deal with a striker, someone with a better pedigree than Macheda. I still want Erding, but he’s come out again saying he’s going to fight for his place at PSG, secondly I’d be happy to bring in Derdiyok.

  • Andy

    Aug 12, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #10

    Translates to ;

    LONDON – Newcastle United have joined PSV reported to discuss a transfer of Erik Pieters. The 23-year wait for international developments the time being.

    Peter extended his contract earlier this year in Eindhoven until the summer of 2014.
    The left of the Dutch team had Sunday in the opening game of the season against AZ on the bench to start.
    PSV took Peter’s in 2008 for FC Utrecht. At Newcastle he can succeed Spaniard Jose Enrique, that his transfer to Liverpool has completed Friday.

  • the1willy

    Aug 12, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #11

    MA’s perfect bonus plan:

    If you have a truly great season, look like one of our best players, and give 100% for the club….. We’ll sell you!!!

  • ross armstrong

    Aug 12, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #12

    look at the belly on that!!!!!!!!!1 honestly i hate that man !! go and get run over you fat ba****!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ochytoon

    Aug 12, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #13

    Not gonna lie, if a car hits MA, it’ll do more damage to the car haha

  • ross armstrong

    Aug 12, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #14

    hahahaha he would write off a bus

  • MichaelMac

    Aug 12, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #15

    My only critiscism of Mike Ashley and the board is that they do not talk to the fans.
    If they told us what the bigger plans were to move the club forward, were honest about it, and followed through on their promises everyone would be much happier.
    Obviously we can’t spend money like I’d say 10 or so clubs in the prem but if we keep buying smartly we can move up in the table and progress.
    The business model seems fairly smart to me, get the club on a sound financial foundation and build the club from there. We threw money away all over the show before, players like Owen, Luque, Kluivert, Cacapa, Boumsong etc etc when the club couldn’t afford it.
    If Ashley tells the fans how it is, gets the buy in and critically TRUST of the fans it can once again become a top club in the next 3-5 years.
    I know I will be slated and I have often disliked Ashley and Llamb, but I think if we had carried on like we were we would have been another Leeds.

  • ichrisho

    Aug 12, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #16

    Lads – Do you think this is a positive thing – like we are becoming a real football club?

  • Ochytoon he is a newcastle fan. As m from india ,mumbai n iv seen him in newcastle kit

  • Rowan Milsted

    Aug 12, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #18

    @ MichaelMac 15

    Very well said. I’ve said myself that we need more transparency and a better understanding of how the club’s being run. No lies/half truths, less speculation, more togetherness and the fans will be so much more happy.

    Like you I am not MA’s biggest fan but I support the direction to make the club self sufficient and avoid, as you say, ‘doing a Leeds.’ Also I like the youth policy. But we have to have the balance between sorting the finances and keeping a good squad. We’ve made some interesting signings but the squad has been thin for at least the last 3 seasons.

    We don’t have the money of the big clubs and we have to be realistic. If we get our finances sorted and push on from there we could be amongst the big boys within 5 years.

    In the meantime we have to make sure that we keep a good enough squad to compete in the EPL and still attract good players. This season is going to be a fascinating test of our new look squad. Here’s hoping for a top 10 finish! It’s doable.

  • AndytheScientist

    Aug 12, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #19

    Ok I tell you what i will give each player 1M quid if we win the league..

    See it’s easy to offer bonus’ when you know they will never be achieved. Off the players big bonus’ to finish in the top half, then sell all the best players = no bonus’ paid pretty simple.

  • Felipe

    Aug 12, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #20

    @MichaelMac15: Can you tell me another premier league board that talks to the fans? Can you send me a link? I’d be fascinated. I’m not saying its a bad idea but I don’t think we’re exceptional in that regard.

    It’s pretty clear what the plan is (Ashley told us when he arrived and has been pretty much consistent with that since day 1) but for some reason or other some of our fans still want to throw the cash around like the old days.

  • Darryl

    Aug 12, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #21

    To all you negative fans.. You don’t get anywhere in business without taking risks. It’s what makes the men from the boys. Ashley is a self made billionaire, you don’t get that from sitting on your arse.

    He doesn’t want to lose money week in week out at newcastle.. Who would enjoy losing money week in week out? More going out than you have coming in? It’s a reason multiple countries are in financial meltdown right now.

    That needed addressing, I believe he’s bang on track with that. If this club self supports itself… Fair play to the man. I for one support it, If it supports itself and finish’s mid table… Fantastic….

    I for one support him (I can’t emphasize this enough), at the end of the day.. he saved this football club, while some newcastle fans (mainly the negative, surprise surprise) just sweep that under the carpet and critizise him for every hair out of place.

    You owe him one, not the other way round.

    Now stop being so damned negative about it all, There is a reason we’re one of the best set of supporters in England..

  • Felipe

    Aug 12, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #22

    @Darryl 21: Absolutely spot on mate!

  • The Shola Show

    Aug 12, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #23

    seemed like ambani was more interested in everton than us.

  • cupiddstunt

    Aug 12, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #24

    AndytheScientist @ # 19

    It’s stupid moronic statements like yours that keep exacerbating things.

    Sports Direct made 200 mil in profits against the current economic climate and as a direct consequence MA handed 90mil back to the staff in bonuses.

    MA bought NUFC to help assist in the global promotion of his sports retail business it is in his best interest to see NUFC succeed, I personally think this is just what he is doing in a slow controlled more financially prudent way, the problem is it is too slow in the eyes of a huge number of toon fans.

    Place better this coming season be more attractive to better players bring in some better players improve the side, place better next season and so on and so on.

  • cupiddstunt

    Aug 12, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #25

    Almost forgot when MA took over at NUFC he stated he was quite prepared to subsidise the club to the tune of 20-30 mil per year, when taking into consideration his plan to use NUFC as a marketing tool for SD this sounds quite feasible.

    I think the only real mistake MA made in taking over was no real due diligence so the black hole that was the NUFC debt took care of about 150 mil plus. That coupled up to the global economic crunch that saw MA’s personal fortune go from 2 billion to sub 700 million almost overnight meant he had to rethink just how much money he could plough into the club.

    Although that does not stop the bellends like “miffed man the somewhat irritated fan” shouting about spending money, who, if he had half the brain he tries to make out he has would not be banging on about the lack of spend at the club.

    But then again as I have said in the past the old saying of “the empty barrel makes the most noise” is very apt as he makes a lot of noise.

  • Felipe

    Aug 12, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #26

    Spot on cupid…

  • Davies

    Aug 12, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #27

    BLIMEY!!! Posters I agree with in larger numbers than usual!!!

    Cupid, Felipe, Daryl, I salute you and your considered, yet still positive approach, and I agree with you wholeheartedly.

    Don’t be too hard on Angryman. I do understand the desire to be the force we were a handful of years ago, and you can chuck numerous facts/opinions into the pot to suit your agenda, be it positive or negative. The cries for investment are falling on deaf ears, and, whilst I don’t think we need to spend big, it would be nice to see someone like Sturridge walk through the doors.

    I’m not sure if it was a wind up, but Angryman posted earlier that we’d had a large bid accepted for Mario Gomes. His sources have been pretty good in this window. Not really sure what to make of it.


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